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Saturday, June 27, 2009

Fast Forward To Past…

A lot happened since last time I updated my blog. I mean a lot. India crashed out of T20 world cup and a news channel had flashing news - “Pahele Lutaya Taaj… Ab Lutai Laaj”… My 27 hair strands turned white, I bathe X times… Shaved X + 2 times… Cooked X – 8 times… (But winning Rs. 2.17 Crore jackpot and travelling to Africa to watch a lion is still pending though).

It’s been pretty busy week / weeks / month / months. So much that sometimes I forgot to breathe in between. Well either it’s too much of work or my inability to handle the work. Whatever be the reason, it won’t impact India’s GDP or bring more rain to Hyderabad. Anyways – I regained my senses just in time and hence still alive to write this blog :)

Good news is - though it’s been super hectic work, I didn’t forget to breathe!! Yippi!! Because I don’t remember it either... It just happens :)

So......After very long, I am having a weekend! Now don’t ask a stupid question – that weekend comes after every single week. Oh I told you not to ask that but you still asked… GRRRRR… Huh.. Anyways, it’s just that I have been working since last three weekends and hence they were weekends and yet not weekends.

So at last, I am having weekend!(Thank god you didn’t ask that same question once again :))

Friday morning brings sense of happiness. Friday evening brings happiness :) Even if you have to work over the weekend; feeling of Friday is always special!

Last evening while coming back from the work last (a FRIDAY evening!), I was chatting with a colleague who just passed out from a college a year back. Discussion went around hostel life and ended on staple food during the college days. While it was easy for her to recall (I just told you she passed out a year back.. Don’t you remember? Duh..) I had to do time travel and strain my grey cells as for me; college is something that in the last millennium!

What was the conclusion? Bread and Haldiram Ka Bhujiya! LOL… You thought thin crust double cheese pizza? Oh I didn’t even like pizza when I was in college.. In fact I had never tasted “pizza” as what you get in small towns of India at that time was Indianized version of Italian pizza where raw cheese and raw tomato were added as topping on a something which was round in shape and called Pizza. Pizza hut and aliens were same for me - I didn't see either of them. It’s only after shifting to Bangalore, I learned and understood and tasted a real pizza.

So coming back to the college days – I remember our room (floor I mean) was covered with plastic packs of different types of namkeen… To give company to those empty plastic packs, we had newspapers, empty water bottles and shoes on the same floor… Cleaning was considered as SIN. Alright – now if you are a girl, then don't screeeam “chheeeeeeee” and bring that "you-are-disgusting-pig" look on your face. Nah I am not racist; it’s just that every guy who stayed in hostel can relate with this scenario as much as a girl can relate with her temptation for shopping during the discount season!

I am still not racist – as long as speaking truth is not racism.

So again coming back to the conversation with my collegue inside the bus – the memories of breads and sev bhujiyas took me by storm and I was almost salivating :D I just couldn’t wait for the bus to reach near my house so that I could jump and grab breads and namkeen from the first visible shop with little money I had in my pocket…

Do you like Pani Puri? I bet you do! It’s rare to find a soul who can’t enjoy those yummy Pani Puris! In fact eating Pani Puri is an experience in its own. The next best thing after orgasm! I just can’t resist jumping to the nearby shop and have heavenly experience whenever I get a chance :)

But why this Pani Puri came in between bread and sev bhujiya?

Well after I got down from the bus, first shop I saw was my favorite Pani Puri shop and as I couldn’t resist, I treated myself with 5 minutes of heavenly bliss. After that, I jumped to the next shop (counting whatever little money I was left with) and bought two packs of Kurkure, one pack of Sev Bhujiya and one packet of bread. I was sooooo tempted that I finished one pack of Kurkure almost there and then and after dumping rest of the packs in polythene bag and bringing my animal instincts out, I crossed the road. (you need that to cross the road. If you are sane human, you will spend rest of your life standing on one side of the road while waiting for traffic to stop for you by the time your grandchildren will get married).

I haven’t eaten bread for a very long time but again, memories were riding so strong that I tore open bread packet while walking on the road. Now you need some very good skills or strong urge to tear open a pack while carrying a backpack, having both hands occupied in lifting bags (I also bought some vegetables and hence, two bags) and yet trying to open a pack of bread with whatever free fingers you have… But again animal instinct (or my strong urge) prevailed and I torn the packet and had a bread on the road while walking towards home :)

By the way a dog almost jumped at me (and threatened to death!) just to be restricted by the chain he was tied with. Thank god! I became a Lion again :)

So after remembering college days, in less than 30 minutes – I gulped a plate of Pani Puri, munched a pack of Kurkure and hogged bread without any accomplishment.

Really fast forward to past :)

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Sunday, June 14, 2009

Lights... Camera... Action! (and a Smile :-))

It’s 12.30am…Cricket match is going on between Pakistan and New Zealand… Well today I worked for the whole day to finish pending office work (yeah it’s Saturday though :(). It’s late night and I don’t want to work anymore. I just decided to browse tones of pictures I have stored in my laptop…

And a BIG SMILE on my face the moment I started browsing picture of my last trip to Mumbai in December 07... Why ? Here is the little story...

I went to Mumbai to attend wedding of a colleague. Now I have this habit of carrying camera everywhere I go. So during the reception while we were savoring yummy food, I took out camera to click few snaps and all sudden, this tiny, cute, lovely boy passed in front of my camera… Noticing that I was clicking picture of something else, his dad immediately asked the kid the move out of the frame. Well I just smiled at him and pointed my camera at him to click a pic and not to leave him disappointed..

Boy…! I didn’t know how spontaneous and talented this kid was! After clicking first pic (and checking that on LCD screen of my digital camera), he went on spree to pose like a model! Within next 2 minutes, he gave me more than 10 poses!! Here was the ritual – he will give a pose, I will click, he will rush to me to check that on LCD and then rush back to give the next pose! This continued till his family (sitting in the background) took him with them for dinner…

Just have a look and you will know the reason behind a BIG SMILE on my face :)

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...and now you are also smiling :-)

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Thursday, June 4, 2009

An Interesting Consultation!

Alright. After fighting my regular war with feverish syndrome for last 3 days with the help of a blunt sword called crocin, at last I decided to find solace in a doctor’s cabin.

It’s been more than 3 and half years in Hyderabad and I have noticed that I have been falling sick very regularly since last few years. I wanted to knowwhy?

So apart from medical consultation and prescription, I received some interesting practical consultation from the doctor :)

  1. This repetitive fever has nothing to do with my immunity system. Fever is purely because of allergy!
  2. But allergy of what? Difficult to say. It can be environment, outside food, water and anything and everything around me (GRRRR... Can work be counted among that :))
  3. So after all, why it happens? Well it can be due to the place / weather around you. Sometimes change of place and weather is all that causes allergy.
  4. So what should I do to defeat allergy? Nothing. Either I have to get used to allergy or have to get used to getting repetitive fever.
  5. Any ultimate solution? Yes – leave the city!
  6. Any other solution which is not so dramatic? Yes – get married and have homemade food! (Now I can’t decide which solution is more dramatic among these two. Getting married may give me different type of fever – when I will look at credit card statement at the end of every month :-))

So how much I paid? Rs. 86 for medicine + Rs. 250 for consultation (their normal charge is Rs. 300 for first visit and Rs. 250 for subsequent visit. However, I am almost a “regular” visitor and hence, they charged me Rs. 250 even if I was visiting after 2 months).

Anyways, I am feeling better after taking medicines. It will take couple of days to feel “normal” again. However - at least as of now fever will be at bay till it strikes again.

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Monday, June 1, 2009

A Love – Hate relationship…

Just like magnet attracts metal, I attract fever.

I am feeling feverish again :( In fact it started at last evening and I took some medicines as a precaution. Things were fine till today evening and now again it’s same crap symptoms of fever.

The whole experience of fever really sucks.

  • It strikes when winter ends and summer starts. It attacks when summer ends and monsoon starts. It will again come to you when monsoon ends and winter starts.
  • It always strikes in a combo Body ache, weakness, cold, headache, high temperature (sometimes even running nose, eye pain and sore throat)
  • It announces its arrival by mild body ache, weakness and mild temperate. It gives you couple of days to prepare yourself for the actual torture before symptoms intensifies.
  • Time comes to standstill when you have fever. You can’t work and you can’t do anything else. Day becomes very long, mind goes empty and environment turns gloomy. This is even worse if you are staying alone - You don’t know what to eat and you don’t have anything to eat.
  • There is no quick fix. It takes its own sweet time while striking you and then while leaving you.
  • All you can do is to beat your own record which you set the last time - how long you can stare at the ceiling while restlessly resting on your bed.
  • If you visit a doctor, he will give you standard set of anti biotic + suggesting rest for few days. You pay 100 rupee for medicine and 300 rupee for consultation to know what you already knew. Damn – if I rest for few days, it will anyway disappear.
  • It takes couple of days to recover even after fever disappears.

Well I am feeling mild body temperature, little bit of sore throat and weakness. I have taken medicine. I willl wait for tomorrow to see if this time I can skip my meeting with mr. fever.

Sadly, I have recurring appointment with fever at every 3 – 4 months. Sometimes, even after 2 months. After all, last time I had fever was in early April – not even two months ago :(

Huh – why I have this special affinity? I hate fever but fever loves me. Can I get divorce from this love – hate relationship?

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