Thursday, September 25, 2008
The locality where we live these days is the most expensive in Kanpur. Not only the rentals, but even the things like vegetables, clothes, dining out...everything is very expensive. You'd think we must live in style! But we don't. I really am quite clueless about why this place is so expensive. Sure there are two 5 Star hotels at a walking distance. But apart from that....it's pretty run down!
Anyways, this post is about "Monkeys". Every day one or two monkeys somehow land in front of my door. We live on the 1st floor and have this open space, like a porch, in the front. So the monkeys like to pay a visit every day. One evening, it was time for Di to get back home and there was this biggg monkey sitting outside the door. I opened one of the doors (there are two) and banged a stick on the floor to scare it away. To my shock, it immediately jumped at me. I would surely have been bitten had I not immediately steppd inside and shut the door! Thankfully, I am so afraid of them that I was standing in the doorway whe I tried to scare it off. So finally, it scared me off.
I just called Di and told him to come home a little late. The monkey took its time in going away. But it scared me out of my wits that day!
Friday, September 19, 2008
So we have moved house twice in the last 3 months and we want to do it once again. Yes, that is true! As we were happily settled in Delhi, Dinesh was asked to move to Dehradun. The thing is that there is this guy called "Varun" in the Doon branch, who wanted to be moved to Kanpur. So somebody had to be moved to Doon to takehis place, right? Now Di was offred the position of Cluster Head- Uttaranchal as the carrot. Though we loved Delhi a lot, we decided to take it up as a new experience.
I still remember our first 2 days in Doon. We hated the place. We hated the people. There was no Satellite TV connection. That was the reason! As we got the TV connection and Internet in place, our outlook changed completely. Dehradun is certainly the est place we have ever been in. The pollution is noticeable by absence. The greenery is such a visual treat. In fact, we had a nice mountain view right frm our kicthen, backyard and the terrace. The best thing about Doon is the lovely climate. We knew that this is where we wanted to live, if in India.
But as usual, "Man proposes and God disposes!" So the mighty forces above disposed of this wish of ours. After having spent 2 months in Doon, Di was asked to move to Kanpur. Reason? The "Varun" guy refused to budge! The compay could not afford to have two people for one job in Doon. Also, a position had been created for Varun in Kanpur and somebody had to fill it! So Di was offered 2 more clusters in UP as more carrots. So we moved again.
I don't really know wht to say about Kanpur. Perhaps I will save it for the next post. In one sentence, we don't like it here at all. This is the reason we want to move once again. Who knows when or how will that happen? But it surely must happen, sooner or later! Thepicture shows a view of a cloudy afternoon from our terrace in Doon.
Arnav Raj Sakhuja gets his first haircut or should we say, Head-Shave? As you can see in the Before (on the way to the salon actually) and After pictures, Arnav is transformed completely. Of course he screamed his lungs out while the job was being done. But I a sure he must have been relieved on losing that mass of curls, considering it's so very hot!