Sunday, July 31, 2005
Saturday, July 30, 2005
Thursday, July 28, 2005
BTW, I'm fanatically possessive about a few things in life: my books, CDs & CD player, telescope & my new Nokia.
Tuesday, July 26, 2005
Monday, July 18, 2005
Sunday, July 17, 2005
Friday, July 15, 2005
Thursday, July 14, 2005
Well, the only way of killing time was to try & admire the Jemima lookalike , who, I saw, was also in the waiting room, accompanied by 2 more girls & 2 elderly people. Trying to sleep proved futile, even though some folks showed remarkable innovation in setting up makeshift mattresses & getting a good night's sleep. Some were even snoring! I wasn't so lucky.
Jemima lookalike & company left @ around 7am while I decided to search for a hotel @ 9:30am. No sooner had I left the station than a bunch of auto drivers ganged me & asked for my destination. Being quickly intimidated, I asked if I could be taken to an inexpensive hotel. The folks quickly jumped at the opportunity to exploit a new like me. One of them had the privilege of taking me for a ride (literally & metaphorically) & took me to a nearby hotel. No luck. Apparently, the engg. candidates had occupied most of the hotels in town. Our next stop (Classic Guest House) proved to be more useful.
BTW, the autorickshaw driver asked for 40bucks for his service, even though the destination was only a stone's throw away from the station. But that was to be expected!
Wednesday, July 13, 2005
Girls being girls, Antakshari was soon the season's flavor & we had several episodes of it. You can imagine how I cringed at the idea, but since I couldn't opt out, I had to passively participate. I could only offer 1 or 2 suggestions for my team to hum.
The funniest part came when the girls had to sing a song that began with the 'sh' phonetic. Now, this is an alien thing to Assamese people & the girls tried all sorts of workaround like 'ch' & 's', but we wouldn't accede. But the lasses were in no mood to give up either! After the ensuing confusion had managed to make them almost run for cover, they enlisted Arvind's help, who gladly obliged. Looking at Tara & gang's miseries made my day! We now knew about their Achilles' heel. Of course, in the future episodes we tried to exploit this important fact to the fullest by making them sing as many songs as possible with the erring phonetic. But the girls had learnt their lessons well. They were now stocked with a rich assortment of all the right songs with the said phonetic. It held them in good stead! We also played snakes & ladders later.
BTW, there was a hottie in the coach next to ours, a Jemima Khan lookalike. I never imagined Assamese babes could be such stunners. I didn't manage to bring myself to talking to her, so dazed was I!.
The 13th & 14th were thus spent. Our train was supposed to reach Bang @ 6pm on the 14th. The delay, however, would let us touch Bangalorean soil only on the 15th @ 12:45am. Before parting, I took Tara's email id. She asked for mine. I promised that I would email her soon.
BTW, the train had changed direction thrice during the journey (Howrah, Vijayawada & Chennai). Lt.Arvind had disembarked @ Vijayawada to catch another train.
Tuesday, July 12, 2005
Didi & Diya also came in the evening. I was getting restless as the Net had failed to give me any good news regarding my reservation status for either of my tickets. In desperation, I dialed 139 for the status enquiry. I heaved a sigh of relief as the SL berth was finally confirmed. A few moments later, the 2A birth followed suit.
Meanwhile, Bua da had also come for a visit. He offered me some vital advice...advice Dad would have preached had he been there. Diya was her usual lively self and went about with her antics. I had played Tchaikovsky and Chopin on my CD player as it would most certainly not be used for a long while. All sorts of things were being dumped into my bag & suitcase till they could sustain no more. Still, the relentless stuffing continued. Shilu pishi also came for a visit. Last minute activity kept me as busy as a bee till I finally had the luxury of listening to what they had to say.
Had dinner @ 9 & then took a bath. All set, mama & I walked our way to a waiting cab, boarded it & headed for Howrah station. The trip us less than an hour & relieved me of Rs.140. It was just 11pm & my train was due to arrive only @ 3:30AM. We had no choice but to wait. Mama made the mistake of lighting a cigarette...and was promptly fined Rs.200, a bill that I had to foot.
This was followed by my frantic & near-futile attempt to get my SL ticket cancelled. I was in for some rude shocks. I learnt that different sections of the reservation counters catered to different sections of the railway. This made me shuttle like a cork between the old & new stations for the cancellation. Nearly all the counters were vacant, which was OK since the hour was odd. Those that were open would/could offer little help. None of these folks were willing to render any guidance. To make matters worse, these was no reservation found to be found anywhere! After trying for over half-an-hour to procure the form and failing, I asked one of the folks manning a counter if a plain paper would suffice...to which the moron firmly answered in the negative
I won't go into the details but my merciful pleas did finally find a fellow who took pity on my plight. He asked an attendant to look into my matter. That done, my ticket of Rs.503 was cancelled and I was returned Rs.251. My honor restored, I beat a hasty retreat to my mama's side.
Indian Railways is truly Indian. The Passanger Status page fails to live up to its name. It's now highly unlikely that I'll be able to cancel one of my tickets.
Monday, July 11, 2005
WL 1 for 2A.
Sunday, July 10, 2005
Friday, July 08, 2005
Oddpost has got me interested in the next version of Yahoo! Mail. It's nice to see that Yahoo! is striving hard to support Firefox in all its new products. The Yahoo! toolbar for Firefox, however, has not impressed me. It's going thru the testing phase, so maybe I should be more tolerant. But I'll still crib about the sloppy product.
Thursday, July 07, 2005
Wednesday, July 06, 2005
...rendezvous #2 happened. We bid our adieus and went seperate ways. The whole exercise taught me a few lessons:
- I have managerial skills.
- Managers are cheap and opportunistic. My self-esteem has taken a beating.
Tuesday, July 05, 2005
Listened to some Beethoven after this, including Symphony #7. Though it's highly regarded, I seldom relished it. Today, however, it managed to spin a magic around me.
Monday, July 04, 2005
If you think that was the end of my miseries for the day, you are mistaken. I took an auto to Gariahat to deposit a cheque into my account. I didn't know it was the weekly off-day for the bank!
At least Sify was open to let me blog my pitiable tale!
Sunday, July 03, 2005
Saturday, July 02, 2005
Friday, July 01, 2005
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