The Long Way Back Home

What a day! Because President Patil is in town today there was a road block in the morning due to buses being rerouted. And so some buses did not ply their normal route in the morning, choosing to sit it out till the afternoon rather than be inconvenienced.  Certain areas were affected more than others.

By evening it was raining a whole lot in Kalamassery where I work. We wanted to leave the office at 8 pm but waited for 30 more minutes to see if the rain would let up a little bit. It was pouring for some time. And then to top it all off there was a huge traffic jam at HMT junction. Cars, bikes, trucks, buses, lorries, mini-vans – all honking their horns and trying to get by. It was maddening. Another 30 minute wait over there and finally we got into a bus.

And then we moved like a drunk snail! On crutches!! It was slower than going nowhere and I was bored outta my skull waiting for the bus to reach my stop. Finally I reached and came home to sulk in my bed.

Arsenal 3 Aston Villa 0

Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas came off the bench to inspire his side to a victory over Aston Villa. Fabregas picked himself up after being fouled by Richard Dunne and curled in a 25-yard free-kick with aplomb. The goal came after Villa keeper Brad Friedel had denied William Gallas from point-blank range and kept out an Andrey Arshavin shot. A first-time finish from Fabregas after a Theo Walcott pass and an Abou Diaby strike wrapped up the win for Arsenal.

Fabregas had started as a substitute because of a hamstring problem and was brought on after 57 minutes to give his side extra impetus in beating a stubborn Villa side. The move paid off for manager Arsene Wenger but he will be concerned that his skipper aggravated his injury in sprinting on to Walcott’s ideally weighted pass and had to be replaced on 84 minutes. However, the victory moved the Gunners to within four points of Premier League leaders Chelsea with a game in hand over their London rivals.