26th Feb 08
9.10AM: Texting best pal as I hit ORR (Outer Ring Road), on my way to the Airport for a 9.50 flight. Shit! Fat chance I am going to make it!
9.45AM: The security lady looks at the boarding pass and smiles. “Apni bangalee?” “Haan! Ami bangalee and I am late!” The PA girl is announcing my name. Last boarding call for passenger traveling on…damn! Of all the times this one had to be on time!
9.55AM: Squeezed between a teen reading ‘Rescued by a Sheikh’ at the window and a burping gent carrying two mobile phones that ring alternatively. Groan! Remember to be on time if you want your choice of seating.
10.15AM: Pleasantly surprised with the in-flight music menu. Dark Side of the Moon. Nothing better to block the burps next door!
10.20AM: Burpy decides to watch a comedy sitcom and laughs loudly. There goes Floyd!
10.30AM: M&B girl wrestles with the climax scene and coffee finally droping the coffee on me. For once I am glad they serve lukewarm coffee in flight. Burpy tries to help and extends his napkin. Before I can say thank you, he burps on my face. Help me God!
10.55AM: Hauling my case to the taxi. Mental note: Never agree to ferry parcels for others and manage only with cabin bag.
11.50AM: Yawn! How can meetings be so boing?
2.00PM: Aloo paratha at a tiny dhaba run by a punjabi proprietor who calls himself ‘Uncle’. I am glad we decided to try this out.
5.00PM: An angry text message from Dad. ‘HOPE ALLS WELL.’ Ooops! I forgot to call home again.
7.30PM: Leafing through books at Landmark@CitiCenter. Decide to pick up a few. Anyway my bag is empty after unloading the parcels.
8.30PM: Meeting an old workmate for dinner. We decide to go for chinese on the 3rd floor. The palate disappoints. Our conversation is solely ex-office bashing. He is someone I call a professional friend. The only thing common is our old workplace. I was never inclined to know more. So by the end of the meal we didn’t have anything to talk about.
9.25PM: I walk to my hotel, relieved. One more peripheral relationship serviced for this year.
27th February 08
1.37AM: Get some sleep! It feels good to be wild. Tch!
6.08AM: It’s the alarm. Damn this is criminal! Snooze for another hour please.
7.00AM: Get up! Now!
9.30AM: Coffee please.
11.00AM: Mid term reviews. Poor sods.
11.30AM: Wake up and smell the coffeeeee!
2.00PM: At Uncle’s Dhaba again. The same aloo parathas. Still tastes yummy.
3.00PM: I need to remain awake.
4.00PM: Airline girl calls to inform that the flight is delayed.
4.30PM: They ask me to summarize the meeting. Why can’t they let me sleep??
5.00PM: Airline girl calls again to inform further delay. Shit!
6.00PM: The taxi guy suggests a different route.
6.30PM: The flight is delayed by another hour. Halleluiah!
6.45PM: Settle down with coffee (yuck!) at the waiting hall. The next lady is working a suduko and canoodling with someone over phone. ‘Coochie, what plan for tonight?’ Coochie????
6.50PM:Inward thinking. Exploring my raison d’etre. The ageless bond of a nameless relationship comes to mind. It ends up worrying a most important person in my life. Press the brake girl, before the other breaks.
7.10PM: Announcement for security check.
7.15PM: A gent cuts the queue and slinks to the spot before me grinning in self glory. If only looks could kill.
8.30PM: Bejeweled Bangalore tantalizes. Snaking traffic glitters like lusty sequin chains choking the city to a slow death.
8.45PM: Finally home soil.
8.50PM: Mad rush at the baggage conveyor. The earlier obnoxious gent stands guarding with his trolley the only gap in the sea of waiting people. How will I reach my stuff??
8.51PM: I spot my case. Request the airline personnel standing closest to help. He pulls out my case and hitches up the handle for me. ‘Oh! Last in first out!’ the pesky gent quips. Goodbye, Loser.