Shiva, my friend who worked at the Goldfinch Hotel, left Bangalore on Tuesday last week. He's on his way to Dubai because he landed a job there, and I think that's an awesome turn of events for him. I'd also have to say he was extremely lucky to have left when he did because he missed (some say he missed out on) the excitement that followed Dr. Rajkumar's death. Well, I know there were people who tried their level best to get him to stay for a couple of more days here in Bangalore and stuff, you know who you are, but his departure couldn't have been timed any more sweetly. Anyway, I thought I'd post a couple of pictures from the last couple of days that all of us spent together in Bangalore.
We begin with a couple of pictures from Pratima's birthday bash.
From left to right: Pradeep, Me, Pratima (Birthday girl), Mona and Shiva.
This was taken at a place called Zero G on Residency Road. The mood was a little happy-one-moment-sombre-the-next, even though it was a "birthday party" because the fact that Shiva was leaving for good was on everyone's mind.
Here's one of the "three guys" at the party with yours truly holding a cigarette, just like before...dammit!
Well, we thought it would be a nice picture to try, and whaddaya know...it was! I forget if this was Pradeep's idea or Shiva's, but the point is that it turned out well, right? And about the cigarette...because I don't seem to be able to explain it any other way, let's just say the great experiments in vegetarianism and being non-alcoholic have taken a bit of a U-turn...but not for long! Phew...
But, this next one will probably leave you wondering how long "not for long" is...trust me on this.
Well, what did I tell you. Drinking some chilled Kingfisher beer...in decent amounts. Well, the amounts are decent, but I find that I don't like that whole tipsy feeling because I tend to go from carefree to careless in no time. This may not sound dangerous to you, but trust me, nothing like an obnoxious Malayalee who is drunk, doesn't give a damn, and seems to be trying at every possible opportunity to prove that he doesn't give a damn! Ooof. The horror...THE HORROR!
And here's the perfect example of the obnoxiousness...
See what I mean? Here's a perfect example of the ladies saying "No thank you Mr. Malayalee Man". As well they should, I would add. Going back to the whole tipsy feeling that I don't like, well how else can I attempt to explain the lecherous, unshaven, and need I say it, "randy" smile? Damn man. That's just too much. Three much, even!
Well, the birthday party was a low-key affair, but that was nice. I would say that's just the way I like it...but it wasn't my birthday now, was it.
This next one is the last group photo with all of us at Shiva's place saying our farewells and sending him on his merry way, and a brighter future.
From left to right: Sam, Lakshmi, Cleatus, Pradeep, Shiva, Bhavik, Pratima and me.
Some happy faces, and some rather sullen ones in this picture. But that's obviously because we were sad to have to say goodbye to Shiva, even if it was only for the near future. And this is where I'd like to make a comment about how we wish that people in our lives would stay or how much nicer things would be with them still around and in our immediate vicinity. But I've always been one to say goodbye to people rather happily. Why? Because it seems that I am capable of doing more damage to a person by asking them to stay because I want them to...for who knows what they may or may not gain by going away, right? Why limit someone and their future growth by asking them to stay with you till the end of time when there is even the slightest possibility that their future in a far-off land will be better for them? That's why I didn't understand it when people started suggesting to Shiva that he stick around for a couple of days and spend more time with us. It is a normal reaction to hold on, of course, but not when you're making it harder for the person to say goodbye.
If you're reading this Shiva, I just want you to know that I believe in you and know you have the ability to go far! I believe that of everyone I've met so far. So, just go for it y'all!
Good luck everyone. And God bless!!!