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Where there’s GOD will, there’s a SUBWAY


It’s Saturday. I entered the College and a Colleague greeted me with ‘Congratulations’ instead of ‘Good morning’.

I said, “thank you, but what have I done to deserve that?

Duty list has arrived!”

[For your information, semester exams are going to start in 2-3 days for which University shuffles teaching faculty members and places them in various other colleges. Here, this list is being discussed]

Really, I said. What are you waiting for? Open the chest and let the secret come out!”

His facial expression changed from elation to compassion, “Didn’t you approach someone?”

I totally got the message. By approaching he meant to ask some ‘influential person’ a favour so that you get a station nearby.

I looked in his eyes and uttered, “You know me! I just can’t kneel and plead for such ‘favours’ from a ‘mortal’ like me!”

Then enjoy the most awkwardly situated station my dear,” he handed the list over to me.

Curiously I searched for my name in the list and moved the finger to locate the station, “What? “

[Everyone in the list got a comfortably near location and some even got more than comfortable.]

 I thought, “Why only me?” But I already knew the answer. So better I make some strategy to deal with the current situation.

I am going to decline! I thought.

You can’t”, clarified our boss. “Moreover, that’s not easy. Either you have to give your substitute or a medical but neither is feasible here.”

So you mean, there’s no way out!” I was little worried.

It would have been easier if you had worked on it, beforehand,” She showed concern.

I understand. Let’s see what happens. If there’s nothing that I can do, it’s better I do the obvious,” I tried to be positive.

Where there’s a WILL,

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There’s a WAY.

So after being relieved from my workplace I am heading towards the new niche.

On the way:

The examination centre is around 18 km from my work place. So it’s not that far, you see. I boarded a private bus which is taking forever to reach there (I don’t know why but they don’t feel like moving until the passengers start literally spilling out). My thought of not continuing there, was getting firmer with every passing second.

Exam centre:

When I entered the college premises, I realized that it’s a girl’s college.  Further, it’s not far from the main road. The centre chief was already waiting me to report and as soon as I saw him, I found it difficult to utter the ‘NO’ word. Reason, I knew him. He was very cool and told us many perks of invigilating there.

He said, “Each and every inch you travel, will be paid. I know its winter and as soon as the exam is over, it gets dark outside. So no worries about the evening shift as well, everything will be taken care of.”

His point, kind of convinced me and I changed my mind. “Fine, I’ll do it!”

Where there’s GOOD WILL,

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There’s a Highway.

Back journey:

I am standing at a place, people call ‘bus stop’; there’s no ‘bus stand’ to say and there’s no bus in far sight. The locals are staring as if asking ‘how dare you put your foot on our territory’. (It’s a joke). Soon, a bus makes a pull over and leaves. (There are demerits of not knowing the place and directions).

 I see another bus coming towards me; driver signalled to board and I got in, only to find no place to stand, forget sit. There was barely anything to hold onto. The moment, breaks were applied; I would fall on the people sitting in front.

This kept recurring and I kept thinking, “Is it an intelligent idea to put myself in such miserable situation every day? Am I calling for an unnecessary trouble? The driver kept staring in the rear mirror and applying breaks to double the trouble.


At the door, my cell phone rang. It’s a well wisher. She said, “I managed to place you here in a local college and the official letter is on its way.

What a great news it would have been only if it had arrived few hours earlier.

I was feeling helpless, “What? No, please. Not now!”

I am not listening anything! You cancel it there,” She said hurriedly cutting the line.

What to do now? This concerned soul on earth, is trying to make things easy for me but I already said ‘yes’ there.  I don’t want to hurt her as well.”

 Hence I decided to give it a try. I collected all my courage to call the Chief; explained the situation. To my surprise, he didn’t object and said, “Consider it cancelled!”


Was it this easy?

I was thinking this and that and what not! Everything has fallen in place now. Tomorrow, I’ll be reporting to a college which is at 5 minutes leap from my abode and Bonus… I’ll get extra morning time to spend with my family and even afternoons, occasionally :). Isn’t it great?

And after seeing all this drama I have come to a conclusion:

Where there’s is GOD WILL,

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There’s also a SUBWAY. 🙂


Don’t Tag Me ‘Antisocial’!

anti-social I am living in the rented apartment for the last two years and I don’t even know the names and much whereabouts of my neighbours! I just revealed it, “I am not at all a, ‘Social Bee’. However, occasional exchange of pleasantries never hurt me!” I am happy in my own world, have always been!

I am even worse when it comes to calling people, so, consider yourself specially privileged if you get a message or call from my side! Tell you what; it’s really a struggle when I need to call my daughter’s class teacher. I try to avoid it as far as possible and give-in only when there is no way-out. However, if you talk about a face-to-face meeting, I am an entirely different person!

That reminds me of an incident on San’s (my daughter) third birthday; she was supposed to carry some gifts for her classmates (How weird, I thought! Birthday’s are for receiving gifts, aren’t they?) Anyhow, thinking it might be some kind of ritual as even ‘San’ has been receiving gifts from time-to-time. It was her turn now to return the favour.

Hence, her ‘Not-So-Social’ mom preferred ‘What’s-app’ to a ‘Call’ and got the total number of the students from the class teacher; and even ‘Madam’ sincerely replied but she didn’t forget to mention it in the next ‘Parent-Teacher-Meeting’.

That day, I very thoughtfully sent gifts along with sweets, to which she said, “Nobody sends sweets as these are not allowed in the school!”

I was like, “Oh, I am extremely sorry! I didn’t know as it’s my first time!”

So is everyone’s! How would you know? You didn’t call either!”

I was short-of-words, she was damn right! But why such a fuss over ‘calling’, as if this was the last thing on earth for communication! Why those ‘messengers’ were even discovered? Obviously to make life comfortable to ‘semi-eccentric’ people like ‘me’ who don’t quite hate calling but don’t like it either.


Does it make me non-social? Or Do I sound like ANTISOCIAL?

Occasionally, I have seen people distancing themselves from me to avoid a factual and straight-forward answer. Once, a ‘teacher’ was boasting of her work ‘overload’. I was prompted to ask, “How many lectures do you deliver?”

She was instant, “five…everyday!”

That’s it? I take six periods!” I was swift too.

Ours is a practical subject!” (Commerce? I mean really? she might be referring to numerical, I guess!)

So what do you think, this Animal science is all about?” I continued. “Dear, you are not the only one overworking, I take practical classes in addition to theory, plan them beforehand, check the practical files, organize field visits, maintain a stock-register of all the consumables and non-consumables and get them checked, signed and audited. Sometime I also perform the duties of lab attendant, myself. And I have an additional burden of maintaining a clean lab in addition to my personal room….” I was counting but by this time I sensed a silence past an earthquake…she had stopped paying attention to me. I kept thinking, “I wasn’t yet finished…!” Outcome: The ‘aftershocks’ were felt for many months and we only exchanged gazes, no words! (Where was I wrong? Did I overpower her? I was just trying to sympathize! Or whatever)!

My social capabilities are always on assessment. Whenever our land-lady has any query she prefers to ask bob (my husband) and I am like why? Why not me? Do I look scary or she just underestimates me? She is too much anxious about the cleanliness of her house (I mean why rent it out in the first place when you are so obsessed?) Even after hiring a maid, we are supposed to make cleaning our first priority! Spare us auntie!

Right now, she is on a renovation mission and we are ‘le miserable’ for the last two weeks. She drops any-time with her list of the do’s and don’ts, “I am very particular about cleanliness! When we lived in rented house, I never let the house owner feel upset, even once!”

You are right auntie; even my Mom-in-law doesn’t rest for a sec. She is always up, doing this or that,” I corroborated.

I heard so from your maid.” She shrugged it, just like that.

I couldn’t resist, “She is your age and cleans your house as her own. What to do, I think by this age people don’t have much to explore. So they end up cleaning everything crystal-clear! Poor young people put their mind in so many businesses that it gets tough to concentrate on one house task….” She was already staring at me and I rather shushed (Gosh! Again, I let my words slip).

Ha…By this time you must be thinking, “How nonsocial or may be Antisocial!

But wait before you make an opinion, let me tell you that I love gatherings, all that noise, chitchat and dance. I am even the ‘In-charge’ of cultural activities in the College; also look after the ‘Women Cell’ and above all I am a ‘Teacher’! I can’t afford to stay aloof because my work calls for being expressive, crowdfriendly and not to mention interact! I can be seen ‘inspiring’ people; I am good with manners; I daily check my e-mails and visit social networking sites, frequently; and you know it, I too respond to the readers on WordPress.

Aren’t these proofs enough for my being ‘sufficiently’ social?

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When we wear something new, admit it or not but there is a secret wish to get noticed; and showered with compliments. There are times when it happens and then there are times it doesn’t. It all depends on the variety of people we meet, in our day to day life. Some of them are really interesting and some make your life more interesting with their responses. Well I am wearing a new Palazzo toady. See, how I get noticed, complimented and commented:

“What is it that you are wearing today?”

“Oh this! (That’s me, pretending to have forgotten), ‘This is Palazzo’ (As if she doesn’t know), I continued…”I bought it during my recent shopping spree. I must tell you that it’s very comfortable to wear specially in such hot and humid weather. Being teachers, we are supposed to wear sober clothes and this totally works for me.”

(Such big explanation, why? Just because you dared to wear something, out of the routine).

“I thought it’s for night wear.”

(If you think so, then it’s your problem dear, not mine).


“I never saw people pairing it with a kurti. I mean girls pair it with a top.” (Well… Just because you don’t know anything, doesn’t mean things don’t exist. Go update your fashion sense).

“I have seen ones with less flare, it is too bulky to handle, it seems.”

(Man…I know that. I bought it for some reason and I can handle it, okay).

Then there are a few who don’t have a heart to say anything but their eyes do all the talking. They kind of dissect you from head to toe. I know, it’s funny to describe such a conversation but I am kind of enjoying it. There is another variety having tremendous control over their reflexes. Therefore you, yourself have to start a conversation to get noticed. See how…

Me: Hi! How are you doing?

She: Fine, it is the heat though, which is killing.

Me: Yeah, but I don’t feel it today somehow… may be just because I am wearing ‘this’ today (pointing to the palazzo).

She: Oh yes, I was thinking… that you look great in this new outfit. I must tell you that whatever you wear; suits you. If I wear something like this; I would look horrible, for sure.

(There you are, confused of course. Was it a compliment or a comment? Hmmm…I prefer to go with the former.) (What? I am very optimistic 😁 ).

Although my profession limits me to a few clothing options but this doesn’t stop me from experimenting. Sometimes I come out with flying colors and sometimes it turns out to a big boo-boo. Whatever… it’s not going to stop me from exploring the artistic side of me. I’ll keep experimenting and continue to get noticed and complimented. So… what is the next thing on cart…?