Welcome to ”C’est la vie, mon ami”…in WordPress! So I have finally made the change! Glad to say so!
And not a moment too soon. Glad to also announce my 50th post….was wanting to make the move at the right time
Forgive me for any bugs or errors in the blog….recently shifted you see So please be patient. And be glad I finally made it! More improvements to the post coming up as I get more and more comfortable with WP .
P.S.: Anyone who’s ever moved from blogger to WP would know what it feels like!
Speaking of which…..how can I ever EVER forget???? A thousand thanks to my awesome friend Kanagu for all the help he has done to set up the WP page. Without him, it would have never reached this far… I owe you one dude…big time!!
What best than to start with a post on my (mis)adventures?
I’ve always been a pet person. No I mean literally. I have two cats at home. I’ve had cat visitors at home. My first pet was and is a dog who is 14 years old and living happily with my mother in Kerala – I havent written a post abt him but I guess I should.
Anyway you get the drift.
Of late I had put on a few pounds and the lack of exercise was beginning to get to me. So last Sunday I put on my track pants n t-shirt and announced to the world that I am off on a nice stroll – to be made into a fast walk/jog routine over the next few days. All well. I walked towards the seashore…pleasant weather, headphones plugged in my ears, smsing friends every now and then…aah what could be more perfect?
After a pleasant one hour walk, I turned around on my way back. When I passed the bus stand, I spotted a tiny speck huddled in the street light. It took me a moment to realise it was a kitten …possibly a couple of weeks old at the most. I walked past it, not sure whether it would be very friendly or not. Took a few steps ahead and I hesitated. I turned around to watch it. A mother and son duo had approached it and the little thing ran to them for attention. Awww…my heart melted. The duo peered at the little thing curiosly but did not go further.
Determined, I turned around and walked back to the bus stop. I reached the spot, bent down and patted the scrawny little thing. It meowed piteously at me and started purring, walking round and round my feet in delight at the attention. I stayed there for a few minutes patting and cuddling it. My heart was in quite a dilemma. I’d have loved to give it some milk or food but I wasnt that close to home. Its a bit of a walk. Besides even if I took the kitten home, I could not take care of it permanently. There were stray dogs in the place. Plus since I was working, there would be no one at home and this one was too young to be left at home alone. And yet my heart would not permit me to leave it there.
I took it and placed it on the pavement away from the vehicles. Then reluctantly I turned around and started walking homeward. A few seconds later I felt something furry at my feet and lo and behold! There it was, happily trotting behind me! I paused, bent down, patted it again and walked forward. Barely 30 seconds later, it again caught up with me enthusiastically. Looks like it was determined to follow me home! I was both amused and exasperated by this time.
By then I had reached the nearby fruit-vendor’s stall and I stopped to buy some fruits. The kitten purred happily around me and waited by my side. I was asking the fruit seller the price of something…I turned to the side casually…and ka-bong!! My heart leapt to my throat. The cutest looking guy was walking over to me with a smile on his face. He was peering at me and the kitten, and I realised he must be another pet lover drawn to the little thing. Habba habba!! He was REALLY cute!
I grinned at him.
He: Is that yours?
Me: Oh! Not really. I saw it at the bus stop. Bent down to pat it and its been following me ever since!
He shrugged and kneeled down, took it in his cupped palms. My heart went flip flop.
He (scratching the kitten behind the ears): awww cute little thing arent u?
Stop grinning like an idiot…be calm n composed!
I quickly wiped the grin off my face and replaced it with what I felt was a casual smile…and looked adoringly at the kitten.
Me: I was wondering whether to take it home or not.
Him: Aww she’s cute. Ok let me try to find her mother if not I’ll take her home. I have 3 like her back home!
Jeez!! That shut me up. And here I was hesitating to bring one single kitten back home!
I gave my most winning smile while the guy walked over back to the bus stop where I walked over from. I proceeded to buy some fruits from the fruit seller. Did it really slowly while keeping an eye out as to where the guy went and what he was doing, all the while conversations happening with myself in my head. My last experience with a foreigner I had a crush on didn’t turn out that great. What was the guarantee that this would lead to something better?
Stop it , I told myself. Not every experience is the same! Why dont you where this goes? Besides, whats the harm? It’s just harmless fun.
While I finally finished buying the fruits in slow motion and paid for them, out of the corner of my eye I saw the guy returning with the kitten in his arms. I gave them both a broad smile.
Me (in my best attempt to restart conversation): No mommy??
Huh??What kind of a question was that? Loser!!
Him (still smiling and hugging the kitten): Nope. I am taking her home.
Why was he saying it like he was bringing his girlfriend home to show his mom??? Sheesh!
Quickly I shook off that that thought.
Me: Oh that’s great! U live nearby??
Huh?? Idiot! Couldn’t you have said something wittier and smarter??
There was a pause. He approached me swiftly.
Him: Yup! Just around the corner!
Me: Er… um… (still thinking of what else to say).
I needn’t have bothered. He crossed me just as swiftly.
I blinked. What just happened?
He didn’t turn around. Still carrying the kitten he moved ahead.
My jaw dropped. What!! Don’t tell me its all over!
Neither he nor the kitten turned around to give me a glance.
They both moved ahead. He crossed the road. And we were both walking in the same direction but on different sides of the road. I looked across the road a couple of times in vain but he wasn’t even looking in my direction. He took the first left and disappeared into a side-line without a backward glance…while I mournfully made my way back home a la Salman Khan in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam… with ‘tadap tadap ke is dil’ song imaginarily playing in the background
When will I learn that experience speaks for itself? Once a disaster with a cute foreigner, always a disaster with foreigner guys.
Talk about my self-esteem hitting rock bottom. My social life wasn’t worth a cat’s whisker…literally!!
I might as well wrap up the whole Matrimonial Mish-mashes series and shut shop…
Boo hoo hoo!!!!