Thursday, August 25, 2005
Bus. That's enough.
After having performed one of my best manoeuvres, I felt extremely pleased with myself to have pulled out a tricky move like that under immense pressure.
Hmph!! Like Li'l Red Riding Hood would say, "My! What a dirty mind you have!". I was talking about something I did in the bus. Gosh, stop smirking! I know it sounds bad, but it isn't. Trust me!Travelling in Chennai's public transport bus is an experience by itself. Ah, I see a few of you nodding your heads. Those of you who didn't nod, what a shame. You're missing out on something amazing in life. Awww, don't feel bad already. Tell you what, I'll teach you something fun. Look up at the ceiling, and try to make out any black spots. Done? Now look down at the floor and look for the same black spot. Can't see anything? Then try repeating the whole exercise very fast. Aaah, I see you nodding. You don't feel too left out now, do you? :)So where was I? Yeah, travelling in an MTC bus. These guys at MTC have so many things to be proud about.Everywhere we go, we have banners and posters urging us to keep the city green. But it's also an unwritten rule that only an MTC bus can give Rajnikanth a run for his money when it comes to emanating smoke. So what do they do? They paint their buses green. Ingenious! They also have the dubious distinction of being the only place where my Airtel network has absolutely no signal!Developed countries boast of buses with automatic doors. But buses in Chennai go a step further, and have an automatic ushering system in place. In plain terms, it means you don't have to move a muscle, and yet you get off the bus and on it. All automatically. Jus make sure you're positioned strategically near the door. And a surging mass of human bodies pushing against each other will do the rest.A bit like apparition in Harry Potter parlance. You stand near the door and stare hard at the position outside you wanna be in. Destination, Determination, Deliberation. Everything goes black. You're pressed hard from all directions. You can't breathe. You feel as if there are iron bands tightening around your chest. And before you know it, you're outside. Experiencing the indescribable delight of finally having enough space to move your little finger.Chennai buses also boast of being the only ones in the world possessing a physics-defying centre of gravity. It travels tilted at 45 degrees, and still doesn't topple over. The drivers are known to tilt their faces at an awkward angle and stare wide-eyed when back on firm ground. This has also known to have earned them a few slaps along the way from ladies who suspected the poor drivers to have ogled lecherously at them. The poor devils.Trust me to completely forget what I start off with and ramble on about matters immaterial. You've already forgotten what I said in the first para, haven't ya? :) I don't blame you! So there I was, suffocating in a bus packed like a can of sardines. And stuck right in the middle, not able to move an inch either way. I could sense I was two stops away from my destination. But there was no way I'd have been able to get to either of the doors. Before I knew it, I'd reached my destination. It was now or never. There was a huge bunch of kids huddled together with their big schoolbags near the door. They were making things worse for me.*Clink*. The sound of hope. The sound of reassurance. The sound of a one rupee coin falling to the floor. The man next to me bent down to pick it up. I saw light. A bright, streaming beam from the doorway, showing me the way. The next thing I knew, I had R Kelly's "I believe I can fly" running in my head as I took the leap. Like a slingshot, coiling back with the overhead bar for support and then.. That perfect jump over the guy's head to land at the doorway shocking a few kids in the process. The Automatic Ushering System took over. I apparated outside to breathe the fresh air of freedom. To move my little finger. And more! :)Sigh. Why do they call it MTC if it's anything but empty?
Saturday, August 13, 2005
Hear Ye, Hear Ye..
No wait.. We only have a seminar hall. That should do for the time being I guess..Ok folks, desperate times call for desperate measures. The CSE and IT departments of KCG College of Technology are organising CSEismic '05, a National Level Technical Symposium on 19th August, 2005. For further details, visit the CSEismic website. (pssst, urs truly was involved in it too)Thanks ppl! And be there!and here's the second announcement.
has a request for you guys.
Netru Indru NaalaiMore here...
By now, I guess most of you would be knowing about A. R. Rahman's programme on Monday the 15th at Jeppiar College of Engineering.
Anyway, there's a practice session tomorrow (the 14th), and the Chennai Traffic Task Force and the Citizens for Safe Roads are practicing for regulating the traffic flow.
Unfortunately I'll be missing "Netru Indru Naalai", the musical extravaganza on Independence day, coz, well, I've already registered to go elsewhere. Yeah, the same "15th August Grandeur Event" that Krithika
was talking about! :)
Poga thaan mudiyala.. Mani Ratnam, AR Rahman-kaaga idhavadhu pannalaame-nu me koovings here. Please check it out, and if you make it to the show, do let me know how it was! :)
Wednesday, August 10, 2005
He: Hey! Check out those new glasses! Me: ada paavi! Glasses maathi romba naal aaguthu da! He: hehe, ippo thaan gavanichen.. Me: That's ok. oru vidhathula nalladhu thaan, my prev pair of glasses were so dirty, it was garnering attention for all the wrong reasons. He: aamama, pithalai-la pannina maathiri irundhudhu oru stage-la! Me: Shoo, ketaena? He: So what's up with this? Rimless ellam potu kalakarae? Me: Jus' for kicks. But knowing how careless I can be, I was very apprehensive about buying this one. Kannaadi-na odayum niye marandhu poi handle pannuven. He: So how much does it cost? Me: Came to around 1.9k da.. He: (jaw drops) As in 19 followed by 2 zeroes? Me: Naethu varaikkum 1.9k ku adhaan artham. He: Yaen da ivalo costly? Me: Frame-ae semma costly da.. Some 900 odd bucks. Idhula plastic lens vera. Poraadhathukku anti-glare ellam vera poturukku. He: (thinking deeply) Me: What in the thinking you? He: (Removes his glasses) Indha frame paar. Costs 200 Rs. Me: Ok...? He: (Removes my glasses, examines it very carefully) Me: Dei, ennada pannrae? He: illaadha oru frame-ku yaen da 900 Rs?