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Saturday, 2 January 2016

Cheers to my Angels!!

Cheers to my Angels!!

Ding Dong! Ding Dong! Ding Dong!

The doorbell kept on ringing frantically and no wonder, a bunch of hooligans were doing it..Oops!! That bunch refers to my friends though..I had to literally run through my tiny apartment to prevent myself to be thrown out of the complex.

Me: Oh my god!! Can’t you guys wait for even a mi….

I couldn’t even finish my sentence when I got a huge yet warm hug from my besties, popping one after the other out of the group. And I melted instantly with my lips curving to the fullest.

All of them (in chorus): Hey Mihika!!! How is the newbie writer doing?

Me: The newbie writer says “Grrrrrrreattt!!!” Now come on in before my neighbor gives you all a good spanking!

Ricky (while finally entering my apartment): Oh! I would love to have it..How old is she? Okay, leave the age part..Is she sexy enough?

Me: Shut up Ricky..that was gross..

Nambi: Wow!! Guys come to the balcony..Mihika kaise karti hai yaar??..You have transformed this into a “mini Hauz Khas Village”..

They were amazed by the earthy feeling that the simple décor of the balcony, especially the floor bed style, evoked. But I knew them through and through; so I also knew that they were more mesmerized by the varieties of hard drinks kept over there.

Raj: Wines, Vodka, Whiskies and what not re!! A mere “I only take Vodka with lime cordeal” person has arranged for this variety of drinks?? “Pushpa, I like your chupa rustom avatar re..” (imitating Rajesh Khana, who else?!)

Minket(from the kitchen): Guys the food looks damn delectable…cream chicken, this is some fish starter I guess..Chilli chicken, and wat’s this? (She tasted it and what reflected on her face was lip-smacking satisfaction) This is super yummy!! This is Dahi Rohu ( a popular fish preparation of Bongs) right?

Me: (with a naughty proud smile) Right you are..

Nambi: Hey..This is all non-veg man..where is my veg. food?

Trust me, Nambi was seriously sad until I helped her locate her two favorite dishes that is responsible for her “Veg-gasm”..

Nambi (with a broad smile as she was not left out too) Love you girl..

Minket: Let me see. Matar Paneer and mixed veg too? See Nambi, you made her put in extra efforts for you..why don’t you just start having non-veg? It’s heavenly I am telling you.

Nambi: Even better! Why don’t you guys stop killing animals and try to earn some “punya” by converting into veggies ha? You monkey..

Ricky: Oh stop it you two. Mihika, where is “DOODHPUPIKA”?

Me and Nambi (in chorus): What??????????

Ricky: You naughty girls, I mean “Gulab Jamun”? Wo kya hai na, I am learning Sanskrit nowadays, so..

Me: Do you want me to believe that Gulab Jamun is called by this weird vulgar name in Sanskrit?

Raj (somehow stopped laughing): No way yaar!! How do you come up with these ideas every time yaar Ricky? You are the next stand up comedian in India for sure..

Ricky: Oh thank you my lord!! But this lady, our host for tonight surely deserves “the multitasker” award of the year..What arrangements man!

Raj: Seriously! How do you manage all these things single-handedly yaar? Whenever you arrange a party for us, that too in such a short time, it reminds me of my failures as a host always, you know!

Nambi: How do you take care of drinks, décor, food all by yourself yaar..Amazing!

Me (trying to be a bit funny): Hold on, hold on! Rulayega kya pagle? Well thank you for all your appreciation. But it’s not me only..I have friends who help me out anywhere and everywhere. Rather I will call them my angels. A good chunk of the appreciation given to me goes to them!

All of them: Angels?? Who??

Me: The startups providing us services, who else?!! I mean, as pointed out correctly by Raj, I don’t have that much knowledge about drinks? But with, even that’s not a problem anymore. I got all the related information about what wines and whiskies to go for. Except the Dahi Rohu and cream chicken, everything else has been delivered at my door step by Swiggy. And yes Ricky, even your,.what was it.. oh ya “Doodhpupika”..(I chuckled and so did they).

Raj: Hmm..We utilize their services every now and then and yet, never have given a serious thought about it. They are so very part of our daily lives. Ab mujhe hi dekh lo, every day I take an Ola cab to reach my office and then come back home. I don’t whine anymore for not owning a car. J J

Minket: I agree too. In my field of work, I have to travel so much and “OYO Rooms” is actually a bliss to get service from. I used to be so cranky whenever I had to travel but now I love travelling as I get to stay in these awesome hotels through OYO!!

Me: So you see, with loyal and dutiful friends like these, arranging a great party is a cakewalk!! For every task, there is a startup! You want to go for a late night party. It’s no more scarier! Just call Ola cabs. You need what drinks to order along with tandoori chicken, click on the hipcask app and you are done…

Raj: Exactly..whom do you go to when you are hungry but too lazy to step out of your home? Swiggy! To me it’s the true rescuer for every foodie.

Minket: Even you don’t need to go to the laundry for dry cleaning your clothes. Your laundry and ironing needs are fulfilled by just scheduling a pick-up and delivery, by few clicks on!! I can’t ask for more yaar..I mean how convenient is that!!

Me: Minket, have you heard of the latest one? It’s called All those work that doesn’t need your physical presence, are done by them with elan. Beat this if you can..

Ricky: I am sure very soon there would be startups doing our physiological activities by just a click.

Raj: What it will be called “Doodhpupika” ???

And we all burst out laughing.

Raj: Arey, only 5 mins left for 2016 to peep into our lives. Time to raise the toast to 2016, guys.

We all picked up our glasses with hearts full of new hopes and past memories..

We all: Cheers to 2016.

Cheers to our little angels!!

“Seldom have we thought about them in the way of thanking them deeply from our hearts, in spite of the fact that they are highly a part of our daily life. Yes, we often read about them in newspapers, online articles, blogs and see them becoming one of the next unicorns, and keep on using them to the fullest. But that’s it. Even when the feedback link is sent to us either we do not reply or we choose the “no thanks” option. But that isn’t what they deserve? You may argue that we are paying for what they are providing us. But in that case, we are no different than our rude and emotionless employers when we generate crores of revenues for them and what we get is only peanuts and importantly less or no appreciation. We complain about them and do not like their attitude right? Let’s not be like them and instead extend our gratitude to these startups who are making our lives easy, be it a lazy person or be it a multitasking super busy tycoon. In some way or the other, they let us spend those moments with our family and friends whom most of us are going to thank at the year end. They have made our transformation from a hard worker to a smart worker (something which is necessary to survive in today’s world) so very smooth. On New Year’s Eve, I raise a toast to them. As far as thanking my friends and family are concerned, they know well, how much I feel for them. Instead, I would like to thank all those startups or rather initiatives that I have utilized the most throughout 2015.

I hope to keep on sharing a lovely relationship with each one of them and many others in 2016 as well.

Published on Soulgasm, weekend online magazine today.

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