Let me start from where I left in the last post. Caesar left and I missed my train. I will tell you how.
It was 11 in the night. All this while, I had been thinking that the departure-time was 11:30Â – the real time was 10:45 PM! So wow – I had missed the train by 15 minutes. It took me another five minutes to get out of the shock. When I got out of the shock, I called up Caesar, running out of the station at the same time.
â€˜Dude, interesting news’.
â€˜I think I have missed the train. The train has left. I had read the time wrongly’.
â€˜Will I get a bus now – its almost 11:15′?
â€˜Yeah da, you get them till 11:30′
â€˜Ok, I shall find one then. Good night’.
I couldn’t really find any bus near the station. Then an autovala came to my rescue, took me to a place more than 10 kilometers away and finally he got me into a bus which was just about to leave. It had just enough vacant seats to accommodate me – and to my good luck that happened to be a window seat in the front. 🙂
A little conversation with the security at the main-gate reminded me that I was an outsider now – a well established outsider.
‘Sorry sir, outsiders not allowed for going to CCD’.
‘Oh. In that case – 343 Brahms’.
‘But you said you want to go to CCD’.
‘That’s where the guy from 343 Brahms is – why should I go to his room if I have to meet him’?
The security-man gave up, noted down the room and hostel number and soon I was sipping coffee at the good old CCD.
Chennai was hot but the heat wasn’t furious enough (except yesterday). I had a lovely and ‘quality’ time with Prachi and Tiwari. If I saw a 3d animation movie with the girl, I also roamed inside Odyessey with the boy (and picked up this gen-pseud book on Graphic Design). The brain-storming with Amrut went fine – I hope I added some value to his business-plan and strategy. Insti appeared less depressing this time. Thanks to Sumant – Prachi’s photographer friend – I got a new charger for my cam (had lost the original in Ladakh). Thankfully, I didn’t miss train this time – so I sit right now in the Bang airport waiting from my flight to Bhubaneswar. I shall soon be back to a lonely island where all I can do is read and run and draw Shitoons. But then, this is life. 🙂