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.