Sunday, July 4, 2010

Life Aaj Kal

6:30 - 7:00 AM - Become conscious to sounds of Shlokas & smell of Oodhubathi. Stir a bit and (possibly, occasionally) chant some of them in a semi-conscious state and slip back into sleep, oftentimes from the floor onto the bed, now that amma-appa aren't on it.

8:00 - 9:00 AM - Wake up finally. Go to kitchen, play with mom a bit, brush and settle down with filter coffee & 2 Britannia Milk Bikis & *shudder* ToI (occasionally The Hindu). Alasify global/national/local politics. Cinemasala. Sports. Chennai Times/Metro Plus. Who put head, who ran away with whom, who got raped in Delhi, who met with accident in Chennai-Trichy highway, how many CRPF got killed, etc.

9:00 - 11:30 AM - Take out lappie. Tweet. Net. Tweet. Check mail. Tweet. Occasional mango milk-shake. Tweet. Phone mokkai. Tweet.

9:35 - 10:15 AM - Drop amma and appa in Pazhavanthangal station.

10:30 - 11:30 AM - Take bath during this interval. Occasional extension to 1 - 2 PM. *ashamed*

12:00 - 2:00 PM - Proper Iyer-aathu saappadu watching K/Star/Sun/Animal Planet channels immediately followed by a probably siesta or more internet. Tweet.

4:15 - 5:00 PM - Appa returns. Scavenge for some snacks. Or TV. Or phone.

5:30 PM - Go to Pazhavanthangal station to pick up amma. Over the last few days, some "interesting" developments (which have a high probability of not going anywhere :P) on the way back (that's the time many of the college buses drop off students, you see).

6:00 - 6:30 PM - More coffee time plus Grand Sweets Manoharam and some khaaram.

6:30 - 7:00 PM - Get ready to freak out, either to downtown Chennai (T.Nagar) or some place else. Back for dinner (usually). And some time explaining to parents the reason for returning late. As much as I don't tire coming back home late, my parents simply don't tire of getting exasperated with me and demanding an explanation.

10:00 PM onwards - Football keeps running on TV while I don't really follow it. If it's Wimbledon, a little more attention. Someone or the other to mokka-pottufy over the phone. Back in the US, it used to be one of 3 close friends, so though the conversations used to cover a wide variety of issues (local Vambu to geo-politics), there used to be a sense of monotony since the people used to be the same, not to forget, all 3 being male B-). But here, it's been the other way around (I refuse to elaborate ;-D).

12 AM - 2 AM - Tweet. Sleep.

And schedule regularly interspersed with Marina/Besi outings, night-outs at friends' place, movies, outstation temple trips (the only outstation trips so far), visits to parents' friends & friends' parents and also a few sojourns to some interesting social-empowerment activities.

I am someone who cannot remain quiet or sit around doing nothing for long. Technically, I've had no "job" this past month, but my hands have been so full (well, pseudo-full maybe :P) with stuff to do and time to enjoy idling away (contradictory, I know, but that's how it has been), I've really had very little to complain apart from rusting professionally & not being financially productive (which is apparently *important*).
Sigh, but all good things have to end. And the good things that have come to an end will hopefully pave the way for something better. :-)
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