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Friday, April 25, 2008

Chp 168. Birthday High


I’ve just celebrated my birthday a couple of days ago. Man, I was high. Extremely high.

I don’t think I’ve ever spent any of my birthdays that high before. It felt kinda great, though a little bit tiring the next day from all that high effect. Seriously, it was such a different experience, being so high... at least 8000 metres above sea level high.

They say people should go the distance on their birthdays. I went for a distance of more than 2500 kms on my birthday. In the end, I clearly did not see what the big deal was about going such a distance. All I felt was tired.

Heh. So that was how I spent my birthday - On a direct flight from Aizawl to Mumbai. I reached Lengpui Airport so early that there were hardly any security personnel around. You gotta love being the most peaceful state in the North-east. There is so much more freedom and liberty as compared to the rest of North-east or even the rest of India for that matter.

I reached Kolkata Airport and there was the 12-hours bandh declared by the Trinamool Congress. Hence I couldn’t meet a couple of my friends in Kolkata. I reached Mumbai Airport and there was the 72-hours strike declared by the auto-wallas the next day. Blimey, these curfews and strikes seem to be following me everywhere.

I had to come to Mumbai again suddenly because my sister met with an accident last week - Her auto rammed into a bus and her head dented the bumper of the bus while smashing the headlights totally. Fortunately, the bus is not in such a bad shape; the mechanic said it will take a week to repair it.

My sister is not in a critical condition either. After staying with her in the hospital for a couple of days, she was discharged yesterday. She still cannot walk yet, but she can now open her eyes (which she couldn’t before due to the concussion and stitches on her forehead).

The day I reached Mumbai, I went straight to the hospital. My sister, deeply hurt and injured as she was, still managed to plan a birthday cake for me along with her friends and a couple of nurses. I find that really sweet of her but extremely unnecessary too. Anyway, it was an amazing chocolate fudge cake and I blew out the candles amidst my meek protests.

I must say a deep and meaningful thank-you to all my sister’s well-wishers and people who wished me a happy birthday here on my blog, my mail, and my orkut profile. Even though I’ve stopped appreciating my birthdays a long time ago (because nobody likes to grow older after 18) I guess deep inside we all still love being remembered by family and close friends.

I don’t know how long I will be in Mumbai, but I plan to make the best use of it. My main priority now is to take care of my sister – cater to her demands, exercise her legs, carry her to the loo, read her a novel, adjust her leg-pillow, and feed her. Oh, did I not mention that I am a great cook? Hehehe. Thanks to my short stay in Delhi, I now know how to make rice, dal, fry potatoes and boil smoked-pork. Now people who eat what I cook hardly complain of stomach-aches or diarrhoea anymore. And my sister, who still cannot walk, now has no other option but to put her trust in God and hope somebody did a good job in teaching me how to cook. Lolz.

It’s also good to be back in Mumbai where I can finally watch “AXN India” again instead of the “AXN Hong Kong” that we get in Mizoram, which is blacked-out half the time and which I’m probably sure is an illegal broadcast.

Watching TV in Mumbai also means skipping past gazillion number of regional channels, but I still feel that is better than skipping past local channels in Mizoram that are broadcasting yet another mushy Korean movie.

It’s not that I have anything against the Koreans. I just hate those romantic movies of theirs, that’s all. I love Korean action flicks. So I guess I love three Korean movies.

Apart from taking care of my sister, I plan to continue my workout whenever I can. One year in Delhi gave me a protruding pot-belly, and one month of intense basketball training in Mizoram took all that away. I am definitely not looking forward to going back to that Delhi physique.

Looking for a morning jogging partner here in Mumbai. If you happen to live near my place in Jogeshwari East (very slim chance) and happen to read this blog post of mine (extremely slim chance, tending to negative infinity), then please do let me know. I would love to jog with somebody in the morning.

So long for now.

- 9930961576 (My new Mumbai number).

23 comments:

DayDreamBeliever said...

well, happy belated again! Kei chu ka birthday ka phur lutuk. I guess when you're still in your early 20s it's still something to look forward to.

so, you're playing nurse? I hope your poor sister has survived the ordeal as painlessly as possible. My compliments to her on her strength and endurance. Oh Yeah, and tell her that I hope she recovers from her relatively less dangerous brush with the bus. :P

Almost Unreal said...

happy belated birthday...and thx for calling :)

hope your sister is doing fine

Maruata said...

thats quite high..:) happy belated birthday!zawlkhawpui a nuam zel maw?

Jerusha said...

Tell your sister my deepest sympathies are with her, to have to endure being nursed by you, I feel her pain :D And admit that the physical height was not the only high you were on your birthday - mi bawl ching pa!

illusionaire said...

@ daydream: Nia nangchu engkimah hi chuan i phur thei zel a... :-) yeah I know, I guess when we are in early 20s, it is something we look forward to. Dunno what people like you in your late 40s do though. Do you still look forward to it? :-) Will pass on your regards to my sis.

@ Almost: Rawn leng rawh, delhi ah ka awm tawh :-P

@ maruata: eeeee u maruat! Va vang ve a. Nia hei aamchi mumbai chu a nuam khawp mai. lolx. i ngai viau lo maw, heti lam te hi?

@ Jerusha: Yes I agree the physical high was not the only thing high that day - in bawl tir nuam ti nu. :-P Come over and you will see how good I am at taking care of people. Unlike some people, I don't molest or exploit hapless people, especially when they are most vulnerable. I help them instead. :-P

Sekibuhchhuak said...

Hey Ka wine post inchakpa:)
I sister chu a damthat thuai ka beisei.

Zingah chuan han joging dun thei ila tha tur,Thlantla phung in kan jogging puitur che a...I fit lo awm ropui si :P

Happy Belated Birthday!In Mizo "Hlimtakin Birthday Tlai khawhnu ";DD

The Chhamanator said...

That is so insensitive of you. Going on an on about the extent of the damage to the bus without first writing something about the condition of the auto. Hope your sister gets well soon.

While you're in Mumbai, you might wanna check this out:
www.stpetersbandra.in/htmls/groups_seniors.html

david santos said...

Excellent work and good blog.
Thank you and have a nice day.

illusionaire said...

@ sekibuhchhuak: haha... nang leh kei jogging dun ah? e khai, dul ka tlan pui peih lo :-) Dul leh chal chu tlan pui a hreawm an ti hihihi

Belated thank you for the belated wish :-)

@ Chhamanator: lolz. Yeah I should have mentioned about auto first :-) Thanx for the great link, I'll definitely check it out. Is it a Jesuit denomination by the way?

@ David: urmmm... thank you. Have a nice day too.

Bobby said...

I know I'm late, but happy birthday to you! How does it feel to be 21...haha!? I am so happy to hear your sister will be alright, I know how important sisters are (I have one too!). I hope she heals quickly and recovers without complications. It was really great to get a visit from you today. May this year be wonderful for you and your family:)

p&b said...

hey illusionair, when are you going to edit our blog info? hm.

p&b said...

and oh yeah, happy belated birthday.

illusionaire said...

@ Bobby: Yeah, I hardly have time to come online these days. Thought I'll just pay all my online friends a much due visit, and start being regularly online from now on :-) Thanx for your wishes, I'll definitely convey them to my sis.

@ p&b: Right now I am in Mumbai and all my back-up copy of my codes are in Mizoram. I will update your info as soon as I get back to Mizoram (that is, as soon as my sis heals).

Maruata said...

hei ka lo chhiar thleng lova, i u chanchin..ka hmu chauh..sorry to hear that..I'm in mumbai now..will call you soon

mesjay said...

so soory about your sis' accident. wishing her a speedy recovery. i assumed you live around churchgate, jogeswari isn't all that awfully far from my place - i live in powai-chandivalli. will call.
(belated) happy birthday and a happier year ahead!

DaGGyLo said...

Was tryin' to called ya up..but i can't!? Neway,Happy Belated B'day! Much Luv....
N so sad 2 hear bout ya sis'accident..wishing her a speedy recovery.
God Bless!

illusionaire said...

@ u Maruat: Thanx for the call today. We'll definitely meet up during the weekend.

@ Mesjay: Pi Malsawm, I live in Jogeshwari itself, which is very close to Powai. Plus I come to Powai regularly bcoz my best fren stays there. Do lemme know your number soon. Thanx for your regards on my sis.

@ Daggylo: Am in Mumbai now, I have a different number. Thanx for trying to call :-) God bless you too Daggy.

Shahnaz Kimi said...

Happy belated....so you are a bull as well? I am one too:-)
Hope your sister is doing better...please convey my regards.

Pixie said...

Belated Birthday wishes! (A wish is never too late! :P)
I hope your sister is doing much much better now...

illusionaire said...

@ Pi Shahnaz: I sure will do that. Thanx!

@ Pixie: Belated thanx! :-) Will definitely convey your regards to my sis.

Anonymous said...

Wishes and prayers for Dinpuii
Rgds
Pallavi

illusionaire said...

Thanx Pallavi. Will convey your wishes and prayers to my sis.

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