This Is Not Home

Ok guys confession time. I am not sure that moving here to this house in Chalakudy was a good idea. I wish that I had the luxury of having premonitions or whatever seeing into the future gift. Hindsight being 20/20 I think I should have held off for a few more weeks and found a better place. I am not comfortable here and do not feel like I’m coming home at all at the end of the day.

My reasons are manifold – first of all I do not like cockroaches! The first evening that I was here, Tuesday, I came home and found a roach in the bathroom. I quickly took a toilet brush and killed the bugger. I had hoped that he was a one off surprise. But the very next evening, as I stepped in, I saw a cockroach in the kitchen, on a plate (that hadn’t been used yet) that was left sitting on the kitchen counter. I called the landowner for a broom and his wife quickly came in and killed the roach. They offered to spray the bug killing spray Hit for me in my kitchen and bathroom that night just before I was to retire for the night. I said thanks and we did the same at night around 10pm.

In about 30 minutes, as I lay on my bed watching a movie, I spied another roach coming in through a crack in the door that leads from my bedroom to the kitchen. Once again, bathroom brush in hand, I killed this roach. I was disgusted and pissed off and it took me a long time to go to sleep, and I left the lights on. When I woke up I counted the nights deaths – 3 dead roaches in the kitchen, 1 in the bathroom, 1 small one near my bed and the one that I killed! What is this the Roach Motel? According to my landlord, the previous renters used to leave a lot of fruit & cut up tender coconuts & stuff in the small room next to the kitchen and hence roaches. After the previous renters had left & before I had moved in, the landlord and his wife had sprayed bug killer spray for 3 nights in a row to get rid of the roaches and they found a lot of dead ones.

About one of the most disgusting things in the world and one that I hate will all my might are cockroaches. I fucking hate them and I wish them all dead. It’s no fun sitting here in the evenings and wondering where the next roach is hiding and when will i chose to come out. I hate this feeling and although yesterday and so far tonight, after using some other bug repellent, I haven’ seen any till now, I am skeptical. This is my biggest peeve about this place.

The second thing is something that I could just not make out the two times I was here before moving in. This bedroom and living room get hardly any sunlight! The first time I was in here, it was 8pm and hence no sun. Ok and the second time it was at 7 am in the morning, so I couldn’t make out at all. I find it odd that at 9am when the sun was shining quite brightly, a brief respite from all the rains & clouds, it was so dark inside my rooms. I have to always have the lights on! I do not like that! I washed some clothes this morning and hung them on a line in the kitchen but how are they gonna dry if I can’t get sunlight in?

The third thing is they don’t have a proper waste disposal & collection system in this area. What they do here is they collect their waste in big plastic bags and toss them once full at some spots on the road. Once in a while, they are collected by the municipal workers and taken to a dump. Sheesh! I am scared to collect waste here as that will attract even more roaches!

Overall I do not get a good comfortable feeling from here and therefore I am unable to settle in. I do not what to do but I think moving in here was not a wise decision. I guess I’ll duke it out for a while and search for another place to stay in and then move. Here’s hoping that it works out.

2 thoughts on “This Is Not Home

  1. I’m sorry you’re so uncomfortable, but you’re right, you need to be able to feel at home in your home. Roaches (along with mice) drive me nuts. And we just bought a house that has had mice in the recent past, so I know sort of what you’re talking about.

    Good luck with the roach killing and I hope you find something comfortable soon.

  2. We have a lot of roaches in Sydney. I hate them too but am very adept at killing them. I kill them with a plastic fly swot with one hit. They call me the Roach Ninja. The grossest experience I’ve had with a roach was when I went to put my boots on one morning and there was one in there. I screamed so loud I think people thought I was being murdered. Ewwww.

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