“Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom” – Charlie Parker
These lines were running in my mind when I was listening to music in myPod. It was around 09:45, Friday night where I was sitting in a bus and moving towards the central railway station to catch my train to bengalur. It was a calm night with cool breeze surrounding me. I was enjoying myself listening to music, watching and playing with the rain drops sitting at the window seat. Slowly my mind starting rolling back to the past. Exactly the same day one week back.
It was a Friday evening where I was in a conference call with my team regarding our project. Suddenly my phone started vibrating and I was happy to see it was my school friend. I answered back after the meeting. She was very hurry telling me to go to station and meet her friend. I tried to the best of me but finally couldn’t make it. I then called my friend and told her that I will meet them the next day as it was anyhow weekend. I reached back to my room and slept off after a tired week. It was 7:00 early morning of Saturday. I saw two missed calls from my friend. I called back her and she said me to meet her friend as soon as possible. I got ready quickly and made myself to TAMBARAM to meet them. During my journey, my friend called me and was telling that she has got some bag from her friend and I should collect it and keep it with me till I return to vizag.
After a speedy journey, I finally met them and collected that package. My friend who is already on call with me told me to open the package and check what’s in there. It was Apple iPod Touch. She told me to open it and turn it back. wwwwwwwwwwwww00000000000000000000000000000w that was my expression after looking at it. It was engraved “Venky Bond” on the back. That package was a gift to me from my friend. A custom made Apple iPod Touch 8GB made in california. I was not shocked with the worth of it. Because, what’s more worth I felt is my name engraved on it which tells me how much she values me. It was a 13 yrs long relation from child hood with her with zero misunderstandings till today. I never called it iPod any more. I renamed it myPod, “Venky Bond myPod”. A product from apple is always revolutionary and was one of my dream to own one. It was finally in the form of a gift which made me extremely happy. I immediately started syncing music to it. Especially “ELEMENTS OF UNIVERSE” music cd pack gifted to me by my sister’s on my birthday.
Music is always my first choice in all kinds of situations and moods. It makes me feel myself. Revolving all these things in my mind, I suddenly had a look at my watch. A beautiful square dial fasttrack watch gifted by my sweet friend. Time was 11.15. I forgot that time is running out to catch my train at 11:30PM. Still 10 more mins of journey to reach the station. Finally I reached the station, got into the train and settling down my self. I then realized that train started moving. Which means if I was just for a min more then I would have missed the train. I then recalled a message sent by my friend on the way to railway station. “Lets check how is ur journey going to be. Thrilling or Normal”. I got a smile on my face recalling that and sent him a msg that “journey started normal, got into train”. He was shocked that there are no interesting things this time.
I settled down my self and started watching movie “The Social Network”. I then received a msg from my sister whether I have got into train or not. I dint text her after getting into train because she said that she is sleeping early. I replied her like “Is there any technology like cloud computing called Sleep Computing which actually links people in sleep and reality”. She just smiled and replied “Yessss”. It was around 2:00 in the early morning on a speedy train at the window lower seat and I started falling into sleep plugging music into my ears.
Cool breeze saying good morning to me and some station sign board saying good bye to me. Train was moving slowly, I woke up from the seat and turned around. It was all empty, I couldn’t see any one in the train. I rubbed my eyes soo hard and also pinched myself to check whether its real or dream. After few moments, I was shocked that it was all real and there is really no one in the train. It was all dark round me slowly welcoming the day light. I then realized that I missed the station where I need to get down, the bangalore city. I immediately called up my friend and asked him to check the info of train. But I couldn’t get the info from him because my battery was low and it turned off. Sat down for a moment to think what to do in that kind of situation. I then settled down myself and thought of googling the train to check whether any one is available in the rest part of train. I took my luggage and starting walking from my S1 coach. I couldn’t see any one till I reached S11. I then saw one fellow standing at the door. It was 6:00 in the morning. I asked him where the train will be stopping next. The reply was a bit shocking. He said there is no stop till 10:00 AM. Done… It was all done. Now I threw my luggage at the seat and settled down. Plugged music as ususally which is my first thought in all situations.
Train was moving at a constant speed. But, slowing down some times tempting me. I was then thinking of all my previous train journeys where some times train was halted for hours for a red signal. But, this time I was intentionally waiting for a RED signal. After a 45 mins of journey, train started slowing down to a very lower pace. I looked out from the door and the signal was RED. But then to my eyes it looked like a GREEN to my journey. I immediately got down the train. It was all surrounded by bushes and trees closely resembling a forest. It was 6:50AM. I started snapping the train with myPod as a remembrance. After a walk of 32mins in that trees which closely resembled a national geographic forest episode. But here I dint encounter any kind of animals. Finally I heard some traffic noise and stepping my foot ahead, I could see some humans. I had a very big close up ad smile. I enquired the people there to how to get back to my place. After getting the info from several enquiries, I got into a bus.
I again sat at the window seat watching the road to make sure I don’t miss the stop I need to get down. In this process, bus stopped some where in the middle of the road which is not a stop. I then saw two people getting into bus. I heard a voice… “Ticket Please”. I thought it was the conductor giving me the ticket. I heard the voice again “Ticket Please”. Turned around, it was the checking squad. Then I realized that I gave money to the conductor but he dint give me the ticket. I couldn’t even explain them that conductor dint give me ticket because it would be childish and they are definitely not going to believe it. It ultimately resulted in paying fine.
Birthday presents, special gifts, conference calls, office works, travelling, missing stations, paying fines… Finally I made it to bengalur, had yummy home made food by my sis and her husband. It was all I call as experience. Life is always experience and I experience it in my way. The special way. The Bond way…