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Old 19th May 2010, 16:18   #16
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Ummm... I'll make a guess. Was it a cake?
Guessing the same! Must have been star's b'day!

Nice to read a different kind of travelogue star, keep going!
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Shocked to see the driver's seat taken?
I seem to agree with this guess, until I saw the B'day cake theory, equally compelling. Star plz clear the air..
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seems like a birthday gift. Pulling over at 12AM makes me belive this theory as well. Lets wait for the story...Star where art thou?
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Old 19th May 2010, 17:21   #19
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Guys, First of all many thanks for reading this story and posting the comments. Some of you have guessed right.



I will reply to all your comments in the evening, right now i will continue with the story....

What I see is shown below

#6 Surprise..Surprise...Happy Birthday Mr. So & So.
Story of a Barbeque Summer : Kuch Khatta Kuch Meetha.-06-suprise-surprise-..-hbd-mr.-so-so-.jpg

I had entirely forgotten about my birthday amid all these hectic activities. I was pleasantly shocked and surprised, how this girl managed to get this cake here ?. In fact i had loaded all the bags in the car myself. I never got a remote suspicion about it.

It was indeed a romantic drive. It was my first birthday on a highway, being celebrated on a car bonnet.

I do not not have more photographs as it was very dark outside and some photos taken by us are not publishable.

We tried to wake up my daughter, but she was already in her REM sleep, so we decided to have only a small portion of the cake cut now and tomorrow morning celebrate the birthday again with her.

Desert was indeed very sweet. I was very touched, despite all the emergencies (Imagine one of her most dear aunt being in the hospital) but still my girl had managed to bring a cake some 500KMs away from the home, and celebrate my birthday as i turn one more year old.

This could be the most private celebration possible, still being watched by millons of stars. Night no longer felt very long, in fact i never wanted this to end.

I got my birthday gift as well, it is my favourite, Books infact three of them, with a note that these will help me complete my 2 months MBA without much problems w.r.t passing the spare time.

Soon with couple of more breaks, we reached Vashi by 6:45 AM.
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Hey,that's a cute family. Wow, a really loving gesture by your wife. Cool celebration I m sure...
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Oh StarVegabond.... that's so sweet of your family......

Belated BDay wishes.. I guess I am almost two months late to wish you....
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It feels good that so many people are inspired (including me) to write.

A good start and looking forward to Barbeque Summer.
Writing is a form of creative expression. i also see lot many people wanting to write, please make yours, i am making mine.

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Hey star, now You are the one whom I have to follow. Waiting eagerly for the story.
Thanks Lalu. in fact we are all each other's followers. Kabhi hum aage, kabhi app (=sometimes i lead, sometimes i follow).

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Go ahead Star! Your khata meetha BBQed stories seems enticing!

Only question is if we start identifying ourselves in your "rumblings" / "thoughts", and may want to contribute with our own stories, this thread would run a risk of getting hijacked. That's what it happens when you have very tasty cake and call for a party, you end up getting only a piece

(Alright, I meant all of it as a compliment and I hope you will keep all of us glued to this thread.)
Sure, thanks for the compliments. I am okay with one piece of cake
what is important for me is "party should happen and my near and dear ones could attend".

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Wow Star, man that is one nice way of doing things. I like the way your thoughts are going. Waiting for more!
thanks lordofgondor, somehow your handle reminds me of the movies Canon the barberian or Canon the distroyer series.

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This is quite common . Excellent start Star, you write differently, it sounds more like a literary piece! enjoyed your earlier write up too. Glued for more here..
Thanks LondDrive lover, i have been following your 3800+ KM drive travelogue. i am yet to post, will do so once you conclude the story.

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Ha ha, this sounds interesting Star. Subscribing to this thread
thanks jacs, hope this lives upto your expectations, please let me know periodically.

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Shocked to see the driver's seat taken?
No, generally she knows that i love to drive and she would let me drive.
Infact the first 6 months of Palio ownership was championed by her as i learnt driving only after that.

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Look at the two extremely different expressions on your daughter. Happiness and energy, in the photo with the ice cream. Tiredness and exhaustion in the snap below that!

And what's all the talk about marriage and bachelorhood?


Mine and my wife's concept is clear. Initially we were bachelors living separately, now we live like two bachelors together.
Family concepts come in only in matters regarding our daughter!
That is the reason i putup both the photos, they were taken probably in 45 minutes interval. Kids are always remain a bundle of joy, energy. but only when the food, water, sleep, health etc are proper.

regarding more about bachelorhood...stay tuned, i will write more as i progress.

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I am hooked to this, waiting for the next episode.
Thanks for reading, stay tuned, there is more to follow

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I bet it should be gift to StarVegabond ...
you partially guessed it

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Ummm... I'll make a guess. Was it a cake?
you guessed it partially as well.

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Guessing the same! Must have been star's b'day!

Nice to read a different kind of travelogue star, keep going!
you guessed it completely. i think the previous two guesses must have aided you. anyway, that does not take the credit away from you.

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I seem to agree with this guess, until I saw the B'day cake theory, equally compelling. Star plz clear the air..
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seems like a birthday gift. Pulling over at 12AM makes me belive this theory as well. Lets wait for the story...Star where art thou?
Lalu cleared the air for you. You are bang on the target Lalu. You indeed read the whole conversation.

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Hey,that's a cute family. Wow, a really loving gesture by your wife. Cool celebration I m sure...
thanks, devdath, i will let my wife know. in fact i just now told her that i have started this thread. She is currently in Pune. i hope she will read it when she finds time.

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Oh StarVegabond.... that's so sweet of your family......

Belated BDay wishes.. I guess I am almost two months late to wish you....
Thanks Ranjith for your belated wishes,


Coming up, our family event calender this summer.
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Old 19th May 2010, 19:03   #23
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You are damn lucky. Your wife made you pull over on a highway and gave you a cake on your birthday. A cop in New York State, made me pull over on my birthday and handed me a speeding ticket.
Oh yes, when he checked my DL, and wrote out the citation and handed them back, he did say, "Drive safe, and wish you a very happy birthday"
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Why family event calender is important ?

January starts with birthday of our daughter followed by our wedding aniversary

February has valentine day and my wife's birthday.
February is the cruel month where my salary adminstrator decides to cut the maximum tax so the net pay-in gets reduced a lot.

March is my birthday, but often no gala event becasue of the cruel action mentioned above. March end is again followed by another round of cruel action as done in february.

Then comes April, when both Maharani and Yuvarani decides to go on their annual pilgrimage to pune. I have a duty of escorting them as usual.

This is followed by grueling summer and MBA course. One can imagine the prelude for the happenings during April and May. The remaining month's calender schedule would be covered sometime in future when the right occation presents itself.

This year was no exception. Months are not emotional, they come and go. Time is no-one's friend they say. They also say everyone's time will come which means we can be friend with time someday.

After missing the second, thrid and fourth birthday of my daughter due to hectic work schedule (i was busy climbing career ladder), i grew sane and made up my mind never to miss her birthday again. Till now i have been able to meet my commitment to myself.

Apart from this a marriage (event of immense happiness), birth of the child (we can see the god in the new born) and death (moment of immense sorrow) in the extended family is of extreem importance which must never be missed in my opinion. Hence family calender is extreemly important.

This year the time arrived, probably a week earlier and we are already in Mumbai.

What is in store for us here...stay tuned.

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Writing is a form of creative expression.
100% agree. I'd taken to writing as a way to let my feelings out. I'm quite happy that I had got a lot of friends including you just because of some things which I penned down. What I had started a few years back, now has become a serious hobby and passion.

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Why family event calender is important ?
....Hence family calender is extreemly important.
You are absolutely right. the lost moments never come back, and needed moments never arrive. It's imperative that we live in the real present.
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@ StarVegabond, I was just calculating the running time from BLR to MUM, its about 14.30 hrs excluding breaks . I would say you have reached MUM in good time and with a decent speed.

Can you just through some light on the road conditions? are there any bad stretches, any recent improvement on the flyovers ?
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You are damn lucky. Your wife made you pull over on a highway and gave you a cake on your birthday. A cop in New York State, made me pull over on my birthday and handed me a speeding ticket.
Oh yes, when he checked my DL, and wrote out the citation and handed them back, he did say, "Drive safe, and wish you a very happy birthday"
What policeman did is called professional behaviour. He challaned you for your overspeeding, but wished you on your birthday as a human courtesy.

Atleast now we now that you have been challaned for overspeeding.
just imagine, some other indian who was driving past you would have seen you being challaned would have felt and said

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look at this indian mxxxx guy, no respect for traffic rules
they never change, drive the same way like being in India
my apologies, not directed toward you, i am just trying to have some fun after a long hard meeting, at the same time highlighting a possible perception fro others point of view. Hence we should never jump to conclusions without understanding full facts.


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100% agree. I'd taken to writing as a way to let my feelings out. I'm quite happy that I had got a lot of friends including you just because of some things which I penned down. What I had started a few years back, now has become a serious hobby and passion.
Same here, i have met few new friends because of this forum, hopefully many more in future as well.

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Can you just through some light on the road conditions? are there any bad stretches, any recent improvement on the flyovers ?
My onward journey details are here in the Bangalore to Mumbai thread
refer post #467

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/route-...oadtrip-6.html

my return trip details are here, refer post # 478
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/route-...oadtrip-5.html

some on the way fuelstation data is in post #472

i do not intend to write the regular road condition stuff here in this thread.

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What policeman did is called professional behaviour. He challaned you for your overspeeding, but wished you on your birthday as a human courtesy.

I'm least bothered about professional behaviour. And I don't bother about him wishing me. But trust me, when the whole traffic is doing a 90 mph on a 65 road, and you get flagged down for doing 85 on the same, the last thing you expect is birthday wishes along with a traffic citation.
As I stated, I was plain unlucky that day. In US it's always this case. You hold up traffic, you get citation for holding up traffic. You go with the flow of traffic, there can be chances that the car they point the radar gun for that day, be yours.
And dear sir, 85 mph apparently works to around 135 kmph. A speed which I'm sure that most of the members here would have crossed very much in Indian roads.
Anyway, I didn't want to challenge in the court of law, so I took a class and paid a lesser amount of fine and got my points waived.

And yes. When you drive close to 65000 miles in US in just 1 year, there's high probability that you get challaned speeding atleast once. So an Indian passing me might rather comment, "Finally somebody has stopped this madman"

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Before i proceed with what happened in Mumbai, i want to briefly talk about the most important and most anticipated event of the summer. yes, you might have guessed it

yes, Salary review

India is an emerging econmomy, Demand for (right) talent is always ahead of supply. The socalled slowdown since last 2 years had strangulated the techies from exploring the greener pastures.

This year, the economy was looking up, the IT sector in Bangalore was already projecting fantastic growth and looking to induct more people as well as looking to dole out fat cheques to the talented employees. I also read that one IT company promoted 15000 people at one go. Such news always sets high expectations.

I do not belong to IT Industry. I was a hardcore techie, but some 6+ years ago. Today i find most of the time on the other side of the table. Our employer is also looking at this key event of the summer, till now the outcome is not declared. Even though i am aware of the outcome, i can't speak/write about it.

I was in Delhi last week, I read a cartoon in a news paper. I took a picture of it and sharing it with you here. Thanks for the timely one by the cartoonist as well as the newspaper. This summerizes the salary review for those sectors where economy is yet to come out of slow down or at companies which are not really growing because of inherent (non) actions.

#07 Salary Review
Story of a Barbeque Summer : Kuch Khatta Kuch Meetha.-07-salary-review-outcome.jpg

For those people who are in this basket, summer would be much more hot (under the collar), dry and humid at the same time (don't ask me how), and non bearable heat and pressure. There is already a thread on how much rise i got this year (i am not able to find the thread now), more interested souls can subscribe as well as disclose.

There are other threads to find out how much frustrated one is and how much salary a person or job should get.

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/shifti...ve-career.html (Fed up and considering alternative career?)

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/shifti...ey-2008-a.html

These are very interesting read and indicate the wishful thinging of the people. I find them very insightful w.r.t the expectations as well as find them to a great stress buster.

I would encourage people to read the posts by others as well than just stating their views, one can learn plenty that way.

A FAT Salary rise can reduce the summer heat significantly, or atleast the effects of heat would tolerated by the earners. else the barbeque is turned on, slow baking is on.

..Pakk gaya re

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Staying with the above mentioned most important event of the summer...

Some people who got baked (Pake huye log) want to exit the organization, often find their next stable rather quickly, but can land in the below shown situation.

08 Boss and Me : two guns can not remain in one holster.
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the cartoon is just now received as a forward, thanks to the forwarder as well as the artist.

keeping cool and not getting baked is extreemly important in summer.

Now i will go back to our activities in Amchi (navi) Mumbai.

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