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In the depths of my being, a strange certainty, deeper than reason, entirely animal in quality, filled me with terror. The same certainty which some beasts-sheep and rats feel before an earthquake. Awakening in me was the soul of the first men on Earth, such as it was before it became totally detached from the universe, when it still felt the truth directly, without the distorting influence of reason- The 'Boss', Zorba the Greek

Friday, January 9, 2009

Kya dekh rahe ho?

The one thing that I learnt whilst living/working in Delhi was that Defcol is a great place to live, Lodhi Gardens a gorgeous place to walk,  qawalli night at the Dargah is my favorite thursday night outing with cousin S , Martina was a rockstar hair styist,Wills fashion week is a pain in the ass, nothing compared to chinese food with Dev and our brilliantly hectic pool visits to the farm . Did I say the "one thing"? I obviously meant the gazillion things I  learnt and loved. AADI, B-5, talking trees, the roads, the weekend home visits, the Shatabadi, PG, Saroj.....and the autos.

Autos. How many autos denied me a ride across town? Why? Because I wouldn't pay the insane amounts of money they asked for, because I was asking to go from one end of the city to the other, just because they didn't feel like it? How many hours did I spend in the sun BAKING waiting for an auto to take me to my destination even though I was standing opposite an auto stand? Hours (not to mention i had huge bags with me one particular horrendously hot day). They just didn't want to take me. Oh! The arguments over metres and fares and the waiting...I'd have rather walked most of the times.

This I thought was a Delhi phenomena. Mumbai was so much nicer, they put the metre on without so much of a peep (peep peep , don't sleep), took you wherever you wanted, forever available. The dhik chik music, the funky colours, the little light in the autos- bliss! 

A year later and I am back in Mumbai eagerly awaiting my happy rides in the autos. It took me a day to get into one, now that there is a car (and brother) to ferry us around. Looking forward to my day in an auto, I walked/semi skipped out of the house- looked around and didnt see my three wheeled chariot anywhere in sight.Ten minutes later, we were off. Little did I know how the day would turn out. I was denied by two autos, told a metre wasnt working then waited on the side of the road for thirty minutes trying to catch a ride home. My half-skip eventually become a near crawl thanks to sticking my hand out for so long and asking the same question fifty times and hearing the same answer ,"Gas nahi hai, madam.". Finally, when we did get an auto, the chap didn't know where four bungalows was. So here we were, in Mumbai- my auto dream shattered, driving aimlessly into the horizon and wondering how we are going to get around tomorrow. 
I know it is partially because of the strike but why!! why does it have to be like this?

This post is like a Simpson's episode- it started somewhere and has ended nowhere. D'oh!



8 comments:

iggy said...

Such is life dearie!!

Shoe Girl said...

Did U mean martina at ambika Pillai??? I've been going to her since forever...and i neither live in delhi nor bombay:( but have lived at both the places once...

love the pic on ur blog btw

Wonderwall said...

@Shoe Girl- the very same Martina! Ha. Talk about a small world. I haven't been to her in a year or so (or any hairdresser for that matter). How is she?
The pic was taken in Barcelona- loved the colours!

Shoe Girl said...

Ohh! I discovered Martina when I was doing my internship in Delhi...way back in 2003...
I have been going to her from bombay...( actually all over) ...since

Small world i guess... I met her last about 6 months ago....
she works at the ansal plaza outlet now...

yes small world
Did u click this pic urself? The colors are so vivid...animated almost

Wonderwall said...

@ShoeGirl- The last I visited her was in Ansal.
Yeah I took the pic myself.

Shoe Girl said...

Good photography. Love the frame.
Em ells is close to the softy place i think..
I see ur online on a working day :)( and prompt at answering)

Wonderwall said...

Maybe thats because I am jobless! Should be finding places to apply to but no! here I am-being a prompt replier!

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