Just the other week the Drift Memsaab and I were on a long international flight. Memsaab decided to hang out at the back of the airplane, drink some chai and do general gup shup with the flight attendants.
Just as she is settling in, she notices a man dart into the toilet. While lolling around the Memsaab keeps track of time. 10 minutes go by and the man still hasn't emerged from the sandhaas. 20 minutes go by. No sign of the dude. When the duration hit 30 minutes, the Memsaab thought it prudent to point this out to the Attendant in case the man had suffered a stroke or other illness that might have rendered him motionless in the toilet.
The Attendant rolls her eyes and knocks on the door. There is an affirming grunt from behind the door. Then nothing. At least all seems well.
Another 10 minutes go by. Finally the door opens and the man comes out and runs off. The Memsaab decides to use the toilet. To her astonishment she finds water EVERYWHERE! Its all over the sink, the potty, the floor and the mirror. Memsaab comes out and decides to consult with the Attendant.
"Why is there water everywhere?" she asks.
The Attendant peers into the toilet, smiles and says: "Oh, sometimes we find that people try to take a bath in here"
SAY WHAT?! This revelation stunned me. Even when the Memsaab was guffawing telling me this story, I could barely crack a smile. Its not that I was particularly astonished by this - after all, people are capable of anything. But the mechanics of it bamboozled me. I questioned the Memsaab extensively and nope, the man did not seem to carrying any mug, lotaa or other receptacle in which water could be accumulated.
This means that for a bath the only instruments available to the chap were the 6oz paper cups or his cupped hands which would hold even less. So the man went in there - took off some or all of his clothes and in that super cramped space, proceeded to wash himself - 6 oz at a time. Someone who can't take a bath and hop on a 14 hour flight without feeling compelled to clean himself extensively again in mid-flight is truly committed to CLEAN!
Once I had this picture in my head - I was able to entertain myself endlessly throughout the flight by conjuring up the image on demand. Thus I was saved from having to watch Paying Guests on the in-flight "International" channel.