Thursday, August 10, 2006

Storm in a cup


If Mumbai is the city that never sleeps, then Delhi is the city that sleeps a tad too early. I came to this well drawn conclusion after my two months stay there during my summer internship. The shops generally down their shutters around 9 and so one must learn to move early even if it means braving the sweltering june heat. Well, lemme leave this open for arguments.
To go ahead with my story, we (my gang) were plainly lucky to have gelled together so quickly. We were people hailing from totally different backgrounds - from all the different corners of the country, different eating, sleeping schedules - the only common thread that bound us together was we were all supposed to be "future engineers" undergoing internship at the same place. So one night, out of sheer boredom and sleep deprivation we decided to try out delhi for a cup of hot tea. The clock had just struck thirteen and the dozen of us were treading the deserted road of the capital -- pusa road to be exact. Giving us company was the Door's "Queen of the highway" and stray canines who were totally taken aback by this uncalled intrusion of their privacy by the human species. Amidst all this, we wandered on aimlessly hoping against hope to land up at some dhabba which still had its lights flickering. Having walked on, attracting curious looks from the once in a blue moon passing by vehicle, we went on, for how long i don't know. Then we found ourselves standing in front of a police checkpost all of a sudden and totally unprepared for any eventuality that such a situation might bring up. "Are you people drunk?" .. was the first query the constable at the post shot at us. Who was drunk wasn't easy to tell .. we sure weren't !! And lacked the courage to point it out to the other party.Then another one, only in his bare essentials came out from within to add his unwarranted comment "Masti karne nikle hai sab"....followed by a profanity. We were petrified they won't buy our "looking for a cup of tea" story but then still decided to give it a try. Hoping against hope worked in our favour for a change and they sympathised with us. And to what remains to this day one of the biggest surprises of my life, they actually prepared tea, though not enough, for us and our mission impossible had been accomplished. We were then let off with a warning not to repeat what the constable termed our "daredevilery" in future. Chastened and satiated, we returned to our not so cosy bedrooms and immediately dozed off. Delhi Police -- We want you safe !!

11 comments:

SaI KRisHna said...

he he ... bombay roxx man !!!

Anonymous said...

Well does that mean u didn't like delhi X-(. Delhi is a fabulous place though there is always a feeling of insecurity . But then it happens to be the capital ... so acceptable.

Ummm.. a brand new beginning :)

Anonymous said...

Well does that mean u didn't like delhi X-(. Delhi is a fabulous place though there is always a feeling of insecurity . But then it happens to be the capital ... so acceptable.

Ummm.. a brand new beginning :)

~Prachi

Anonymous said...

wow !! yeha delhi sure sucks and you have put it appropriately. Its truly a city that stinks, sux, crrooses and is almost a hell living thr ... and you have it straight out of the horse's mouth.

~ vardan speaks

Anonymous said...

Why did you change your blog ? i was trying the previous link all this while. So you have started off on your new blog deriding delhi ... dude! its not that let me tell you. And what if the city sleeps early, then it also wakes up early :d

ruchika

arunabh said...

@ all
arre ppl i was just narrating an incident ( i thought it deserved a mention over here for being funny/not so funny/ scary) and wnet ahead with it. There is no criticism of delhi as such but then being the capital, i dint expect such a rude shock like malls calling it quits by 9 pm .can you believe it ??? i cudn't! and am being honest. Otherwise delhi was good

@ sai
man , mumbai sure rockss and guess you know what i mean

Yashika Totlani said...

great read!

Yashika Totlani said...

but must point out that shops close down by 9 (8 at some places!) due to some government order... its tough living in the capital!

Anonymous said...

hey man, but didn't tell why did you change your blog? livejournal was awesome!!


~sarika

arunabh said...

@ yashika
always thought there would be some government machinery involved that led to early closure of the malls etc. But still, i personally felt that there is alwasys this sense of insecurity that pervades delhi .. it was quite apparent. Good tht you pointed it out

@sarika

well i wasn't finding livejournal too easy to manage. Basically longed for some new attractive template. Guess you blog on livejournal ?

sushobhan said...

great account...... that night will remain a fond remembrance through out my life.......