Episode 7: My stuporific princess

While my friend held the ringing phone in his hand, I was in another world, limbo, dreaming of a girl.

In my heavenly sense I saw her,
She came to be one of the admonishers –
The one that warns you beforehand,
Of the ill-happenings and the profiters.

“Hey there wake up!”, she enchanted,
I opened up my eyes to witness the stranded.

“Are you an angel from heaven?”
I inquired.
“I am a mirror of one’s soul,
The one who comes where she is required.”

“But why have you come here
Among the mortals and their dwelling?”
“To guide you, help you, support you
And at occasions for tale-telling.”

Saying this, she waved her hand,
And spoke the magical spell.
My eye lids felt weighty,
And she spoke the last words “Sleep well”.

She doped me with her magic and made me to sleep. But in actuality, I never woke up as I was in limbo and not the real world.

Meanwhile, my friend picked up the ringing phone and there came my dad’s voice saying. “Explain what happened.”

Episode 6: Into the heavenly comatose

Recap: Watching nurses and doctors running in panic and speaking technical terms (which is next to impossible for a layman to decode) my overcoat friend was in dilemma, a big dilemma – Whether to call my parents or not?

While he was fighting his indecision, a doctor came out of the ICU, walked towards him, removed his specs and said in a gloomy tone, “I am sorry to say but your friend has grown a rare kind of food poisoning.” “What is it?”, the friend inquired.
“In medical terms it is called – Botulism, a rare paralytic illness caused because of a nerve toxin.” The doctor added, “I wonder what he ate that was so toxic?”

Being in a state of shock and confusion, my friend could not think of what might have affected me (Had he been calm, he would have easily guessed that it was the Pani poori that got me into this state).

The doctor blurt out, “It is a tough situation for me as a doctor. His survival depends purely on God. I have done everything I am capable of. I hope he has done some good deeds in his life because only those can bring him back.”
“Bring him back? What do you mean?”, My friend inquired worriedly.
“Well son, he has gone into coma. When will he wake up or will he wake at all? I can’t answer any of these questions.”

Saying this the doctor left. While my friend was in his deep confused thoughts my phone rang. He took it out of his pocket and saw the caller ID saying “DAD”.

Episode 5: The wobbly collywobbles

‘Every action has its consequences.’ I have heard it a million times but now was my time to get the taste of it. The bad pani poori messed up my stomach real bad. I vomited twice and had a severe stomach ache which was unbearable. It was time for me to call for help. Trust me, the way from my bed to the door of the flat seemed to be the longest distance I ever traveled (Do you remember the awesome network signals I get in the flat?) I managed to drag myself out of the flat and called up the overcoat friend. He realized that I was in serious trouble. He immediately showed up at my place, helped me get into his car and took me to the nearest emergency hospital.

Within no time my health degenerated to the extent that they had to take me inside the hospital on a stretcher. I was admitted into the ICU. They took my blood sample to do different tests. Everything happened quickly.

Watching nurses and doctors running in panic and speaking technical terms (which is next to impossible for a layman to decode) my overcoat friend was in dilemma, a big dilemma – Whether to call my parents or not?

While he was fighting his indecision, a doctor came out of the ICU, walked towards him, removed his specs and said in a gloomy tone, “I am sorry to say…”

Episode 4: A Surprise-in-disguise

I got up from the bed, held a pair of scissors in my hand (sharp things are great way to use as defensive weapons) and opened the door to find a tall man in an overcoat standing still concealing his face with his round hat. He charged towards me and I almost punctured his abdomen when I stopped as he hugged me and said, “Bhai kya haal hai tera?” I quickly inferred from his voice that it was my friend whom I anticipated to arrive the next day. Luckily, nothing bad happened; otherwise this surprise would have turned into a tragedy, a tragic one indeed. No doubt it was a surprise in disguise for me.

The very next day all my friends from the city came to my place and it was time for some feast. I brought Pani poori from a street vendor to have something to eat. Unfortunately, the veggies he gave to stuff pani poori with were old. I had the first piece and it was literally YUCK! (Thank God I didn’t throw up).

I quickly stopped my friends from having the unappetizing pani poori and declared to throw away the rest of the pieces along with the veggies; but my friends asked me to return them to the vendor (after all we have payed the price).

I went to the vendor, kept the polythene bag on his street-stall and straightaway said, “The veggies are old, I don’t want them. Please refund me.” (I believe you can get cooperation easily if you are polite than furious with people). Hearing this, without any arguments, he refunded me the money.

The lesson I learned here is that it is very easy to throw away a thing you don’t like, that’s an easy way out. But the right way to do is to ask for compensation/refund for an unsatisfactory service/product. You are a customer and you have every right to return the product you don’t like. So the next time you are unsatisfied with a service/product, go complaint, ask for compensation/refund (politely), you’ll be surprised with the customer service you will get then. WINK!

Episode 3: An uninvited knock

When you move to a new area, it is instinctive to attract people and become center of attraction. May be it is in our nature, as a survival strategy, to get attention from others (especially when we want to get attention and don’t receive it). Getting a WiFi connection in a neighborhood where people are satisfied with their ECONOMICAL dishTVs was one of the steps towards being in the limelight in the society.

Going further, it is no harm to get a WiFi connection but it does become harmful if you name your WiFi network that may intrigue aggression or sometimes competition in the peers of the neighborhood.  WiFi Names like “Get Your Own Damn Internet” or a more aggroing “Bring Beer and Women to Apt #23” may lead to hostility in the blocks.

I kept my WiFi’s name “LookingForWiFi?” Well, this name too targets the neighbors but passively, isn’t it? How would you feel if you open your phone and scan the WiFi networks and you see “LookingForWifi?”. You’ll be provoked, right? But I didn’t see it coming.

One night I was fast asleep when I heard someone knock at the door. I ignored the sound thinking they might be my neighbors. But soon the simple knocking turned into door banging. I realized the door being kicked was not of anyone else’s but mine. I switched on the light of my room and looked at the clock. It said 23:30.

At this situation, many thoughts rushed into my mind. Thoughts like “Is there a robber on the door?”, “Will I be abducted?”, “Will he harm me?”,  “Did I order pizza from Dominos?” There was only one way to shut my rushing thoughts and that was to get up from the bed and open the door.

I got up from the bed, held a pair of scissors in my hand (sharp things are great way to use as defensive weapons) and opened the door to find a tall man in an overcoat standing still concealing his face with his round hat.

Episode 2: The conundrum connection

While starting to explore the world on your own it is equally important to stay connected with your family and friends, right? In order to be in touch with your group what is the first thing that strikes your mind? Mmmmmm, it starts with “I….” Yes, its the Internet. I decided to get an internet connection for the very reason that radio waves do not reach the ground floor of the flats. Sigh! (So the next time you move into a flat, do check the mobile networks). I checked the internet providers available here, shortlisted a few and decided to get the connection from the company named AIR IT (fictitious name). Fortunately or unfortunately, I went to a cyber cafe nearby and asked about the connection that they were subscribed to. We discussed different companies’ plans and he informed me that AIR IT doesn’t give a good customer service and usually gets bugged every now and then. Not only this, he went on to recommend me another company named AIRWAVES (fictitious name).

Being an outsider, I had to trust this guy. He seemed to be speaking from his heart. Borrowing faith from him I contacted AIRWAVES. While I was talking to the AIRWAVES marketing executive, AIR IT’s marketing agent was already there at my doorstep. It was an awkward situation to call a person and then send him empty handed. But I took my stand and straight forwardly discussed the matter with him.

Unlike what I expected him to do, he started back-biting the cyber cafe personnel. He tried all the tricks he had in his bag (Well, that’s why they say a man with a briefcase can probably rob you more than a thousand men army) like ‘degrading the competitor’, ‘praising his own company’ and even the classic ‘I have used it’ trick.

I was completely confused at that time – whom should I believe and whom not. As I was in a bad situation I thought what worse can happen?

To my surprise, AIRWAVES marketing agent reached my place too. Two competitors face-to-face with each other passing sarcastic smiles. It seemed as if they would soon shed some blood to win the client (me, of course). But soon AIR IT agent left and I got the connection I desired.

Here is the interesting part: the very next day AIR IT’s senior-most marketing executive comes to my place. What for? To brainwash and degrade the competitor. He too played the tricks from running the “speed-test” on the internet to influencing me to call AIRWAVES agent to withdraw the connection. Frankly, I was sold. Now I know, why they get the title ‘senior’ and that is because they not only know the tricks but also when and how to play them.

Long story short: I called the AIRWAVES agent who tactically handled my queries (which were actually being asked by the senior executive). The senior left saying that soon the speed of the internet would decrease down and that I would come back to him.

It has been five days, the speed is perfectly fine. I do not find any reason to change my internet subscriber. All this experience was a trial I had to face just to learn that the best way to find about the performance of a product/service is to actually use it. 

Episode 1: The beginning

Sitting on a chair in my room, staring outside the slightly opened door I wonder am I at the right place? Yes, I am; but somewhere deep inside me, I feel may be I am not.  If I am not then what can I do, I have taken the decision. You might be thinking why not just undo the decision. But it is not that easy. There are two types of decisions: the ones that can be reversed and ones that can’t be. I have taken the second one.

The big question is: am I at the right place? Will I be able to survive in this place? All alone, having no one to guide me, teach me and support me. I guess my innocence will face the trials of mother nature and will do the tweaks necessary in me. After all, a life full of mistakes is more worthy than a life without mistakes.

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