Friday, April 6, 2012

Yeh sab hamesha mere saath kyu hota hi!


KPN (long distance bus service in Tamilnadu) stops at a motel on the highway. I get down and rush to the urinal. After four hours of travel in A/C, the ‘pressure’ on me is unbearable. The first thing I desperately want to do is to ease myself. I find that not only all the urinals are being used but there is a queue of one or two persons for each. I carefully choose one where a young man is peeing and there is no queue. I wait. The urinal next to me becomes free and the guy on the queue moves in. The one in the corner become free-the guy waiting moves in. Another one…another one…even the second in the queue gets a chance. The guy in the urinal in front of me is still in no mood to finish!

I go to a restaurant with my wife. The place is crowded. The manager notes down my name and says he will inform me as soon as a table is free. After a couple of minutes a family of six arrives. The manager allots them a table. He understands the belligerence in my look. “It’s a table for 6, sir…you are just two…” Next week when I go to the restaurant with my family, table for two becomes free!

We move to a new house.  Our neighbor recommends a maid for us. The maid had been working in her house for years; very reliable; after finishing the work in her house, the maid can attend to us. Just two days into the job, she comes to me and requests for an advance of Rs. 3,000 ignoring my neighbor for whom she had been working for years!

I open the IRCTC site for booking a train ticket. I choose the train and date. I enter my card number. The site processes and validates. Then the system hangs. After two minutes when the site becomes operational, I go and check the booking history. My ticket is not booked. I get an SMS in my mobile. ‘Your account has been debited with Rs. 2,315. Thanks for using …………..card.”!!!!

On the rare few occasions when I manage to book my ticket through IRCTC and further rarer occasions when I manage to get a lower berth, I invariably face an old man or woman who invariably ignores the youngster in the opposite side and chooses me for requesting “Sir…would you mind exchanging your lower berth with my upper berth?”!!!

I jump a traffic signal. Many others also do. But only I get caught!

I offer the constable Rs.50. “Are you trying to bribe me? It is bigger offence,” threatens the honest constable. I end up paying Rs. 500!

I order vegetarian food in Qatar Airways at the time of booking the ticket. Still when I travel, invariably vegetarian food is in short supply and invariably ends one row before me!

My boss, who is the MD of the Group suspects something wrong in the finances of a group company. He asks me to look into it. I spend days and weeks and dig out information which points an accusing finger on the CEO of the company. My boss calls the CEO for a meeting where he asks me to present the evidence against him. I make a spirited presentation. Three months later, when my boss invites me for a party in his house, I find the CEO sharing a joke with my boss! When we take food from the table, I could sense the animosity in his eyes for me!

I write a post on what happened to me or around me- a simple, matter of fact post. I get overwhelming response. That motivates me. I decide to do a qualitatively better post. I do research. Then I write, edit and re-write what appears to me a satisfying post. Readers cold shoulder the same!

I wonder. ‘Yeh sab hamesha mere saath kyu hota hi?’

Aap ka kya kayaal hi?

56 comments:

  1. hahahaha!! I think they are the laws of life! Somehow they happen with almost everyone! But its a nice take on the tragedy.. :)

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  2. great narration ! It used to happen to me everytime at the immigration in return to India. Whichever queue I chose, that used to move at elephant's pace :-)

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    1. Yes I also fail in choosing the right queue in immigration.

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  3. Those truly wonderful moments catch up with most of us in one or other forms. However, nothing beats the experience in the Uruinals!

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    1. Thanks. But it happens to me too frequently. Urinal issue of course tops the list.

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    1. Hmmm...Murphy's law. Everything goes wrong with me. That's a convenient consolation! But when do I get a chance in the urinal and others wait behind me?

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  5. hahhaah Sir....too hilarious - all the incidents!
    bas lagta hai you are the chosen one :))

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    1. I wonder why i have been 'chosen' for these!

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  6. Sir, you are not the only one who experience these but the situation faced with your CEO is, i must say, strange.

    When ever i am driving, the lane next to me moves faster than the one i am in. lol.. I pacify myself with Mr. Murphy's name.

    Very well narrated sir.

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    1. I have also experienced this- especially when I choose a lane in the tollgate! Thanks for the feedback.

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  7. :-)....haha...but I dont buy your readers cold shouldering your posts.....:-)

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    1. Thanks for appreciation. But it happens once in a while.

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    1. I totally agree. :D
      But the IRCTC woes are shared. I have had several rail-booking occasions when I was short of pulling out a strand of hair.

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    2. Thanks Magiceye. But this Murphy's law puzzles me. Why all this to me alone?
      Thanks Deboshree. IRCTC is a nightmare. But it is always you have not booked ticket but your account is charged; has vice-versa ever happened?

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  9. Ha ha ha These are the laws of common man somehow all of us have started to accept it . the level of tolerance and acceptance of indian seems to be phenomenal as usual humorous narration
    Sivakumar

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    1. Thank you sir. I have also started to accept. But once in a while I take a chance and air my grievances.

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    1. I have to get adjusted to this murphy's law, it looks like.

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  11. As I have also been through in such situations its not right for me to say "funny post" or "hilarious" because when we actually experience those, it is not funny at all.

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    1. God...I have someone who has also experienced this. Welcome to the club of victims.

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  12. lolzzzzzzzzz :)) Looks like it is mandatory for every customer of Indian Railways to go through the IRCTC experience :P

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    1. IRCTC is a nightmare; but still we have to go through this. It is better than going to say Mambalam station, waiting in the queue...

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  14. As Zepher said rightly, Murphy' s Law is always at work!

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    1. This murphy's law is playing havoc on me.

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  15. ha ha ha great sir!
    sirf aap ke saath hi nahee mere saath bhi yahee hota hi:)

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    1. Good. Welcome to the club of murphy law victims.

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  16. hahahahaha...i cant stop laffing...ye sab kyun hota hai pata nai but agar hota rahe toh mereko itna hasne ke aur bhi mauke milte rahenge posts padh ke:)superb post

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    2. Glad that you enjoyed the post. I won't mind going through these harmless difficulties to make readers happy.

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  17. You have written a fine post on what we all experience time & again---yet we all think it happens only to us.

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    1. Yes, you have put it correctly. I was just trying to add some humour.

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  18. Well! Hari! You have done it again..What's your next post on? Getting the Indian Parliament to repeal Murphy's law?:):)

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    1. That's a good idea! I had not thought about it!

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  19. i can easily put myself in your shoes .. it happens with all of us and we know it but you have given these words ..interesting. Why we feel this way ? If anybody has an answer ? I have a guess . As the saying goes in Hindi-" doosre ki thaali mein ghee zyada dikhta hain" or "the grass always looks greener on other side"

    i also added to my GK tht its murphy's law. tkx

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    1. Doosre ki thaali mein ghee zyada dikhta hain- that is an interesting addition to my Hindi knowledge. Glad you liked the post.

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    2. I was knowing you are humorous.. once again I got a chance to confirm myself..

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  20. a hilarious post! and from the comments it seems that the subject is close to many hearts! so atleast you know now, you are not the only victim of Murphy's laws :)

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    1. Thanks. I am happy that I have been able to connect with the readers.

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  21. When something has to go wrong, it always will, Specially for us :-). It happens for everyone Sir, the best thing to do, would be to think about the days when such things happened and have a good laugh :-)

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    1. I was trying to do the same- good laugh while sharing with all of you. Glad you liked the post.

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  22. zindagi
    ek ehsan hai ke khud zindagi
    zindagi se pareshan hai
    chaon tarf bhag dod
    zanjiron main
    jakda hua insan hai
    jeeta bana wohi sikandar
    jispe khuda mehrban hai

    nice post sirjee
    keep it up

    beggar poet

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  23. Loved it! yeh sab mere sath bhi hota hai. Murphy's law loves to test itself on me..and mostly succeeds..:-)

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    1. Thanks. I have one more person in my team.

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  24. whenevr anything happens wierd, tab merko bhi yhi lagta ki ye mere sath hi kyu hota..

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    1. Yes...I hope it does not happen frequently...

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  25. Haha!...Great post....Enjoyed reading it...Keep sharing your experiences...

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  26. LOL, Sir! Awesome :)

    Now this is called Murphy's Law!

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  27. The queue thing happens to me all the time. Also, have you noticed when you go to the doctor, everybody ahead of you will spend what seems like hours consulting with him/her, all emergency cases will come in right before its your turn and when its your turn, you are in and out in 5 minutes. Yeh sab mere saath bhi hota hai :(

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