Sunday, July 29, 2007

First weekend in Delhi is going quite well. We saw two movies (Partner and Harry Potter, OOTP). I liked both movies. I got a N70M as an advance b'day gift from Tull (thanks tull). We also bought a UPS and a TFT monitor for my home office PC.

Have been playing with my new toy (N70) since morning. Installed the monitor and UPS. My desk is official a jugle of wires now :-)

I plan to start reading HBP today.

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Sunday, July 22, 2007

In Delhi

I am in Delhi now. I had planned to drive from Pune to Delhi in a couple of days but my car met an accident shortly after I started. Nothing happened to me thanks to seat belts and Honda's safety cage. But I felt really bad about my car. I don't know how much time they will take to get it back in shape.

This is a new chapter of life for me, I am back in Delhi but I am still working for my Pune company remotely. Hopefully communication issues will not be a big hurdle in my being productive for the company.

First day in Delhi, 35 degrees felt hot and I was sweating. Pune had MUCH MUCH better weather :-)

Now that I am "becar" for some time my mobility has been affected badly. I was never a big fan of Delhi autowallas but I am at their mercy till the time I get my car back. !!

Hope everyone had a fun weekend. :-)


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Friday, July 20, 2007

Bye bye Pune !!

Today is my last day in Pune. Last two have been really hectic. I wanted to meet a lot of people once before leaving (there are still some left).

After the Kivas surprise, I hosted a dinner for the same set of friends in Thousand Oaks. Birju was very keen on an outing the next day. I was interested because that would be my last outing from Pune. In the middle of the dinner we opened 3 full size maps (yes I carry them in my car, and has also given one to Birju) and were looking for a bird sanctuary by the name of Karnala.

Apparently noone could find Karnala on the map and I assumed we had dropped the idea and we would be going to either Mulshi or Lonavala. When I reached Birju's place on Sunday, Karnala was still on. I called a couple of friends who trek frequently and didn't get any info. I called my friend The cultivator and he didn't take the call. Finally I called Steamy Tull and she gave me the directions.

From Pune take expressway till Panvel, join NH 17 to Goa from Panvel. Its around 12 kms on Nh17. Around 125 kms from Pune.

Sometime later The cultivator called back and gave the same directions. We were rolling !!

Karnala looked like a really good place but we didn't want to trek in mud and hence we were limited to seeing birds in cages. Maneka aunty had recently go almost all birds removed from the cages and only a handful were left.

A spark of intelligence from Birju and Kkiju, we decided to go to Bhagat Tara Chand (BTC) in Vashi. We had a heavey lunch and headed back to Pune. We tried to go to Lonavala but traffic was really prohibitive. We reached Pune around 7:30 in evening.

Two of my friends Jaggu and Shutterbug were driving from Bombay, I waited for them, went to Mocha and met some friends. Some of Jaggu's friends joined me in Mocha and we went to SOHO's for dinner.

All in all, I am having a lot of good bye dinners and there is a lunch scheduled today. I had a wonderful time in Pune and I hope I won't be cribbing about Delhi weather a lot. :-)

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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Friday evening, my friend Peggie asked me to accompany her to a shopping mall; she wanted to buy a shoe for her dad. We agreed to meet at 8. Enemy Tull insisted that I wear one of the party shirts. I tried to convince her that wearing a club shirt to a shopping mall may not be the brightest idea, I went out wearing a shirt that can be worn at both shopping malls and parties.

Peggie insisted on driving my car, this is not very unusual; she does that on every outing anyway. But she took the car in opposite direction and on inquiry said that a new mall has come up in that direction. Gulible me.

She started parking the car in front of Kivas (a pub), I thought she would park here and we will walk to the mall but suddenly we spotted Birju's car. We went in and met Birju and Kkiju. It seems they just wanted to spend some quality time alone. I told Peggie "let's not be kabab main haddi" but she wanted to stay put.

Now that we were already a gathering, I thought why not call others and 2 minutes later small ghoda was there too. I thought something was fishy but I let it go. Small probably was on a date or with other friends. Another 5 minutes and Romeo also came to Kivas for a date. Small and Romeo were asking each other why the other one had also come to Kivas, doesn't he know any other places in Pune.

I was very happy about the coincidence, I told the same to Enemy Tull and she also played along.

All this coincidence was acceptable but when Deepu walked in I was sure they had planned it as my send off party. Deepu is a patnivrata kind of guy and won't go on a date with anyone else except his wife.

Others joined, I loved the surprise farewell and birthday party given to me by my friends. These guys have been my family in Pune.

Friends: I will miss you a lot !!

PS: She doesn't mind the nick name Enemy Tull

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Sunday, July 15, 2007

I am back to blogging :-)

Biggest news of my life: I got engaged. I will call my fiancée Enemy Tull (if she likes it :p) in this blog.

Getting engaged was not the reason for the break. Infact Enemy Tull has been insisting on restarting the blog. So here I am.

I am moving to Delhi very soon and I will be driving from Pune to Delhi with a driver. We will travel approximately 1400 kms in 2 days.

That's it for now, I will keep posting regularly (I hope) :-)

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