Hari Shanker R

Hari Shanker R

A Happiness Engineer at Automattic.

Daily Blunder | ‘Watch’ out

Time: 7:45 AM, 22nd December, 2008
Coordinates: Mens Hostel, MES Kuttippuram
Occasion: Jashn ’09 – IEEE Kerala Silver Jubilee Celebrations, Valedictory Function.

I was among the 120-odd delegates attending the event, the sole representative of the IEEE Student Branch of my college. While other colleges had huge delegations to the tune of thirty plus students, my Fellow IEEEians  simply refused to attend the event for fear of  impending end-semester exams. My Branch Counsellor literally forced me at gunpoint to attend the event for sake of the college’s prestige.  I had to wage a huge fight with my parents to get permission to attend the event, at the end of which I boarded the Mangalore Express with buddies from MBCET and reached Kuttippuram the very next day, at about 4 AM. The MESians surprised us with their hospitality and kindly accomodated us at their wonderful (not sarcastic, seriously nice) Mens Hostel.

We were told that the programs would start early that day, and thus we had to be up and about by at least 8:30 AM. Haggard due to lack of sleep (due to some long winding ‘nightly conversations’ 😛 ), I had flopped onto my bed no sooner had I reached our room. I opened my eyes when my friend Arun from Mar Baselios shook me up to my senses. Everyone had gotten ready and I was among the few who were yet to bathe and dress up. Cursing, I grabbed random clothes from my bag and walked lazily to the toilet/bathroom area at one end of the hostel – we were housed on the third floor of the four storeyed hostel. Half asleep, I tried to open at least half a dozen (occupied) bathrooms only to mutter apologies at cuss words from the respective occupants.

To my delight, I finally got an empty bathroom and barged inside. I placed my clothes and watch by the windowsill and took a bath. It was refreshing – the water was ice cold, but I actually enjoyed it. I shook off my tired countenance and recharged myself. Basking in the glory of the new-found energy, I pulled out my towel that lay beneath my clothes, without looking at the windowsill where it was housed. That was when I heard a strange ‘chink’ sound. Something had fallen down, apparently. It was glistening and silvery-white, I could actually see it fall, through a corner of my eye. Dismissing it for an instant, I resumed… until I got back to my senses in shock!

Frantically, I checked the windowsill, beside my clothes, for my watch. It was missing!

It was my watch that went straight into the Indian Closet!!!

Titan Watch

Cursing like a madman, I did everything I could to salvage it – to no avail. My watch was already on its way to the septic tank deep down. The only hope of rescuing it was upon some future-archaeologist who’d examine the remains of my precious Titan ‘Chronograph’, rotten amid human excreta, with avid interest! 😐 Flush red with embarrassment, anger and dismay, I kept the incident under the closet (<– pun!). After all, the watch was over five years old, and septic tank, it seems, was written in its destiny! 🙂

P.S.

The very next day, I heard an announcement at the main stage about a lost-and-found watch at the college premises. I was like 😮 ! These people actually fished the septic tank for my watch without even my mentioning the incident! Joyous, I ran to the announcers desk, all agog with hope!

Shalima, the purdah-clad girl at the announcer’s desk smiled at my flared-nostril expression.

“I don’t think this watch is yours!”

She held a tiny watch in her right hand and flashed it before me. It was more a bangle than a watch, all gold-plated, with a tiny time-dial. An expensive ladies’ watch.

Muttering some choicest expletives under my breath, I thanked Shalima and left. 🙁

P.P.S.

“Son, where is your old titan watch?”

Mom’s irritated voice woke me up one fine Sunday morning.

Uh oh. Amma… I haven’t seen it in a while. Don’t know where it is!
Mom: It must be that scrawny bitch of our servant! She’s been stealing my money for long… now she’s also taken your watch! One day, I’ll catch her red-handed, and then….

I didn’t hear the rest of what mom said, for, I’d closed my eyes again with a smile on my face.:D

I now have a flashy Bosch watch, thanks to my uncle who’s a dealer of Bosch. 🙂

18 Comments

  1. KC

    this happened to me too! my old timex went in, but not all the way. i fished it out with a stick and left it in a concentrated dettol solution for almost 24 hrs before i finally had the courage to wear it again… people commented about my antiseptic smell for two days 🙂

  2. KC

    it happened in first yr… it would've been ok had it been in the almost heavly cleanliness (in comparison) of the pot at home… but, no… it happened in the filthy, smelly toilet in the hostel… i thanked god for my habit of flushing before and after…

  3. Sriram

    Hm… I'm thinking.. remove sim.. flush.. dabba phone.. hue&cry.. new linux phone.. 😛

    oops.. No uncle working in any linux phone company 😀

  4. KC

    i like the automated first comment email 🙂 it is automated right? it'd be weird otherwise… 🙂

  5. Hari

    @ KC:

    ROFLOMA!!!

    Well, you saved your watch, and I didn't. 😐

    Hey, is that the old, digital, timex? 😛

  6. Hari

    @ Sriram:

    LOL!! Thanks for the idea, I'm goanna try that. I know someone @ Nokia! 😛

    Btw, there ain't good linux phones in the market. 🙁 Android rocks though! HTC Magic? 😛

  7. Arun T P

    Always buy cheap watches or mobiles.

    You can always lose. I never lost my watch or mobile.(Fingers crossed)

    I retired my Titan Sonata after 10 years of service.

    Rich fellows

  8. hari

    @ Arun TP:

    Titan Sonata is a costly watch, period. 😛

    And I'm as poor as you, so don't call me Rich, okay? 😉

  9. Lakshya

    ROFL… that sure was funny. I remember a similar incident happened to me as well when I was ten. I lost my shoe on board the lavatory of the Kerala Express, somewhere in Madhya Pradesh… No chance I could retrieve it, but for jumping on to the tracks!

  10. NM

    hey hari…nice post..i pity the servant though thinking of wats kept in store for her!:)

    and yeah i finally decided to start commenting 🙂

  11. hari

    @ Lakshya:

    Shoe!! OMFG!! That's depressing – you must've been tiny then, right? 😀

    Lucky, you didn't jump on the tracks… whew!

  12. hari

    @ NM:

    Hehehe… The servant was unscathed! She's still working here – and still stealing money from mom, or so she claims! 😉

    And I'm honoured. 😀

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