Like any other fortnight , this too has been a collage of events & non-events : a little more eventful, I must admit , than several preceding fortnights.
I uploaded my US visa form ( photo with the frown included ) / recieved a Visa interview confirmation / & made it to the US Consulate in BKC for a 0745 hrs appointment ( with at least a thousand others : chat up some one top of the queue & you jump the queue without anyone objecting : never fails !! ) , completely drenched in Monsoon’s belated arrival ( umbrellas are not allowed ) & was back in Pune by 1900 hours : one long & eventful day.
Had a 3-day break ( complete bliss ) in a villa , most appropriately called “Divyanand” , in Jagjit Nagar , HP ( one of several advantages of being related to successful , thoughtful , & beautiful people ) . Legend has it that Lord Hanuman , in His quest for “Sanjeevni Buti” , the medicinal plant , to revive a dying Lakshman on the battlefield in Lanka , had made a brief stop-over in Jagjit Nagar & the spot from where He kick-started the rest of his flight to the Himalayas now has a Hanuman Temple atop a hill some 2-hour trek from “Divyanand”. My kind host offered to take me to the temple on an early morning trek : I politely declined : haven’t the stamina to undertake a trek as long as that !!
Shipped out my export orders to Russia , China , Indonesia , & Netherlands ( best export month for me in a long time ) ; cooked myself a propah 3-course Meal served to myself on the Dining Table , complete with wine / dessert / cigar & cognac ( normally dine on the sofa facing the TV ) ; treated myself to Balenese Massage ( knuckle-pressure : wow : they should call it Kneading instead of Massage ) ; redeemed significantly valued Club ITC accumulation of points at Wills Lifestyle on loud coloured shirts ( normally wear Whites & Blacks ) ; must redeem i-mint / Kings Club / & Jet Privilege points before they lapse ; watched ” Gangs of Wasypur ” on twitter recommendation of AB ( must never take twitter seriously !! shall reciprocate by giving Bol Bachachan a miss ) ; bought a whole lot of Masalas & other cooking ingrediants to get a bit adventurous in my culinary skills ; & thereby hangs a tale !! More the next time
Cheers & Cherio for now