Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Keeping Busy

Nothing like a song to get you back into the mood. Right now, the radio’s playing ‘Humma Humma’ from Bombay and I feel rejuvenated. I feel like I want to write, to dance, to sing in the rain, to feel the pitter-patter of rain on my fingers, to swing my legs in the ankle deep water swishing outside our building right now. The volume of water swishing around on the roads out there, continues to rise. Bombay rains, staying true to their name, continue to pour incessantly outside the window and I reminded of bhuttas (roasted corn on the cob) and hot chai. I call Amma and she worries if it would be another July 26, 2005. I have no idea, I wasn't here then. Well, I do have an idea and heard all the stories, but living it is a whole another thing. On the phone with my husband, we talk about a family trip to Malshej Ghats. The waterfalls around the Ghats would be a sight to behold in this season. My sister and I talk about more possible trips. At this rate, all weekends of August and September would be booked!

The radio has moved on to ‘Yaaron’ – a soft number by KK. Another of my favourites. And strangely, as I listen to the radio and type, I no longer feel the pull of the internet. When I moved back home from Australia, the only part I had been dreading was the loss of internet for the first couple of weeks as we shift into a new house, settle in , buy furniture, get daily services up and running and such. But surprisingly, with the amount of work that moving entailed, I never missed it – not even for a second in all those three weeks! Didn't even have time to miss it. I mean, when could I? When I locked all of us out of the house with the keys inside, and then had to wait for my husband’s sister to come over with the extra set of keys that she had in her house?

Locked out of home and car

Or when, I didn't learn a lesson from that episode and proceeded to lock us all out of the car at DMart with the keys inside? Any other day, I would have found that funny! But it was pouring cats and dogs. And it hadn't been that way when we had reached DMart, so we had left our umbrellas inside the car. So there stands the entire family, with several other people, struggling to fit under DMart’s awning– me, my husband, my mother-in-law, my sister-in-law and her two kids. We had to finally call my sister-in-law’s husband to come pick them up while my husband and I went looking for a garage to get someone to open it. I tell you – if his looks could kill, I would have been dead by now. It’s a good thing I ignored those looks and focused on the fact that how easy it would be for someone to go steal a car. I mean, how did the garage guy even know if it’s my car or not? 

As if that wasn't enough, my Dell laptop and the Apple laptop which I had shunned, decided to play games of their own. They took turns shorting out keyboards! After spending precious hours spread over three days with the Dell customer service executive who was extremely courteous and helpful, I ended up ditching his recommendations and decided to take it in to the Andheri service center. Why did you think that would have solved the problem? I wasted a whole day only to discover that because we had purchased the Dell in Australia, the service center people won’t accept the laptop unless the service tag is transferred to India. Well, that was a wasted trip. I bet it took every ounce of the customer service executive’s will to not say ‘I told you so’. He must have sniggered behind the scenes for sure! So while the Dell laptop service tag transfer was initiated (something that takes about 3-4 days), I resigned myself to using the Mac and promptly shorted out that too. Initially pegging voltage conversion to be the issue (because the same happened back in 2012 too!), we finally zeroed in on the surge-protector we had been using. What an irony that the very device which was supposed to protect our devices turned out to be the very death of them! Well, a week later, the Dell laptop breathed a new life again. It was a huge relief that the technician actually came home to replace the keyboard. And throughout the entire episode, the very first customer service executive I spoke to called every day to check on the status and was extremely helpful! I highly recommend Dell customer service! And I'm not being sarcastic!

Some of my powers would have undoubtedly rubbed off on my husband too. Imagine our plight when one fine day, engrossed in watching TV in our living room, I feel a slight warmth under my feet. I look down to see some water on the floor, immediately I scoot down on the floor to look for the errant uncapped bottle only to find the entire living room and the bedroom flooded with water. Used to washing machines being hooked to the plumbing and draining systems in the US and AUS, he forgot to let the drain pipe into the bathroom. We spent 45 minutes mopping up the water. The effects of Murphy are being passed from individual to individual. Now tell me, how and when could I have missed the internet? 

Dooba Dooba’ by Silk Route’s on! Have a beautiful rainy day ahead, people!
PS: (Inspired by TF's comment below) There's much more of Murphy that I have endured. Those experiences have been written about here

I like people who smile when it's raining

I would love to hear your views!

32 comments:

  1. Adventurous return you had...but your hubby beat you to it in the end, all you did were the common bloopers..we all do them but his was extraordinary.
    And in india still the focus is on selling first, serving never..hope mumbai rains make up for that.

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    1. LOL. I know! :) And no, wasn't sarcastic about Dell customer service. They were really impressive! They've got rules and standards, so they work according to those, which is fine. But their level of customer service was amazing! PS: Edited the post to clarify :)

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  2. Ha Ha. Good read. But if you think this is the unluckiest one can get, check out my post.

    http://luciferhouseinc.blogspot.in/2011/03/fling-with-fate.html

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    1. I'm going to your blog to read that now, but no. I have had worse experiences :) Check out this link.

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  3. Hmm! Now don't give me nightmares. With my superb memory, I have always been wondering how I have managed so far to not lock myself out of my house - and, I am yet to hand over my spare keys to someone else for safety and they would be locked inside the house too :)

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    1. I'll look forward to a post on that :P Do hand over one spare set to your sister, knowing you - you might end up needing it sooner rather than later :P

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  4. Hmmmmmm. I was thinking, "Return of the Native" while reading this post. In short you summarised your return and the happenings after that. Quite unnerving to get locked. But the rain part made me smile.

    Glad to have you back in the same country!

    Joy always,
    Susan

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    1. Glad to be back, Susan! And glad I could make you smile :)

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  5. Gosh, you sound so much like me. What is with memory and bloggers/writers?

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    1. Seriously, man!!! Maybe a few years down the line, they will publish a study linking the two! :)

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  6. I hope you have finally settled down with all the glitches behind you.

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    1. Oh Indu, seems like a never ending process. There's always something more to do! :) But it's a good experience :)

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  7. We had this cooking range in Manchester where there was no concept of a flame. There were circular metal plates. Now back in India, it happened so many times that Geet or I would turn the gas knob on and forget to light the gas. :):) We almost killed the family many times over.

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    1. Oh jeez, I'm glad you guys are safe. I hated those electric coils - always felt they were too slow. I hope you've gotten used to the India ones by now :D

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  8. Nice read.. It's raining here too.. And it's amazing when it rains.. ! Loved your narrations.. Following you.. Keep writing..!

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    1. Thank you for the follow and the kind comment, Priya! Enjoy the rains! :) Have a hot cuppa! :)

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  9. There are times when the food gets burned because the internet is just so addictive. This was a fun read Deepa! Poor hubby though! I have been in many mopping situations too personally :).

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    1. Tell me about it! :) Mopping - well - the lesser said the better :)

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  10. This was a good post to read, Deepa. It reminds me when I had left the water tap open in my flat and moved out. After the return, I spent the whole night cleaning up the mess :) Good to learn that you are back.

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    1. Oh dear, that must have been quite some work! Feels good to be back! :)

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  11. I hate it when something goes wrong with the pc . Tough ! Mopping and cleaning overflown water is a pain , oh dear

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    1. Hate it when something goes wrong with anything :) As long as everything's set up and running the way it's supposed to - be it banking or electronics or even the maid, I'm good :D

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  12. It sure is difficult to take those looks when you've goofed up big time. All of the situations mentioned here must have been facepalm-inducing.

    Nice read, Deepa.

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    1. I kind of felt like the Saif Ali Khan of Dil Chahta Hain, as I imagined virtually stabbing myself over and over! :) The second time it happened, I could have had the earth open up and swallow me! :) Thank you for the comment, Vaishali! Welcome to this space!

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  13. Ahh those poor laptops. Hope they have gotten better :)

    And memories, I guess for us bloggers that's survival as the best of posts come out then!

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    1. If only my ailing memory would support me :) The laptops are recovering :) Hope they stay strong! :D Welcome to the blog, Soumya!

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  14. You need a plate of hot pakoras and chillies and a nice hot cuppa chai from the New Community Center Canteen (Anushaktinagar). Hey... what say we take a trip to the colony one of these days? Let me know :D

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  15. Enjoyed reading the post. I once locked myself out of a friend's car while the engine was on. Imagine my embarrassment when I informed him about this.

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    1. LOL. I did that once myself while in the US. It is a relief to know that I am not the only one :)

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  16. Wow! eventful. Definitely there is no time to miss internet. So you in Bombay now? very close as I am in Pune :) hope to meet you someday. and btw, reading Fablery book and first story I read is yours. It is really really good. Keep up the good work :)

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  17. Wow--looks like u guys are having fun (all the pun intented)

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