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Happy Happenings

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So much has happened in my life since March 31, 2008 – that’s when I published my last post. I had been quite a busy bee for a while, running around and putting pieces of my life together, aiming at getting settled atlast! On the road to it, I’ve lost contacts with a few, forgot to update a few and worst of all, I have none of the contact numbers stored in my mobile as yet that every friend and foe is now an anonymous caller to me. Every time, I speak to someone, I find it increasingly difficult to answer the standard ISI pleasantry question, “How are you? How is life? What’s up?” for there has been a lot to fill in over the last few days and you know how talkative I can get with the simplest thing in life. To make life easy for you and me, here is a gist of ‘What Archu was up to since she cribbed about losing her third precious mobile?’ Pick up whatever is relevant and leave the rest in peace.

April First Week, 2008 – I had put down my papers with iNautix Technologies Ltd. and was serving the notice period. Was winding up my office assignments, making vacation plans and burning a big hole in my pocket in terms of Air India tickets and shortfall notice compensation.

April 18, 2008 – Last working day at iNautix. Bid bye-bye to folks, got done with official clearances, happily grabbed the farewell gifts, had a Coffee Day treat with friends and walked out of Ascendas, Chennai, breathing the evening smoky air.

April 19, 2008 – Packed my things from my house in Chennai and moved out. Temporary stay at my aunt’s place and conveyed wishes to my cousin’s wife, now a carrying mother. Got to wake up at 3:00 AM to catch my flight to Andaman with family. Sunny Summer Vacation ahead!

April 20, 2008 – Reached the Island Paradise at 8:00AM and checked into Andaman Residency. I would surely recommend this hotel for any tourist. Decent accommodation, good service and hospitality, well worth the money you pay. You can trust me!

April 21, 2008 – Visited Ross Island, Viper Island and North Bay. Did some underwater snorkeling and loved the corals reefs. No, don’t ask me for details here for that would make another five posts. Go to Andaman and see for yourself! Then, you wouldn’t agree more to what I boast.

April 22, 2008 – My first ship journey in the vast ocean to Havelock Island. Clear sky and rippling water and there you are in the midst of no land for miles and miles. Vijayanagar beach and Radhanagar beach in Havelock was nothing like any of the beaches that I had ever seen in my life. Crystal clear and light blue, it was indeed nature’s own swimming pool. Loved it! Loved it! Loved it!

April 23, 2008 – City tour today covering saw mills, museums, aquariums and science centre. The highlight was the Cellular Jail in Andaman. Having a look at the plight that our freedom fighters had to suffer would stop us from cribbing about our mundane trivial encounters of our daily life. Special thanks to Mr.Tirupathi, the tourist guide who explained the significance of the prison to every detail, dates inclusive.

April 24, 2008 – It was Jolly Buoy Island today and true to its name, we were all jolly jolly there, swimming in yet another blue beach with cranes for company. Little rain, little boat ride and lot more snorkeling. If only I had had an underwater camera case for my cam, I could have captured those beauties in a medium. As of now, they are still beauties in my memories.

April 25, 2008 – Its pack up time from Andaman and flew back to Chennai, tired, exhausted but completely contented.

April 26, 2008 – Bye Bye to Chennai now and back home to Pondicherry with bags and baggages to rest for a week before I join Bally Technologies, Bangalore.

April 27 – May 3, 2008 – Slept a lot, watched LOST serial addictively, pampered myself with home food and got my documents and belongings, ready to relocate to Bangalore for good.

May 4, 2008 – Happy birthday to Vijay! and Happy Birthday to me! Both of us spent our birthdays in K.S.R.T.C bus, traveling from Pondicherry to Bangalore. Office cab took me to the company guest house for a two week stay. Air conditioned room, good food and laundry, all taken care by Bally, now that’s called queen’s life!

May 5, 2008 – Joined Bally Technologies Ltd, Bangalore and spent the whole day filling and signing documents. A new beginning once again and I am getting used to new beginnings now. Wishing myself good luck for another turn in my career.

May 6 – May 9, 2008 – Opening bank accounts and PF transfers are done. Getting to know Bally culture and slowly getting involved in work. So far so good!

May 8 & 9, 2008 – Hanging out with Vijay and showing off my office premises to him. Together we met my schoolhood buddy and had a little chat. Found a house to stay after the guest house comforts and called it a weekend.

May 10 -16, 2008 – More work and settling down.

May 17, 2008 – Shifted from the guest house to a rented house which was just a street away from Vijay’s. Bought gas cylinder with stove and other household articles to set up the house. Its onething to do things alone and another to do it with a loved one. Vijay was there thru and thru with me and that made a lot of difference. Finished the day with dinner treat with friends.

May 18, 2008 – A new Onida washing machine came home and with provision purchases done, my new rented house is now warm and livable.

May 19 & 20, 2008 – Commuting to office in ITPL buses for more than an hour one way, fighting thru the Bangalore traffic and starting the day for regular work makes life seem settled for the time being and I decided to blog the updates to friends. With that done, my stomach is now grumbling. Going out for lunch. Ciao all in my next post!

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8 thoughts on “Happy Happenings

  1. For someone just getting back in touch after a long while, that would seem like “Whoa!”. However, I too got updated on quite some parts of what was going on 🙂 But, Arch, don’t u think u should actually write on your Andaman trip? Dunno if people, including me, will be able to make it to Andaman in the near future.. and, of course, it’d make for a nice read too 😉

  2. @god: My pleasure 🙂

    @Meens: Yeah Meens, lot has happened and atleast I kept you posted 🙂 I wanted to make an exclusive post on Andaman but with things happening in full pace, I couldnt do it right now. So, this gist here. Sometime later on, I’ll make a Andaman exclusive surely :)))

    @Ramp: Hey Ramp! I was just talking about happy happenings around me. Had you been in Bangalore on May 4th, you would have got a place on this post…neways, y bother? your b’day was not just happy but a very happy happening, wasn’t it? 😉

  3. Beautiful!!

    I envy thee for having seen such a blue that is visible in the photographs. Am sure it’ll be one of the most memorable trips you’ve had. The Cellular jail also looked great 🙂


  4. @prasoon: Yeah, I was completely memorized by the blue. Not only that, there were some gentle to deep greens too that took me aback. Andaman is a wonderful tourist spot, particularly for nature lovers. Do visit sometime. And as for the jail, it was magnificient too but the happenings of the past within those walls were not so pleasant.

  5. hey archu…felt nice readin about Andamans..i’ve been to Andamans long back…thot Tsunami might have ruined the coral islands…but doesnt look like from your blog. kool yaa. Did you the light and sound show in the jail?

  6. @anonymous: Tsunami did ruin the island but thankfully not al of it. Andaman has recovered back in good pace and now its as beautiful as ever. Yeah…I watched the sound and light show. Its so terrible to learn that the so perfectly build cellular jail had housed in such atrocities against our freedom fighters.

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