Special classes had started this week, to finish up the portions at school and so I had to start early everyday. Having half a litre of milk almost everyday, I believe I am on the pace of becoming a super kitty soon. Anyhow, this story is about another search for parottas on the same road as I had written weeks ago.
Since the classes start at 11am everyday, we had to have lunch outside. Me, Deepak and Chelladurai started from our campus in search for parotta. I didn’t want to make any mistakes as we did last time and so, with a clean target, we decided to walk towards ‘Mylai Briyani’ shop where I as certain to have parottas. On the way to the shop, we spotted a good hotel which had a board saying ‘tiffen/meals ready’. Although the sign said it had parottas, we kept walking towards our target. I had promised my classmates that I will get them 3 parottas for 20 rupees and they too were much anticipated.
We walked and walked in the scorching sun, and soon we saw Mahendran and Palani walking towards us. Sankar, one of our classmates had parked Mahendran’s bike in the railway station platform without knowing that its an offence and they were just heading back from the court after paying the fine for it. They too were hungry and so they joined our search for the parottas. We reached ‘Mylai Briyani’ shop and we started washing our hands for the meal. But the hotel guy said that we don’t have parottas now, its only for dinner. Shocked to know that, we started walking back to the hotel were saw ‘tiffen/meals ready ‘ board and entered. We were almost sure that we’ll get parottas here but no, we didn’t. The waiter kept the banana leaves over our tables but we started walking out since there were no parottas.
The guys weren’t ready to listen to my next choice again, and so I had follow them in search for the parottas. I had recommended ‘Meenakshi Bhavan’ – one of my favourite yet expensive restaurants in the city, but they weren’t ready to have food there. And so, we started the walk towards a parotta shop in the far corner near the light house. We walked all the way back from Mylapore to ICAT once again, with an added 20 minute walk to light house.
Shockingly, once again all the parotta shops were closed but we were extremely hungry and so we dropped the mission. After searching through 3 shops, we finally decided to have Briyani for lunch instead and brings the end of Parotta Story 2.
I wasn’t able to post last friday as I was a bit busy at Coimbatore, for Sadam‘s marriage. Nothing has changed in ICAT, its the same old basic programming classes and engineering graphics lessons that ends today. From monday, I’ll be learning Digital Design that involves Adobe PhotoShop, AutoDesk Maya and more. I hope it’ll be interesting. Anyways, as promised, here’s what happened from the last half of August and this September :
Ishu’s Birthday :
You all know Ishwarya, my trusty LLF, whom I believe who will always stay with me, support me, console me, advise me, that special friend whom I don’t publicly talk much about a lot just because of the fear that god might separate her from me too. Although our friendship is not clearly known to many, because of our varied wave lengths, she is a special person very close to my heart who will always be there for me, regardless how I behave/care for her. For an example, even if I don’t talk/chat with her for 6 months, she’ll be the same Ishu as I see today, and that’s what makes her so special. She is a girl with a set of ideals, which she always follows, which is kinda cool. Her main motive in life to have loads and loads of fun and keep others around her happy. Although, she doesn’t have big dreams, like we all do, she’ll be the one supporting and praying for us to succeed in our own. She is a friend to whom I can share anything that happens in my life, my future ambitions. Most importantly, she’ll be the one to hear all my ramblings and give comments about it, if I go wrong somewhere. If I miss someone, she’ll be the consoler for that too. It’s exactly like, she’s like the sweet medicine to my illness. Without medicine, I am going to slowly die or cure my illness with a lot of pain myself. For the reason she’s so special, I don’t want to tell much about her here. So for now, all you have to know is, she’s a very very important friend in my life, just like Chetna, Abi, Prince and Freddy. In other words, She’s that Parithi to some of you who wish to keep me as a secret friend without unveiling me and about me to your other friends.
We had her birthday last month and we wanted it to be really special. I had gifted her with an AUDI car which she loves a lot. Chetna and Me planned to give her a surprise for her at Cafe Coffee Day by cutting a birthday cake at Adyar. I asked Dharani whether he could join and he said okay, and then Abi too joined our birthday plan for Ishwarya. I went to Adyar early at 7PM along with Ishwarya and Abi from office, and Chetna was already waiting there near the CCD for me. Ishwarya was shopping with no idea about the big event we were planning in the background. Just when Ishwarya and Abi started to their hostels, the rain started pouring to full force and I had to fetch a cake from a nearest bakery. I searched a few cake shops but they were out of stock and then I got a beautiful butterscotch cake from CakeWorld. Soon, Dharani also joined me as he came in the bus and we meet Chetna near the Cafe Coffee Day and ran towards the Mavericks Gym situated there. We entered Subway, as we were all hungry and so we packed in some sandwiches to fill our tummies. I saw Chetna‘s laptop for the first time and while we were meddling with it, I got hold of some one in the front seat I had met before. It was Muhil Venkat, the neighbour of my close friend Hari Prasanth when we were at TNAU Quarters. I was surprised to see him, I went and gave him a small talk about how things are going. The plan was already an utter flop because of the rain, and so Chetna decided we could Ishwarya to the restaurant too. Gowtham had joined in and Abi had just come in time from her hostel for the treat, and wallah, it was a big surprise for Ishwarya to see Abi and Dhar sitting with us for her birthday. We were talking and playing a lot in front of Mavericks by scaring Ishwarya about the Conjuring movie. Clearly, Chetna‘s decision to bring Ishwarya in, was a good idea to have fun. We were waiting and waiting for the rain to stop but it kept drenching us. Me and Dharani booked a cab to pick us up and the cab came in around 11.45. Using the headlamps of the cab, we just the cake and cherished her birthday with a lot of fun, we all loved it to the core by singing birthday songs, making fun of Ishwarya while I was recording them all in my Xype. It was an awesome birthday blast, which is very memorable to all of us, and ironically, the rain stopped just after we got the cab back to hostel. The rain was pouring for some reason after all. Later that midnight, Chetna, Ishwarya and Abi went back to Ishwarya‘s hostel and had a lot of fun. But what Chetna and the Lift Planners [Ishwarya and Abi] did that night is still unknown..
ChuKy’s Birthday :
It was my very Best Friend Forever, Chetna‘s birthday just after 6 days after Ishwarya‘s. Me and Ishwarya started planning for her birthday even a week before her birthday. At the midnight of her birthday, me, Abi and Ishwarya connected together over a conference call to wish Chetna. The call was connected to some of her Trichy friends, which eventually made me join the biggest conference calls in my life. Nearly 8-15 friends were waiting on the call to wish her during the midnight, while Chetna was already on call waiting with her other friends. Somehow I managed to wish her, and we had planned to meet her at the Besant Nagar Beach, the next day morning, that is on her birthday. Abi bought the cake and Ishwarya and myself reached the beach to meet her. We met Gowtham, Dhilip and Chetna had a fun time in the beach. I took several photos, wrote on the beach sand for her birthday. It was funny to hear Chetna singing ‘Happy Birthday to me’ song, which still lol-s me out when I review that video. Then everyone went back to their offices, Chetna started off to continue her birthday plans, and I went to the ‘Jobs’ movie with Arumugam at Sathyam Cinemas which was a much-awaited movie. After the movie, I started off to my school and by the evening, Chetna came back to Santhome, to get the birthday gift from me. I was extremely happy to meet her again, as I had sad feeling from that morning that I couldn’t be with her the full day like last year. I still look up to the previous year’s birthday photos of her, it was so funny and crazy that day. Anyway, I met Chetna and Dhilip near my hostel, and I gifted her the purple sundial I got for her. After 10 minutes or so, they got the next bus and moved to Tambaram to continue her birthday plans.
Vinayagar Chathurthi and the Crazy Train ride with Boo Boo :
I love Vinayagar Chathurthi every year, since I used to be at home as my mom makes delicious kolukatais for the auspicious day. But just like last year, I was forced to be here at Chennai and so with a sad face, I posted my status update in the morning about how I felt. I knew my mom would read it and make me kolukatais the next time I go to my home and it did happen That’s different story. But the surprising yet expected thing is that I did get kolukatais from my friends that day. Abi was not liking her hostel and so she had to move to a new one. I went to Chromepet to help her out for the shifting and immediately came back to my hostel since it was horribly raining, I got drenched in the rain fully. I wasn’t able to spend even 5 minutes with her because of the weather but yet, we managed to get things setup fast within 15 minutes or so, for accommodating her in her new hostel. She gave me a kolukatai got from her old hostel and by the night Ishwarya gave me a box full of kolukatais to munch with
As I felt that day was incomplete, I dressed up the same costume, a week later and went back to Chromepet. It would have been better if Chetna and Ishwarya were there, but they went to their native place. It was a very sunny day, Me and Abi met at Chromepet but we had no plans, we were just roaming around. We got a new pendrive for Abi for her college and then we had no idea what to do. So we decided to the craziest thing ever could ever come up with. We took a ticket for the suburban train and we decided to goto the last stop where the train teaches and come back in the same train itself. Although it felt like a crazy plan, we loved the trip. The train went through a beautiful lake named Kolavai, the atmosphere was blue, windy and it felt awesome. We missed others and felt it would be better if they could have joined in. We spent around half an hour there, taking snaps, bought an water bottle and returned back to chromepet in the same train we arrived in. With just 15rs, we had an awesome and a very very memorable time, burning around 5 hours to dust. After reaching chromepet, I started back to hostel.
Two months gone,
It’s been two months since I left my job and I’m still not in a clear notion of what I’m doing and what I am going to do. But I’m sure I haven’t wasted the last two months, I kind of utilized okay but not to the levels of my expectations. To learn more why, read on…
What I did I do in my spare time?
Well, at first, I was having a very very very very bad time. As I am always alone in the hostel from morning to night, I felt becoming very lonely with no one to talk with/chat with as everyone is locked up in their daily routines. Being alone was actually a problem for me, as I’ve said many times in my blog because I’ve been alone in my home a lot of times from childhood. It took me weeks to realize that my hostel was the problem for my depression and not any other factor. At ICAT, I roam alone and be myself all the time but my future vision is always alive. Whereas, in hostel surrounded by 4 beds all the time, a locked room with no air ventilation which creates a lack of oxygen, a no good place to keep my MacBook Pro to sit with, and worse, the lights won’t turn on so easy at the evening because of the low voltage. All these factors, made me a lazy goon as I kept sleeping and wasting my time doing nothing. I had no idea what to do, and so I kept thinking. I got a notepad for me and for Abi to test out whether a to-do list solves the problem. No, it didn’t. Then I started keeping reminders in my phone to do the tasks, but I kept dismissing them unfinished. And there came iCal, my calendar application on my MacBook to save my day. I started planning out my days ahead of a month and set timelines for the things I have to finish by a particular date. Clearly assigning days for me, my friends, and the people, my calendar soon got a good shape with a lot of planned events. I started using IFTTT abundantly to track my whereabouts on my calendar too. That is how I started working on my blogs, learning Android and building the upcoming Parithi.Me mobile application for Android.
And this is going to be the last post I type from my stupid hostel. Tomorrow, I’m are going to watch the movie ‘Raja Rani’ at Sangam Cinemas with Chetna (after a month ), Ishwarya, Abi, Dharani, Santhosh, Karthik Balaje (seeing him after I quit my job at Consim). It’s going to be a fun day ahead, I hope we’ll have a lot of fun.
October is near, it’s that special month which I love a lot but always hits me back with a lot of bad luck…
I should stop expecting a lot of things from people, not sure how I’m gonna pass this October having a lot of friends. To those of you who don’t know, every October or December in an year, I switch cycles. From the last October, I was paying a lot of attention to my friends and people whom I love a lot, and from now till the next October, I will be paying more attention to those who love me, whether I like it or not. Definitely it’s going to be a tough, but I have to handle it till the next August end because the people who love me, deserve my love back. I should also keep my mouth shut just like the last year, to stay away from trouble since most of the things that are going to happen are not going to favorable on my side..We’ll see how it goes
[Note : Viva La Vida - means 'Live the Life' in Spanish, it's also one of my favorite songs from Coldplay]
It’s been a month and a half since I came back to Chennai and started my journey of my own. Let’s go for a little recap. I caught my train last August 3rd, and reached by the next day, Sunday. Being the first Sunday of August, it was Friendship day. I got down from the train in the early morning at 5AM at Chennai Central, and started towards my hostel. I turned on my Data on my Xype, and surprisingly, hundreds of messages from many were flooding my phone for friendship day and I was pretty excited . Most of them were from Chetna, about our friendship and it was very touching to read them all while I walked to the bus stop to catch my bus. I replied everyone back for friendship day, and came to the Hostel. I was expecting a few changes in the room as I was out for 15 days, but nothing had actually changed. Everyone were sleeping while I rolled in, and I was feeling comfortable already. Although I was a little tired, I threw all my bags and started getting ready to move out. Skipping my breakfast, I boarded the bus and went to Express Avenue to meet Arumugam, who had come along with his cousin to buy her a new mobile phone. We were roaming around EA, and clearly I could feel myself a lot weaker than I was a month earlier. I had been rapidly losing weight, when I weighed myself for the medical report which was to be given at ICAT, I was just 50 – I had lost around 5 kgs in a month or so. Me and Arumugam, went to Zaitoon (a memorable restaurant, first visited along with Chetna) and we ordered a few dishes for lunch. Although I was crazily hungry, I couldn’t eat anything, both of us wasted a lot of food just like I did when I went with Chetna, but we paid the huge bill. Later on, he started back to his home and Around 6PM, I went to adyar to meet my Consim Friends at the Besant Nagar beach. First I met Abi after a long time, Ishwarya was on her way. Chetna had called me to come to the Adyar Bridge, we’re we could meet up and move to the beach, but after so many twists and turns here and there, All of us – Me, Dharani, Santhosh, Chetna, Ishwarya and Abi met at the Besant Nagar beach, and adding another twist, we decided to goto the White Pepper restaurant at Adyar back again. As I was not feeling hungry at all, I couldn’t eat anything. I just ordered the Arabian grape juice and others had their dinner. It was the first time, we had combination of us, in our Consim life history. Santhosh was telling about his plan of quitting his job and how he is going to prepare for his exams, and all of us were sharing our experiences together. After the dinner was over, I had to run back with Santhosh in his bike to INOX where I was supposed to watch The Conjuring with Vijayakanth. The movie was pretty awesome, I loved it and I was ready to watch it again with my other friends. The loooong day finally got over and I came back to hostel at the midnight.
First Day at ICAT,
It was August 5th, the first admission day of my school. First, I went to my office to get my acceptance letter, bid farewell to all then came back to my hostel. Then I prepared myself and started moving to ICAT at 2PM taking all my certificates in my bag. After reaching ICAT, I was told by the receptionist (I was shocked to know that she knew my name) to wait for an hour for the admission process to begin and I was sitting in the lobby thinking how my future is going to be. With high hopes and dreams, I looking at everyone roaming here and there, talking about games, games, games and I felt I was in the right place to start my mission. A UG junior had came and sat near, I gave a small talk with him, how the classes are going and I was astounded to see his drawing in his art board. He said the classes are superb, the staff are teaching everything well and he is very glad that he joined ICAT. Later on, the receptionist called me and said to move to the auditorium where all things were set. I went to the Auditorium and took one of the front seats along with another guy. He was moaning why everyone is so silent here and he started talking to me. To my surprise he was from Coimbatore and we were discussing a lot while we were sitting. Within a few minutes, I started thinking that I have actually got my first friend at ICAT and things are going great. We both were having a lot of fun in the hall, commenting at others, behaving like a rowdy and such. Soon, the session started where one of the Heads gave a small introduction to ICAT and he told us to move to our respective classrooms. And that was the end of that boy, I do meet him now and then in the canteen but we don’t actually talk much.
Later on, I moved to my classroom along with my classmates and I was feeling a lot more like a student, almost forgetting that I was an employee just 15 days back. My HOD gave a formal introduction to how the things are going to be and till date, it was the last day I saw her at ICAT. I did not wanted to have the same image what I create everywhere and so I was a bit more talkative, straight away I expressed my talents and my experience to everyone, especially to the staff. I was believing that everyone of us who joined this course, has a dire aim to become a Game Developer and you’ll see soon why it became wrong. The first day at ICAT went extremely well, I went back to my office and shared my experience to Ishwarya and Abi. Later, Chetna, Arumugam, Prince called me and I was telling the same to them. I was really loving my day with ICAT. As the days moved on, we were having Creativity, Idea Generation, Art and Management Classes for our game development. One day, My Sir was taking a class on Idea generation. He told us to close our eyes and told us to start imagining things as he kept saying a few words at 10 second intervals. The motive of the game was to find what kind of persons we are – critical, logical or creative. He gave the words Water, Tree, Bird, Eyes, Fire. Everyone started thinking of the objects he told, within seconds, he told to open our eyes and asked what came to our mind just after he uttered a word to us. Many told a few scenarios, a man burring fire near a tree with a bird, a lake with a tree nearby and a bird flying, etc. He was classifying many of them as creative and logical. Some even mixed up Eyes with Ice. But in my case, I was not thinking of anything at all, I was just plotting the objects on my virtual art board and immediately thought of a scenario combining all of this. I felt like I was not so good at any of these things, and when he asked me, I told exactly what I was doing. I told him that I imagined a paper filled with all the objects he said and after he said the last word, I combined it to a scenario which is – a bird crying on seeing its house burning in the tree. He was a little surprised to hear my answer and told me that my answer was both critical, logical and creative. He added that everyone should try to think the same way and the funny thing was that others asked me to help them to think like that. That little spark which sir told, gave me a little confidence that I was meant to create and design games and that I can do this.
Enough about ICAT,
Every evening I started going to meet Ishwarya and Abi, as I felt very lonely as the days pass on. I began to realise none of my classmates are like me, they have their own future plans and it was like they are not actually fully into gaming at all. I fell into a team that doesn’t interest me at all, and worse, my teammates mostly never come to class. I was feeling a lot empty, I felt I was wasting a lot of time. I began scheduling my tasks in my Calendar Application on my MacBook to help me get more productive. I began repairing my downed websites and started a little bit of Android. But the pace was not the same with what I used to have. I was extremely slow, I started sleeping a lot, wasn’t showing interest on anything. More on this, a little later, I’m totally vexed about this.
On August 15th, the Independence day, Me, Ishwarya, Dharani, Santhosh, Abi, Vijayakanth went to The Conjuring movie again (for me, it was the third time), it was kind of fun to see Ishwarya getting scared to death. Later Me, Ishwarya and Abi tried to goto Sowcarpet to buy dresses but we ended up buying them at Spencer Plaza. Me and Ishwarya enjoyed the massage seat for Rs.20 which was put up there and we wanted to go for it once more. We forced Abi to go for it too, but as I expected she didn’t like it. We were walking here and there in the mount road and I was noticing a shop named Punjabi Dhaba. On seeing Dhaba, I was remembering all the things Chetna was telling about Dhaba when I went to Ludhiana. I was even thinking of going there but it was a small shop, so I was not opening my mouth to go for it. On the way, we were discussing about the things we were doing the last Independence day. The days when we were roaming TNagar, forming a human train running in between the crowd, having a lot of fun. Ah..old memories!. Later on, Ishwarya and Abi started back to the hostel and I went to INOX to watch Aadhalaal Kadhal Seiveer movie. Vijayakanth was already there and we couldn’t get any tickets and so we booked tickets at Sangam Cinemas and got our bus. To our surprise, Ginu George and Mohammed Kazzali were sitting behind us in the bus and when we asked where they were going, they said they are going to Punjabi Dhaba, which just freaked me out!! Just that afternoon, I was thinking who would ever go to such a small hotel like that, now I was literally seeing three people on their way to taste the food there, based my enemy Zomato’s recommendation. After watching that worthless stupid movie of my lifetime, I returned back very late to hostel.
A lot of things happened this August, a lot of good things for my friends and a lot of bad things for myself. Here’s a very quick summary of what happened this month. Abi got her M.E Embedded Systems admission at Sai Ram Engineering College, she got her very own smartphone and she moved to Chromepet. We had an awesome blast for Ishwarya‘s birthday at midnight, one of the most memorable birthday events I’ve ever had. Had a fun pooled conference call for Chetna‘s birthday and met her at the Besant nagar beach at the early morning. Went to Coimbatore with Abi for the first time, as Chetna and Ishwarya used to keep telling us an year back. Watched my mentor’s movie “Jobs” along with Arumugam to relinquish my lack of confidence, and become sturdy again to face the upcoming future. Went Started to live a life on my myself without being salaried and stop dreaming to buy things when I see electronic gadgets in malls.
In my next post, I’ll describe the above in detail but now, back to what this post is all about. Clearly, The one and a half months I spent here, is definitely not the life I imagined. It’s worse than the worst. Although my dream and ambition is still strong, I believe I took a wrong path by choosing ICAT, as the education is definitely not good as of now, I did not get a good team to work with and worse, I couldn’t concentrate on my other works either. In addition to it, my hostel is getting worse, I feel like a kitten trapped in a house of rats. We are in deep search of a new home in Adyar and I believe things will better soon as the days pass by. A little more things to be noted, my blog will now be regularly updated every Friday afternoon, and a dedicated Android App is soon on its way to your smartphones. Stay tuned..
Don’t ask me why. You know it isn’t.
In the last few days I’ve been here in Coimbatore. I had a lot of things pending to get for my upcoming game development course. I wanted to get a Lunch box, a College Bag, a lot of forms and photocopies I should take for the first day of my school (Yes, school – That’s what me and Chetna call it). This post is just my ramblings in the past one week, skip to the last part if you just want to know what I really wanted to tell.
Yeah, Grammar mistakes do make life interesting and funny. Anyways, It’s the last week of July, I came to my home here in Coimbatore and god, the climate so awesome here. As always, by this time of year, the wind is always cool from the trees, the stars are bright in the clear sky at night, and a cloudy one during the day time with mild drizzles all the time to keep the Coimbatorians comfy, comfy. Although it was tough, I wanted to leave chennai after a wonderful get together we had two weeks back..
[P.S : This post is gonna be a little long, if you have a lot of time to read, click the read more button or come back again later..]
When I first joined Consim Info Pvt Ltd (at July 14, 2012), the only thing I had in mind was to become very independent away from family, live on my own, have my own cabin in an office with lots and lots of dolls, need to have a lot of friends and that was it. I had no idea of earning more, search for better jobs, or any other deviation to move from my company. Consim had everything I wanted, starting from freedom, technology, social culture, and I mean everything. I completely loved my stay in the company and as I wished, I got a load of friends to hang around with and to be precise, I had been in a circle of friends whom people would refer as a gang for the first time in my life. As days passed by, I loved my job even more, as I grew to be a part of the R & D department of the company and also offered to work with a Mac such as I have and my life, it couldn’t get any better.
We all knew these days were coming and yet it saddens me to talk about it. Ready or not, it was my time to leave the company, my friends and my corporate family for something that I had decided last February.
I rubbed off one of favorite quotes and I started the countdown for my departure 20 days from July 20th, which is going to be my last day at office, by writing down the number on my white board in my cabin. Although at start, no one seemed to give much importance to it, but as it got close, people started noticing.
I could still remember the days when all of us joined the office together and formed as a group even during the first week or so, and it is something that doesn’t happen with the freshers joined us this year. The remains of us in our gang are wondering a lot why the new freshers don’t group up like us and it called for our investigation. I wanted to get in to find out what’s going on and although I was not officially allowed to interact with them, I started going to their bays and learnt what they were doing in their training sessions. I tried talking to a few of them, clarifying their doubts in their training and had a few chitchats too. At first, Tamilselvi, the girl with my mom’s name started talking well, then Karthikeyan, Saranya and Sarjana joined in. It was nice to see them experiment with the web which I love the most, it took me back to the days when me and my gang were under training last year. Vijayakanth told me to take care of Ramesh for a week and so I started giving exercises to him and soon gave exercises to everyone. But as my days kept decreasing I couldn’t talk much with them, I had to get held up in my bay for work which was kind of engaging as it was related to our company’s data center migration. Talking about data migration, I also want to let you know that my servers now under a VPS and not another hosting server anymore.
I also got a ‘Parithi’ logo branded sticker for my Xype ordered from wrappz which looks so beautiful for me and yet as always makes me a bit unlucky as usual. Freddy had got a smartphone and so now it’s fun to have a new chatting group named ‘Les Vostokians’ on hike and whatsapp with me, Prince and Freddy.
I had already planned a lot for my last days at my office and everything went according to my plan. And as expected, there came several severe clashes between me and Ishwarya which I couldn’t bare, those days were just horrible.
Apart from all those, we had a good time at the Consimites day, this time called as MaX awards but it wasn’t the same as we had last year.
In addition to me, Vishnu and Karthik Balaje are also leaving our gang to start their new lives. We are about to celebrate our gang’s last get together at Mudhaliarkuppam this Sunday where we are going to meet Sri after a very long time and Chet after a brief gap. With this post, the Consim Life category is finally coming to an end, not sure what lies beyond the horizon..
It was an awesome May and June has just started. As expected, it wasn’t good. In fact, it started with the worst day of this year yet. Let’s not talk about that right now, meanwhile, Me, Ishwarya and Abi had planned to visit the Mylapore Kabaleeshwarar temple this Sunday.
The day had come, we all woke up very late in the morning. We waited for the evening, the day became very cloudy and started to pour in by the evening. I spent my day watching Jurassic Park in the TV and subtly playing with PSP. Dharani was sitting with laptop as usual and Vijayakanth had went to Devi Cineplex to watch Fast and Furious 6 yet another time with Ranjith.
At around 6, we couldn’t sit in the room and so we checked for nearby restaurants to have some good dinner with our fresh salaries. We wanted to have a budget friendly month, and so we are cautious with every rupee before spending. When we went to Citi Centre last month, we noticed a lot of Parotta shops while walking and so we decided to have our dinner there. We had already told our hostel paati about our plan and she had cursed us we won’t get food easily.
Vijayakanth had come at 7 pm and we had started from our room after half an hour. We walked and walked, in search of a Parotta shop and we went to street where we saw the shops that day. But this time, it didn’t look hygienic and so we decided to search for more. We walked back to the Kutchery Road and saw a Parotta shop on the way. We couldn’t see any chairs there so we were thinking for a minute. A guy from the shop asked us whether we are here to eat and we answered yes. He directed us to sit by giving us some plastic stools and asked our order. We ordered a set of Parottas for each of us and we started to wait. We waited and waited for 15 minutes and we still didn’t get any parottas. Losing our patience, we started to run from the shop and went to Mylapore.
We went to another Hotel where we had already had parottas. After washing our hands and taking our seats, we ordered parottas to the waiter boy but he denied that the parottas weren’t available right now. We saw ourselves for a moment and started to move from the hotel.
Having missed to get parottas at the 2nd hotel, we got a bit tensed. We decided to goto Senthilnathan mess at the heart of Mylapore, a hotel where we had already had lots of parottas with Prince accompanying us once. We walked towards it for 20 minutes and we were shocked to see that it was renovation. Highly depressed, and with deep hunger we once again started our journey in search for parottas.
I couldn’t walk anymore and told others that we can take an auto but others didn’t want to. And so we walked, I had an idea of going to another mess which is just near by our hostel and was hoping we could get some food there. It took us another 20 minutes to reach it and to another shock, the mess I had in mind was closed.
Saying, ‘Oh My God!!’, with Paati’s curse coming true, we started walking towards the Marina Park Restaurant at Pattinampakkam. We had been walking for nearly 2 hours, rounding the whole boundary of Mylapore and finally we reached our Parotta destination.
After checking on foursquare, we ordered 2 Malabar parottas for each of us, and even then, the order took an unbelievable 20 more minutes to get prepared and to reach our tables. Finally with a big sigh, we digged in to our plates and finally had our tummies filled in with yummy parottas. The mission was a success. After a heavy dinner, we paid the huge bill with our ‘Kaasu Panam Dhudu Money Money….’. And then me and Vijayakanth got ourselves a banana milkshake, and walked to our hostel.
Clearly, this would be the greatest parotta search in my life next to the one me and Prince had a few months ago. Ready or not, a Parotta hotel searching app is coming soon to the Google Play Store…stay tuned…