Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Airport @ AHD

This post was written on 4th Feb 2007, in a Jet airways flight while fighting nausea and flying back home from Ahmedabad

35 – Number of days in this year so far
15 – Number of days I’ve stayed out of home this year so far

Generally, 15 would be the number of days I spend out of home in the whole year. And this time, it’s in just about one month! So you can imagine what it does to a homebody like me. Add to that the air sickness while traveling and there you go – ho gayaa kaam!

All my sleeping hours apart, I think I’ve spent less time at home and more time at airports and in planes this year. I hate it – the air travel – but sometimes it does give us some interesting experiences. Like the one I had while returning from Ahmedabad to Mumbai. We (that’s me and my colleague S) checked out of the hotel around noon and went for a little shopping spree in the city. We had no clue what sorta markets to visit so we’d both picked up a bottle of mineral water each from the hotel before leaving and put them in our handbags. While shopping we forgot all about them. We landed at the airport and dropped in for the security check, deposited our bags for the x-ray scanning and moved to the enclosure for our body scan. When we were thru with the frisking and scanning, we went ahead to pick our handbags. An old rustic gentleman picks our bags and beckons us to a table on the side there and asks us, “You have water in your bags?”
We were like, “Yes. Should we take it out?” Apparently, that’s what he wanted. So he nods and looks on while S and I pull out the bottles from our bags. We placed the bottles on the counter. Now, these were sealed bottles of a well known mineral water brand. So we expected the old man to nod and say, “Theek hai. Aap ja sakte hain”

But guess what, he tells us “Madam, aap aadha paani pee lo, aur baaki ka le jao saath mein!”
we asked slightly amused. This man actually wanted to check if the liquid we were carrying was really water or something else altogether! Can you guys believe it? Nothing like this had ever happened to either me or S and were really amused at the man’s request. Anyways, we opened our bottles, had a sip each and only then was the old man satisfied. Then, he coolly let us go and tended to the next bag that apparently had a knife.

Two thoughts came to my mind as I thought about this incident in the plane. One that the whole thing was highly amusing and his request seemed bizarre. What else could we have been carrying in the bottles??? The second was that the old man was dedicated to his job. He could’ve just seen the bottles and let us go, but he didn’t. He was taking his job really seriously. Small little thing it was, but he was cautious. Because sometimes, it’s these small little things that make a BIG difference.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

A new Taggie!

Here's a list of activities - classify them as have done, have not done and want to do.... its fun!

Climbed a mountain – a small one!
Said 'I love you' and meant it
Hugged a tree
Stayed up all night long and saw the sun rise
Gotten drunk on champagne – wine actually, but let’s not get too technical out here
Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment
Ridden a roller coaster
Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking
Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment – many moments (thank God!)
Had two hard drives for your computer
Had amazing friends
Midnight walk on the beach
In a restaurant, sat at a stranger's table and had a meal with them
Alphabetized your cds
Played in the rain
Fallen in love and not had your heart broken – touch wood!
Toured ancient sites
Won first prize in a costume contest – I guess second prize is as good!
Gotten a tattoo – a temporary one!!
Performed on stage
Spoken more than one language fluently
Sang loudly in the car, and didn't stop when you knew someone was looking
Broken someone's heart
Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol
Ridden a horse – albeit with a lot of help!
Eaten sushi – and liked it!
Had your picture in the newspaper – a grainy one!
Changed someone's mind about something you care deeply about
Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language – with household help all the time!
Had a booth at a street fair

Have not
Bought everyone in the bar a drink
Swam with wild dolphins
Taken a Ferrari for a test drive
Held a tarantula
Watched a lightning storm at sea
Gone to a huge sports game
Changed a baby's diaper
Watched a meteor shower
Given more than you can afford to charity
Had a food fight
Bet on a winning horse
Asked out a stranger
Screamed as loudly as you possibly can
Held a lamb
Seen a total eclipse
Hit a home run
Adopted an accent for an entire day
Taken care of someone who was drunk
Danced with a stranger in a foreign country
Watched wild whales
Stolen a sign
Gone rock climbing
Gone sky diving
Visited Ireland
Been heartbroken longer then you were actually in love
Visited Japan
Milked a cow
Pretended to be a superhero
Gone scuba diving
Played in the mud
Visited the Great Wall of China
Started a business
Played D&D for more than 6 hours straight
Crashed a party
Gotten divorced
Gone without food for 5 days
Rafted the Snake River
Been to Las Vegas
Recorded music
Eaten shark
Been in a combat zone
Buried one of your parents – *shivers*
Followed your favorite band/singer on tour
Created and named your own constellation of stars
Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country
Picked up and moved to another city to just start over
Had plastic surgery
Survived an illness that you shouldn't have survived
Lost over 100 pounds
Held someone while they were having a flashback- WHAT????
Piloted an airplane
Petted a stingray – almost did that on this vacation… you guys’ll read about it later!
Helped an animal give birth
Broken a bone
Gone on an African photo safari
Had a body part of yours below the neck pierced
Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild
Had major surgery – thank God
Had a snake as a pet – ewwwww
Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon
Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
Eaten kangaroo meat
Gone back to school
Petted a cockroach
Eaten fried green tomatoes
Read The Iliad - and the Odyssey
Selected one "important" author who you missed in school, and read
Killed and prepared an animal for eating
Skipped all your school reunions
Been elected to public office
Written your own computer language
Had to put someone you love into hospice care
Built your own PC from parts
Dyed your hair
Been a DJ
Shaved your head
Caused a car accident
Saved someone's life

Want to
Been inside the Great Pyramid
Taken a candlelit bath with someone
Bungee jumped
Visited Paris
Seen the Northern Lights
Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa
Grown and eaten your own vegetables
Touched an iceberg
Slept under the stars
Taken a trip in a hot air balloon
Looked up at the night sky through a telescope
Had a snowball fight
Backpacked in Europe
Taken a road-trip
Sung karaoke
Lounged around in bed all day
Kissed in the rain
Gone to a drive-in theater
Taken a martial arts class
Gotten married
Been in a movie
Made cookies from scratch
Ridden a gondola in Venice
Been on television news programs as an "expert"
Got flowers for no reason
Gone to Thailand
Bought a house
Been on a cruise ship
Raised children
Wrote article for a large publication
Won money on a T.V. game show
Slept for more than 30 hours over the course of 48 hours – sounds soooo good!
Visited more foreign countries than U.S. states
Visited all 7 continents
Thought to yourself that you're living your dream
Sold your own artwork to someone who didn't know you – almost did that once!

And I tag - Juneli, Ricky, DJ, Preeti & Navy

Monday, February 05, 2007

When anks changed professions- yeah, again!

The old visitors of my blog know how i went from being an engineer to a marketeer... Well a lot of others know it too... The self obsessed person that I am, I keep talking about it. And an interesting tale it makes too, so keeps the conversation flowing. But this post is not about that.
This is about the time changed professions again- albeit for a day!

Was in Ahmedabad was the last three days. Actually I am still there. This post is being typed on my cell phone as I wait for check out. Thank God for T9! Was in the city for an event apparently there was a lack of local man power (read grey matter) and so two of us from Bombay were to come down and help them. You wouldn't believe the frustration levels we went through in the two days that were meant for all the preparations. Oh God, I’m turning this into a crib session, and that wasn't on the agenda at all. So let’s cut to the evening of the event.

It was a campus rock idol zonal finals and we had a cool stall with a swanky touch screen kiosk and loads of colour handsets to give away. All we needed was a couple of good looking chicks to pull the crowd to the stall and direct them and direct them to the kiosk. Now how tough could that be? Apparently- very..! The girls we got weren’t exactly Miss India material, but they were ok. So we chose them. Prob began when they reached the event. Those girls didn't speak at all. They just didn't speak. The entire crowd seemed to be passing us by and one of our two ladies just stood like they were out on a picnic. The other one tried, but she wasn't getting the people enthused. The other one said ma’m an anchor can do this. We are promoters. Yeah right! Why the hell didn't you say any of this when I'd briefed you before the event? After about ten thousand briefings to them, I decided to take matters- read mic into my own hands. And that’s when I told the one who was trying lady, you get the crowd here, I'll manage it. For the next two hours, I got college kids to scream, sing, do sit ups, shout their fav band's name, their girlfriend's name, say tongue twisters, play antakshri and do God knows What...! I would tell them to do the first thing that came to my mind.... And shouted myself hoarse by the end of the event. There was no competing with the professional mc's who were at the nearby stalls, but I think I managed all right, especially with the support I had... God, I can't stand inactivity... And coming from a lazy person like me, that's quite a contradiction.

But if you ask me why I did it. The answer is simple. I was enjoying it. Really... And without being modest, I know I did a decent job... So there, I tried another profession... Now I think its time to try being a radio jockey... What do you say, huh?