Relative distance
Tuesday 26 December 2006


Ahem.. so a blog after a long time, you must be thinking.. time passes and so does life
making it a wonderful timepass.
I recently shifted the centre of my mass from what might appear in space to be a tiny speck in southern Tamil Nadu to another tiny speck near it,in Karnataka. But the differenece,believe me, is awesome.Our good old 'anna' no longer responds to our calls asking for a bargain in auto prices. And we are living on dust, carbon monoxide and its dioxide cousin for almost two hours of commute daily. And though no great intellects who may claim complimentary meals on an everyday basis, we hungrily look forward to 9 PM and then wait for an even longer 9.15 to strike to casually march into the dining hall to claim our free dinner.The neon lights and the slightly chilly evenings beckon us each day and the big malls invigorate our senses with the invite for movies,Mc Donald burgers and endless coke barrels..
The list could go on and on. So lets switch back to reality.
The last one month has seen me touching more than five Indian states, packing all that have been collected over the last six years as hosteller into cartons and suitcases and whatever containers (strictly a non-java one!), i could lay my hands upon. One suitcase stubbornly refused to close shut and I had to seek out the help of a human equivalent of a baby elephant to sit on top of the case until it was forced into submission. With one final creaky cry it closed. And hasn't openend ever since.
Now about the great commute.
Its a normal adage that people who are in the same common trouble seek out each other's company. So it was with us four. Three guys and a girl (not in a pizza place. the situation was very much unlike how Star tv portrays in the popular soap). Picture this : We get off 30 kilometres away from our destination as per the bus conductor's advise with approximately two heavy and one light baggage per person. After a clear understanding of the situation we were in,we decided to approach a sumo driver and book it for the reminder journey of 30 kms. After hearing rentals stretching from 400 to 900 rupees, reality bit again and we decided to wait for a local bus. Another surprise hit us. Everything was written in the local language and we could not make out either head or tail of it (though everything consisted of heads and tails only!). No one had made any effort to write the equivalent in English(our International language!) or Hindi(Our National language!). India is really a strange country with its myraid mysteries baffling even the most learned sociologists.Language is supposed to unite. Here it divides people( at least into two disproportionate halves : North and South).
Anyways, coming back to the point.
We changed two local buses and thereafter ended up paying more than twice the regular fare to the Guest house in the autorickshaw, than what it would have taken had we been travelling in the daylight. The only breather were the tickles that the ironical situation constantly kept giving us.. We finally reached at 9 PM. Whew!

That was more than one week back.
The transition since then has been equal in magnitude. From Mars to Pluto we've touched all. We travel in space shuttles and have a registered ID card (a few of my friends really
looking like aliens in the photos!),which allows our CEO to track us down from anywhere in the milky way.
Isn't that so honey sweet? [more than that i can't divulge cause I might be asked to pay a
huge price {that too in $!} as per my company's non-compliance policy (shhh..)]

So thats all for today fellas!
Have a nice good sleep tonight and wait for my next blog,which should come up anytime now.
And yes,please send in your comments. They are priceless!

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