Friday, July 23, 2010

Delhi Belly Returns...

Writing about the capital and the people here gives a lot of satisfaction to me. I just cant stop myself observing the crowd and the mango public of Delhi. They are just awesome in all senses. The capital is changing every second. The growth is just astonishing in certain aspects though the Yamuna river is getting dirtier day by day which is not even recognizable nowadays. Nevertheless the feel of the capital itself is so roaring that one forgets everything and comes into a different mood altogether.

While last time I was a drunken survivor, this time I was a sane survivor. It was my sense that got me into trouble. So sometimes it is better to be lost and remember things just when they are ought to be remembered. This time my Delhi journey begins in a Metro and then this follows:

For going to my Bro's office, I was told to get into a Metro from Anand Vihar so that I get a seat till Janakpuri. But I rather decided to go from Karkarduma because I was allowed to ride Zing till there but not till Anand Vihar (Chhota baccha or small kid thing you see). Its really hard to decide which way to go in a Metro station. Escalators moving up and down. people rushing here n there, long lines at ticket counters, security checks etc.etc. Last time the metros were not so crowded as this time. I got a token till Janakpuri and got in the right metro after confirming from 2 wanderers (It really is a tough job but Delhi's crowd makes it so easy). As expected the Metro was full and while I was thinking to get in through the gates, the huge crowd around me took me inside the metro. I was surrounded with 7 people (while nature permits only 4) pushing their elbows and bags each time a new station came and some 5-7 people got in. One of the men told me that the Metro will get emptied by Rajiv Chawk and that a place to sit would then be available. I was eagerly waiting for Rajiv Chawk in that grueling crowd but the crowd never reduced. The change that took place was that the men around me were replaced by some girls. I felt much better between them.

The prophecy of that man failed and I had to stand for another 30 or so minutes. I was very afraid of my wallet getting robbed or the Metro token getting lost. So I started checking my pockets for the two things. The right hand always goes (by nature), not towards the front packet, but towards the back pocket for the wallet. I searched the pocket and found nothing which left me shocked. Thousands of thoughts came rushing to my mind. Did the purse fell somewhere inside the Metro, did I left it at the ticket window, has someone stolen it? But just when I was on thought 1000, a girl behind me patted on my shoulder.She was dressed up in a yellow top and a blue jeans which was folded to knee length. Her specs made her look much older than she was. Her pointing nose reminded me of Pinnocio and so she's named Pinni in this converstaion---

Pinni: Mind your hand man! What the hell do you think you are doing?
                (My hand was stuck in her front pocket)

Me: (Pulling the hand out) Errr. I didn't had the slightest idea that this was going to happen. I am very sorry. (WTF I just did. God please be kind..)

Pinni: I know you guys very well. You just look for excuses and reasons.

Me: I am not lying. (Shivering voice). That was by mistake. I swear to God.

Pinni: (More terrible looks) Why involve God. He's already gone from earth. Let the Metro stop.

Me: (pleading eyes) Please mam. I am new to the place. I was checking for my wallet and the metro token. I didn't had any bad intentions. I was just afraid of losing them and so started checking for them.

Pinni: You were unknown to the fact that someone else is standing behind you? Are you kidding me? (Furious)

Me: Believe me please. I am innocent. (I couldn't do any better than this).

Pinni: I will take you to the security at the next station.

Me: (At the verge of crying) Check my purse. Check my ID. That was not intentional.

Pinni: You want me to get the Metro public over you? I can do it in a second. Just walk out at the next station. (You are gone man)

Me: (Afraid of my future condition) Okay. As you say. I did a big mistake.

(At the next station)

Pinni: You want me to get to the security?

Me: As you like it. (Shakespeare never dies, even in a situation like this)

Pinni: Go and be cautious. I forgive you. You look innocent.

Me: (sadly again) As you say mam..

Pinni: I said you are free to go. Just be prepared for anything in Delhi. You will not find people like me everywhere. I don't know what my friends would have done to you. BTW where were you going?

Me: (Smiling) Thank you so much. Janakpuri west. I owe you one.

Pinni: Its alright. Take the next metro without buying any ticket and put the token and wallet in your front pocket. Bye (smiles)

Me: Thanks a ton mam. I am sorry again. This won't happen again. (Lesson learned)

Now you see the capital and its people. This is what fascinates me. This is what drags me. Pinni didn't created any scene. But if she wanted then she could have beaten me up by about 100s of people. This one is for you Pinni. Hope she reads it someday.

I dont know when i will be back here. It might take a long time for me to be here again but I will keep replying and commenting on your posts and comments. I am starting the new phase of my life. I just have a single day left for fun. I need your blessings and prayers.


Just a day left for fun,
But what I see is a new rising sun.
Some new hopes to fulfill,
And some empty pots to fill.
I see the rays upon me,
Giving me strength to watch and see,
Whats's wrong or right,
And provide me with all the might.