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On 26th afternoon, on the way from Bangalore home (HSR layout) to Airport Mahesh and I were discussing about how we disgust about many things around us, especially the ones we never dared to question in our earlier lesser privileged avatars. He narrated one simple incident about how bad he felt about a recent visit to the Bangalore railway station. We all know that Indian railway stations and trains in general has a unique smell. No point in guessing its origin. The point however is our distaste to be in such places, at a time of our life when we can afford to ‘simply fly’ (so says Air Deccan slogan..). Some times, these software jobs and good salaries get us to a point where we become almost intolerable to anything less than super luxury. Gone are the days we could think of going in a no-luxury KSRTC for a full night travel. Volvo buses have become the de facto bus for travel.

Only the other day, on the republic day special on IBN, there was a discussion on how Indians feel about their country and so on.. There was an interesting statistics. People outside India feel very strong about Patriotism, but on a second question on how many would like to feel the hassles of Indian life: Well, you guessed how many responded positive there!

I however do not feel that we are wrong to have this natural feeling. This was just an observation. Ofcourse everything in your life change with your income. In that sense it is just a natural truth. These days pre school fees for a child is multiple times more than my entire university education. The reality however is that, still there are millions out there on this very same world, feeling proud and enjoying a three hour ordinary KSRTC bus trip through the coast of Kerala. Indeed it should be that way. There is space for these little happiness in every bodies life.

mahesh was asking me, what if Broadcom stocks rocks and he make more money. Well, then cars other than Mercedes will become un tolerable!

Rajdeep Sardesai and Yours truly! Well not many similarities. Nevertheless, we both work in the same building. This very same Express building in Film city, Noida NCR New Delhi, India. Conexant Systems ( and CNN IBN ( share offices here in Express towers with Freescale ( This afternoon, during the lunch break, we happened to bump across at the ground floor lift. First it was a nice pleasant surprise to see the man himself in real frame… not on TV screen as in Bangalore. The former Rhode’s scholar is quite taller tham I had anticipated. Well, I wanted to take a photograph, but then these are early days. Who knows, we may become better friends in the coming days:-). They say it is a small world, but never expected it to be this small He He..

I wanted to write a lot more about the Bangalores and Noidas. May be next time.

Venu’s wedding at Trichur..

Myself and Appu attended Venu’s wedding on 25th Jan 2006 at the now famous Trichur! Trichur being so ‘famous‘, the bus crew didnt even bother to notice this famous town on their way to Ernakulam (from Bangalore). In true megadeth tradition, we alighted at some place called Ollur and travelled back to Trichur. Being the cultural capital, the auto fellow, charged one-and-a-half fare at 7.30am in the morning. Appu however didnt teach any further culture to the gentleman.

Anyway, as you would expect at any season, we were served the best breakfast by Babu’s mom. One line of thought for Babu’s Indica car here. We were offered (rather dared to request it in the first place) the car’s service and took it. Then it was all an experience. It had some stick in the place where you see ‘gear-stick’. It works based on the well known Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle. Probably with a conjugate operation as well. The first gear for this was marked almost at the reverse gear position. At any time, you couldnt be sure on the exact position of the gear lock. Only with certain probability you can make any assurance. I could write a sonnet or two about its accelerator as well. But later..

Our arrival at the wedding house almost coincided with their departure to the wedding hall. Venu looked stunning in his white wedding attire. Perhaps wedding day is one of those beautiful occasions when everyone looks at their best (whether everyone like to be there in an ever smiling mode is debatable. SB would beg to opine on this).

At the wedding hall, Appukutts almost fell in love with a certain blonde. All sort of conspiracy theory, we worked out around her. As a true friend, I offered my share in making the theory strong enough to self argue that she is atleast engaged, if not married. We had to wait, monitor (and even book a seat just behind their row) until the lunch feast and then her departure to get the arguments stronger. It was a sad end to his three hour ‘nearly wed’ mode when her sister in law introduced her to some relative..”She has put on weight after wedding… what is the secret…hehe...” All at take was the black Santro car’s number and a photo. There was some uttering around me at that moment. ‘..Idiot!..’
Now readers question for this day. Who is this ‘Idiot‘ he is referring to? One clue. It is not me. May be a second clue. It is a ‘He‘ and not ‘She‘ !
..Who said it is all over?. Imran Khan would’ve said, there nothing impossible! If nothing promising happened yet, Appu knitted down a dummy model for himself, on how his would be look like:-)

Since I had to reach Bangalore early, I couldt spend too much time at the cultural capital. Appu however was other offering in the form of further tea-parties from prospective families around.

Some snaps from this Venu’s wedding. I am due to file some from Ramani’s and SB’s wedding too.


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