January 28, 2004

My planned crime......

I think after reading Brijesh's blog I am inspired or rather have become bold to reveal the crime that me and my friends pulled off in my 6th standard, yeah I know that we were too young to plan but we planned it to perfection.....and never got caught....though i wasnt a part of lifting i was a part of the crime too.....

In 6th standard we used to have a craze (rather obsession) for collecting stamps, coins and currencies.....we used to literally bargain for exchanges....it was fun....i still have all my collection....we used to treasure triangular, circular, rhombus shaped stamps, rare coins and any kind of currency notes from foriegn countries.....at the peak of this collecting fad there was a stamp and currency exhibition in our school.....all the classes were given time slots to enter the exhibition hall and we were given the time after the lunch break....we were happy that we got a lecture off and that we could see some to the rare collection....two of my best friends...yes...at that age we used to have 3 or 4 best friends....that would just make the other person happy....hehehheh....thinking abt that makes me laugh even now....back to my two best friends in school.....they were collection maniacs......so they sneaked in with the other class during the lunch break and were blown away by the variety there.....there they found out that a student from the other class managed to flick a coin....so they decided that they will do that too....they came to me and said that they needed help.....I being a kind of quite and reserved (then not now!!!!!!!!) person was scared initially but they told me that they will do everything but I will have to hide the loot as i was the unsuspected person there.....all the teachers kind of liked me, though i wasnt a great student, so I was perfect person to hide things.....they came up with the plan to flick a circle stamp and an Indonesian currency note.....they had seem them on the previous visit and exactly knew where they were. So they came up with the plan that they will go in with 3-4 people between them....we were taken inside in a line...so one guy would slightly pull them out and the other will pocket it....but there was the catch....everyone was checked.....ok here was one thing that i could never understand....only the guys were checked !!!!!!!!!!! the girls were let off without even being questioned!!!!!!!!!! thats unfair. So now the problem was..where to hide the things.....they were thinking all kinds of possible places....but it will difficult to get to those places while in the crowd....so they were all eliminated.....shoes and socks were also checked....then I came up with the master stroke.....i asked them to stuff it up their ties!!!!!!!!!!!! they were shocked!!!!!!!! Suneel the calm guy came up with such an idea.....all this was planned during the lunch break.....then when we went in everything went according to the plan......they were out with loot untouched and unsuspected.....lekin woh time pe mera itna phata hua haalat tha....poocho mat!!!!!!!.....we were back in the class and they gave the stamp and the note to me.....they were really impressive looking.....I like a good boy put them in the brown cover of one of my books.....I used to cover all my books with a brown cover with my school logo on it and I also used to staple them so it was kind of difficult to push them in but once they were in there it was a perfect hiding place......

the missing stamp and currency note created a havoc in the hall.....the exhibitionist was furious and my class teacher tooo....she came fuming into the class and said that she was ashamed of us....then none of us came forward to accept the crime and the whole class said that we were all innocent....she said that she would agree with that only after checking all the bags.....here too the girls were let off without being checked!!!!!!!!!! very very unfair......she checked everyones bags....books....tiffin boxes....shoes....everything.....but she a few favorites in the class and fortunately i was one of them.....she just browsed through the bags of her favorite students and checked thouroughly in the others bags!!!!!!!! after the whole episode my friends had a naughty smile on their faces and i was shit scared and guilty......but they were my best friends so could not turn them in.....anyways....I was also a part of the crime so I kept my mouth shut.......welll...my friends exchanged those two items the next week (they were smart enough to wait that week).....and good a great deal.....they gave me a coin and triangular stamp for my help......I was very delighted with gift and I completely forgot abt the chori!!!!!!!!!! well....at that age and with the craze of coins and all that stuff i didnt feel guilty abt the incident at all and I completely forgot abt the incident in a few days time with the exams and all......now when I look back I feel kind of guilty for stealing something but there is also a joy that i was involved in a successful lift off that even the teachers could not find out!!!!!!!!!

brijesh.....thanx to ur crying episode that inspired me to relive the memories of the above incident.....I think i will list only this incident else mera poora history patha chal jayega.........hehehhe....just kidding.....I dont think I have any other incident even similar....I was shit scared that time in the hall that I never even tried to indulge in such activities.......just imagine????....what if we were caught!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!....maa kasam.....sooch ke hi dimaag hat raha hai.....how could we face our parents?????

January 26, 2004

Snow Day.....!!!!!!!!

Today the university will be closed from 1 PM due to snow and the incoming snow storm....thats a nice break as I have class in the evening. This is a very rare thing to happen at Akron....it happens at the most once a year when we have tons of snow and tons more coming....the first time it happened during my time in akron was the first day i took my car to school!!!!.....boooooooo.....I was very very disappointed as it was the first time I got a parking permit and I owned my first car and with a brand new driving license and insurance I was all raring to go and it was called a SNOW DAY...not fair I thought...but I was glad later that day as i saw cars sliding and skidding in the snow....I was thinking...."thank GOD!!!!!, thats not my car". Me being a rookie I could have easliy been one of those cars and I am sure that i would have hit somebody or something had I driven that day.

One more reason to be happy on a snow day is that the classes are cancelled and we doint have to turn in any homeworks!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now thats a nice incentive......I will take that option of sitting at home and doing nothing to attending class and turning in Homeworks!!!!!!! But on the flipside.....the GYM is closed tooo!!!!!!!!....so all we can do is sit at home and do absolutely nothing but to chit chat and watch movies!!!!!!!! I would rather play something like RACQUETBALL instead. Talking abt RACQUETBALL...there is a league tournament coming up at KENT STATE.....its a nice tournament....it has abt 15-20 players in the league and you play every player in the period of 3 months at the end of which the winner is decided by the number of wins and also based on tie breakers. Its a nice tournament for the people who have been playing for over an year or so....as there will be a lot of players with ur skill set and also with varying styles of game so that will improve ur game more than when u play with ur regular practice partner....if anyone needs info please let me know!!!!!

Abt the snow....its been very very cold for the past month!!!!!!! its been freezing with abt temperatures between 4-30 degrees F without the windchill.....now add the wind chill !!!!!!!! that will be 10-15 degrees lesser than the normal temperature.....now i will enjoy my holiday by going home and having a nice and hot coffee and a ood lunch later.

January 19, 2004

Home sweet home.......

A lot of my friends had gone baack to India to visit their families during the past month and I couldnt go.....I am very jealous of those guys !!!!!!!! Its been 2 years since I last went home....I miss home, family, friends, College and of course MUMBAI!!!!!!!!!!! Not that I dont have friends here.....I have made some great friends here and I am very happy for that and for the fact that met a special person here in Akron:):) but being away from family always hurts!!!!!!!!

I have to go to the airport in the evening to pick-up Rajesh.....he went to my house in mumbai!!!!!!! I am jealous again......gggrrrrr....talking of the Cleveland Airport.....I have made tons of trips for the pick-ups and the drop offs but I still distinctly remember the day i landed in the US.....khyati, ashwin, priya and rujul were there at the airport to pick me and Manasee up....it was a strange feeling......but I was very excited and i had no regrets of leaving India atleast for the time being....I was away from home, parents and sister for the first time!!!!!!!! but the next time around......when I made my first trip to India and came back.....I remember Bhaddu, Milind and a couple of other friends waiting for me at the airport.....I was very excited to see them.....but I was very sad.....cant say depressed.....but i felt like I was missing something big in the life here......when I had gone home.....i had given my parents a surprise.....I went a day earlier than i was supposed....it was all preplanned and my friends came to the Sahar Airport to pick me up.......the look on my mom's face when she saw me was priceless!!!!!!!!!! my dad was sleepy but he was delighted too.......and sister jumped out of bed!!!!!!!!! that is indeed an unforgettable moment (Kodak Moment) and just shows how much they love me and miss me!!!!!!!!!!! My friends had made surprise welcom plans too....they came with a poster!!!!!!!!!!!!! it read "TM Assistant Plumber Vasinaka" (TM is the name by which my friends at home now me as), they even got me a garland!!!!!!!!!!!! It was very very embarrasing!!!!!!!!! but I loved it ...

My mom was initially very upset that I surprised them....as they had made all the arrangements to come to the airport the next day......but i guess seeing me comepensated for a lot things....hehehehhehe...mom and sister wanted to talk all night, they were that excited......but I had to force them to go to sleep so that mom can get up early and make break fast and take care of other things for dad in the morning and deepika had to go to work!!!!!!! then started the constant requests to eat. eat and eat!!!!!!!! where ever I went and whom ever i met would give me something to eat or drink.....i must have eaten a year's quota in a month!!!!!!!!!!!!

the rest of the trip was very eventful and filled with lots of fun and cherised memories.....met with all my childhood buddies.....Goti, Battery, Kotli, Saby, Wali, Boozie, Naga, Kummu, Daru, pappu and rest of the gang........they were very excited too to see me after a long time...we had a ball of a time!!!!!!!!! got together with all my cousins for Pongal at my Grand Parents place for the first time in 9 years!!!!!!!!!! that was some reunion we had!!!!!!!! it was filled with singing, dancing and catching up with uncles, aunts and grand parents......i can stilll remember everything on that trip like it had just happened yesterday!!!!!!!!!!

when it was time to leave Mumbai.......I started realising that all this was coming to an end and that i was returning to akron.....my mom, dad and sis were noticably sad!!!!! at the airport it was not like the first time.....i was all smiles tht time....but now I was very sad to leave all my beloved ones and friends back....the flight back was very quite and kind of depressing........the life in akron felt very boring compared to what I experienced there.....but as everyone says....time is the best healer.....in no time i was back to my normal life here in Akron and I was back with all the friends here.......little did I know that i was to meet the special person in my life that year!!!!!!!

cant wait to get back home!!!!!!!!!! hoping to go home in May.......cant wait!!!!!!!!!!!!