August 31, 2007

The Greener Side

Posted in CET at 4:50 pm by Krishnadev

          It’s been 5 whole days since college closed for Onam. 5 FULL DAYS!! God!! And I’ve been here all  these 5 days having nothing to do except check out local TV listings, only to fling away the newspaper frustrated, and sit in front of the PC listening to songs that I’ve heard a million times. NO internet, NO computer games, NO books, NO one here to go out with, NO new film worth watching in the cinemas and the hardest one, NO SMSes (Thank you, guys at Airtel, for cancelling out all your schemes). Life’s so cruel to a 19 year old! And to think I really wished for this vacation.

                Occasional calls from friends are the only breather in this frustratingly boring existence. But there too, how much can you talk to someone on a daily basis? 10-15 minutes, surely not more than that! Even with 5 or 6 friends calling up a day, it consumes barely 1 hour a day. That leaves this poor soul with 23 goddamn hours to spend in solitude. 23 hours to mull over what to do with these 23 hours. 23 hours to curse myself for wishing this ruin upon me! 23 hours to pick up petty fights with bro. 23 hours to type down nonsense! 23 hours to ponder over the great question – SHOULDN’T I START STUDYING? (An idle mind is indeed the Devil’s workshop.) Even the goddess of sleep seems to have forsaken me as I sit here looking at the computer clock that reads 23:45 and still wondering what to do.

                And to think  I had such wonderful plans for Onam when college closed. Watch 2-3 movies per day, play football at school, cricket in college, stick to my diet, exercise, catch up with old friends, do some Onam shopping… I pretty much had everything planned. But again, as someone once said ‘Man proposes God disposes’. (I bet that guy was in such a predicament as mine.) I’ve done all good Onam movies (several ones more than once) and haven’t yet reached that level of desperation where I’d go and watch ‘Alibhai’ or ‘Nadiya Kollappetta Rathri’. (Suicide would figure higher than this on my list of preferences.) Infuriatingly, all of my friends at Pilani or Chennai or Trichy continue to be there as they, unlike me, don’t have Onam holidays. And even more infuriatingly, the majority here seems to think that no football is possible without that minority. (Talk about unity!!! Sheesh!)

Fed up with all this lazing around, I even went for ‘Onam shopping’ with mom to the Saras exhibition! THAT was definitely one huge mistake I made, second only to my career choice, Electrical Engineering. It was an exhibition alright – of how people could make such perfect fools of others. There were these rotten sticks with a fresh coat of polish which were being advertised as some exclusive aesthetic marvels. And quite surely, the price tag was exorbitantly disgusting. Inspite of all this, there were actually people who were buying these things. Other than the polished junk, Saras had on show latest advances in technology like the ‘Automatic Water Sprinkler’ (a pipe fitted with a paddle… WOW!!!), the ‘Instant Palada Mix’ (Tastes wonderful, just like cough syrup… I swear) and of course the ultramodern ‘Instant Lemon Juicer’ (Yeah… that thing we’ve been using since Christ’s time). Altogether, the experience was so wonderful that I ended up promising myself never to accompany mom for shopping.

                All these experiences have made me too bored even to exercise. I keep thinking ‘I’ll start first thing tomorrow morning. And then, there’ll be no stopping me. I’ll lose 50 kilos in 5 days!’ Quite predictably, I sleep till 10 in the morning and the first thing I do in the morning is go open the fridge door, take out leftovers of the previous day’s pizza and treat myself to a sumptuous feast. There go my plans for dieting and exercising. As Bridget Jones exhibits in the movie, food is really an idle, bored, frustrated mind’s true companion. Nowadays, I go to bed wondering what there’ll be for breakfast the next day. Come breakfast and I’ll be wondering what’s for lunch. Lunch sees me waiting for tea and tea sees me eager to dig into dinner. The process goes on. I remember Fr. Anikuzhy once saying something about Eating to Live and Living to Eat. I’m not sure which category I fall into right now. Food is the only activity I enjoy on a regular basis now. Perhaps, this is why my conscience turns a blind eye when I eat so heartily when I should be dieting. Then again, who cares?

                I’m not shifting the blame from myself for this quandary that I’m in. it’s just that I’m too riled that I thought I should permit myself atleast this small luxury. True, I waited for this vacation. I counted down each and every day till the start of this vacation. And now, here I am, just waiting for college to reopen. Holding on to this mundane existence till life goes back to normal, to college. Repeating to myself that just a few more days and I’ll be back where I belong, among my friends. And as I end this piece, an outlet of my exasperation, I pray to God, ‘PLEASE!! NO MORE VACATIONS!!’




  1. Anand said,

    dear God, PUNISH this hater of vacations!! gud write-up maan…

  2. I could relate myself fully to your post, friend. Heh! The most ironic fact about this comment by me in your weblog is that I’m doing this PURELY to escape from boredom!! I’m doing this at 2:45 AM in the dead of the night, in an exercise to find sleep: another much-needed commodity in my wishlist!

    The very word ‘boredom’ reminds me of our ‘study holidays’! (Ah! To quote ‘Summer of ’69’, “Those were the best days of my life!” 😉 ) You should’ve mentioned those frigging 2-odd months, arguably, the WORST two months in those 19-odd years I’ve spent in the vortex of Planet Earth! 😦

    Awesome post, buddy! Loads better than your previous one (in quality, not content!) Way to go!!

  3. Prasanth said,

    This is what they call ‘being stupid’. The world is rocking. Wake up my brother!

  4. Krishnadev said,

    @ Anand
    Thanks buddy…

    @ Hari
    Whew! Atleast someone thinks like me!!

    @ Pashu
    The world is rocking? No SMS no TV no internet no movies no friends here…. Yeah… DEFINITELY, the world is rockin!!! :p

  5. Prasanth said,

    For your info, homosapiens survived for millions of years without mobile. 😀 Think of it. Wake up brother.

  6. Krishnadev said,

    It’s my understanding that Homosapiens had social gettogethers etc etc even then. I’ve just heard that another one of our ‘football meetings’ at school has been cancelled. See… even gettogethers are getting impossible nowadays! Under these circumstances, VACATION SUCKS!

  7. The Quibbler said,

    you think you are bored cos you have been sitting at home 5 days?
    helllo? ive been here for like 6 months now
    and btw u can call more than 15 min
    i have a 7 hour phone call record 🙂
    nice writing chetto.. cheers. keep it up

  8. rakesh said,

    oh yeah! vacation sucks and i love chemistry….nice try

    guess ambani’s right…’s way better than the previous one

  9. Krishnadev said,

    @ Syam
    Da, I guess you might have got used to it… I mean, I did enjoy those vacations! Everyone was here in tvm for most of the 6 months… And abt the phone call, well… ^:)^

    @ Raku
    Honest man… Chemistry would have been better than this torture (I take that back… Not Chemistry… Maths perhaps!)

  10. Jacob said,

    I love my vacations.!
    Btw there is a new Calculus Book .You should have tried it during the vacations. 🙂

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