Well, it was a hot day! We had just planned on a little outing. It was decided that we would go to the Bangalore palace first. But we all know wt happens to the greedy ones with heavy stomachs.. Bucket had hogged on plenty of chicken as usual, only this time fish was in the menu as well. One cannot help getting reminded of the movie “apocalypto” while watching him eat. At least that’s what Goutham says J. So they were all in the mood for a movie. But again, we all know what would happen to unplanned weekenders in Bangalore. They would land up with no tickets in the last minute. And so did we. So, as a last resort to spending some time, we landed in the sitting area in front of Garuda mall. It was I who noticed the 2 guys with Mohawk first. For some reason, it appeared to me as though they were worshippers of Satan. I had just turned to comment about it to moley. I would have been starin at them and commenting alongside, cause I noticed that they were staring at me too. I turned off and when I looked back to check, the stares were still there..Woh!!..I had done it again!!..I was thankful that mother Sandya was not there, for she would have mockingly admonished me for another ‘thoughtless’ attempt of mine. I was just gonna ask what our next phase of the plan would be, when I suddenly noticed that scarface had vanished, and was instead standing near the ‘mohawk’ guys. He was apparently askin them for a lighter, for its been quite sometime since he smoked for the day. I was glad that the stares from those guys had ended by then. It was then that scarface came up with the idea. “hey how about some swimming??” goutham who had not opened his mouth until then suddenly jumped up at the idea sayin.. “wow…it’s a great idea..c’mon guys..lets go n do some swimming” The next voice heard was Appy’s. “gimme a brk!!..swimming??…what the hell would I do?? I know no swimming!!” Apparently, she was ignored, and scarface and goutham were lookin at me, considering the fact that I was the major planner and approver of plans for the day. I dint take another second. “Yes” I said. The thought of watching our guys swim and the funny idea behind it really excited me. It dint take me long to convince Appy as well, though she ended up with a long face. Clearly predictable a fact, that it was.
None of us were so used to Bangalore. But I remembered seeing a swimming centre in Jayanagar sometime. It was decided that we would go there. We got into a couple of autos and reached the place. Little kids were running through the entrance. None of us spoke a word. Undoubtedly, the same thoughts were running into all our minds. As we entered someone commented, “Hey scarface, be careful!!.. They might ask if you are in here to get your children admitted!” And then we saw the board. It read “Timings for gents 3.30 PM to 4.30 PM” . And it was 4.40PM already. As I finished reading and turned I noticed that the rest had already taken a nice place in the shade and were trying to sleep. Enough is enough!! I had planned something in the morning. Not only was the plan screwed by them, but they were making the day hell for me. It was scarface who noticed my looks first. The next thing I remember, He took his phone out and called justdial. “hello, is there any other branch..swimming pool…around jayanagar??” After a few seconds, an address was mailed to his inbox. It read J.P.Nagar 6th phase with a phone number. Scarface immediately called the place, enquired about the timings and then we had again started our journey in a couple of autos. Only this time, moley was clever enough to escape on the pretext that she had a friend waiting to meet her.
Appy, Scarface and I got into one auto, the other one was following us. We had been traveling for some 15 minutes, when we realized its going pretty far. We crossed something that looked like forests, empty wastelands and we entered something more like a village. The autowala needed help there. So scarface called up the centre to enquire about the routes again. “Sir, we need help in locating this place. So can you…..??……uh..oh..ok….uh…one second..I will hand it over to the driver, you better tell him.” The driver heard as much as he could. Later it was decided that the guy from the centre himself would come down to guide us. LOLZ. I was finding it so funny, but having Appy next to me, I thought I’d rather shut the hell up than get screwed by her. We traveled in the same road for a few seconds, when suddenly someone clad in a fake Nike jerkin in a “Rajdoot” bike confronted us with “ uh…u want to go to swimming pool???….follow me”. Scarface had started to gape by then. As we followed the rajdoot, we went through several gullies..when finally we arrived at the swimming pool. Appy desperately needed a chocolate, so she and I went to the nearby kirana to get something. “Nimmathrey 5 star crunchy idhiya??” I asked, which means ‘do u have 5 star crunchy?’ for which he gladly nodded his head. Then I noticed that he was stretching his hand into the jar filled with normal 5 rupees worth 5 stars. I lost my patience and asked him again, for which he replied “this is crunchy only”. Realizing how hopeless the attempt was, Appy nudged me to get the normal dairy milk chocolates, which I did. Before I could pay the bill, scarface was behind me sayin, “ Hey, get me a 2 litre water bottle, a polo and some mentos, as we would be needing them while swimming, otherwise the mouth would go dry” I looked at him like lookin at a professional, and did as I was told.
Once we were done, we entered the gates, and there in front of us was a pool of water, a little bigger than a fish tank, and there were 2 guys in it, with showercaps and boxershorts, and one of them was desperately hitting into the water with both hands as though tryin to save his drowning self. The rajdoot guy came forward and asked if we would like swimming and scarface said “ya wait, 4 more of our friends are comin…Guru..do you have shorts for us??” rajdoot said..”what??..you don’t have shorts??..ok..wait..lemme look into it..I may have shorts for you..but…for the gals…..” he said looking up at me and Appy for which I immediately said, “Oh no, don’t worry about us. We are not swimming!” Then he disappeared into a small store room kind of a place with scarface at his heels. Appy and I were waiting out. By that time, Appy had noticed that there were 2 guys in the pool, almost naked and she refused to even come in. I wonder what she expected to see in a pool..A bunch of kids or suit clad men??..Nevermind!! Scarface came out with a ‘not-so-happy’ face, “hey, they don’t have proper shorts..they have ony 2..and even that would be the size of what I wear inside!!”.The rajdoot guy came out again carrying the so called shorts, “Sir, when will you start swimming??”…and scarface went up to him. Anticipating some more fun, I went and stood behind the rajdoot guy facing scarface. Rajdoot was sayin, “Sir, today adjust with this, tomorrow I will get your size” I was immersed in a sea of silent laughter behind him, and scarface was lookin at me, not knowing if he should laugh or respond to the guy. Meanwhile there was a call from the second batch sayin, they were lost and needed help to find the way. Again, we sent the rajdoot guy to go bring them. Tsunami, Bucket, Mottai and Goutham were apparently lost somewhere just like how we were. I was waiting near the gate, lookin out for them. Then I saw them walking and comin, and there was no rajdoot in front of them. Bucket immediately come towards us, “how much did he charge you??”..Appy said “70 bucks”…”oh no, it was double for us..he charged us 140 bucks” said bucket. One would wonder if there can anything be possibly running in his mind other than food and numbers! He added sayin, “ the auto fellow dropped us somewhere, and said it was the place, and by the time we realized he took off, not wanting anymore trouble” Entering in, I could see the sarcasm on all their faces, the same look that we had when we entered. The man in the pool, was still hitting into the water, causing a lot of noise. The rajdoot guy came back by then and asked, “So…u goin swimming??…”.. scarface replied, “guru..how can we??..we don’t have shorts!”.. “oh wel..you could go swimming just like that!..” he said again. Getting a little excited, tsunami said, “uh anna, you mean we could go swimming in our jeans??”.. Rajdoot replied, “Oh no..not that..you could go swimming with ur undergarments.!!” There was this sheepish look on everybody’s face, and they were tryin to cover the embarrassment of such open disclosure by laughing it off. Even Mottai who had understood nothing till then, seemed to have understand that part at least and started walking towards the basketball court. Suddenly, “Mine are in white.no way am getting into the pool wearing white ones!!”..take care guru..c ya later!!” Scarface who began everything the day, ended it for us too.. And the thought that he is swimming right now just as I am blogging about all of it over here makes me laugh.
In the order of appearance :-
Bucket – Shiva
Scarface – Anto
Moley – Divya
Appy – Aparnaa
Mother - Sandya
Tsunami – Auxi
Mottai – Bhavesh