If wishes were horses.....

Another world cup final goes into history. Couldnt help but wonder where was i same time last world cup. Pona world cup was a memorable experience. Friend veetla jollya koothadichikitu kummalam potukittu..vidia vidia watched the whole match. Match anniki evening itself assembled in that friends house. Half the time i would be in their house for my friends wife was an excellent cook and naan varenna enakaga potato roast, sambar rice athu ithunu en favourite dishesa poatu thaakiduvanga. That day we all decided to go out to Pizza hut in Bannerghetta road for dinner. Nalla round katti saaptutu went back to their place. Nalla arattai adichitu galatta pannikitu it was amazing fun and all had great time. It was on a sunday i guess and next day office poga manasillama ara thookathoda kelambi half day latea ponom :)Appo yosichi kuda paakala adutha world cupku enga yaru epdi irupomnu :) On 4 years time..one got married and has a kid.. another friend in that gang has settled in SGP and has 2 kids now (semma productivity :D ) and the third one also has a kid now. Demographye totala maaridichi :D so many changes in the span of 4 years. My TL from previous company, who was part of that group, remembered it and sent an SMS yesterday. Felt so good to see that message and also how much things have changed now :) from a group of carfree yuppies to "responsible" kudumbasthans, they've all become. Each one engaged in their own world of activities,hardly having time to meet. But we still keep in touch now over phone or mail. Would be wonderful to meet them all again with their kids in a similar environment :)I Wish that happens soon.

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My granma is going through her last stages :( She is so sick that everyone is now waiting for the news. Whenever our landline phone rings we pick it up with trembling hands preparing for the worst :( Its so goddamn depressing and sad. Logically practically i can brace with facts that she is touching 90 and considering the sufferings she goes through daily..well i dont even want to think beyond this. She is a very stubborn women and has single handedly brought up all her 5 kids. My granpa was into wood business and it was not a very profitable one it seems. She braved through many a financial loss and still has managed to shore up her kids. I used to be amazed by her memory. She never forgets anything and has a probing analytical mind. The kind of questions she would ask would put CBI to shame :) A very strong willed person who took good care of herself when she could. She always consulted her doc and would devotedly follow the medicine course prescribed. Even a month back she used to call every single day and talk for hours with my mom. It feels as if our phone would never ring :( She has already lost most of her memory but somehow remembers my name. I can never forget that she insisted in paying the initial amount for my computer class and when i paid her back after i got my salary she refused to take back the amount. Unlike my cousins who used to pester her to buy them toys and stuff..i never used to trouble her as a kid. She is always very fond of me and my sister and very proud over whatever little things we did. Even when she is sick, if she comes to know that if i am unwell she will call up and enquire and would pray for me. Everytime when i go to meet her she will ask me to come back soon to meet her again. I wish i continue to hear her say that for a lot more time to come.

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Did i tell u guys that my office is in another galaxy compared to my place of stay? Its almost like hundred kilometers one way and takes almost 2 hours daily to commute. If the accident prone, speed breaker infested, gruellingly slow signals dont kill you, sitting in that same position for 2 hours in that bumpy ride will.
One interstig thing about this travel are the drivers. I've met so many interesting characters till the time i joined :) Each one has become so close to me that even though i am not using their cabs whenever we meet there would be a warm exchange of greetings. Most of the cabs had radio but the kind of distance i travel, there would hardly be any signal beyond a certain limit and we would be discussing about everything under the sun to kill time. I am amazed at the resilence of some of those drivers who are the most abused lot in the organised work sector i've ever seen. They take 3 4 shifts a day without rest and if u think thats the worst..well they dont even get paid properly for their services. Some of them get paid only once in 3 months because of company policy..delay in payment and what not crap. At times money is deducted if they dont make us reach office on time. Its not that each of them is well off and are driving for pleasure. Its their only source of income and still they go through all these sufferings silently. Next time when u c a cab driver driving rashly..spare a thought for the poor guy and the kind of mental anguish he must be under. Not that i am trying to justify rash driving. But given the scenarios i get to hear from them..i wonder how they manage to concentrate on the road inspite of all this!! A big plus is the music system :) I get to play the CJ (Car Jockey) and would be belting out all my favourite numbers :) Even if i shout on top of my voice it wouldnt carry over all the noise :D So that way i manage to add to the noise pollution with my little bit of contribution :D I always wished that i should go on a long drive with blaring music and buzzzing around at 100 miles speed :D its getting fullfilled almost on a daily basis except that i am not in driver seat. Wish i've my porsche soon :)

Comments

Ramesh said…
Wonderful post gils. All three sub posts. Yes, World Cup, Olympics, all trigger that thought - how much changes in few years. Sadly, if you do reconvene together, you would find it no fun at all , for everything has changed.

Touching post about your grandma. We can, but only, pray for her.

Lovely post about the drivers. Your timely reminder that they are as human as us, trying to earn a living under harsh conditions and deserve much more kindness.

Gilsu - you are in superb form.
zeno said…
All the best to get your porsche very soon!
RS said…
Made me nostalgic with this post,Gils. Agree with Ramesh about the reunion - we have an image for each person, and when the person is not the same anymore (can't blame anybody for this), it's not all that fun! Been through this....

Prayers for your grandma!!

Drivers, servant maids, cleaners ---ppl who do their lil work and are almost unnoticed/uncared for. (Remember the cleaner in VR MBBS??)
Gils. your grandma one made me sad. Hope she recovers soon :( I have never seen my grandma so not sure how it feels to have a grandma.
Cab thingy.. can relate to it completely. It's nice to go with cabmates. I usually take my ipod and listen to it but the journey is so long that I get bored.
lostworld said…
Hope your grandma finds peace soon. To suffer in old age is agony :(

Btw there is no Pizza Hut on Bannerghatta Road now !!! Sob :'( Only Pizza corner/Dominos. Where exactly was it earlier? I'll sue them for moving!!
ambulisamma said…
Prayers for ur granny.
lakshmi said…
ahha... oru 3 masathuku apuram visit adikiraen... intha page open panna odanae i felt "che.. vaera etho blog vanthutom nu"

ore the english la peelingsu... chennai ku vanthu manda kanjiducha ungaluku
Deepa said…
On No.1- I think those fun, carefree days with friends get stuck in time and you can't carry them all along. Me and my friends from school always try and meet up whenever we can, given that we all are so widely dispersed. But can never get over those times we've had together. Things really change.

On No.2- Can relate to what you're going through for your grandma. I was very close to both my grandpas. A lot of what I am today is thanks to them. God bless her.

On No.3- Can't agree more! I am huge fan of Kannada music, thanks to my cab rides in Bengaluroo. Appreciate your telling the story from their side as their friend (and not a chronicler).
Vidya said…
Vidhya,

Call Dr. Sathyanarayana at 22247793 or 22247794. The numbers have changed since the last time I emailed you. This doctor is really good! Please call him!
gils said…
/Sadly, if you do reconvene together, you would find it no fun at all , for everything has changed/

:(( yeah thala..its like that saying..river waterla u cant wash ur feet in the same water. odi poidum. time with friendsum apdi thaan nenakren. u can get more gud times but nothing like gud old times :)
gils said…
@zeno:

thanksnga...that wud be a dream come true..not just a wish :)

@athivasi:

//we have an image for each person, and when the person is not the same anymore (can't blame anybody for this), it's not all that fun! Been through this....
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hmmm...ellarukumay apdithaana :) hmmmm
gils said…
@ak:

listening to songs in ipod is good..have a treat of blaring music in whizziiing car and traffic less road in blore climate!!wait a minute..that wud be called UTOPIA and it doesnt exist :D
gils said…
/Btw there is no Pizza Hut on Bannerghatta Road now !!! Sob :'( Only Pizza corner/Dominos. Where exactly was it earlier? I'll sue them for moving!!//

LOL :D u 2 a pizzahut fan is it :D hmmmm..if i remember right it was closer to that flyover. opposite to it was one huge mall (or was it an IT building??accenture??) not sure..
gils said…
@am:

danke

@laks:

heyyy..enga aal addresay kaanum!! hows u?
gils said…
//I think those fun, carefree days with friends get stuck in time and you can't carry them all along//

hmm...true..sad..but true :(

//Can't agree more! I am huge fan of Kannada music, thanks to my cab rides in Bengaluroo.//

LOL :D :D wud luv to hear u belt out the latest kannada blockbuster..that wud be interesting :)
gils said…
hey viddie...thanks :) u r a real sweetheart u knw that :)
Deepa said…
You've lost the opportunity to be sorry for what u've asked.... i just need someone to ask me to sing a kannada song... :D:D:D i'll post it on youtube and send u the link! :D:D u shud be careful abt wht u wish for, for it just might come true! :D
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Anonymous said…
deeps :) tht wud be reaaaallly interestin :D wats ur FB or gmail id? :)
Deepa said…
i think the gmail appears on blogger profile and fb id is the same!
RamMmm said…
On world cup - Hee Hee Hee. Sollittu aedho sollaama irukkeenga. Don't worry. By next World Cup, kuzhandai-kuttiyoda neengalum iruppeenga. :-)

On paati-Sorry about that. Some of my best rememberances are with my paatis. The description reminds me of my maternal paati.

On cabbies - Mmmm... yosikka vekkareenga. Aanalum most of them (along with a lot of the so called civil citizens) break the rules always, jumping signals when no one is there, cutting people esp. pedestrians, honking unnecessarily, jumping to the head of a line and jutting in, break-neck speeding like a a maddie, speaking on a mobile while driving etc etc. Konjam nalla buddhiyum sollunga, with your good offices.

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