Notes For 22nd July, 2010

  • I woke up with a temperature, cough, a cold and wheezing and so called in sick from work. I had plans on staying in bed the whole day and probably watching some movies or tv series.
  • I wasn’t helped at all  by the fact that today was a chilly day due to constant rain the last few days and the wind factor picking up. I wrapped myself up in a sheet for most of the day.
  • I ended up taking a many calls as an associate in the call center takes – mainly due to an issue created on the spur of the moment in the evening.
  • There’s a Cochin Tweetup on the coming Sunday, which I want to attend. I haven’t been to one in ages. It’s going to be held at Coffee Cube on Convent Junction. The plan is to take my laptop with me and copy the entire new BSG series from Binny.
  • Speaking of coffee, I’ve had 4 large cups of the strong liquid just to keep me coherent.
  • I’m missing the regular football season and can’t wait for the English premier league to start. I plan to watch a few Spanish la liga games as well this year.
  • I watched an episode a piece of Star Trek Enterprise, Star Trek TNG and Star Trek TOS the afternoon, while getting interrupted by atleast 25 calls from work.
  • My temperature went back to around normal by 6pm, helped by the fact that the sun had come out by 4:30 pm and it was a little less colder than it was in the morning. More coffee followed.

So how was your day?

The Youngest Cousin

Do you get these moments when it hits you with the impact of a huge truck slamming right into you and you exclaim “man, time sure does fly” or “how fast has the time flown by?” I’ve had such a moment a couple of days back when I noticed that my baby cousin Roshni had posted in Facebook that she is joining an Engineering college in Chengannur for a Computer Science degree. She will turn 18 in a couple of months. That makes her 16 years younger than me.

I remember when we all went to the hospital in Chullikal (Cochin) where she was born back in 1992. I was 16 years old and she was the first new born baby I had ever held. I can remember the fear in my mind when her mother, my aunt, told me to take her 2 day old daughter in my arms. Never been so scared in my life! I used to factor in babies along with crocodiles, rodents, snakes and other such delightful creatures.

Right from her birth Roshni (she was named that in my honour, no matter how much people deny it ) had a kind of reign over the rest of her cousins, being the youngest. And she was always very smart, quick witter and a barrel of laughs to be with. She started talking very quickly (I’ve joked that she started talking the day she came home from the hospital) and she could recite poems & dialogues by heart by the time she was 3. She thought of things that most 3-5 year olds never thought and she would often stun you with her replies. She would laugh easily and she could crack you up in an instant.

Her stories are many and I bet embarrassing for any 17-18 year old. I can’t believe that she is almost 18 years old. Like all of her cousins, I’m proud of her and we all wish her the best as she leaves home and goes off to study. I’m sure that her house will seem very empty to her folks. All the best Roshni