Deutschland Again

Continued from Day 10615


Day 10616
Thursday, 13 September 2018

I renewed the Amazon.in subscription today. We are good for another year. Meanwhile, I had no clue the free Prime membership for university students in Germany is sponsored by Durex. It seems condoms aren’t the only thing I should be thankful to Durex for.

The Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations downstairs in the apartment building went well. It was fun. India managed to retain their No.1 ranking in tests despite losing 1-4 to England. Google Chrome turned 10, and Google itself turned 20 earlier this month.

I went to the ophthalmologist yesterday, to get a regular eye check up done, so I could order a new pair of spectacles. The puff test is really annoying. I kept blinking until the doctor had to hold my eyelid open.

I am leaving tonight. I’m almost reduced to tears at the thought. I miss my parents, and I do not want to leave them. But I chose this path, and I have to do what I have to do.


Day 10617
Friday, 14 September 2018

The trip back was fairly uneventful. The highlight of it was getting a headache by the time I landed at Amsterdam. I suppose drinking tea at home over the past month has made me habituated to it. The Jet Airways crew were very helpful, they gave me medicine, water and a piece of cake, when I told them I have a connecting flight in 3 hours.

I reached home around 3:30 pm, brushed my teeth, had a shower, and went out to get lunch at the Westpark Grill. But the headache had become so unbearable, I just took a paracetamol and went to sleep. I woke up at 8 and had the Pom Döner I had brought, and slept by 10 or 11 pm.


Day 10618
Saturday, 15 September 2018

I woke up around 8 am, had a shower, and went to Netto to get milk and other groceries in the morning, so I could have my breakfast. Had milk rice and karate baje for lunch. In the evening, I went to Tedi and Euroshop, and bought a luggage trolley belt and two metal cigarette cases to store my IDs and money cards. I also went to Netto again and brought pizza for dinner.


Day 10619
Sunday, 16 September 2018

Gaurav and Praneeth left for their week-long excursion today. I am alone in the apartment for the whole week. I am alone for the first time in Germany. Should I watch a horror movie? I had fried noodles from Lemongrass for lunch.

Val says: “Do things you can’t do when other people are there.”

In other news, Alastair Cook retired from international cricket. Respect to England’s greatest. #ThankYouChef

Did you know I had predicted more than 2 years ago that Cook will NOT beat Tendulkar’s records?

The real question is: Will the metal cigarette case I bought yesterday demagnetise the magnetic strip on my credit/debit cards? Twitter says it won’t.

Nobody really changes. It is the priorities that change over time. There are a lot of friends I have lost touch with over the years, because I stopped responding to them for some reason. Whenever someone does not respond to my text a few times, I get so annoyed and taken for granted, I have this urge to unfriend them and move on, but then I remember the people I never responded to, and who have still patiently kept me on their friend list so I could still get in touch with them anytime I want to, and I am grateful to them. Someday I would love to personally let them know how grateful I am, for bearing with me, when it was I who took them for granted.

Over-dependence on technology reminds me of the time our car battery died and we could not close our windows, because they are all power-controlled these days. If they had been manually roll-up windows, we would not have a problem leaving the car by the side of the road and to go looking for a mechanic. That is just one such instance of how overdependence on technology can come back to bite us.


Day 10620
Monday, 17 September 2018

I did watch a bit of Taken 2 during dinner last night, however. Liam Neeson and Matt Damon are always making a mess and beating up people in Europe. I would watch horror movies, I have done my share of that during my IIT Bombay hostel days. But I don’t trust the German spirits here. What if they get me while I’m sleeping?

Well, it’s not like I have seen all of Germany to be judging already. I’ve been in Aachen for a year, and the people here are extremely nice. But I met an Indian at the Frankfurt airport once (he’d come from Brandenburg or Berlin or someplace) and he told me people can be rude and racist to immigrants especially, and he’d heard people in North Rhine Westphalia (the state I live in) are more liberal in general. I don’t know. My impression of Germans is from just this one city.


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