and i was late... reached around 1120 hrs... and then found out where they were.. and then met Richa... and then met Jassi and Deepak... and then Sayantani called... or i guess Deepak called her to find out where she was... and we were to wait for another 10 minutes so that she could join us for the bruch in the walled city !!!
there she was... as expected in front of a book stall.... a small hellos with everyone.. and then we moved to the State of the Art... Rajiv Chawk Metro Station... three levels... two lines... Dwarka/BaraKhamba and CS-DU line... we had two smart people with smart cards... Jassi Praji... and Richa ji... so we bought three tokens.. and reached Chandni Chowk pretty quick... enjoying the feel of the metro !!!
This is where i was thinking about the Kolkata Metro and the Mumbai Locals... phew... look at this and then think about them.. there is a difference.. as of now.. this is way way ahead of both of them !!!
out of the metro station.. and to the Chandni Chowk Market... bought a few rollls for myself.. and then a sun cap for the lens... and two Batteries for the camera !!!
a walk towards the Gali Paranthe wali, asking Richa to buy those dresses with the mirros in them.. and she agreeing to buy them and wearing them on her Farewell... a small visit to the Gurudwara ( my first in all the visits so far.. thanks Jassi)... a small talk about how in some places the shoes are kept in bags and not touched... a quick decision to decide where to eat out of the three places left.... followed !!!
and here is a list of what all we ate...
- Aalu Parantha
- Matar Parantha
- Paneer Parantha
- Khurchan Parantha
- Kela Parantha, and
- Lassi yummmm ( though i feel it could have been much thicker... it was the last time)
Richa was not too keen to eat there and wanted to share my paranthas with me.. but the brave gurl took a brave step and ate two paranthas on her own... after some loud suggestions by the person taking care of the famous five there !!! he also gave us all a few names... well.. not all actually...
Richa was the Choti Maidam.. and he pulled her leg ekdum maje mein...
Sayantani was the Badi Maidam...
Jassi Praji was the Babe Babu... and
Deepak bhai was the Chota Babu... and for me he could not think of anything... though he mentioned that i was just like him... well i take it as a compliment !!! he was a total entertainment... and i would love to make people smile the way he did...
i was wondering.. what if the fake smiles from the people across the counter from the new age cafe's and the McDonalds and the Pizza huts are removed.. and such smiles and conversation added to the modern day food joints would make life so much better to live !!!
well to start with my coffeee shop is going to have people who enjoy being there.. and not work work there only only !!!
what next... Aseem was there... and we were late... and not worried...
Aseem has always been on time.. and has been a part of all the ODMs so far.. like me and Bhaskar... Jassi as well gave a guest Appearance in the Chapter - III before he had to rush !!!
so we reach CCD CP... and Aseem and Akash were there already... oh i forgot.. Arup... also met us outside the CCD.. he is on orkut too.. but not very active... and knew Sayantani... so we 6 entered the CCD together !!! and two already there.. makes it 8 !!! nice gang !!!
in not much time... Gaurav and Gaurav and Harpreet joined us.... and then Bhaskar... good he did not miss the ODM... he's been doing a lot of hard work and money generation lately.. and it was good to see him take out sometime and come for the meet !!!
a round of introductions followed... Jassi was as usual a li'il quite... and i am sure the rest were kinda surprised to see him silent after the kinda work he does on Orkut !!! hehehe.. we were shocked too.. when we met in the ODM Chapter I !!!
food.. drinks.. cookies... more drinks... and people backing out of the Golgappe Eating competition... and we playing dumb sharads followed.. before i had to leave for a function in FICCI !!! and i was on stage after a gap of 4 years... what fun !!! ( will write about that later)
this was a nice day... fourth Chapter written in the History of ODMs.... a book that started on April 1 2004... the April Fools day and has come a long way from there.... wonderful... from 6 people to 12 this time...
ODM Chapter - I
ODM Chapter - IV
hope to be a part of another ODM pretty soon... and looking forward to more people joining in !!!