Saturday, July 10, 2010

Houston, we have a problem?

No, no. It isn't that huge a problem. But yes, I foresee it becoming huge. On my last job, I had two Saturdays working, and I was pretty busy on those. Sundays were meant for sleep, or meeting some friends. But now (at least in the initial stages), I have weekends off. Which brings me to my problem. I don't know what to do. 

In my hostel days, I used to watch movies, and series and all that jazz. But now that I'm home, I suddenly don't want to watch them anymore. The Coen Brothers' movies I downloaded remain unwatched. The 21st season of The Simpsons is being watched in spurts of boredom and joblessness. I must confess that I am not a party person. Apart from the fact that I don't have the money to pay for the huge weekend cover charge and the petrol for the car (It's a small joke among Thaneites that if we have to go for a gig or a party, we either have to take along a car, or a sleeping bag), dancing isn't particularly my cup of tea. I don't drink, so I end up being the driver. That's fine, but it's not worth doing every weekend. 

We live in company-owned flats, and people get transferred in and out. So most of my old friends have spread their wings and flown away, or to put it like sci-fi, they are out there somewhere. I have no clue where though. A few of my college friends are here though, and thanks to them, I move around, and "do stuff". If not for them, I would have been sleeping at home, or watching TV.  Thanks guys!

I studied in a hostel, so not many of my friends are in the city. Unlike my other friends and colleagues who have virtually spent their life in Mumbai, I have roamed around like a nomad for the first ten years of my life. During weekends, office people  naturally chill out with their school friends. And I'm stuck in no man's land. Come to think of it, I'm to blame too. I don't socialise well. I'm horrible in fact.

But the main problem is that I don't know how to have fun. At least not in the normal way. I generally need someone awesomely peppy and upbeat to go along. I love to read, but you can't really involve your friends in it, can you? Imagine calling up people and saying, "Hey, let's read Twilight, I mean, LOTR together!" I like travelling, but one of my friend works in Sales, and as the saying goes, "Pocket (and somewhere else too) mein hamesha rocket hota hai." The others are too busy with work (they work in engineering multinationals, where the concept of the two-day weekend is unheard of). And the rest are no more in Mumbai. 

What's that? Movies? Yes I watch them. But lately, we've been served with quite a humongous pile of crapola who can't even spell right. Last night I saw a film which competes with Ram Gopal Varma ki Aag. The Last Airbender will easily be the worst movie of the year. Cheesy dialogues, shallow plot, horrible editing, randomly thrown in 3D imagery. I slept throughout the movie. In fact, Tanmay, I'm having second thoughts about paying you back for the tickets :) 


I enjoy long drives, and have taken quite a few all the way to Marine Drive! But again, it's passive fun. Not the "Yo dude! You rocked" kind of thing. I'm a sucker for old times, and I love ranting about how TV sucks nowadays, how school rocked, how Cartoon Network showed awesome cartoons (Dexter, Swat Kats!), and not Japanese manure. 

My guitar is totally fucked, and I can't find my processor at all. That's 13k of hard-earned money. I haven't touched a guitar for more than a year. I haven't played on stage for a LONG time. To be honest, I don't know why I'm not going out and forming a band, just for the heck of jamming with people. 

And I need a way to exercise. Gym didn't work out last time. Laziness is a virtue hard to let go off, but the fat content is overshooting avoidable limits. I need to do something fast.  I need ways to keep me busy on weekends.  And I need it fast. 

Sorry for the whining.