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A week that wasn’t…

One week I went away on a break and it seems like things went all wrong all over…I didn’t expect the world to be a different place altogether.

Last Saturday evening, I left for Mumbai on a week long vacation not for any occasion/function but just to get in touch again with an old habit of visiting my cousins there. Till about the time I joined work, I used to visit Mumbai every year without fail. But in the last 32 months this was just my second visit, the last time being a short visit of 2 days to attend my cousin’s marriage. So this time I decided to take a week off and along with my sister visited the city that never sleeps, Mumbai.

But hardly did I foresee that the world would be a different place in a week’s time. On landing in Mumbai on saturday night, we were welcomed with the news of serial bomb blasts in the capital of India, New Delhi. On reaching home, this was the topic of discussion among us all…my aunt (mom’s sis), uncle, uncle’s dad and me. Little did we know then that much more was in store for us the next day.

On Sunday morning, I got up early at 9 am to the news of an email alert that had been sent from one “Eric House” in Chembur (and my aunt’s place was just that!!!) and to our astonishment, the person (Mr. M. N. Kamath) whose insecured Wi-Fi network was used to send that email was none other than my uncle’s dad’s cousin.  What came to my mind suddenly was the open insecured Wi-Fi network that I had at my Adyar flat. We have it switched on almost 24/7. Phew! The whole of Sunday was an ordeal for the entire Kamath family and my Uncle’s dad with the cops. I had been to the area where Eric House was, but was not allowed near, and it was also decidiously covered with cops and reporters, police jeeps and OB vans. I was back at home in no time right in front of the idiot box to follow up on that.

Meanwhile on the other side, a ship with 18 Indian crew members was hijacked in Somalia…and their demands, phew….nearly 7 crores INR…I was kidding with my cousin, saying that it must again be one of us only (a Konkani speaking bloke) since 7 is considered lucky by us…for some GOD damn reason!! 😀 What to say, the pirates are weird psychos!!!

In the evening, took part in a Ganapati Visarjan procession too but sadly could not get pics as no photography was allowed due to security reasons. Surprisingly I was asked not to click pics in both the shopping malls I visited…and I didn’t feel like going to any other mall after that. And the famous Mumbai rains showered its blessings on me and by the time I got home, I was all drenched. And the nut in me loved it!! :mrgreen:

Monday morning we left Mumbai for Pune…to visit my aunt (dad’s sis) and cousins…and I utilized this opportunity to meet a few of our beloved Ch1 Pune Bloggers (a photo-blog on this one will follow soon! :)). It was a great feeling to meet them all in person, after having known them for over a year just by their blogs and names. In the excitement of meeting them all, I even forgot that I was on an anti-biotics (which were battling with the virus within me) course…period. Weather in Pune was pleasant…with periodic drizzles but the night was very cold.

By Tuesday evening, we were back in Mumbai welcomed by the pouring rains only to reach home all drenched. It was the last thing I wanted to happen on a vacation, to fall ill. And this rain was just the right doze that I needed to hit the sick bed. Wednesday went off “silently” trying to persuade the virus to let go of me…I must say, it was lenient enough not to sap into my energy levels. There was no fever, but there was no voice coming out of my vocal chord too…I learnt the sign language to an extent on that day…the same day that Lehmann Brothers declared bankruptcy leading to the downfall of the markets, including our ever-ready-to-fall Sensex (the Indian stock exchange)!!

Almost the entire Bangladesh Cricket team decided to join ICL, the (so called – by BCCI) rebel Cricket league. Inspite of having resigned from his Bangladesh Contract, Habibul Bashar was foolish enough to quote that he expected to play for the Bangladesh National team irrespective of having signed the ICL contracts for a staggering $200,000 per year for the next 3 years. Sadly two evenings later, he seemed to be shocked at Bangladesh Cricket board’s decision to present him (and other ICL joinees) with a 10 yr ban.

Thursday, there was no rain and inside me, no pain. It was time for some shopping as well as for some relative-visits. We were 6 hours on the roads of Mumbai (Crawford Market, Linking Road, Santacruz, Andheri, etc) and 2 hours at 2 houses…to come back home late in the evening all happy, tired and dead.

Friday looked happy and beautiful with the light drizzles till about mid-day when the news of an encounter in Delhi rattled all peace. 30 minutes of firing…2 militants dead, one caught and 2 escaped…2 policemen severely injured, of which the constable survived and the inspector sucummbed to injuries on Saturday. The people in Jamia Nagar where the encounter and firing happened blamed the police saying the encounter was fake…but if it was fake, why would any police inspector give up his life?? And in fake encounters, no AK-47s are recovered from “students”. The people also had complaints as to why the police chose close to prayer time on Jumma – a Friday – in the Ramazan period to carry out the encounter. Did they forget that the blasts took place in the holy period of Ramzan??? Hats off to those ppl…Idiots!!!

Saturday as I landed at home in Bangalore, I was relieved that nothing much had happened this day….only to be made aware of the twin bomb blasts at Islamabad in Pakistan which killed and injured several innocent people including quite a number of foreign nationals…Sigh!!

On reaching home at Chennai, I got to do something about the Wi-Fi security…the last thing I would want is to be caught for some wrong and unsuspected thing!! Though I wouldnt mind the appearing-on-the-television jig…good or bad, publicity always helps!! 😉 

From last Saturday to this one, from the Delhi blasts to the Islamabad one, from being in Mumbai to being back at home…it has been one long sad sick week…a week that wasn’t weak, but full of energy. Hmm…

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Posted by on September 21, 2008 in Thoughts

 

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No better job…

One of the searches in my blog stats:

“Aishwarya + “sleeping with” + Amitabh”

Now isn’t this priceless. 😉

ROFL…must be some dumb idiotic genius who couldn’t sleep well or had hearts for Abhishek (and wants him to have a break-up, by hook or crook)! 😀

No guesses from my side though, for this query…who cares if its true or not, whatever it is, we’ll get to know in the “year 2050” as history will speak for itself then!!! 😉

 
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Posted by on July 14, 2008 in Uncategorized

 

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Now if a crow shits on me…

I was sitting in my box of a cubicle when she pinged me on the office communicator. And she started swearing at me right from the word go. Now what did I do? Well as far as I know, nothing except accept her damn request to add me on to her friends list. 😦

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It’s been almost a month since I’d asked her to stop talking to me, after she kind of became uneasy to be with. Problem with her was her unsatiable expectations. They never seemed to have an end. She thought of herself as this innocent angelic one from up above, who just wouldn’t bite even if I’d put my thumb into her mouth. Problem is, she still thinks so. After I told her to stay away from me…that is…not to mail/message/scrap/ping me (we did meet just once…thank god it was the last time!!)…she still kept mailing/messaging/scrapping/pinging me!! I took the advice and help of a female friend of mine to help her out with her thoughts/emotions/whatever, just cos I thought she would understand a female better than me. But, when my friend started cribbing to me about how the heroine troubled her, I thought it was now time to ask her to back off and stay away from me/us. Any sensible chick would have done so, but our heroine in this real-life-drama had nothing sensible in her. So I wrote a blog-post related to her a month ago, explaining about how angry I felt over her immature behaviour. She did read that one fine day, thankfully. And that day, she tried calling (I didn’t pick…) me 2-3 times and then left about 2-3 disturbing (for a normal person) text messages full of angelic swears on my cell. I read them, and deleted them in the same order as they had come in. I thought it was done and over. But things never go as I think, do they? Naaahh…

The next working day as I logged into my system in my ever-loony bay, I got her request to add me on to her list of contacts on the office communicator. Though surprised, I politely cancelled. The same thing repeated each morning on logging in, for the next 3 weeks. What I thought was – If I cancelled it each time, it would come up everytime I log in fresh into my system. How wrong was I? 😀

This Monday, as I was talking to another friend of mine, I happened to explain to her this situation and through her I got to know that a cancelled request does reappear again only and only if the requestor does sends the invite once-again manually, and not automatically due to my cancellation. So I told her that I would accept the request the next time it appeared on my screen. So on Tuesday morning as I logged in, the request re-appeared and I accepted it so that I would not have the trouble to cancel it every morning. And then I forgot about it. Totally. 

Today noon, as I was sitting in my box of a cubicle she pings me on the office communicator. She swears right from the word go. Now what did I do? Well as far as I know (and you now know, too), nothing except accept her damn request to add me on to her friends list.

She pinged on the communicator which said something like “Can’t you even understand simple English? I told you not to add me on to the communicator. Why did you add? I was not there at my seat and someone accepted your request and now the horrible part is that I cannot remove your name from my list.”

I laughed out loud (in the mind ofcourse) at what she wrote. The fact that someone accepted it on her behalf was first of all, funny…and that I was now like a virus/bug on her communicator list, was even more funny!! A simple click on the delete button can remove my name, if you want to that is!! YOU DUMB MORON!!! Just do it and don’t trouble the network support guys to take care of your stupidity!! 😀

I blocked her on the communicator (should have done it long back, I know), but she didn’t just let it go. Instead she copy-pasted the same contents in a mail and mailed it across to me.

I replied to her mail saying “I didn’t add you on or send you a request. Ask the person who accepted it as to why he/she did that!! If you don’t want to be in contact with me, then please do not reply to this mail! Stop bugging me like this.”

Now any sane gal would not have replied cos anyways she didn’t want me to talk to her. But our heroine, isn’t even in the close vicinity of sanity. Sheesh!! And as expected, she replied back with a comparitively longer swear. I don’t remember the contents as such, but the fact that she replied…said it all.

The funda here is that…when she swore at me in the messages, she didn’t get to see any reaction from my end as I didn’t bother to reply. So she kept stalking me online by sending requests to add me on. She knew that some day or the other, I would have to accept her request to stop her from bugging me. And I happened to do just that, not anticipating anything like this. She waited for three full days to go by, after I accepted her request to bombard at an unsuspecting me. My guess is that she wanted to see how I would react. The fact that I blocked her first on the communicator and then replied in 2-3 straight lines, pissed her even more. Hmmm…

Now if a crow shits on me, the maximum I would do is swear once at the crow and then just wipe the shit off me and walk away…and definitely not go chasing the crow to shit on it. Same logic applies with this insanity-personified heroine of my life. Hmmph!! 

Wish her a speedy recovery. Amen! 🙂

 
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Posted by on July 11, 2008 in About me, Happens~2~me

 

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Sathyam Cinemas & Inox Movies – Damn you…go to hell!!!

Since last two weeks I had been waiting for this day to arrive…cos it was today early morning that the tickets to the movie, Jaane tu ya jaane na was supposed to be opened for sale. So as yesterday’s night extended into the early hours of today I was logged into the websites of two “famous” multiplexes of Chennai….Sathyam Cinemas and Inox Movies.  Both disappointed me in their own stupid ways. 😦
I was awake till 1:00 am waiting for some miracle to happen and for the schedule to be opened for online booking. I went to sleep, when there were no signs of any upgradation on any of these sites.
I was up again early in the morning…and logged into these damn stupid websites. Sathyam and Inox didn’t actually deserve, me doing all this at the cost of my early morning sleep!! Sickos! 😈
The morning newspaper carried advertisements from both Sathyam Cinemas and Inox Movies which had them saying “Booking open” and we were either asked to choose one of the three methods:
1) Book online
2) Book by calling their numbers
3) Book by SMS

And this is what I got when I checked the 2 multiplexes at 8:30am.

Sathyam Cinemas
1) Book online  – The site was up fast but there were no schedules from 4th July onwards.
2) Book by calling their numbers – Network was busy…but when it rang, no one picked.
3) Book by SMS – I got a reply SMS saying it didn’t recognise the movie. And it took me 2 msgs to get to know this. It was not toll-free.

Inox Movies/
1) Book online – The site was super fast but there were no shows 4th onwards when it came to Chennai.
2) Book by calling their numbers – Got to hear a network connection failure message each time I tried.
3) Book by SMS – No reply…sent twice…no replies both times…fukced my phone bill again for nothing!

On reaching office, we thankfully had no access to these websites (who wants to see the missing schedules the whole day?)…kept calling unsucessfully both the Sathyam and Inox phone numbers till evening. One blessed soul in Inox picked the call and informed us that online booking would start 6pm onwards (it normally would be 7pm by the time I reach home) but tickets were sold out by the time I checked the site at 6:45pm on reaching home early. Damn!!
Got to know from a friend that tickets at Sathyam, were all sold out for Saturday without them having turned-on the online booking feature. Psychos! Its scheduled now, but what’s the point? 😦
Sathyam boasts of its online booking system….but it gets laid and screwed up when in demand. Where and how does it become housefull without a single soul having booked it? I won’t be surprised tomorrow if I would get to lay my hands on one of the booked tickets. 😛
Sathyam guys, go to hell!! You suck big time!! iilii

I believe its High Time for other multiplexes to come up…the monotonous hold that these nuts enjoy, has to be broken!!! Hmmph!

 
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Posted by on July 2, 2008 in Happens~2~me, Movies

 

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