Frantic preparations for the day of the travel: I am ironing all my dresses and trying to pack at the same time, the Arien is looking for places to visit in Mumbai on the internet. We complete our respective tasks arnd 10 pm and I am all set to fall asleep when I am hit by the Arien’s new plan. B’cos the train we are travelling in does not have a pantry, quality of food will b suspect and so the Arien wants me to prepare breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the next day – now!! And of course, he will help. I was ready to starve the whole of next day – if I cud escape this torture but I cud see no chance of tht. It was 1 am wen we finished with the chappathis (for dinner) and puris (for lunch) and the common side-dish – Aloo and peas in a tomato gravy. I was supposed to wake up the next day n make idlis (for breakfast) so tht it is fresh and also get ready to catch the train from Yeshwantpur at 6:30 am. Right then, I was ready to accept anything – my eyes were burning, I was feeling all sweaty and tired from the chappatis and puris and I jes wanted to fall in bed n forget tht I was travelling the next day – I mean, travelling today… I mean in less than ….4… zzzzzZZZZ ..Snore!
Woke up at 5 am – all groggy and felt like a zombie – was doing all my tasks in slower than usual speed (which is really really slow) – and it was 6 am when we left our house. Considering Yeshwantpur is really really faar away – I was a lil concerned until I saw the Arien drive. He was trying to make up for lost time by sm really scary, reckless driving which had me praying during the entire 30 mts of travel. I stopped only when we neared the station.
The Yeshwantpur station cannot really be approached like how we approach most stations – move close to the entrance n park – we had to drive another 10 mts on the same side before we could do a U-turn and head to the station. Before we reached the station, we saw a train leave. I was hoping tht tht was not our train. Fat chance… in less than 2 and half minutes – we had missed our train!!!!! What a ohmygod start to our monsoon getaway 😦 The Arien was simply furious. I was shocked and seriously considered cancelling the trip. We blamed each other for debacle and wasted a lot of energy in Tu Tu Main Main. I asked the Arien if we cud catch up with the train. Tht was vetoed by the station master, porters, taxi-drivers, et-al. The Arien was literally ready to explode so after telling him to head to the nearest bus station and book tickets – I was completely silent. Of course, ppl who knew we were travelling called to ask us if we were safely in the train and we had to go over the whole saga over and over and over and over again – which ob. irritated us furthermore.
It was 7:30 am when we turned onto the familiar road to our home and the Arien had finally gotten over his temper and said “Maybe we shd have gone to the bus depot..” and I refrained frm saying “of course, I told you so”, with gr8 difficulty 🙂 We reached home, attempted to cancel our train tickets, and book tickets on a bus that left later tht day, and unpacked breakfast and had it at home. We suddenly felt very relaxed. We got tickets to a bus that left bengaluru at 12:30 and reached Mumbai at 8 am tomorrow (which incidentally wud b the time tht the train wud reach Mumbai)! The maid came in and cleaned up the dishes tht we used last evening – it felt so looong ago already! When we left, the house looked spic-n-span and we looked very relaxed.
The bus left only at 2:30 pm. We spent the time from 12:25 to 2:30 sitting outside the Sharma office in Chamrajpet – on the dirty stairs – waiting for the bus. We had the lunch tht we had packed – on the way. We were treated to No Entry (the movie) during the journey as well as Dhoom 2. We stopped at Davangere for dinner. I was not hungry and so we got down to stretch and generally relax. I fell into a fitful sleep without having any dinner – the Arien woke up much later n had pomogranate as he was very hungry. A relaxed ending to a very tense start of the day…. missing the train.. goodness!!.. we were able to laugh at tht now.