Final countdown Part 1

Time: 9:30 am
Place: Traffic signal at Richmond Road

I see Deepika Padukone.
Well, almost.
OK, not really πŸ˜‰

So, there is a big hoarding next to the signal and she is the brand ambassador for Sunfeast, and they are organizing a 10k marathon run.
It says – “I will run for Bangalore, will you?”

I look at her, see looks back at me. I look up again and she is still staring. I grin and she freezes. In the midst of this emerging romance, the light turns green. The game is still on, but my reverie is broken by the Beep, beep, peep, peep, along with the infinite adjectives that follow in different languages – Kannada, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, English, Hindi. I could feel the essence of few of the swear words. Yeah dude, Bangalore is truly cosmopolitan and we have at least different varieties of gaali to choose from πŸ˜‰

I move ahead and reach office. Deepika is gone, but those words still linger in front of my eyes – Bangalore 10k run. I have never been an athlete in my life, but somehow these words catch my fancy. Not sure why, but all of a sudden I decide to bring that Kranti in my life and take the first step.
Yes, literally.
By the time I reach my desk at 6th floor with that silver colored monster called ‘Dell’ over my back, I have climbed 152 steps, each almost 10 inches high and I am panting heavily. Woosshh. It would take a couple of hours for recovery. I think of those days when I could trek for 20 kilometers in one go, with almost 8-10 kilos of backpacks. Yes, I have done that quite a few times in Garhwal Himalayas. Breaking your fingers in front of the computer screen and getting myopia are not the only rewards of working in an air conditioned environment. Added to that as a bonus are backache, headache, toothache, nose ache, whatever.

Kranti“!!
I need Kranti in my life! Manoj Kumar comes up again and the hot blood flows in my coronary artery.

kranti

Manoj kumar is now inspiring me to get up early (yes, 6:30 is early for me) for my morning jog and Citibank is happy enough to lend me 215 Rs for the registration. Yeah, I have registered for it. Not for the open run though, but for the category called ‘majja run‘ which is meant for shallow people like me. The Hanes, the Crocodiles and the Adidas have already been obliged.
Come 31st May and I shall be there, perhaps chasing Deepike Padukone.

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12 Responses to Final countdown Part 1

  1. shweta says:

    Huh!! lucky u! U hav got choice even in abuses.And here v in delhi v r still stuck with the same hindi swears πŸ˜›

  2. Nishchaya says:

    Trust me, that was the first thing I learned during my college days. It enriches your vocabulary πŸ™‚

  3. uniqideas says:

    hey Nishchaya … I too would be in B’lore for the RUN! Let’s see if I can chase you — so that I reach to Deepika πŸ™‚

    Rgds,
    Harsh

  4. Shweta says:

    Massst ekdum…!!
    Cudn’t stop laughing….:)

  5. Ashwini says:

    hi.. am here for the first time here..its good to see your presence lasting for long now.. somehow i feel that i know you by some goddamn sensory perceptions working to let me believe in it.. do you anyone names ashwini/ashkd or you have any connection with kanpur?? am just getting curious.. πŸ™‚

    keep writing!! πŸ™‚

  6. Nishchaya says:

    @Ashwini: Thanks for dropping by. I’ve tried hard to scratch my head, but not sure if I know someone with that name 😦

    As for the Kanpur connection, I know quite a few people from the city and had been to couple of colleges there, including the IIT. But that was ages back, nothing more than that.

  7. Rofl Indian says:

    So there’s just one week to go. Sounds interesting. Wonder if Deepika has ever been chased by so many Bangaloreans before. She’ll sure love the attention ;-).

  8. LOL! LOL!!! All the best for ripped arms and rediscovering your body parts πŸ˜€

  9. Nishchaya says:

    Thanks. Tomorrow is the D day πŸ™‚

  10. preety says:

    I could actually visualise the whole saga starting rite frm the beep beeps and the lovely showers of totally blissfull gaalis…that u understand are gaalis but can grinn away thinking that who cares, i dont understand any of it;) how abt the thumb gesture that one can face in south India(am sorry if it offends any body here) totally ignorant to the fact that what does it signify…did u ever face it?

  11. In the early ’80s , my mother and I were holidaying in Goa when we happened to run into Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu who were staying at an adjacent hotel. He had been an old friend of my father’s, but still, beyond the warm Pathan embrace and social niceties we did not expect anything more from the encounter. After all, stars inhabit different constellations and couples need their privacy.

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