I first started going online, quite infrequently when I was 21 back in 1997. Oh it was in the infancy stage in India back then and the net connections were all dialup and slower than an arthritic old turtle. I was marketing modems on a part time basis for a month or two and hence needed to know about getting online and the company that was selling the modems showed it to me.
For the next year whenever possible I would try and go to an internet cafe but it was so bloody expensive back then – Rs.200 for an hour. In 1998 it became Rs.100 an hour and I would go twice a week for a couple of hours each time and browse to my heart’s content. I discovered online chatting via MiRC and was hooked. In 1999-2000 I would manage a small internet cafe and by then it was a daily usage for me. Once I left that cafe it became a weekly 2 or 3 time affair once again until, especially during my 8 month work stint in Calicut city. By then the rates had dropped significantly t0 30 bucks or so and I would sit in a cafe for hours on end especially during the weekends.
However it wouldn’t be until 2006 September that I bought a new computer, my old pc having died out on me back in 2003, and then I took a broadband connection – the same as the one I have now – at home. Since then I sold my pc and bought my current laptop and my internet speeds have increased as my plans have changed and I pretty much spend all of my free time online.
It’s been so long since I went out to have a little me time. Things haven’t so good for me from October and financially things haven’t been the same. Hence no going out, no drinking and no dinners out. It’s been dull and boring but I have stuck by my situation and stayed in most days. Ofcourse going to the corner stores & grocery stores from some necessities have been going on but that’s it. But not this evening; this evening I needed to go out for atleast an hour and give myself a break. No matter if it was a simple evening out but I just needed to get away.
So yeah I went out this evening to Marine drive, took some money out of the ATM and went to Coffee Beanz and ordered a nice thick choco crunch cold coffee and a grilled tuna melt sandwich. Hmmm I had almost forgotten how good a grilled tuna sandwich tastes. That hit the spot as did the cold coffee. I stayed there for a bit enjoying the cold cafe with their airconditioning cranked all the way up. I sipped my coffee and ate my sandwich and enjoyed the sights that I could see from the glass doors. I left soon after to buy some medicines and then hailed an auto to get back to my home. I stopped by the corner store to buy batteries for my wireless mouse, some cutlets for the folks, a bulb and shampoo for myself.
All was not quite and nice though. On my way over while I was walking along the pavement, someone swung the door of a car parked next to hit quite rashly and in an effort to move away quickly, moved to my left – and banged my left arm & shoulder against a post! It hurt a bit but I thought it was going to be ok. However once I came back home and took my shirt off and my arm hurt! It wasn’t swelling or anything but did hurt, although not too bad. There’s a muscle sprain pain reliever called Violini and I sprayed it liberally over my arm and shoulder and boy does it sting & burn! That means it’s working right?