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LIKES: India, Music, Math, Dance, Advertising, Statistics, Optimism, Dreams, Strong opinions, Rains, Bike rides, Caribbean Sea, Jamaica, Waterfalls, Swimming, Stray dogs, Full moon, Tagore, F.R.I.E.N.D.S., Junglee sandwich, Phone talks, Jasmine flowers, Short work meetings, Fridays & Saturdays, Chocolate ice-cream at mid-night. HATES: Sweet tongued liars & Bitter tongued liars

Friday, September 29, 2006

Aah India

Fact: It takes 7 minutes for one email to download on Satyam dial up connection in Ahmedabad.

Fact: It takes a very strong willed Life Lover to go through the ordeal of starting her computer (8 mins) + connecting to satyam (3 mins) + logging on to the internet (1 min) + writing the blog (no approximation possible).

Satyam was solely responsible for ruthlessly cutting me off from my blog world throughout my unplanned India trip.

So here's a hats off wala salaam to all those active bloggers out there who do their thing- the dial up connections notwithstanding.

This had to be the one time in life that I took one of the fastest decisions (apart from the one time that I decided to run 17 miles in one day but that can be a story for another time).

So here I was sitting in my sad little cube at the office at 3.30 in the afternoon waiting for a meeting to start. At 7.30 the same evening, I was on my way to the airport- I had decided to go to India, bought the tickets, done the packing (sachee!) and set the longest vacation response in the history of Outlook all in a matter of 4 hours.

It was a whirlwind visit- 16 days- and even though I went for not such a pleasant occasion, I still filled my mind with mere desh ki lagan and my lungs with the polluted but mere apne desh ki hawa. Amidst the scooterist with a sly smile on his face and the sabjeewala with a terrorizingly loud voice calling out to me- I felt complete. Just as complete as kamal hasan felt in pushpak when he visited his chawl after that 5 star hotel experience.

Don't think I am losing my mind but I am actually enjoying jetlag since the last 3 days. September nights in northern california can be creepy and very very interesting- the air is crisper and having hot bournvita at 3.30 in the morning is real soothing. Not to mention my utter success at being able to ignore everything that G is saying in the morning in the next aisle. With my brain already dead by morning and my mind already asleep G can shout at the top of his voice and it may just sound like a lullaby to me. Aah the pleasures of jetlag :)

Music: Aye Saala from RDB
Mood: Wide awake and can solve 11 Statistics ke problem ABHI!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey not fair, you came to ahmd and ddn't call me?! :(

10:33 AM  
Anonymous aditi said...

its me aditi, sorry forgot to leave my name..chal call me sometime soon now, lots to talk!

12:18 AM  
Anonymous Vj said...

india trip!? unplanned? if i knew u were here, i'd have called u... anyways... hope u had a good trip.

2:00 AM  
Blogger Sudipta Chatterjee said...

Cool! I wish someone just sent me to India just like that once in a while.

So enjoying your jetlag, eh? Try some coffee with butter milk! :P

10:04 PM  
Blogger PSV said...

It was a crisp and a wonderful post.
Don't complain about anything in california, everything is perfect about that place :-)
india is polluted,dirty, corrupt but we still miss it,coz thatz home :-)
Keep Blogging!

4:01 AM  
Blogger Shreemoyee said...

Actually Pushpak is a lovely example, the smoke and smog never disillusioned me either and its always great to be home.

5:04 PM  

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