A bizarre morning

Reading Time: 5 minutes

DISCLAIMER: Any resemblance to any character dead or living is completely incidental.(Can someone always get away from controversies/troubles by including this disclaimer?)

I was doing my internship at a place which is being considered by most of the Indians as Heaven — Switzerland. But I was getting bored of seeing similar kind of natural scenic beauty everywhere I went in this country. So, I asked Him for an interesting experience. But little did i know that “dena waala jab deta hai, toh deta hai chappar phaad ke” i.e. when God is in a mood to give you something, He will blow off the roof of your house first. Well, this literally proved true on that Saturday morning when I lost the roof over my head for around 6 hours in a sequence of perfectly timed events.So, be careful about what you wish for, as they may be granted sometimes.

Andhera,AV,Goli and Bhengra had arrived last night at my place and we had planned to leave for Titlis(another natural scenic beauty location) by the train at 5.45 am. That day my room-mate Amit was leaving for India, so he had to catch a train at 6.15 am. Sandip, my other room-mate was leaving for Italy same morning at 6.20 am. So,my apartment would have been deserted for the day after 6.20 am. The others got up in time and were ready to leave for the train station. I was running a bit late on the schedule. I hurriedly ran through the daily chores, changed my lowers, grabbed woollen cap and gloves, wished Amit a safe journey home and rushed downstairs. As soon as i walked out of my building, i realised that i didn’t have my room keys. The main door had a self-locking mechanism.It was locked now.I tried to call my room-mates via the intercom available downstairs but none of them picked up. It was around 5.40 am and the train was scheduled to leave at 5.45 am. I thought it’s time to go, I can have the duplicate keys later from the landlord.So, i ran down the street and managed to catch the train in time along with others.

But as i said earlier, that day was really bizarre. It was only when the train wheels were set into the motion, I realized that I don’t have the Eurail pass. Without the Eurail pass, the whole trip would cost me around 100 Euros. So, I decided to get down at next station and head back to my room and wake up my landlord and get the duplicate keys. The next station at which train stopped was Palazeuix.It was 6.00 am then and the train from there back to Lausanne was at 6.03 am. But unfortunately, this train was a local passenger train and it stopped 3 times at other smaller stations before reaching Lausanne. It was 6.30 am when I arrived at Lausanne. I knew that my room-mates were surely gone by this time. I was desperately hoping that my landlord, who owns a restaurant bar, was still there in the apartment.

I was back at my apartment at 6.40 am and ringed the bell corresponding to my landlord’s apartment but there was no response even though i kept it ringing for 5 minutes. I gave up and sat down there, hoping for some divine intervention. After sometime, I saw the shop before my apartment opening up. I asked the lady in the shop if she knew when does that bar shop of my landlord opens up. She answered that it opens around 9 am. So, I had no other option but to wait there for the restaurant bar to open. Since there were two hours left before the bar opened, I went back to the station and explained to my friends that it will take me a few more hours to retrieve my key. So, I asked them to leave by the next train which was at 7.45 am and call me a few hours later so that I can convey to them whether I am still stuck outside the room or I am on my way to Titlis.

I went back to the apartment and waited for the bar shop to open. At around 8.30 am, I heard some footsteps. A cleaner who worked at the bar was opening the bar shop and was about to begin his job. I asked him if he could call my landlord. He didn’t understand English and i didn’t understand French(In hindsight, I felt that I should have learnt a few French words ). I kept telling him my landlord’s name several times and he responded by writing ’15 july’ on a piece of paper and uttered ‘Espain’. Oh my God! My landlord is enjoying a vacation in Spain, one of my room-mate has gone to India and the other won’t come back before Monday night. I was truly stressed out thinking of possible options as to how can I retrieve my key.

As I had nowhere to go, I was sitting at the stairs contemplating a way out of this situation. It was 9.30 am by that time. Now, it was too late for me to go to Titlis as it took almost 4 hours from my place to reach there and without the Eurail pass, it was too expensive. I went to the bar again and asked the French worker the cell no. of my landlord using sign language. He understood me somehow and wrote down a number on a piece of paper. I dialled the number and my cell-phone shut down due to low battery. Nothing was going in my favour that day. God was making sure that i am having an exciting time. I went to a public pay-phone and called at the number but I could hear only the voice a French women who was speaking greek to me. I could feel the homeless feeling then. I looked around and found a church across the street. I walked down there with the goal of asking Him for directions. I went there only to find that the doors were closed. It seemed that all the doors were closed for me that day. I went back to my favorite place — the stairs at the ground floor of my apartment.

I didn’t knew when i fell asleep sitting at my favorite place. I only needed a begging can to look perfectly like a homeless. I woke up only when i heard the footsteps of another human arriving towards me. He was another worker from Bar arrived and (thank God)he spoke English. He said that he has got the keys of the main door only. He said that the only person who could possibly have duplicate keys to my room would arrive at 10.30 am.It meant that my stay at my favorite place was extended by an hour now. I was feeling very hungry by that time, so I headed towards Mc’Donalds. Fortunately, I didn’t forget my wallet that morning. Otherwise, the situation would have been grave (or in other words, I could have gone to a grave). I satisfied my hunger and thirst with chips from a supermarket and vanilla milkshake from Mc’Donalds. Since, i had no means of entertainment available to me at that time, I looked at the other stuff present in my wallet. I found my monthly Metro pass. In order to kill time, I spent some time using the metro doing a to-and-fro journey.I reached the bar again at 10.45 am. The person i was waiting for hasn’t still arrived. I waited for him for another 30 mins sleeping at the stairs. Then I went back to the bar again and asked the English speaking worker if that person arrived. It was 11.15 am, but he hasn’t arrived yet . Probably, he was also on a vacation.

Seeing my troubled looks, the English speaking worker concedes that the key he has with him is not only the key to main door but also the key to one of the rooms in the building. After all the events occurring that day, I certainly didn’t expect that i would be lucky this time. But there was no harm in trying my fortune, so I asked him to please do so. He opened the main door and then I led him to my room on the top floor. He put his keys inside and whoa! The room opened ! It was as if I had discovered a treasure. I can’t describe how happy and how relieved I was at that moment. But the day hasn’t ended. So,I left on my journey to Lucerne( a nearby location), this time ensuring I have the keys and Eurail pass with me. But my misfortune continued that afternoon also. (More on that later after I …)

A lazy morning-part 0

Reading Time: 3 minutes

(Note:I am still not sure how to extend the lazy morning in +time axis.But i think i can extend the lazy morning in the opposite direction.)

He was waiting outside the teacher’s staffroom for his father.His father was a teacher of Maths.His school was a well-reputed school in the small town.It had around 100 members in the teaching staff.He was waiting for his father to come out of the staff room so that they can go home.After waiting for a while,he gets impatient and enters the staffroom.He finds that his father was not at his desk.He was about to turn and go outside and wait but out of blue,he sees an angel.He can’t believe that she was real.He kept glancing at her from the side of his eyes for a while.She notices him.He feels embarrassed starts his walk to the outside of the staff room.
He feels as if someone is trying to address him.He turns back and finds her right in front of him.She asks him “Are you Mr.X?”.He wonders how did she knew his name.Has she been spying on his back.He can feel that today is his lucky day.A wide grin flashes across his face.She gets a bit irritated after not getting a response for a while and seeing the appearance of a mysterious smile on his face.She says in a dismissive tone “you dropped your ID there”.He falls from the cloud nine to the earth.He feels disappointed and gathers his thoughts and says”Thank you very much,Miss …?”.She obliges to his query and replies back “Neha.By the way what were you doing in the staff room.Don’t you know that students are not allowed in here?”.He responds feebly that he was looking for his father.She chuckles and says”Oh!I have come across another guy who looks for his father in me”.He feels embarrassed but he can’t escape a smile seeing her’s beautiful smile.He thanks God in his mind “Oh God!this is my lucky day definitely”.
He takes a look at her and is convinced that she is too young to be a teacher. He testifies his earlier statement by stating that Mr.XX is his father and he was waiting for him.She knew XX as he was his maths teacher.She now becomes a bit friendly in her tone and asks him in which class did he study.Unexpectedly,he instead of answering her query,he asks her “Are you trying to flirt with me?”.She is taken aback and there is an expression of disgust written all over her face.She could only say “What???”.He realizes how big a fool he is and tries to control the situation by saying “Oh! I am sorry.I thought that this would be a great pick-up line on girls to pick them up for a cup of coffee” .She smiles back at him.He takes a deep breath of relief.He sees the opportunity and asks her if she would like to accompany her to the coffee shop.
She smiles at his audacity and agrees.He is elated and has reached cloud nine again.They leave for the coffee shop.
At the coffee shop,he looks for someone to order two cups of coffee.He orders two cups of cappuccino and goes back to her.He still couldn’t believe that she was sitting in-front of her.After a while,a short person walks towards his table carrying two cups of coffee.He glances at him and is shocked.The short person is Mr. Mandi !!! He throws the hot cup of coffee on his face.
His dream is interrupted.He wakes up and sees that the boy next door is shouting “Mandi” in his face.

A lazy morning-part 2

Reading Time: 2 minutes

(Recap:He was sleeping and i was making efforts to wake him.At the end,he wakes up after listening the word “Mandi”.Mandi is a character who has made the life of people like him miserable by enforcing the 75% compulsory attendance rule.Now the lazy morning part-2 continues.)

He looks at me and says “thank you for waking me” but he actually meant “fuck you and Mandi for interrupting my dreams”.He rushes to the toilet and quickly finishes the everyday chores.He gets hold of his tablet PC and hurries down the staircases and heads towards the mess.He observes a long waiting queue for the breakfast.He then sees it’s 10.15 am and realizes that he is already late for Mr.Mandi’s class.He runs to the cycle stand and paddles his way to the classroom as quickly as possible.

(change of narrator now.)

He has arrived at the class 22 minutes late.He silently enters the class and makes his way through to an empty chair in the last row,3 places to my right.Mandi was looking at him all the while but he seems to be in a forgiving mood or perhaps maybe he was also dreaming of ‘the girl next door’.

(off the track: I hope that CAT aspirants would agree with me that the use of ‘he’ is not confusing enough here.watch out for confusing cases.)

He(the lead actor) takes out his tablet PC and mutes the sound in order to not draw further attention.He tries to concentrate on what Mandi was teaching.After a while,he gives up and finds that he isn’t so intellectual that he can get stimulated so easily.He looks around to see what others are doing around him.He notices a guy with tablet PC in the first row taking down the lecture notes.He seems to be thinking that “thank god,at least someone is using tablet PC for educational purposes.No need to worry about notes.Let me utilize this time for some other purpose.”
He gets busy with some work.I notice that the expressions on his face has changed now.He appears serious now.The class is about to get over.Mandi starts his attendance roll call.He calls out a few names before calling his(the lead actor) name.there is no response from him.Mandi calls his name again but no response agin.I see that he is staring deeply into his tablet PC and appears to be oblivious of his surroundings.Mandi knew where he was sitting.He starts walking towards him.A eerie silence was ensued in the classroom.I ,being his nearest neighbour,try to alert him..By the time he knew that he was the center of attention,Mandi has almost reached him.
He frantically tries to lock his tablet PC screen but unfortunately disables the mute option and a scream “Oh! yeahhh…. baby” cuts through the eerie silence.

(Can i still extend this story?give suggestions for writing a sequel)