Thursday, February 24, 2011

3 idiots - A memory to cherish – PART 1

Time spent with good friends is always a precious possession. It is something that you can always cherish and enjoy. No matter where you are, what you do – your memory is always with you. I was lucky to have some good friends in my college. Out of many good friends, some friends are meant for ever. Ours is one of such. Dalprit, Himanshu and Biswajit - the tripod of our everlasting friendship.

We had some fun memories in IIT KGP. Some of them are really funny and worth sharing.One of such incidents that come to my mind immediately is, making Himanshu and Mahesh Jha run 2.2 after making them drunk. We pretended to participate in the race and elevated Himanshu’s enthusiasm to win the race. The common word for doing such act was ‘Tempo high karna’. It was our (Dallu and I) ploy to make Himanshu run. We all got ready. 3…2….1… and we all started running. After few yards, dallu and I stepped back. Himanshu’s fuel tank was already full (with?) and he ran like a jet in high throttle ready to take off. Dallu and I reached the end point from the other side. Basically it was circular track (total length of 2.2 km and hence the name 2.2). While we were resting and having some chit-chat, Himanshu was approaching the finish line. We could not resist our laughter. A drunken cheated Himanshu did not take it easily and poured his anger with all sorts of desi gaaali. Applaud on his commendable win didn’t seem to pacify his anger. He didn’t even realize his co-runner had also stepped back midway....:-) ( to be continued....)

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Car Accident

My brain went blank as I found myself at the middle of the intersection while taking the left turn. A speeding car from the right lane of the opposite direction banged my front wheel. Before my brain could react, the damage was done. By the grace of God, neither of us was injured. The moment of staring at the speeding car was horrific and beyond any words. It was like helpless and petrified in front of a bullet train, like an idle rabbit ready to be grasped by sharp paws of a haunting eagle.

It all happened in a bright sunny winter morning. I was getting ready to drop my wife in the train station. My wife once asked me not to start so early. She had an option to catch the next train and hence we could have started bit late. But who can beat the destiny? I was on my way back from station and just then the incident happened. Good Morning….

The accident blocked the traffic and the scene was crazy in a busy Wednesady morning. Called the 911 for the first time and with in 5-10 mins officers were busy clearing the traffic. After few initial formalities, they called a tow truck and my car was towed away.

Now the fun part - while heading to home in a cab, the driver started a friendly discussion with me. During the conversation, I told him about the accident I met with. Suddenly he made a call to his office and told everyone about the gentleman he is picking up. Later he told me that his office was informed about the nasty traffic jam where my accident had taken place. All the drivers were informed about it. It seemed, he took pride in picking up the person involved in the incident and informed everyone about it. Feels good to be known and to be felt important in someone’s life - does not matter how.