Whatsapp, School & Memories… once again…

I still remember it was Tuesday late evening… After a hectic day in the office, I was just reaching my apartment parking & I was so tired that I already had made my mind to straight away go to sleep… but sometimes its good that, things don’t happen the way you plan… and the moment I entered my apartment, my phone beeped… It was a Facebook message alert…loud enough to catch my attention… and guess what…

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It was my school time friend… unbelievable… its almost more than a decade… I had no contact with anybody from my school… obviously it was nice to see her message, keeping my heavy office bag aside, I instantly replied her followed by a very common formal conversation with questions usually girls ask, no wonder she did the same…

Numbers exchanged and 15 minutes later it was one of the most pleasant surprise of my life… I was on a whatsapp group..(Do I need to tell you who added me there? I tell you guys, these girls are better in doing re-unions) I couldn’t believe it for a moment…my phone started flashing names of all my school friends n messages popping faster than I could read, register n reply… yes all of them… at the same time Rohit, Abhi, Smita, Suraj… they did not even let me settle down; even before I could understand anything, they were already pulling my legs n teasing me as if I have met them a day before… believe me it is slightly difficult to express the happiness in words when you meet your school friends after long time especially a decade later…

And I honestly felt, I should write at least a line for each one of them…and  so??? here you go…

Archana- obviously she comes the first since she made this possible… thanks for taking the initiative & keeping us all together once again… & yes its ok to skip some messages n still not getting confused…

Suraj- This guy has a amazing capability to turn any situation into humour & make you laugh till you actually roll on the floor… The best part is, nothing has changed at all even after so many years… he is still the same.

Rahul M – I must have to admit…this guy has been always very supportive, encouraging & has helped a lot keeping me grounded…sometimes even with his harsh humour. I still remember the naughtiness in the front row of our famous evening coaching batch…

Sagar- Aha! An extremely talented small package… one of the best cricketer I have seen closely in my life… this applies to Suraj too… Always adding a flavour of his immense knowledge about alcohol & intermittent journalism :-)

Rohit- I guess he used to be the first one to come in the morning for tuition but I still wonder… why he was so generous that he always used to let others go first to occupy the front row. ;-) Jokes apart…a wonderful person & genuinely interested when you are talking….

Smita- Aha!!! I really appreciate her stamina & efforts to keep this group alive 24×7… and yes one more thing I never knew she was so naughty in the school… I mean “calling a guy @ 3AM, telling him as if she is a fashion designer & asking him to come down to beach”…really? That too, when you are in school…who does that? crazy man!!! I’m sure there is a lot more to it… but they are conveniently hiding it… but take my word… I’m gonna find it out… :-)

Gauri- I wish, Google develops some app for her so that she doesn’t have to correct her typos all over again… on average every alternate message with a typo… superb consistency… but I still do acknowledge her honest efforts to correct it every single time… :-)

Sonali- I am still clueless why people call her santoor…I guess she is also demanding an answer for this, on the group…

Vibha- At least please stop studying now… it makes us feel absolutely useless… :-) On a serious note, good to learn throughout your life but leave those nights at least… ;-) But we appreciate your patience… especially replying us while studying…

Ameya- As Abhi rightly said “the brand ambassador” of fair-n-handsome (& Giraffe tonic too ;-)) but I guess now he has become a pretty quiet person with intermittent humour… “very nice cute kid…” believe me this is what my Dad used to say when he used to see Ameya during our school days.

Ajit- Although he appears very quiet in his outlook, be aware he can pull your legs even before you realise… and yes he takes really long time to pack his bags… he can even make his “would-be” wife wait for him :-)
[Ajit- Now, I’m not going to meet you for next 2 years :-P]

Sayali- I never knew you are so health conscious… I mean who works out in the gym early morning n then back to pani puri in the evening… just kidding… ;-)

Kanchan & Kamini- see here also they are sharing the same space… like most of the guys on this group, I never got a chance to interact with you in the college but its really good to see you girls out here & picking up some time out of your routine…I’m sure everyone appreciates that.

Abhi- Last but certainly not the least… who knows his creativity better than me… the famous third-last bench, strategically chosen few pages of my notebooks to draw professor’s cartoons & those flying chalks around our bench… believe me this guy is terribly humorous, crazily passionate for automobiles n huh…do I need to mention about girls…

So all in all guys I just wanted to say…”Thank you so much for making my everyday…” I know I am going to be the target on the whatsapp group for this article, in the next conversation but believe me, its 2AM right here n I still find its worth writing about you… so as I said earlier, Guys!!! this one’s for all of you…cheers!

P.S. Sorry if I’ve missed anybody here… but don’t worry if yes, then you will see them in the updated version ;-)

P.P.S. And now don’t try to trace me for the next few days… I’m absconding… ;-)

SULA Vineyards & Half glass of Wine

sula-1024x768I don’t know how many of you have heard about this. If you have not, let me share my experience with you. But before I start let me clarify that these are purely my experiences & my views about this place. Those might be conflicting with others.

So after long wait of almost 3 months finally we decided to go for outing this weekend to Sula Vineyards, a place nearby Nashik. We were supposed to leave Mumbai by 7.30 latest but unfortunately things didn’t happen as expected.

Since we have decided to hire a car instead of taking our own cars, we were waiting for the car.But unfortunately,we came to know that car sent by the travel company was 6 seater while we were 7. That was just the start. We sent the driver back & the hunt begins for alternate car. Myself, Himesh & Vinay started dialling all our feasible contacts who can provide us with the car. Somehow Himesh could hire a car, by the time all this drama was going on, we had a good breakfast with a cup of tea at Himesh’s place.Thanks to Auntyji! Best thing was playing around with little Swara, Himesh’s daughter. Oops! I think I’m diverting the topic, that’s obvious since the captioned topic itself is very boring. Anyways let’s go back to the Sula Vineyards.

So finally our car came by 10AM. That’s already 3 hours late. We headed towards Nashik but hardly after 5 kms, we stuck up in traffic. That was disappointing, since we were running low of energy after the cab hassle & now this traffic. Thanks to Pallav atleast he was trying to cheer all of us saying “Be positive….” (But come on how can I be, I’m O positive… Oops! I know that was real bad PJ) After almost half an hour we could get rid of the traffic. Driver was the different species on the earth, probably just another type of person, he was continuously on the phone inspite of being aged. Yes, while driving also, he was comfortably attending all his calls. He reduced his number of calls, only after Himesh warned him not to do so, but he reduced, he didn’t stop.

Somewhere around 2’o clock, we reached our destination. All we could see, was a huge area covered with plantation of various types of grapes. (Obviously, you can’t identify various types but atleast that’s what the guide told us). Four of us registered for tasting wines. Then, guide took us on a walk, told us about the history of vineyards, who started this vineyard & why is the name so? Interestingly, SULA (SULAbha) is the name of Owner’s mother. He decided to pick up only first four letters.

After the tasting session was over, we headed for lunch. Half day is almost over. Now, you must be thinking, what I’ve enjoyed in this half day? Nothing… absolutely nothing… I don’t drink, so I didn’t taste Wine, furthermore it was saturday, so I couldn’t even eat non-veg. Oh! come on dont even ask me how was the crowd, because there was no crowd. We were the crowd,nobody was there except 7 of us. Even our driver disappered after sometime :-) Thank God, we didn’t take our own cars, otherwise I would have been one of the most frustrated as well as exhausted person after driving 400Kms just for a veg lunch. In fact, thanks to Divya, the well-wisher of our team who actually suggested to hire a car & thanks to Pallav as well, who took efforts to hire a car.

Post-lunch we had a mandatory photo session. Come on, we were on weekend outing, we have to convince ourselves. Then as expected, 4 of us had some wine & that’s all; we were done for the day & we left for Mumbai.

Ok I understand those who drink, had nice time but guys tell me very honestly, going all the way 200 Kms just for a glass of Wine (Trust me that was not even full, I should say half glass of wine), spending 7-8 hours in travelling, is it really worth?

Come on guys, let’s go to my farmhouse, hardly 90 Kms from Mumbai, that’s 2 hours drive. Just imagine, you can have wine there too (I think even SULA your branded wine as well). Just imagine, 4.30 in the evening, on carrom board, with a cup of tea or wine whatever you like, sounds good right?

Think about it!

For me Sula vineyards, is definitely thumbs down. But even those who drink, why to go 200 Kms,for just a half glass of wine?

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I met my best friend’s parents.

It was one of most memorable incident. So guys let me share with you something nice happened to me. This was the first time ever I was supposed to meet one of my female friend’s parents. First of all let me tell you about my friend. She is the CLOSEST female friend of mine. She is my best friend. We have been together almost for more than 6 years. On this nice Sunday evening I went her home. When I went there her Dad has gone somewhere out & was supposed to come later. So I met her Mom first. My friend has always been describing me that her Mom scolds her a lot but after meeting her I don’t believe this. Her Mom is very very sweet & she was so happy to me that I was stunned. I have never meet aunty before but she was talking to me very nicely, she offered me juice & lot more to come. Then she asked me some typical set of questions, but at all those times she was not at all sounding rude, very calm & with smiling face. Guys I honestly tell you that I was very tensed as I was getting slightly nervous to meet her Dad. Anyways after some time he came. As soon as he entered, he gave me an angry look & shook hand with me introducing with his first name in very confident firm voice. Huhhh!! I was really scared…but a moment a later he smiled. Ahhh!!! I was relieved. I must say that her Dad has great sense of humour. Probably, he just did that to scare me. Then, he was interacting with me very nicely & there was lot of professional as well as family talk but all in all it was a healthy discussion going on. Uncle was cracking some real time, crispy jokes which was making me feel relaxed at a moment.

All in all so far everything went well. In all this meantime, aunty has given me enough of things to eat & huh!!! She was continuously asking me “Why are you not eating? Why are you so slow?” :-) Actually saying, I was full already but I was just following my friend’s instructions as she has told me that her Mom doesn’t like if somebody leaves anything on the plate. :-( And later on it was the cold treat for me with 2 flavours of ice creams & guess what??? It was prepared by auntyji herself at home. I tell you guys, nobody can say that it wasn’t from a shop. It was that delicious.

And here comes the final part of the meeting which touched me & I’m never going to forget it in my whole life, that’s for sure. As soon as I said “Ok uncle, I’ll leave now” Uncle went inside & brought 2 gift packets in his hand. I was very surprised. Seriously I was not expecting this. One gift was given by himself & other one by auntyji. I was really touched. Probably you might feel what so special in this but tell me if just a guy who is friend of their daughter, does he really deserve such a nice & wonderful treatment? One step further after this all family members came out of house to send me off. Now, tell me isn’t it touching that a simple guy like me given such a nice treatment by those 2 very nice people? If they wanted they could have just give me an ordinary treatment & honestly I was not expecting beyond that. But I’m very happy as whatever happened on this nice Sunday was much beyond my expectation.

Thank you so much Uncle-Aunty for inviting me, giving me such a nice treat & making me feel very nice about myself!!! :-)