Monday, July 11, 2005

TAO CB - Dinner Story 0

Note from the author:
I'd written the first CB post as part of a bet, without any plans to follow it up; but the CB story seems to be the ticket to get someone to actually read my blog, so i've been thinking about how to keep it going. CB is a really unique person, and the strange stuff that's happened to her is enough to fill many more chapters. However, these things don't happen on a daily basis, even to her; So i'm finding it really hard to continue the storyline, unless something interesting actually happens.

Moreover, i don't think her folks would appreciate it if i called every other day to ask if she'd run into MV yet.

So from today i'll post short self-contained stories from long long ago, rather than trying to stich everything together. Hopefully this will also result in shorter waits between posts.

When CB was a kid her parents taught her not to talk to strangers. She probably realizes she can forget that rule when she grows up; but that hasn't happened yet. So when she's traveling in a train she gathers her bags around her and pretends to be a piece of luggage herself. Which she's getting rather good at, given the frequent trips she's made since joining IIT.

One of the most important things IIT teaches you is that your biological clock doesn't really have to follow the local time zone. You would think we slept and woke to some pacific ocean timezone. Or perhaps to mars time, given the way schedules slip as the week progresses. Most people won't feel too uncomfortable skipping sleep completely for a couple of days.

Hunger, however, cannot be tamed so easily. Perhaps it has to do with biology, but we prefer to think that it's because, in sleepy socialist kharagpur, food is available only to strict schedules - even in the dhabas and restaurants.

Therefore when CB goes on her afternoon-to-early-morning train journey, she never sleeps. As passengers around her doze, she sits holding her bags and staring out of the window. But when the attendant comes around with dinner, even CB has to tear herself away from the fascinating pitch-darkness outside the window, and eat.

As anyone unfortunate enough to have had dinner with my friend knows, CB's aura of disasters manifests itself strongest when she is eating. The utensils take on a life of their own, determined to spill their contents everywhere. Stray cats and dogs from miles around gather around begging for food, as if drawn by a mystical force. There are only three things more gross than dinner with CB - the toilets in my hall, the food in my mess, and - dinner with CB in a moving train.

With deepest sympathies for the poor souls who shared a compartment with CB this last time she went home, let me share with you CB's most memorable dining experiences.


Blogger >|' ; '| said...

do reveal the identity of clk .. so v can avoid her on trains :D

12 July, 2005 05:57  
Blogger Sarita said...

hilarious :-) ...will keep followin up on CLK henceforth. would be wonderful if you can describe her ... would she be a petite girl with curly hair , round glasses ??? (atleast in my head thats how she looks ;-)...good work !

12 July, 2005 08:59  
Blogger arvin said...

No. Really. If i do that it'll be the last post about CLK coz i won't be hearing any more of these stories then.

But i think i can try some kind of a description without attracting her wrath... sarita is kinda on the right track. curly hair - yup; petite - sort of medium build actually; glasses - no; she's kinda fair and pretty too, except when she's looking disoriented like a cat in the headlights... which is most of the time.

12 July, 2005 14:15  
Blogger kickassso said...

how dare anyone commit sacrilege with their food? Only girls..:P...The real CLK is A GIRL rt?:-?....

18 July, 2005 19:11  
Blogger silverine said...

Hey! CLK sounds like an interesting person and lucky that you have dedicated an entire post to her :))Great post.

10 August, 2005 06:27  
Blogger arvin said...

hmm... yeah CLK is a very interesting person, and ther were a lot more posts i could have filled. too bad though, coz i am too busy to write now that semester has started. the co-author i was considering has, well, declined and i'm happy i got out of that conversation with my head intact.

and auster - CLK is a girl!

10 August, 2005 09:51  
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