Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Back from the woods

My sincere apologies for disappearing without a warning of any kind whatsoever! As Solo rightly said, I desperately needed to show some signs of life. Anywyz, its been a pretty busy fortnight. Firstly I get this mail bang on Monday midnight that I’m to submit an academic reference for my higher studies within 14 days. (You got it right… I’m trying for higher studies… details, if and if only am going for sure!!). That would be the week before last. After nearly threatening my boss at point blank range by showing my career at stake, I got an entire week’s leave (last week). But then, if you are working you’ve got responsibilities, duties and you have to discharge them. So, poor Sam was slogging away like crazy to get things upto speed and leave things in a position where in his absence emergency should not be declared. Meanwhile, arrange for tickets. Now that was a shock!!
Normally, I make travel plans at least a month in advance, this helps one in getting flight tickets at a cheap rate (8000 INR is enough for a round trip). And in case the tickets do seem to be out of reach a bit you could always go for trains, which can be arranged conveniently. But then this time around I had about4 days to make arrangements. I had to fly to Kolkata, then travel all the way to Sikkim and back. And from there on another trip to distant city and finally be back in Pune by Monday noon. Got the flight tickets to Kolkata, but had to fly from Mumbai. That was Saturday. Sunday evening, I left for Siliguri from Kolkata in a sleeper bus (and I request to all, never travel in them!!) which were mighty uncomfortable and reached about 4 hours late throwing my plans out of gear!! 2 pm Monday, yours truly reached Sikkim and an hour later was at college. But to no avail. Have to come back the next day. Got the reco the next day and was off to Siliguri to catch a bus to Kolkata. Met a college friend and her would be fiancé, in Siliguri and was on my way to Kolkata. The bugger was again late…. This time it was 3 hours. Hmpf!!!! Tired and totally drained I slept and spent most of my time at home for the next 48 hours. Meanwhile, time was spent trying to arrange for travel and accommodation to the third destination. Was trying for train both ways but had to settle for a very expensive flight back to Pune, coz there were no train seats available. (Anybody going for Tatkal, please refrain from using the website as they simply refuse to connect when you need it the most!!). The trip to the third location a goof up about a few things and finally, on Monday morning I was back in Pune, tired with all that travel, sad for the goof ups and overall glad that I at least got around to doing what I had set out to do!!
And in short was the account of my absence from blogsville for such a prolonged period!! Now, I’m back from the woods and ready to take on some work!!

Ciao!!

18 comments:

Sam said...

Remember superunknown mate ?

Macadamia The Nut said...

Awww! Looks like someone's had a bad week!
But like you said.. thank god you got your work done!!

Vandita said...

hehe that was a roller coaster i bet...
and since uve neatly wrapped up the details of ur third destination i will let the cover remain :P ;)
oh and u didnt mention higher studies at all sam... all the best for everything, do lemme know when something is concrete :)
PS: 'twas really nice talkin to u :)

Sam said...

@sam:
ah yes.. i do.. and u've come back as my namesake?????

@mac:
not bad at all!! quite pleasurable to be honest... but then its been hectic... and there have been certain incidents which i hope had never occured... especially over the weekend.. me goofing up on 3 counts... kill me someone!!


@vands:
it sure was nice talking to u too... and well.. though those who know me enuf can guess the third dest.. but am keeping it under wraps coz, well there r loads whom i knw in that city..a dn i haven't been to tehri palces in ages... u can guess teh situation now!!

shooting star said...

i travelled to Mcleodganj from delhi and back in sleeper bus..found it very comfy and timely...actually i think it depends on which bus service it is!!.....

(¯`•._.•[Raaji]•._.•´¯) said...

ah... thats alright... life has its twists and turns... at least you got done with the stuff you needed to do and had some good experiences... :-)

Sam said...

@shooting star:

just to ensure we are on teh same page... teh bus i'm talking of... has two levels in there... a seating one and then there are sleeping bunks overhead... so siz inches (max) above your head are the bunks... cramped seats... and teh bunks provide sleeping space for two...

@raaji:

dats true... just the goof ups have left a bad taste in the mouth and kinda haunt me!!

Cuckoo said...

Shukra hai you came back in one piece !! :P

And how can you think ppl to be so dumb ? I am talking about your 3rd destination. ;)

Cuckoo

Sam said...

ummm...... ah well... as long as i don't say it.. u can never really claim to knw the third destination. can you now??

Phoenix said...

Truly a roller coaster, but an interesting life, nonetheless...Welcome back!

Realistic me... said...

Welcome back! :D

*~*Sameera*~* said...

Good luck with your higher studies! :)

solo said...

blog starts with me name in first line! hurray!
and about tatkal, u r soo correct abt the darned website!
and well, the post cud either indicate fun or trauma, knowin tht these r confused ramblings, i remain a lill confused myself! :P
and GOOD TO HAVE YOU BACK!

Satish Bolla said...

man, that was an awful explanation. felt really sorry for u. anyways, welcome back

Pri said...

yeah...u'd dissapeared into the woods for far too long :-/
and heyy all the best for ur further plans

Sam said...

@phoenix: without the roller coaster would life really be as interesting??? :)

@realistic: thank you!! :)

Sam said...

@sameera: thanks!! i hope your charm works!! :)

@solo: hehe.. and thnx for that kick in the right place!! :)

Sam said...

@satish: oh well have seen worse!! :)

@pri: and now i plan to be back!! :) like before i hope!!