December 15th, 2006

Climb the Summit

My auto-wallah

When I joined this place, leaving at 830am was a pain, as was hunting down an auto. One (fine) day I found this auto guy who after dropping me in front of the office building asked - aap har din yahan aoge?
(You will be coming here everyday?)
Same time?
yes. (me interested)
*Beam* then I will come everyday to drop you. Ok? and just for you, at rsX only.

I was, needless to say more than happy.

Since then barring a day or two he has been punctual, totally in sync with the company hols of 2 and 4th saturday, confirming in advance, and letting me know on two occassions when he wanted to get his auto serviced. Getting Rs 500 change at that unearthly hour from his fav gas stations on the way.

Eager, enthusiastic and chatty, I managed to reduce the daily conversation to a "Good Morning" and a sort of bye on leaving, so I could concentrate on my book and music. Is that coffee in that black flask he asked - pointing to my sipper, a surprisingly acute observation considering the office ppls question on what it is (and why).

As days go by, I become more lax with the time of leaving, streching it by 5 mins etc...and we all know how precious a single minute is to someone like me, ie most of us...I noticed how he takes time as his own property. Cruising along the road, looking at the flowers (if any on the sreet side) twisting back to see passing cars, leaving the accelerator to relax his hands...letting the auto go on its own momentum on the slight downhill on the get the picture.
This, to a person struggling to get to office on time is simply put - gaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!!!
On the first day I had time in my hands - so I asked - Something going on back there? What are you looking at? Mistake - he explained it to me. in Gujju, which I understood none of.
On the second day - is your hand hurt r somethiing? Why have you left the accelerator? Grin. Turns around to my alarm and explains the slope concept - i think - in Gujju.
So, one the third day, when I had little margin for late punch in I say, can you drive a little faster?
Hoo boy he picked up.

Resut being, he thoroughyl enjoys himself on the way every morning. Cruising at the highest speed of his auto, he replaces any grand prix driver. The hand never leaves the horn, no matter if the nearest vehicle is 5/6 metres away, at a faster speed than him.

honking away, taking steep turns, making my hair stand up on one or two occassions, he reaches me to the office doorstep in record speed, and smiles triumphantly.

I am afraid to ask him to take it easy. Over eager and helpful guy that he is, he might revert to gazing at the sky, sun, etc etc.

or is is the winter air thats made him 'frisky/?


Your life is 55% crappy!

Your life is fairly crappy. There are parts that aren't complete crap, but life could use some serious rotto router.

How crappy is your life?
Quizzes for MySpace

So shows the result of this quiz (whose last question by th way is, why are you taking this quiz - bored/ procastrinating/ lonely/.../ Quiz Taking Fiend!! :D)

A few months ago I think I would have easily come in above 70%, thanks to new job it really goes down.

and yeah...this time it better show up right. Dunno what happened last time-to me.
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Of Bacteria, Smoke and Us

It is perhaps not surprising to see so many of us suffering from various allergies. Right from pollen to smoke, allergies effect everyone in different ways.
Almost 50% of all people I know have some allergy or the other - from childhood, or newly developed as adults.

Allergy, it has been noted, is common in urban areas as compared to rural environments. Interpretation of this statistic can be wide varied.

Like some say the cause is exposure to pollutants and gasses that the human body has not yet evolved to cope with. SO2, NO2, CO etc in the urban atmosphere on a regular basis has not helped children and adults any, and therefore results in severe immunological response from the body - an allergy.

Some others say that in an urban environment there is scope of buffering, of keeping away so many irritants, that the defense mechanism of the body softens up. As a result, on triggering some irritant, the defense goes haywire and over-reacts.

In some cases psychologists have gone far enough to analyse and say that in children repeat instances may be a cause of the psychological need to be cared for, available only when the child is ill. This can trigger very real symptoms and real diseases. (Extrapolation of the game theory.)

What can you do about strong immune system? Nothing, except replace it, something rather drastic. Else, get used to the triggers. In most severe cases, getting used to is not an option, where in come immuno suppressant medicines. And is the market full of them or what?
Or what.

Sleep inducing ones, to ones that help you function normally. Tablets to injections, inhalers to oxidisers...the list is endless and ever increasing.

During the bird flu, there was a mention in the world summit that chances of it spreading in India was lo because of the high defense mechanism of he people here, thanks to being exposed to such a large variety of germs at so many levels. Whereas the chances of it spreading and effecting people in aseptic environs of EU/US were much higher.

Makes me think of bacteria resistant to drugs. You can kill the normal ones with medicines, but not the mutant ones.

So when do we become mutants, the virulent strains? When do we start developing the resistance? Is it a matter of time, is it a matter of facing the problem factor and resisting it? Or is it simply unconquerable, and we have to change the way we live?