Friday, December 26, 2008

Saadi Dilli

Life, for me, is a blur right now. You see, my eyesight had deteriorated and I had some eye allergy so I went to the doctor in the hope of relief. He took me off my contact lenses for a month and I have been surviving on some old glasses I had. The doctor refuses to check my vision before I get some other tests done. So, I am living with a foggy vision. Total bulls*^t . I am telling you, those of you who have perfect vision are lucky souls. NO care for glasses and lenses. You can go out in the rain, without any concern. You have not experienced vapor condensing on your lenses just as u are about to take a sip of your hot coffee. No sitting in the front row in the classroom just because you broke your glasses last night during a b'day bash. Importantly. no visit to the opthalmologist...

Ok, enough of cribbing. That is not what this post is about. So, of course I cant drive to the doctors with this poor vision. Even mom is fed up with the thrice-in-a-week visit to my eye specialist... she has her own work too... so, just this once, she suggested I take the bus... the famous DTC bus ride at 9 in the morning... Well, there isnt much you can do sitting in the bus... out of the window, think, look out, wonder, look out, ponder, look out and smile... that bus rid etriggered this blog... There are some things which I simply love about Delhi. They make Delhi what it is. They make us Delhites what we are. Some of these quintessentials:

  • All DTC bus drivers wear their seat belts. At least that is what anyone on the outside would think. In reality, the belt has been stretched out of use and is just strewn across the shoulder of the driver to fool the traffic policeman. What is commendable here is the effort that the driver puts in to fool the policeman, and the innocense displayed by the latter.
  • Another thing I have noticed in my many bus rides is the difference in the behaviour of DTC and Blueline conductors. A DTC conductor wont move his ass to give you the ticket. It is upto you to wade through the crowd and at the end of it, hold a three rupees ticket as a trophy of your victory. On the other hand, Blueline conductor won't let you sit(or stand) peacefully. He will hound you till the end of your hour long journey, even though you bought the ticket as soon as you entered the bus. I guess it is one of the many differences that contribute to the Diversity in Delhi
  • Talking of diversity, Delhi is home to people from all parts of the country. Being the capital of the country, it attracts people from all over, and of all economic stratas. What unites the capital, though, and keeps it together is at display in all the markets in Delhi. Bargaining is almost like the second nature of Delhites. It is an undescribable experience to see a women decked in lakhs worth of jewellery haggle with a shopkeeper for ten bucks. Again a lesson for all- ones and twos can make lakhs. After all that is the secret behind the wealth of the aunties.
  • One obsession shared by all Delhites - their health. Everyone, from 9 to 90 years old is obsessed with their health (or rather figure ;)). I use the word obsess in place of consious for a reason. And this reason would be apparent if you decide to go out at 7 in the morning. Dont go out on foot, mind u, it is against the Delhi traditions. We drive ten kilometers to get to Lodhi graden, Nehru Garden or one of the many other gardens. We park our cars on the road to go in for our 15 min jog, before we drive back to our home just half an hour away. Again, it is our spirit- the pot bellied uncles and hundred kgs overweight aunties are working very hard on getting the right physique.
  • Obviously, if there are so many 'bellies' in Delhi, there is a reason for it. A true Delhite can eat ANYTHING at ANYTIME. Hot, cold , sweet, sour, salty, spicy, any damn cuisine- just bring it on! Whatever. We always have room for more food in our stomach. (I guess people who know me already have a proof :P)
Well, there is lot more to write... all in the next blog... need to go and eat ;)

10 comments:

Rohit said...

Glasses aren't all that bad. As a matter of fact, I have found them to be quite useful, and at times, even protective. Not to mention the 'geek' factor that a pair of gold rimmed spectacles adds. And of course, on some people spectacles look rather nice, adding to their looks.

Personally, I quite like my glasses fogging up. Sometimes I deliberately blow into a cup of steaming coffee to cloud my specs. Don't ask why. And when I run and sweat, the vapour mists the glasses. I love lying down on the ground,looking skywards, being able to see only a hazy blue. It allows you to 'close' your eyes without actually closing them, and escape, if only for a few minutes, from the world.

And since I love the workshop, my specs afford me a certain level of safety from sparks and chips. Naturally, it would be much better if use proper safety goggles, but until that time it's my trusty specs.

Tanaya said...

@rohit: count me in too... i too love my glasses and d varied uses it offers... am a spectacular spekie u c ;
@nallu: dun worry nallu... u aint need to go to lodhi garden or for any of the morning jogs... u already got a gr8 figure... lol ;)

KK said...

FINALLY a new post to comment on! will add more, abhi thoda busy hoon.. btw i too LOOOOOOOOOOVE specs, and agree with both of Tanaya's comments! nallu u already hv sexy legs dont go jogging it'll lose the charm! :O altho de sa's are the typical geeky comments :P yoyo De sa! pro blog man urs, all electronics :O thu i forgot, this isnt my blog..jus comments here...cya

NAL'I'n'I' said...

@rohit: I dont hate my glasses, personally even I love it when I glasses fog up while drinking coffeee inthe morning. But imagine that happening to u when u r out for dinner and just as someone looks at u to start up a conversation your glasses become misty...
and of course u understand the utility part better than most others :)
@tanu: dont worry babes...have been hogging and sleeping full day, when i am indoors..so will be back to my normal first yr figure in no time :)
@kk: how u feeling now? and that was something...aint gonna forget it easily :)

KK said...

aint gonna forget what easily? i dont even remember what i was thinking while posting that comment...was HIIIIIGH on chicken last night! actually logged on (for the first time before midnight!) to "delete" my comment for i thot i'd posted sum "inappropriate" stuff..but i dont think blogspot allows u to delete comments! :-/ kuch bhi!
btw i am good, thoda zukaam thats it..goin to Pune in 25 hrs!! \m/ 3 days of phunnnn!! tu bhi aa ja, madhav also coming :-)

KK said...

btw, "first year figure"!! LMAO!

KK said...

arrey haan i CAN delete comments! btw sorry to those who felt i was over the top! (i.e. nalini!) no offence meant! :-) :-)

NAL'I'n'I' said...

@kk: was talking about my bday cake... i smile everytime i look at the pics. and are u sure u were NOT HIGH when u posted the last three comments?? ;)

Danny said...

nice observation of ppl driving miles to go fr a walk!! same in Bangalore also.. there is a lake near iisc.. tons of ppl come there fr walks in their cars ob!!

oh btw i love my specs!! (trying to be positive!! :D)

KK said...

@ nallu- TOTALLY sure i wasnt high..come on, do u think i'd be, when i hv to come back home every night! plus, am i ever high?! (sometimes,when i am v v v happy, i act like i am, apart from that!)