Thursday, August 20, 2009

Camaraderie Over Guns......



Its amazing how much can happen in a 7x12 feet space..Emotions running high,swearwords in the air and whoops of joy whenever someones killed and even more frustration when you get killed.

Who says teenagers cant concentrate on a thing for much time?If someone were to see the hushed atmosphere they would probably marvel at the ability to focus in the supposedly ‘volatile’ minds of teenagers..Parents would shake their heads sadly saying,

“If only he could concentrate so much while studying…”

The same people who were swearing at each other a moment back could be seen walking arm in arm,laughing together after leaving this place…Maya’s..the place where the eight of us could be seen almost everyday in the second term of FYJC.

Nikhil,Tanuj,Samir,Tabish,Nilay,Vinit,Negi and me(Abhishek).Nishad joined us later on and sometimes Deeganto and Nisarga Would join in.

Maya’s happened to be a an Internet Café…but we never went there for surfing.Our common passion was Counter Strike.(For people who don’t know it’s an FPS compter game where you make teams and try to kill the opponent team members in hostage and bomb situations)

Expert psychologists and shrinks believe violent video games are harmful for young minds. Well, given that we all bonded over that violence I don’t think so..

Each of us had our own special names that we were very proud of.





Nilay-Silent Screamer





Tanuj-Champ/The Confused/Prodigy/(and finally on my suggestion…Abyss)


We have many pleasant memories associated with this place..

The way we used to race each other to this place from our college gates in order to get the best pcs(the best pcs as in the only 2 pcs out of 9 which didn’t hang or get stuck when the game was in progress)…

This was the place where Nikhil invented a swearword totally unheard of.

Deeganto,Nikhil,Tabish and me had teamed against Nishad,Tanuj,Negi and Nilay. Deeganto and me…we both teamed up together and went about killing all the guys from the other team.As a result Nikhil had a very low score..and he wasn’t happy about it.

“Hey, Nikhil join us wont you?Even you will have a decent score that way.”

“No, thanks,”

“Leave him alone Deeganto,He probably wants to show he’s different from the rest of us..”

(Deeganto and I both started snickering at that)

So we continued for the rest of the game..As we left the café..Nikhil turned to us

“You guys were behaving like Ment**** Re****ed Ass***** .”

This didn’t please Deeganto and he just left with a sharp rebuke at Nikhil…(everything was okay the next day though…)


And then once I started jumping up and down in my place and screaming at the top of my voice at Tanuj and Nishad because they were irritating me during the game which ended with bomb blowing up on my face…

I didn’t stop taunting Tanuj for the next half an hour to which his only reply was his characteristic “Aisa hain kya?Achchi Baat hain..”(“Oh, is it? Very well..”)


I would shout at the top of my voice suddenly during the game startling the others as a result…which gave me a second of advantage thus killing the other guy..heh heh


Negi would me made fun of by all the others for his overly smartass behaviour.Come to think of it…there was never a day when he wasn’t so full of himself…heh heh


I got to know that Tabu and Samir were dead against swearing..(Whenever someone exclaimed some swearword they would chuckle nervously and shake their heads in a disapproving way.)

This particular in cident I remember clearly…

Maya’s was a 7x12 feet room with 9 pcs.What with chairs ant tables. We had very little room.Even if you raised your hand to scratch the itchy spot behind your ear…their were chances that u would get your elbow into someone’s neck..

Well in this small space and no airconditioning all of us were hot and sweaty and playing with full concentration..It was Nikhil,me,Vinit and Tabish against Nilay,Nishad,Tanuj and Negi..

Our team had to defuse the bomb..All the others being killed..i was the only surviving member from our team.All the opponents were killed too… I just had to defuse the bomb now..

“Go Carnage go!!”

“Ha ha ha….My scores gonna increase now...I’ll be at the top..I am the best player here.”

“Aisa hain kya?...Achhi baat hain..”

And suddenly Nilay got some inspiration and he got up from his chair and started tickling me behind my neck..

And I am pretty ticklish so I started laughing and struggling to control the mouse properly at the same time.Negi joined in and they both decided they wouldnt let me win…

What happened next was something like this…

Somehow the thin…almost scrawny Nilay all of 40 kgs managed to tilt my chair carrying my weight of 81 kgs(I still wonder how he did it) that it was balanced on its two hind legs now…

I was already squirming as Negi tickled me…

The next few events had the sound effects from some fighting scene from an old Manmohan Desai movie..

The chair gave way under me and I collapsed with a loud thud with the chair beneath me…Nilay lost his balance and lay sprawled all over me…

Everyone lost it at that moment…we were all in splits laughing like madmen at what had just happened.Nilay and me were in the same position as we were and shaking with uncontrolled mirth…

Even the owner was laughing like nuts(which was saying something since there were serious chances of the chair being broken and the mouse was dangling from the table.even the keyboard was balanced precariously at the edge of the table)

The next 30 seconds were spent in struggling to get back on my feet..which was difficult with the chair below me in such a cramped up place.Nilay being above me didn’t help matters either…

The bomb had long expldedand we had lost the round…but no one cared really..

It was just the eight of us laughing…in that tiny space,sweating but not really noticing how hot it was….

PS: This is just the first time that I have written narrative material..Do comment on it and any suggestions are welcome

PPS:81 kgs was long back…I have lost weight now…

Wednesday, August 5, 2009


Whats wid this affinity for mindless celebrity gossip?I mean...i know that many people are intrested in the hottest B-town news and want to know about the new upcoming movies and all that...but whats wid this obsession wid celebrities.

And sum of these "celebrities" dont even deserve all the coverage that they get..i mean seriously..WHO wud want to know abt Bobby Darling?this guy(!?)..who takes grt pleasure in crossdressing and has just appeared in a few movies...(even in these movies they are made fun of for what they are).And who in the name of Queenie Dhody?Shes supposed to be sum yesteryear model..but the way she hogs the limelight at parties and page 3 events...she cud as well be the next lady mayor..(no offence meant to the current mayor..seriously..i dont want the people from her political party banging at my door tommorow)

And how can someone be so interested in knowing abt Kareena Kapoors new size-zero,brain-zero..or whatever?Why are we so bothered abt who shes dating and who she isnt dating anymore?Salman Khan and his Hong-Kong born,London bred Girlfriend...or was it good maybe it was girlfriend..everyone has opinion abt how he ought to pop the question to her..and get settled down.Akshay Kumar asked his wife to unbutton his jeans...and the whole city goes into an uproar abt how its supposedly vulgar...

But then the latest thing is ofcourse the great decision of our item-girl-pretending-to-be-girl-next-door Rakhi Sawant..she and tht guy whatsisname got engaged this sunday...that too for national cud see her weighed down by tons of gold jewellery(which mite seem familiar to the regular soap watchers..since it was obviously borrowed)..and trying to have this shy and demure expression on her face...and failing spectacularly!

Throughout the show the one thing that she never missed out to mention in an episode..was abt how life had been very hard to her and how she had dealt wid her problems..(well...hmm..yeah i did watch it..cmon..a guy needs a few laughs dusnt he?)..and you could see guys fighting for her flirting wid her (blearghhh!!) ...but hey whats a bit of fighting and sucking up when u r getting good money?

All i mean to say is that we are creating all thse supposed celebs...who are famous just coz they are famous...and then these guys feel they are grt ppl who others look upto and then give their stupid opinions on things in which they dont have any knowledge..Really...sum of these "celebs"..(snicker..)..had opinions on 26/7...ingenious ideas like.."Dont Vote!"..or "Carpet Bomb Pakistan"...Wow such brainwaves eh?..calling Simi Garewal(an actress who liked her looks when she was much so that she chose to be stuck wid the same expression on her face for the rest of her life) talk abt terrorism was by far the greatest stupidity i hav seen..

This mindless exposure really is bringing out the idiocy in us..guys give urself a break!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Introductions in order... this is my first post..I had always thought of creating a blog,or writing articles and sending them over to newspapers but never actually got upto it...(read...I was too lazy to do it right then and kept postponing it) there.

An 18 year old in a big city like Mumbai,doing normal things..attending classes,bunking them even more...and like the cliche that is going around a lot these days "Being a teenager in Mumbai gives u a lot of exposure"...well yeah i have got quite a lot of exposure to things happening around me-Mumbai-The city heading towards globalisation..north indians cowering in fear at the mention of the initials "R.T"..The city where people supposedly have the "spirit" to take every piece of crap thrown at them..and finally stand up when they realize that its gone too far-these are just a few things that i witness around me..

All this while i used to rave and rant abt these things only with friends...i could go on and on and on abt these i said the fact that i was postponing writing a blog dint help my talkative manner...

So coz of a bit of coaxing by my friends..and the fact that i have nothing much to do these days...i finally got down to writing this blog..

So much for introductions...gonna post a lot of things in the near future(provided i retain my present active state) there!