Rock Bottom : The Born Identity

Day 10571
Monday, 30 July 2018

uncountable noun

If someone has reached rock bottom, they are in such a bad state or are so completely depressed that their situation could not get any worse.

She was at rock bottom. Her long-term love affair was breaking up and so was she.

(Source: Collins Dictionary)

Yes, I have hit rock bottom.

I will not bother going into detail here, describing my sorry state of affairs, pondering over why or how this happened, academically and personally, in a foreign land, 7,500 km away from home. This is not the place or time for it. This is after all, a mere blog post, and you are not my psychiatrist.

If rock bottom means my life cannot get any worse, it effectively means it can only get better, right? Yes, the glass is half full, what you gonna do about it? When nothing or nobody else can save you nomore, you gotta save yo’self, yo. Alright, I’ll stop typing gangsta.

How am I going about fixing this?
I am going to make myself a few promises today, and throwing it out here in the open, I make myself accountable. Firstly, I promise I will not bite my fingernails again. Yeah, I have done this a hundred times over, only to relapse. But this time shall be different. Let us call it the ‘rock bottom charm‘. Yes, you read it here first. I have nothing to lose, and only to gain from here, right? So, what the hell.

Secondly, I promise to give self-discipline and time management my utmost attention and priority. I will post a daily update at the end of the day, describing what I did, productive or leisure. Boy, I really am taking this accountability bit seriously, aren’t I? What it means is, I will be turning this personal blog into a literal blog, i.e. a web log in which events are recorded.

That’s it for now, I guess. Here we go.


Day 10572
Tuesday, 31 July 2018

I spent the day filling up the application for the post of Astronomy Professor on Hogwarts is Here. I had such a great time filling the form, I hope those who get to read it have a good time as well, or at least bring a smile to their lips. The application ran into 5 or 6 pages! Actually, my answers were different the first time, but my Internet/WiFi gave away midway through the application. I had to restart my system, which meant I lost all my answers. I had no patience to reproduce my original answers, so if you are reading this in the future, I apologise for my sass. You know what happened. 🙂

The application required me to write up two sample lessons, which was rather easy. I went with Jupiter and Saturn- my two favourite planets in the Solar System. I hope I did not go too philosophical in the magic part of the lesson.

I also managed to create a double identity cover, but it is only a matter of time before my cover is blown. I wouldn’t put anything past my smart Ravenclaw dormies, who as I understand, form the crux of HiH’s core management these days, it seems. They will know eventually, it is only a matter of when. But this should be fun.

I conjured myself new student and professor identities in a very Tom Riddle inspired way (check this out if you haven’t yet: Tom Riddle Rejected All These Anagrams For ‘Voldemort,’ And It’s Really Too Bad).

Batman,” he said softly, “is my past, present, and future…”

He pulled his wand from his pocket and began to trace it through the air, writing three shimmering words:

V I M A A N   S U L T A N   B E M O L

Then he waved the wand once, and the letters of his name rearranged themselves:

V A L E N T I N O   M U M B A L S A

He waved the wand once more, and the letters rearranged themselves, again:

I   A M   N O V E L L U S   B A T M A N

I think I have covered my tracks well, unless they choose to do a Google search after this post is indexed, in which case this post shall be the decisive clue.

That will be enough HiH for me, for now. I will get back to it if I get offered the job.

Sloop time. Cheers!

Update: Head over to Day 10703 to find out what happened.
Spoiler: It did not go well.


Day 10573
Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Chores I managed to do today:

  • Go to the bank.
  • Go to Mensa for lunch.
  • Made dinner and washed the dishes.
  • Check meter readings for July, and take out the garbage.

It’s not much in the name of productivity, but it’s still something. I also wished Ayee on her 55th birthday. Let us hope tomorrow does not disappoint. 🙂


Day 10574
Thursday, 2 August 2018

I started Ayee’s 55th birthday quite well, actually. I went to the Waschsalon, came back and made breakfast, took a short nap, folded the laundry, applied hair oil on my scalp, shaved my beard, applied face mask, took a shower, went to the Mensa for lunch, and the Netto grocery store on the way back, made tea, made dinner, and washed the dishes.

I watched a Rahul Dravid interview, and it worked as a dose of motivation as well as nostalgia. Work wise, there was no real progress. Duolingo recently offered Hindi for English speakers, so I’m going to check that out in parallel to my German. That should be fun. Other than that, I solved a Sudoku, I guess. That is all. Until tomorrow night. Ciao.


Day 10575
Friday, 3 August 2018

Finally. I restarted learning German on Duolingo. It’s been more than a year, so I decided to erase my progress (whatever little of it I had made in 2017), and start afresh.

I also started watching the Mission Impossible series again. The first movie came out in 1996, can you believe it? The movie is so old, Ethan Hunt has to type “internet access” on his laptop to access internet, because Google Search didn’t exist yet. No, Ethan. You cannot just type “scroll usenet groups” in the search bar. He typed “Bible” in the search bar and got 126 hits in 1996. If I do it in 2018, I end up with 618,000,000 search results.

Fortunately, the first time I experienced the internet was in 2002, and Google Search was already around for 4 years. I still have webpages saved that date back to 2002, because that’s how we “saved” information we found on the internet. Just save the entire webpage. 2008 was the year we got broadband at home. Until then, we had dial-up that my father had the password to, and we were never allowed to use the internet without his supervision. 2009 is when I joined Facebook, Orkut, etc. and was introduced to social media in general. I was already in my second year of engineering then.

It’s only been 9 years since then, but it feels like a lifetime.


Continue to Day 10576.

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