Created – Oct 09
Earning money - bead by bead
I get a call from a Bangalore landline number and I answer:
Voice: Am I speaking to Ms. Ruchita ?
Voice: Ma'am, you have a ticket booking with Indian Airlines on dd-mm-yyyyy to travel from Bangalore to Mumbai on our flight IC xxx
Voice: We are sorry to inform you but the flight has been rescheduled and the new departure time is 10 :30 pm
[Ok there we go...]
Me: Ten thirtyyyy !!
Voice: Yes Ma'am. Your flight has been postponed to 10:30 pm and will reach Mumbai only at 12:15 am.
Me: Okk...Is there any other flight that you can put me on ?
Voice: You can change to our afternoon flight at 4:00 pm.
[Aur meri chutti kya tu sanction karega]
Me: That is too early. Any other option?
Voice : No Ma'am. You can either take the afternoon flight which reaches at 6 pm .... [And get stuck in Mumbai traffic !!!!]
or take the rescheduled flight to reach at 12:15 am [ And Trust Indian Airlines' punctuality to make my parents wait endlessly till early morning]
Me: Ummm ...Okk..
Voice: If neither suits you, you can ask your agent to cancel the flight and you will get full refund.
[full refund ka achaar daalun !!]
And the conversation continues.
I look at the time on my computer screen - 7:30 pm, 1st April 2009.
[** Dimaag ki battii **]
[Ok...now please tell me that this is a prank!!]
Me: Ok ...I will reschedule if need be.
[Huh !! OK ?? C'mon now tell me pleasseee ...prank prank !!]
Voice: Thank you Ma'am.
Me : Thank you :-((((((
And the phone disconnects.
No prank :-((
I am actually stuck with this rescheduled flight...
Didn't someone tell me how punctual IA was !! Fooled quite timely, I say.
At times words just fail you and the inarticulate you takes over. The thought does not translate into meaningful words but leaves you with a smile on your face. Yeah :-)
I celebrated my 26th birthday last week and as I look back I remember those enumerable moments that are etched in my mind. Moments that I want to re-live.
As a toddler, I ran behind my elder sister and chased her wherever she went. Yes, she was the world to me. The lush green gardens of Anushaktinagar and a 5 year old chasing around her elder sister, wanting to be like her, trying to do all that her sister could! :-) :-)
Fast forward a few years and I see myself with 2 of my closest friends in the Primary school. I could do anything for them. I mean it. I would bad-mouth anyone who hurt them, Bully anyone who troubled them and happily give away my treasured belongings to them [and yeah, Only to them]. That was me then :-))). Happy in my tiny, little, secure world.
A few more years, and there I am sitting on the steps of RAIT, outside that Mechanics lab, chaapoing assignments, page by page, word by word, as we gossip about the latest happenings. Evenings were spent with the A-nagar gang - those long walks, the car races, Kareena Kapoor’s songs blasting in Angad’s car, I-Max experiences and so much more …
A lot has changed since then of course, like it does for everyone. I call my life Nomadic now …for I haven’t stayed in any one city for more than a year after my BE. Action packed, fast paced and constantly changing – like a stream of flowing water.
4 years, 4 different cities, across 2 continents. I wonder what is it that I will remember about this phase of life when I look back.
P.S – As I read this post again, I notice the similarity with one of my favorite scenes from the movie “Bluffmaster” :-)
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