Sunday, August 15, 2010

Hi all

Happy Independence Day, everyone! Am just watching the live telecast on the National Network, and our hon'ble PM is giving his speech. Purba's done a nice post on things which are a necessary part of our lives, even after 63 years of freedom.
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Out here, it's the Holy month of Ramadan. For those not in the know, what happens during this month is:
-No eating/drinking(water/juices....The bad drinks are banned throughout the year) on the streets or, you face a fine/jail for the month.


-Restaurants upturn their chairs onto the tables during the day, to show that they're not soliciting(is that the right word?) during the day, right upto Iftar(breaking of the fast) time...quite a depressing sight, that one...but, methinks they also do it so that the floors can be scrubbed clean easily.


-People stand outside restaurants /wait on the waiting chairs of restaurants, 15-30 minutes prior to them opening for business in the evening(Haha-I know, coz I did that yesterday)...of course, it doesn't mean that they  have been fasting, many are just longing for restaurant food, and troop in with babies, et al-making me go 'arghh!'...I always like peace and quiet when having a meal and all these discussions of'tum kya loge','baby ke liye kya mangaana hai'....is blahhh!!The restaurants should give a free menu for people to select at home and then come, na? Or, they should have a 'peaceful section', sound-proofed if possible.:)


-Offices are supposed to let their inmates free 2 hours earlier than normal working hours. Some just declare it since it's the law, but make people stay on much more.(No, not our office- we're home by 4 nowadays, instead of 6).


-Reaching home at 4 means, you can have a nice nap for an hour, before getting up refreshed and ready for the balance part of the day(For me, that means, walk-walk,read-read,-watch a comedy serial or two or three...:)) Sometimes I wish it was like this throughout the year...wishful thinking, I know.

-Looking forward to the day when things return to 'usual'-this time, there'll be no holidays, most probably-since Eid would be on Fri-Sat, which are already off.


-Before that, of course, I'm looking forward to my 16 day Baroda trip this weekend..:)
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Oh-and yes- they shifted me to another room in the hotel, yesterday-apparently, business is slack in this period, so they're  keeping one wing closed(I think I was the only one there...haha)..so, now, I've been in rooms 118,228,223,.....(I forgot one room no)...and now yet another number(don't want to reveal it- who knows what supplier might read this blog and turn up to say 'Hello, Saar-what can we do for you? We wanting to do buziness with your Co'..more on this nuisance(of suppliers) coming up soon. Back to the room-this one faces the street, so, it's a great time pass...watching humanity(Can't call it 'sea', coz it's not really a sea these days) pass by...:)
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Cheerio, till the next post...hope to post tomorrow.:)

7 comments:

abhilasha said...
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abhilasha said...

just for the sake of curiosity... why do u stay at a hotel??? and dont u find it bugging???

~ Lopa said...

One of my friend is in Oman right now for work for a few months and he was complaining same thing, no eating/ drinking out ! It feels like curfew in day time as all the restaurants are closed, but same way wouldn't it be opposite in the evenings?

AmitL said...

Hi, Abhilasha,that question deserves a post in itself..coming up soon.:)One reason-would you believe, staying at a hotel is cheaper, overall, than staying in a rented flat, out here?:)
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Lopa, So true- in fact, they're stricter in other places. Dubai-at least, the grocery stores are open, so one can buy and take food home/to work. (Though I don't- my lunch these days is either soup or a gluco biscuit(that's equivalent to two rotis, incidentally..if I remember what my dietician told me back in y2k)..:)

abhilasha said...

AmitL@- alrite... got it..but i want a post on this...

austere said...

That doesnt sound like a terribly balanced diet, boss...

austere said...

"inmates free"? jail hai kya?
:)