Beyond Krishna

What would you name your autobiography if you ever plan to write one? Have you ever thought of that? I will name mine "Beyond Krishna".

Why the name beyond Krishna?? Coz everything changes in life when you go beyond a certain limit!

Repercussions

The words we utter have a great effect. Some spilt here andthere hurt people. I experienced this today. Amidst all these repercussions, my little one A Jr, gives me a smile and an ubbbba**. I look at him and smile back. A kid knows when exactly to smile. Thanks to him, my cherub!
** kiss

Dinner with S

My cousin S came over for dinner on Sunday. This is the first time she is visiting me. Her daughter,husband accompanied her.S and I are of the same age and are third cousins to be precise. Am supposed to call her “chithi” lol, but never did.
We share some beautiful memories together. I have spent days with her during my vacations when I was in school. She lived in the same place where my grand parents live, so anytime we are in my granny’s place, I am set to visit her atleast once. It was a time when there were no mobile phones, so my mom used to leave me in her place and then pick me up after 3-4 days. No inbetween calls to find out if “is she eating, is she comfortable” like we do today. I used to wear S’ clothes when at her place and she used to wear mine. We used to play all day with her lovely set of “choppu jaaman” (read little utensils in a kitchen set). Her father used to take us to their grocery shop, and we used to munch “naturo” mango bars, five stars(that came with a golden brown cover),raisins and if nothing was given, handful of wholewheat popped in the mouth that turns into a white chewing gum like stuff !
I very clearly remember, sometime in 1990 or so, there were some cute stickers that we can stick on our watch dials, and S gifted me a whole sheet of them… wow how I cherished them. S’ mom was an awesome cook and I can never forget how she always made “mundiri kothu” ( a sweet delicacy made in South India, with gram flour,jaggery and channa dhall) and “suyyam aka susiyam”(another sweet dish , little softer than the former). Yummmm…
When I had completed my graduation and wanted to look for a job, I came to Chennai where S lives. S got married then. I went straight to her place and stayed there for a month – thats the relationship we share. We had a wonderful time together then.S then went to south east asia and then to London,and is now in Chennai again.
We met after say 6-7 years and we had so much to speak about.. It is indeed good to meet old pals like this. Friendship is a beautiful thing and when its with someone in the family, its even more beautiful. Love you S. Wish you a wonderful life.

Soulmate

Who is a soulmate? Have you met yours?
Here is a wonderful read from Paulo’s Brida that explains more about this subject. I reread this so many times, coz I can relate to this concept so well. I met my soulmate — yipeeeeeeeeeeee!!!
From the book of Paulo Coelho – “Brida”
“We are eternal because we are all manifestations of God.That is why we go through many lives and many deaths, emerging out of some unknown place and going toward another equally unknown place. You must get used to the fact that there are many things in magic which are not and never will be explained. God decided to do certain things in a certain way and why He did this is a secret known only to Him.
The fact is that this happens.
And when people think of reincarnation, they always come up against a very difficult question: if, in the beginning, there was so few people on the face of Earth, and now there are so many, where did all those new souls come from?The answer is simple.In certain reincarnations, we divide into two. Our souls divide as do crystals and stars, cells and plants.Our souls divides in two, and those new souls are in turn transformed into two and so, within a few generations, we are scattered over a large part of Earth.And does only one of those parts know who it is???
We form part of what the alchemists call the Anima Mundi, the soul of the world. The truth is that if the Anima Mundi were merly to keep dividing, it would keep growing, but it would also become gradually weaker. That is why, as well as dividing into two, we also find ourselves. And that process of finding ourselves is called Love. Because when a soul divides, it always divides into a male part and a female part.That’s how the Book of Genesis explains it: the soul of Adam was split in two, and Eve was born out of him.
In each life, we feel a mysterious obligation to find at least one of those Soul Mates.
The Greater Love that separated them feels pleased with the Love that brings them together again.
But how will i know who my Soul Mate is??? By taking risks.
By risking failures, disappointment, disillusion, but never ceasing in your search for Love. As long as you keep looking, you will triumph in the end.
Is it possible to meet more than one Soul Mate in each life?Yes.
The essence of Creation is one and one alone. And the essence is called Love.Love is the force that brings us back together, in order to condense the experience disperesed in many lives and many parts of the world.
We are responsible for the whole Earth because we do not know where they might be. Those Soul Mates we were from the beginning of time. If they are well, then we, too, will be happy. If they are not well, we will suffer, however unconsciously, a portion of their pain. Above all, though, we are responsible for reencountering, at least once in every incarnation, the Soul Mate who is sure to cross our path. Even if it is only for a matter of moments, because those moments bring with them a Love so intense that it justifies the rest of our days.
We can also allow our Soul Mate to pass us by, without accepting him or her, or even noticing. Then we will need another incarnation in order to find that Soul Mate. And because of our selfishness, we will be condemned to the worst torture of humankind ever invented for itself: LONELINESS.
happy thinking!!!

Change

There are few things I’d like to change around me.
1. HONKING – This should be CHANGED. I hate to hear the honking noise. When really needed, please do, but where there’s no soul in front of you blocking your way or barring traffic rules why the *#!% do you honk???
2.INDIAN PENAL CODE - How relevant can the IPC be when it is totally outdated.Crimes and Criminals have greatly changed from the time IPC was drafted.
3. APPLICATION OF STUDY - Why dont our educational systems teach students first aid care, CPR, cooking for oneself, driving, gardening, martial arts, filing a complaint at any public office (police stn / EB /Corporation etc) ? Are’nt those inevitable to us??
4. UNIFORM- If uniforms are provided in school for considering every student the same, why is it not followed at all offices?Makes life more simpler.
5. PUBLIC TRANSPORT - I really appreciate cities where metro rail helps us a lot like Chennai,Mumbai,Kolkata. How about all other growing cities adapting to the same. Also when do the state transport plan to upgrade their buses?
6. PUBLIC TOILETS - Please , these need a change! Why do we hesitate to use the public toilets – unclean,stinky,yuck – how many words come to us when I say that! There should be a sanitation ministry I feel. Not to forget train toilets and the airport toilets.
7. HERBAL crap – If cosmetic products are created from aloe,bergamot,lime,honey,milk,fruits etc why the heck do we buy these,might as well buy the above natural resource and use it.
8. ORGANIC – Dude, we Indians were always using organic manure that was cheap in cost.It was other countries who made us use fertilizers and now all are getting back to square one and charge a whopping amount for such organic produce!
9. CLOTHES and EYES – A woman wears what she wants. Please refrain LADIES AND GENTLEMEN to give her those horrid looks, to make her feel uncomfortable. She knows what she is wearing and you dont need to teach her. If you have any suggestions, please use it yourself.
10. TELEVISION - When I was a child, DD promptly used to shut down all its programs by 10 I guess and resumed at 6 am. Why has this been changed? Why do we have 24X7 relay of programs? Isnt that an unwanted service. If you dont agree, please let me know how many of you’ll watch TV at 4 am..
ooh too much of feelings … time to relax .. cya

Swim in the rain

This summer like every other year made everyone in chennai say “Phew, last summer wasnt this bad, its terrible now”. It was raining cats and dogs all over the state, but not a drop in Chennai. The rain was dodging us, in the last 20 days like a cat and mouse game. It used to slighty drizzle and before we could realize it was raining, it would stop

A Jr wanted to go for a swim at 5 pm yesterday. We went to the aquatic complex nearby. He was swimming happily and then it started to get dark.I alerted him to come out of the pool and take a shower. Like every other 5 year old he readily disagreed, and continued to swim
It started to drizzle and he started to love the feeling of getting wet by rain and swimming in the pool.It started to rain heavily and I almost yelled at him looking at the weather. Then he finally listened to me and came out of the pool with a long face. I was momentarily guilty, for having spoilt the fun
Once he was out, I asked him if he wanted to go for another dip, his eyes were gleaming ;) He jumped in joy and went and played for some more time. And then it poured..Almost everyone left the pool due to the rain. We both were the only ones there!
The rain slashed the city. Trees were swaying and there was plenty of water running down the streets.After he was content, with his swim,he looked at me and asked if we could leave, I smiled. Then we quickly got ready and and I helped him with his raincoat and we zoomed back home in the bike.Went home, made some toast and cocoa for the little wonder, we pulled up a chair and looked out at the downpour as he was quietly sipping the cuppa,sitting on my lap all curled up! He hates to get his feet wet(Jus like me)! A beautiful feeling to enjoy the weather with your loved ones.
Rain is something people would long for, but once it starts, they start to crib about hygiene, inability to leave the house and consider it as an an inconvenience But A Jr and I love it! This evening it was so much fun to experience swimming in the rain.
What an eventful evening!
Got reminded of this bumper sticker on facebook, it says
So there’s this boy………….
He kind of stole my heart
he calls me “mom”!

Nice thought!

Read this in TOI today .. loved the quote. It set a thinking cloud in me early in the morning.. So many times in life we are treated this way.. Enjoy the thinking! Catch you soon.
“So, let’s put it like this: I asked for a small round ice-cream cake with a cherry on top… and I got a 3-tier German chocolate cake with an extra supply of mango soufflĂ© and butter cookies!! Now, that’s great. But the point is… where is my “small round ice-cream cake with a cherry on top?? Is that too much to ask for?”
Another way to look at this is, be happy and content when life offers you something more when you ask for less? If that be the case, should we be thankful for what we recieved or grieve that we didnt get what we wanted??
Thinking cloud rising …..

Mobile phone saga

My first mobile phone was a Nokia 2100.. I got this for the dumb reason that every other person in my first team had this. It had a very userfriendly menu and it was my first association with NOKIA phones. Till date am not as comfy as I am with this company’s mobile, when compared to a SonyEric(most confusing) or a Samsung (horrible !!).


I got this as soon as I found a job in Bangalore. Came in handy when I wanted to talk to my near and dear ones. Still a good phone and had all what we require to make or recieve calls and to message. period! No super dooper facilities in it. I was happy with this one.
After using it for a year or so, my mind started to look for a fancy mobile, with color display, MMS, camera,etc. I also wanted something like a slide or open out mobile handset, a little expensive and glossy. I found a really sleek one, small compact one – Nokia 6111! A collegue’s husband had gifted her with this one from the middle east. I loved it the moment I saw it. Didnt want to buy in Bangalore, so came down to Chennai and bought it in Univercell with my friend. He drove me all the way to this outlet in Besant Nagar(that was when Univercell started up). I bought it for 11000 and loved it a lot. I exchanged my 2100 for 1500 bucks, after buying it for 6000!!!

This mobile was the first one in my mobile saga to fail miserably. The display went blank after some time and disappointed me .. Also the sim card was difficult to insert and replace. But the phone looked great from outside. I truly appreciated the megapixel camera, and the flash ! Took many memorable pics and vidoes with this !! I got introduced to MMS only through this phone

Then moved to Chennai, went to Nokia priority just opposite to Satyam cinemas. We had booked tickets for a movie there, and had to while away 20 minutes. Our generation has a ridiculous habit of overspending and buying nonsense when we just have nothing else to do. We either overspend or eat when we are free I feel. So off goes another 5000 bucks for a new phone. Husband dear loved this phone and the docking system that came free with this phone which now sleeps in my attic amongst other junk! He is the reason for this expenditure – goes without saying!! A Jr broke my mom’s phone so I parted ways with my phone!! I forgot the model so cant google for the image… Nokia 6xxx I guess!! I had it for hardly 3-4 months

I had got this unlocked smart phone for dad on June 3rd 2007 from the US. Its a palm treo 680.I bought it in the Palm store in San Francisco Airport at around 10 pm Dad loved it, but was a little jittery to use it owing to its size and features. He was baffled with its n many features (Back in 2007,a hifi phone like this would seriously scare any elderly person in India).So it was in mom’s cupboard cum bureau happily sleeping.
After I gave my phone to mom, I was happy with my phonelessness!! hee hee… (these days when every college goer, milk man, maid, pookari (flower seller), kai kara paati(vegetable vendor) has one,Iwas looked upon as if I was an alien on this planet! How can you be, without a mobile phone, my friends used to ask me. “You mean everytime I need to talk to you, I need to dial to your hubby’s phone and ask him to give the phone to you??????????” my sisters asked! Oh yeah -that was the practice in the good old land line days!! Not the husband’s phone though, it was common to every home had one land line. I still remember our first phone at home 25928! A red phone we had to put our fingers into the respective digit and pull till the end to dial! True dialing !!! STD, Trunk Calls, phonogram – lovely memories!!


So my mom suggested “unga appaku nee thantha phone summa than iruku, eduthu use pannu, ilana thuru giru pudichirapothu .. lol (translation: the phone that you gifted dad is not being used, use that, else it may rust!)”.. And hence here I am using a Palm Treo Nice one, like it. A Jr loves the concept of “Touch screen” wherever it is used. Be it my iPod Touch or this phone .. he gives a nakkal siripu (chuckle in ridicule) at other ipods/phones when he has these gadgets in hand.. These kids!! He asked my dad to gift him a touch screen TV and laptop for his birthday. Should I say dad was flabbergasted at this gift idea!! A Jr is a guy with B-I-G dreams indeed.
Thats it with the mobile saga..buzz me when you can. adios amigos for now!!

A B C D ..

A – Available/Single? married
B – Best Friend? I’m sure he/she is reading this (lol)
C – Cake or Pie? The Apple pie made during thanksgiving ’08
D – Drink of choice? Amma’s filter kaapi !!!
E – Essential item you use every day? Lipstick & Moisturiser
F – Favorite colour? White
G – Gummy Bears Or Worms? Gummy,Yummy
H – Hometown? Madurai
I – Indulgence? Oryza in Chennai
J – January or February? Jan, love the new year celebrations
K – Kids & their names? Son, A Jr
L – Life is incomplete without? Friends
M – Marriage date? 23/May
N – Number of siblings? 2 sisters
O – Oranges or Apples? Apples, hands down
P – Phobias/Fears? Hate class arachnida
Q – Quote for today? Live the moment!
R – Reason to smile? Darling son
S – Season? Breezy
T – Time ? Now
U – Unknown fact about me? I can live on apples for 3 days at a stretch.
V – Vegetable you don’t like? Gweeeeeeens
W – Worst habit? Shopping like there is no tomorrow
X – X-rays you’ve had? Just one, my little finger on my left hand, a month ago.
Y – Your favorite food? My mom’s “vathakina kari” (lamb gravy)
Z – Zodiac sign? Undoubtedly a scorpio!

Health is wealth

My friend has been diagnosed with Cancer. And it was found out recently. She has sinus problems since childhood. All the time when she had a bad cold, nose bleeds, numbness and difficulty to breath, she thought it was the sinus disturbing her. After a nose block removal surgery, her biopsy spelled out ”Cancer”.
Just pondering how careless we are with our health. A small issue(?!) sinus has just turned her life around. The word cancer scares us all ,and we are alarmed when we hear it. Cancer can affect anyone Doctors say. Here is a little insight into cancer.
Cancer (medical term: malignant neoplasm) is a class of diseases in which a group of cells display uncontrolled growth (division beyond the normal limits), invasion (intrusion on and destruction of adjacent tissues), and sometimes metastasis (spread to other locations in the body via lymph or blood).
These abnormalities may be due to the effects of carcinogens, such as tobacco smoke, radiation, chemicals, or infectious agents. Other cancer-promoting genetic abnormalities may be randomly acquired through errors in DNA replication, or are inherited, and thus present in all cells from birth. (so u cant really be safe, it can affect anyone)
Any organism, even plants, can acquire cancer. Nearly all known cancers arise gradually, as errors build up in the cancer cell and its progeny.Most forms of cancer are sporadic, meaning that there is no inherited cause of the cancer.
Cancer is NOT a transmissible disease.
The cancer-fighting components of food are also proving to be more numerous and varied than previously understood, so patients are increasingly being advised to consume fresh, unprocessed fruits and vegetables for maximal health benefits.
People with suspected cancer are investigated with medical tests. These commonly include blood tests, X-rays, CT scans and endoscopy.
Cancer can be treated by surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, immunotherapy, monoclonal antibody therapy or other methods. The choice of therapy depends upon the location and grade of the tumor and the stage of the disease, as well as the general state of the patient (performance status).Complete removal of the cancer without damage to the rest of the body is the goal of treatment.
Cancer has a reputation for being a deadly disease. While this certainly applies to certain particular types, the truths behind the historical connotations of cancer are increasingly being overturned by advances in medical care.
(Thanks to wikipedia)
Lets take a little more care and pay attention to the wealth we have – our health! My friend’s surgery is scheduled tomorrow. Am praying. Take care people!

Here and there

This post was written in 2008 and I had posted this in another blog I'd thought I'd maintain along with this :) As expected, that didnt work so here come all the posts from there


Dated July 30 , 2008



Me back from Dubai, moving too quickly to Chennai. Wonder what more reasons a human being can think of while dropping papers in a company he/she is employed with. I said my spouse found a job there, my manager gives me a strange look,smiles to himself and then says “good na, you can stay more hours in office or go onsite with no reasons to come back for some time” :0 REASONS!!
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Last week, I hear the noise of ambulances speeding away in the main road close to office,continuously. Wondering why so many ambulances in a row, I got up and walked up to the reception. Then my aunt calls up from a small place in tamilnadu around kanyakumari called “agasthiswaram” and asks ” Are you guys safe?” . I didnt know what to say, I asked her “en chithi? enachu” , she says ” there are 6 blasts in Bangalore”. She saw the news of blasts as flash news in sun TV. It was then I realised whats happening around me. Calls came pouring in for all collegues from near and dear asking about where they were.(Friday – where else, in office only!) We guys sit inside big buildings, in front of the desktop/laptop , engrossed in work, quite forget what’s happening outside, whether its raining or if it is day or night . Had my aunt not called, I wouldnt be informed of all this. Are we becoming insane ? DUNNO
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Weekend in Chennai, that too in a not so hot time of the year? What more can u ask for. Majority of my friends are in chennai, thats another excuse. I simply love chennai for all it has - the weather, the people.It comes as a close second to my native place! Where are the house rents heading in chennai??? I seriously dunno. A simple home (600-700 sq ft) costs 10,000 to 12,000 bucks.And it isnt furnished mind u. I have no clue how we are going to find a home. Any help/suggestions welcome.
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My kiddo is in LKG now. Here are some of his conversations
Me: Dai A, homework panna vada
A: Vara matain. Kai valikum. (Note: He’s has to write around 5 ‘A’s or ’1′s)
To My Dad(who has fractured his wrist): Thaatha, entha nai ungala kadichuthu? Neenga enna paninga atha??
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bye for now!

Dubai

This post was written in 2008 and I had posted this in another blog I'd thought I'd maintain along with this :) As expected, that didnt work so here come all the posts from there
Dated June 16,2008

Everytime I visit a new place, I never bring with me the description and the ideas of people who have visited that place earlier. I like to see it fresh, and everything I see should be new to me I feel. So I restrain from asking people advices/tips before leaving to a new country. So this time its Dubai !
Different – This is one word that comes to my mind when I saw Dubai for the first time. The people have a great mix – I mean it being cosmopolitan in the true sense. People from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh,Lanka, all over europe,south east asian countries and of course our dear China (I was baffled looking at their population in the United States).
Lets start from weather – its HOT! However since the major part of our time is spent at office/home/car where all these are air conditioned. Food – You get anything and everything in the world here, like anjappar,saravana bhavan,sangeeta,udupi,vasanta bhavan,sukh sagar… u name it – its available here! People are indeed independant and friendly dont find anything strange out here when compared to India.
Now to more personal reflections …..This morning I was making a cup-a coffee for me in the office cafe. Someone was in queue behind me, I could sense that, so speeded up the preparation. Immediately that person asked me “Kerala …?” I am like ” I’m sorry ?”. He says “kerala….?” again. I told him “Are you asking me if I am from Kerala? Well no”. Then this gentleman says ” I thought Kerala” .. Oops what am I to infer from that. Highly emb..
Then he asked “then ..?” I said ” what?” He says “where in India”. Now I sensed he wasnt comfortable conversing in English, so I said “I am from TamilNadu”. He said “oh thamizha ?” I guess a tamizhian feels immense joy in meeting a fellow tamizhian outside India!! Then he said he has come here on some subcontract and helps people scan documents and file it, and also said he is froma remote place near Tanjore. Nice!
Doesnt really apply only to tamizhians,I guess – I found people rejoicing at the sight of Indians in foreign countries before. Anyways lets conclude people sense a special comfort amongst their race/creed..
I wanted to pen about 2 incidents that happened today . The one above is the first and the second is during the lunch time. A woman clad in a burkah (or purdah) came from behind and asked me if she could occupy the chair next to me. I said “oh sure”. She must be from UAE I guessed looking at her. She asked me “you from India” – again!! I said “yes,Bangalore” (remembering the tip from the previous incident) she said “wow I love India…. Do you like Dubai??” I said “Thats really nice. Yup, I seem to like Dubai”. Then again she asked “first time Dubai” and quickly said she was more comfortable in Arabic or Hindi than English. Then she continued in Hindi. She said she works for the customer care division. Hmm good to have lunch with someone who doesnt crib about the SQL query they wrote which didnt provide the result he wanted or someone who weighs the pros and cons of Oracle Fusion between gulps of food.
Then she went onto “Indian Mehndi, Hyderabadi biriyani” then she asked me married ? I smiled in return. She said she is married and has 5 children (2 girls and 3 boys). I thot for a while and asked her since when are u married.. she said 2000!! Wow- that is surely a good number of children in 8 years! Cant imagine the amount of patience she must be having to manage a mini-nursery!
Then she said “We were born and brought up here in UAE, and that she was originally from Ajman. Then went on saying, there was a time when anything we wanted, our parents used to go to India to buy that and come back and she also asked me if you still use those big 500 rupee notes..”. I was’nt sure if that big 500 rupee note is the one still in practice or those R-E-A-L-L-Y wide notes used in the 50 and 60s. I smiled for this too. We chit chatted for some more time and then got up to leave.
She gave me a little hug and said “come again to Dubai”. I was dumbfounded, man -what a nice thing to say to a visitor!!!
Thanks to Dubai for the hospitality. I will be back sometime.
Varta…. (thats will be back soon in tamizh)

Adventures of BIAL

This post was written in 2008 and I had posted this in another blog I'd thought I'd maintain along with this :) As expected, that didnt work so here come all the posts from there.


Dated: May 29, 2008


I had planned a trip to Madurai last week. Deccan flies to Madurai twice a day , once in the morning around 6.55and another in the evening at 5.30. I had booked tickets by the morning flight on Saturday to Madurai and for the return from Madurai I had chosen the morning flight from madurai at 9 am.
I booked my tickets on the auspicious day of May 23rd, no knowing that all flights from Bangalore would depart from the new Bangalore International Airport(BIAL) from that night around 1 am onwards. Once I booked I got an sms saying your flight will depart from Devanahalli airport at 6.55 am tomorrow. What???????!!!! Not from HAL, I thought this BIAL thing came into existence post May only!!
Then started the saga. I had a long Friday and retired home around 10pm from office. Had’nt packed anything so packed a small bag of my stuff and went to bed! I set the alarm for 3.30am! I was scared by my friends and family that this BIAL existed in a place around 35 kms from the city. That means from city limits, and I live somewhere towards the south of the city – so guess how many kms that would be!! All set for the journey on bike, I dozed off to sleep.
Tring.. Alarm sounded, as usual snoozed it and dozed. It rang agani in the next 5 minutes and then I realised the hectic travel I had to experiment in the next half hour. So woke up, brushed and thought for a moment about a bath. Oh come on I’m gonna be in Madurai in the next few hours and I can have a long bath at my fav.bathroom at home. Dressed up, grabbed that Jerkin and scarf to protect me.
Woke him(the person who has been lucky enough to marry me) up and said lets go. He took a while to get dressed up and we left home at 4.15 sharp. The journey on the bike at this wee hour we were discussing. We were wrong, it wasnt that wee in Bangalore, saw a lot of people returning from their BPO shifts and some early takers for bus services all our way.
Successfully reached Devanahalli – bid a big bye to him and said – Drive safe – you are going back alone (as if I am the biggest guardian around). Then checked in and sat in the waiting hall before the deccan counter. I saw the schedule IPTV display, bad – it indicated all flight till 6.25 am only. I thought it might be a list and will have refresh soon. But it never did- another way to alarm me – lady its not gonna work out as u planned.
I hadnt picked up any book to read in the hurry, so went to a bookstand(Crossword I guess). The salesman gave me the stupidest smile ever saying “Ma’am you can see the books on display, but the billing counter hasnt started operation” . I wanted to ask him few questions but kept my cool and walked to the coffee day next.
They had a breakfast menu – Idlis!! 80- bucks for 2 idlis,some cold coconut chutney(so many C’s). Darn.. But okay – t’would help me as this Godforsaken Deccan doesnt serve decent breakfast on board. So breakfast at 6.30am!! 20 bucks for water. Swish 100 bucks gone in a jiffy. I decided not to have my morning coffee here. Let me land in Madurai and help myself with the caffeine!!
7am they called for boarding! Happily I walked to the terminal..



Boarded the bus that takes passengers to the aircraft. Once we reached the hanger where the ATR crafts were kept(or can I say parked ??), we were asked to stay in the bus itself for the next 40 mts, stating that our baggages havent arrived from the airport So people got down stood next to those noisy ATR aircrafts and took pictures!! Please… I picked a snap of an Indigo ATR craft standing next to the Kingfisher -Deccan flight I was supposed to board. I felt humiliated when my son asked me to show him the picture of the “helicopter” again when I showed him the snap, later that day!! :O
Finally the baggages arrived, and we were bound to Madurai by 8.45 after the long wait for our sequence to take off!! Landed in Madurai, went home, and had a good sleep for an hour – made it up for having woken up so early that day. Happy saturday and Sunday.
Monday Morning!! Yuck!! How I hate a day when I have to return from Madurai to the daily grind of office & home in Bangalore. Wish I was little and stayed with mom and dad all life !! Anyways, coming to the point, I left home around 6.40 to board the flight at 8 am.
When I was there for check in the “deccan” girl at the counter gave me a smile and said ,” I’m afraid its gonna take more time ma’am.. ” NO!! Not again.. I had breakfast, finished that month’s issue of Goodhousekeeping, the weekly India today and got bored and picked up Paulo’s Brida at the airport bookstore. Pages were moved, time was flying -no news of boarding. It was 10 am , I got up and asked “how much will you refund me if I am cancelling my ticket now??” to the same girl. She smiled and said 100%. I said go ahead and cancel. She took 20 mts to do that and I lost patience and asked her “how much more time do u need for a simple cancellation?” She smiled again (God only knows why??? )”Ma’am your flight has landed, it will be ready for departure in 10 mts”. I asked her “so u cancelled my ticket?” she said “No!” – God Bless!! Then I quickly boarded and reached bangalore at 12 noon.
Now comes the worst part, how do i get home and then go to office? Its more the 55 kms from my home!!!!! Gave my manager a call and explained the sitn in brief. Someone had sent me an email talking of airport to city – shuttle. I enquired and quickly boarded a volvo bus with a whopping 150 bucks taken away. Hey u guys build an airport so far away , why should I pay so much for the conveyance man, isnt all this included in that nasty airfare??? The bus started at 1 and by the time it reached my place it was 3 pm. Only God can save people from Bangalore traffic. The worst in the world I’d proudly say.
I called up office, said I’m on leave and went to sleep.
So total expenses that day was :
Airfare -2700
Airport expenses(snacks,books) – 500
Volvo bus ticket – 150
Thats a total of 3350 bucks !!!!!
If I had taken the train/bus the previous night i would have reached bangalore latest by 7 am and would have headed to office at 9 as usual.. This is my last venture with Deccan – That I can promise. And for BIAL – unless its for a trip abroad – I am never visiting you again !!!