Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Homeward bound..tick tock..

This is the sad part of not owning a lappy anymore.... till 2 days ago, I was bursting with things I wanted to write about.... but I cudn't then... and now that I've finally sat down to pen it, all I get is the silly song that's been stuck in my head ...

"Pocket mein rocket, pocket mein rocket...pooocket mein rocket hai ,pooocket mein...."

The big news is that I've come home to gurgaon! Just for the holidays though..... It was so easy in college... bunk a few lectures...go home (or wherever required :P) .... but now you gotta apply for a leave...convince your boss that it's absolutely, positively critical that you go .....
gets at you at times ...
but then again, I'm not the only one who misses college..... so everyone who's in it right now, have FUN !

The journey home was a tough one. It was one of those times again where everything seems to go haywire..... I'm sure all of you are aware of the agitation happening in Andhra Pradesh nowadays..the Telangana issue... not gonna talk about that, dnt worry ....
So, my train was late.
No no no no no, this was no ordinary late.....let me elaborate...

The train was due to depart at 6 in the evening on the 25th..... so after coming back from work on the 24th, we went out to booze ...christmas eve, after all. (I love the way we Indians celebrate everything..Diwali, Eid, Christmas...all festivities... hic !)
We wished everyone a merry christmas afterwards... I think even a lotta ppl whom we didnt know :P (yes, these details are important)

I woke up next morning only to find I still had like 8 hours left for the train and did my packing at leisure.... somehow something clicked in my head and I called the Indian railway helpline for the train details.... the train was late by 4 hours !
Great. I quit packing and went out for lunch...I checked with the helpline an hour afterwards...the train was 5 hours delayed now.
Rolling my eyes, I went to the cybercafe (yea, bad days ppl).... surfed around for a bit... came back, finished the packing.

Now what ? The train was supposed to depart at 11 in the night now... nothing to do but wait.....
I had asked a friend to accompany me to the station... so he had come over.... not wanting to sit at home, all packed .... we left for another friend's place ... saw this Ben Stiller movie ... I think it was called 'Rolling thunder' or something...... pseudo- funny...

Dinner.
9 o clock... 2 hours to go... I decided It'd be better if I reached the station by 10 ....
I was alone now.... asked my friend to go home, no point in both of us waiting ...
The display at the platform said my train was due at 12.30 now.....
I was glad for two things then... waiting rooms and books.
I had taken a copy of 'To kill a Mockingbird' from a colleague .... I made a place for myself in the waiting room...and started to read....

I couldn't help but notice the people around though... its almost funny how there are definite categories of people you'll find.... everywhere !
There were the families...with the mom sitting smug, instructing the kids not to run about, the kids who still did, the dad who kept going out, talking to people and declaring the time still left for em to wait.....
The single chick who's amazingly self conscious and sits upright, reading her book .
The single guy who sits next to her and initiates a conversation again and again, despite the fact that the chick is trying (or pretending ?) to read...
The newly-weds who're just sitting and whispering among themselves.
The highly inquisitive who're more interested in what's happening around them.... (hey hey... I'm different..I was checking out stuff objectively :P)

After what seemed like eternity, where the kids cried, someone stumbled upon luggage, some argued with the station authorities, my growling stomach and crappy train station sandwiches , it turned 1.30 AM ... and the train finally arrived at the station... almost dramatic when I picture it now.... minus the 'Main hun naa' SRK though..

3 comments:

Mind Writer! said...

Oh my my! You know how to grab the attention of the readers! I was like reading and smiling, being amused to know what you did in those extra hours! And finally the train arrived! I'm sure you didn't have to spend a single boring second observing and laughing (you did, right? At least inside your head?) at people!

And finally it's good to be back home, huh? I too have returned home this morning from holidays! Home sweet home! :)

sulagna said...

mohittt...have a super duper vacation..pls tell me you will be blogging !!


PS: Ooofff this word verification of yours..i had to type UNPROOSEZ

mohit said...

@ Shomoita
aww...sweet of you to say that !

and I did laugh inside my head ... i'm sure all of us do while observing ;)

n definitely ...no place like home !

@ sulagna

thnk you! n I do wanna write... hopefully u'll get to read more soon :D

'unproosez' ...lol... google and its antics :P
even I had tto write sumthing like 'doofus' once, I think ;)