Its Navratri time, this is one time, when Gujarat has a night life. The importance of which is being realised by me only now. I have been having a pretty jam packed schedule and have been working a bit late these days. Have not been able to spend a lot of time at home with my son or wife. Infact I just realised one day when I went home in the noon for watching the climax of the Mohali Test, that for the last two days, I had only been watching my son, when I get him ready in the morning and drop him and my wife, who works in the same school, at their bus and by the time I return home at 9.30-10.00 he is already asleep. 😐 Almost no time with my wife either, as I would have some or the other work that I would bring from office. Even if no work its like watch Tv and sleep !
A pretty tight, boring and taxing schedule. Then came Navratri, and going out with my wife every night for a few days and sitting listening to garba’s, eating awesome gujarati snacks (viz. khichu, locho, idla) and ofcourse watching chicks who all come dressed to kill !!!!!
Both me and wife, actually appreciate now, how important it is to have a night life, especially for working couples, a place, a joint to go to at night where people would be there and you can sit, chill, chit chat, have a snack or a drink and go home having vented your frustrations, having had some fun and having made some difference to the usually mundane life. The problem generally is we dont have restaurants that are open late night, plus even if you manage to find one, you cant find company every night. But thanks to the Navratri we have a great time atleast for 9 days. The other advantage of small town Bharuch where I and my wife grew up is that we feel very important when we go to the Garba’s for the simple reason that we find so many people who know us.
Be it the firm hand shake by old school buddies and teasing him about his pot-belly or “kem cho” to all adults or “kevu che bhai” or the young girls shrieking “HIIIIIIII” followed by “DhirenBHAI” 😥 this incidentally sends a beaming bright smile to my wife’s face.
Apart from the small sad stories, its great to sit in the cold air, with winter approaching, listening to garba, and watching lovely lovely girls who dress at their best and discussing them or cricket or something else with friends and chit chatting and laughing is awesome. Invariably we manage to sneak in and find an advantageous position to sit (Influential, I am you see !!) For those who want to ask if I dance, no, I and my wife have two left feet and we resort to making fun of people who cant dance but still try… Yea we are pretty mean and I know … 😈 👿
After the first day, when I was finding spotting girls a lil difficult, I went to my friend who is an opthalmologist. I had been having a mild headache in the late evenings since a few days and also finding difficult to identify the 6 from the 9 when I was reading scores. Eventually after the check up I came to know I require -2 power in each eye !!!!!! I knew I needed glasses since long and had been avoiding it, but now I have a great head start !! 😦 😦 the doc told me to wear it all the times, which seems impossible, as I cant bear it !
As much as I wanted to have glasses when I was a kid in school to misguide my teachers that I was a studious guy, I dont want them now but have to wear them… 😐
My kid already calls me “Chashmish Chachu, Biladi nu Bachu” no I aint gonna translate that… I guess you figure…