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Cold Excursion – Part 1

04 Jan

We were already paralyzed by seeing the weather forecast of North India. News of fog and deaths due to the freezing weather sent chills down our spines. But we were so looking forward to this trip that we were determined to face the cold bang on. Armed with thermal wears, sweaters, jackets, scraves, shawls, socks and gloves, we began our journey on 22nd December 2011.

We had booked Meru Cab to be picked up at 6:00 PM as our train was scheduled to depart at 8:20 PM. I left from work early as I had a million last minute chores to be wrapped up. What worried me the most was the thought of our plants. We have 5 plants in all. Four of them were relocated to the parking lot and security guard offered to water them. One of our balconies has a money plant which has grown so big now that its branches and leaves embrace the entire balcony grill plus more. So entwining it was near to impossible. My domestic help came up with a brilliant idea of placing the pot in a large tub filled with water, so that the pot would always remain moist.

Fridge was emptied. (A tip here – If you are gonna shut down your refrigerator for many days, unplug it and keep the door open for 12 hours, dry it and then close the door. There will be no smell whatsoever when you are back) Abbas covered Kaalu (our TV) with an old bedsheet. He told Mantam that Kaalu would sleep till we come back. And then I covered my kitchen gadgets. Mannu asked “Mico-rare bhi sleeping karega?”

I called Meru Cabs at 5:30 to confirm the pick-up. The guy spoke in a fake accent – “Your booking is confirmed. Cab details will be sent 20 mins prior”. At 5:45, we got a call from Meru – “We will not be able to provide cab at 6 PM. It will be delayed by 20-25 mins” We asked them what the surety was that it will not get delayed after those assured 25 mins? Abbas blasted the guy left right center. After a while we got a call from two different drivers. When we put one on hold when the other one called, first one asked us to hang up his call and to ask the second one to come. As soon as second one came to know about the first one’s call, he claims to be stuck in huge traffic jam. We called Meru again and expressed our frustration. They assured that they will send accurate cab details in a few mins. We were ready with our bags, locked our house and waiting at the gate for the cab. The cab arrived at 6:45.

After all this hotchpotch, we were biting our nails and wondering if we would make it just in time or miss our train. Mantam kept on asking where the train was all along the journey. They were worried about Bulu and their babies (dolls). Abbas and I kept our fingers crossed and our eyes toggled as they stared the watch and road alternately. We made it to the railway station at around 7:55. Thanks to the traffic that day which according to the cab driver was surprisingly not as heavy as anticipated.

I’m gonna continue the series. As of today, this is all I could write. Need to clear my Mailbox and Reader. Lot of pending jobs need to be completed at the work front. Hope to do longer posts to finish the trip chronicles soon.

Wish all of you a very happy new year. Thank you so much to all of you who dropped in your wishes for our journey. It was indeed safe and fun-filled. I am so touched to know that people actually missed me when I was not around. I wanted to post midway during the trip but it was so packed and with 4 kids around, I hardly could sit in front of the laptop.

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19 responses to “Cold Excursion – Part 1

  1. R's Mom

    January 4, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    yayayayayay! Seema is back 🙂

    Happy new year to the kiddos errr..and to you and Abbas bhai

    waiting for the next part 🙂

    PS – Meru has become famous for this now…not sending cabs…did the same when my mama mami were leaving for Calcutta…gah!

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    • Seema

      January 5, 2012 at 11:17 am

      Thanks RM… Happy new year to the R household 😀

      Yeah, posted Part 2 today.

      Very sad to see Meru’s services deteriorate. Well, we had a lesson leart.

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  2. Bikram

    January 4, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    you too. so its not jsut me who got that call of taxi not avaialble , I thought it was to do with the Face i had …

    Happy new year to you and Abbas and the 4 Kids hmmm 🙂

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    • Seema

      January 5, 2012 at 11:20 am

      What? How could they see your face while booking anyway??

      And going by other comments, apparently Meru has earned a name for bad service lately.

      Happy new year to you too Bikram. 😀

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  3. Sam

    January 4, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Happy new year Seema and hope you had a great vacation.. been to Delhi too last week in the winter:)..
    These cabs are sometimes not reliable.The same thing happened to me but from FastTrack in Chennai.. And in Bangalore with all that traffic am sure you guys would have had a tense time reaching the station.. waiting to read about your vacation..

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    • Seema

      January 5, 2012 at 11:22 am

      Oh, you were in Delhi too?

      FastTrack used to be good na? Yes, in Bangalore traffic, it is always advisable to add atleast an hour or two to the actual time required to commute.

      I posted Part 2 today. Great to know you are waiting to read about our vacation *blushes*

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  4. summerscript

    January 4, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Yayyyy you are back!! I thought you are on leave this week too 😀
    Hope you had an awesome time with all the kids.. Share pics ok?
    Kaalu? hehe
    Good that you reached on time!! Unnecessary tension!!

    I don’t like to work after coming back from a vacation!! We should be allowed to take rest for sometime after vacation 😛

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    • Seema

      January 5, 2012 at 11:24 am

      Will share pics, for sure. Kaalu was again christened by Abbas. He is a wierdo.

      Baap re, rest after vacation. Lol. You sound like Abbas. I took the regular schedule with ease totally refreshed.

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  5. anisnest

    January 4, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    waiting for the next part 🙂

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    • Seema

      January 5, 2012 at 11:24 am

      Part 2 is up 😀

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  6. Sugar and Spice

    January 5, 2012 at 9:34 am

    Happy happy 2012, Seema! 😛

    These cab guys and their weird ways! **sigh** Will be waiting for the rest of the series and some pics! 😀

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    • Seema

      January 5, 2012 at 11:25 am

      Happy 2012 to you too. Did you bake? I forgot to ask 😛

      Part 2 is up along with some pics 😀

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      • Sugar and Spice

        January 5, 2012 at 12:04 pm

        Will you hit me if I say no?!! 😦

        Sickness it was first. Parents and bro then. Hectic work at office now. Some excuse I am making, no?! Shame on me.

        This or the next weekend I’ll bake for sure. Promise, okay!

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        • Seema

          January 5, 2012 at 3:14 pm

          No no, I won’t hit you. I read your New year resolutions. Waiting for them to materialize 😛

          Can understand re. Take your time. I was just casually checking 😀

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  7. garima

    January 5, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    yayayaa Seema is back..hip hip hurray,though am so late in welcoming you dear.was on leave yest ,was down with fever.
    ‘Mico-rare’ hehe such cute pronunciation..this meru and easy cabs really irritates a lot.

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    • Seema

      January 5, 2012 at 3:21 pm

      Hope you are better today. Take care of yourself.

      Yeah, it appears to me as if they are competing with each other as to which one is worse?

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  8. Scribby

    January 6, 2012 at 12:41 am

    good to see this space getting updates yet again…yeah yeah I sounded like you went on for LONG break 😉 lol

    Meru,huh! in fact almost all on call cabs are irritating no 😦

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    • Seema

      January 6, 2012 at 10:19 am

      Hehe… Longest break I took after Mantam happened. 😀

      Oh, you bet 👿

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