Train train ki kahani

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On Monday I was rushing to catch my train from Mumbai to Rajkot. For 15 mins I could not find an auto from Goregoan to take me to Borivali. It was peak traffic time and I was afraid if I didn’t find an auto/taxi soon I would miss my train. Finally, I spotted some taxiwalas chatting… I requested one of them to drop me to the station. He obliged but demanded double charge. I gave in… there was no option. While speeding through the traffic (if THAT is possible), I dialed the hotel’s no to book a room for the next day. They didn’t have any vacant rooms since it is wedding season (hate wedding seasons). I asked them to contact other hotels and get me a room. In the meantime, I dialed the no of the best hotel in Rajkot which is always booked and I had not managed to get a room ever. I was in luck… they had rooms vacant. I looked at the watch and prayed the train was late for once. The taxi dropped me at the station 10 mins late. I had given up all hope and didn’t care where he dropped me… the train would have left. Balancing my luggage I reached the station… miracle!!!… the train was there. I jumped into the nearest compartment as the train pulled out.

It was a strange experience… I felt like 2 opposing forces were playing. One force tried to put obstacles in my way and another one was sorting out everything. It was a strange feeling.

What a day!!!

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What a day!!! I was traveling for 10 hrs… with stops at various villages.
I came across a distributor in a small town with a laptop… a Dell laptop. Even Rajkot DBs do not have laptops.
The most amusing part of the day was when I met the most physcho db. Thank god the sales force does not have to deal with him ever again. There was another db who quit his job as engineer in Samsung at A’bad, shifted to Sanosara (an extremely small village) and started distribution. He is disappointed now and planning to shift locations again. Crazy!!!

All Gujjus (people belonging to Gujarat… not necessarily Gujaratis) are obssessed with business. Last month a db approached us for distribution of our products. The db’s cousin wanted to handle the operations. He is working in a leading telecom company but wanted to quit and start something on his own. We were impressed by his enthusiasm and passion. Next week we contacted him and he turned us down. His company had promoted him and all thoughts of “making it on his own” had flown away. Money-minded!!!

Everyone wants to own a business (me too)… I have seen very few succeed and the chances are lesser in this market scenario. My mama had a booming business which is slowly falling apart. He has shifted to a stable job. My cousin has a stable job but he wants to get into business… despite having failed earlier.

Thats it then… All days till Sat will be long ones… and month end is coming… it is going to be a super duper bad month.

Still working.. :(

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Yes… I am still working… have too much to do and less time. I don’t take tension on Saturday or Sunday… so I am going to finish as much as possible tonight even if it means keeping awake all night. Tomorrow I have to wake up early.

I had dinner with Rohan and his wife today. Rohan is my friend since college… we attended our MBA classes at the same center. I was one of the highest scorers in English. He had approached me and asked for tips to improve his English. We became friends.
I bumped into him in Oct at Rajkot. It was quite a surprise.
Anyway… the dinner was good… his wife is very sweet and innocent. I don’t remember the last time I met someone this innocent.

Earlier I spent 9 pm watching Sex and the City. The day the series ended on Zee Cafe I stopped watching TV. Guess what… they are showing repeat episodes at midnight now and I am so yay!!!
Tomorrow at this time I will be chatting or watching some movie with Khushi at A’bad.

Every episode SATC is related to some incident of my life. In today’s episode, Carrie comes across her ex-bf Mr Big who is getting engaged to another female. Carrie is shocked. He had told her he couldn’t commit… she is devastated. Getting mind fucked like this at 18 or 20 is expected… but at 35??? Horrible!!! Thank god for the few good men… I am with one of them.
Miranda and her ex-bf try to be friends… but end up having sex. I guess friendship with ex does not work out unless he is bad in bed.

Good night… I need to get back to my work…

Life in sales

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I went for dinner to one of the best restaurants in Rajkot today… Since I was looking for something light I ordered “thepla” (a Gujju dish like methi paratha)… a dish full of oil soaked theplas were served to me… just the sight of so much oil made me want to puke. I sent it away with instructions that the oil has to be reduced… the theplas returned with lesser oil (the top layer was probably wipped off with tissue)… I sent them away again with instructions that no oil was to be used… this time they returned roasted and not fried… but I had lost my appetite.
This is reality of life in sales… travelling a lot, staying in hotels, eating unhygeinic food. All of us have realized how screwed up our lifestyles have become. Last month I decided to change this trend and have suceeded.

Rajkot is an amusing place… after the paratha incident I hailed an auto to take me back to hotel from my gym. I was not carrying any money and intended to take cash from the ATM below my hotel.
Me: Do you have change for Rs 100?
Autowala: No… We will take it on the way
Me: I don’t have money… I will withdraw it from the ATM at my destination.. you can take change there
Him: Ok… I know where you stay… I have dropped you there earlier
Me: I don’t remember
Him: Its ok… you can pay me later
Me: No… no… absolutely not… we will find change

We reach the hotel but are unable to find change… the guy gives me an assurance that he will take the money tomorrow… he knows I go to the gym regularly and usually picks up passengers from there.

Sigh… not just my bank but even an autowala thinks I am credit worthy.