Sunday, May 15, 2011

Second Innings

Posted by Varun | Sunday, May 15, 2011 | Category: , , , , , , , |

The last time I landed in Lagos,Nigeria, it was about 8.00 pm and all I could see was the dimly lit runway. This time around though, I took Qatar Airways instead of Emirates and the flight landed in the afternoon.

Nigeria for the first time looked beautiful and I am not kidding or being sarcastic when I say it. There is probably more greenery in Lagos than we have in Bangalore and we shout our lungs out that we live in the 'Garden city'. There is nothing more pleasing to eyes and heart than wide spread greenery and a dash of rainfall. (I've been cooking here and I had to use the words 'Dash of Rainfall' just like 'A dash of Lemon') Yes!! It was also raining when I landed and the whole scene looked so amazing! Wet runway, lush pastures on either sides of the runway, fully loaded Airbus 330 carrying people belonging to almost all nationalities! So what if the the landing gear slipped and it required one brave guy and a pretty airhostess to stop the plane!? Scene straight out of a hollywood movie isn't it!? Nothing of that sort happened though and we landed safe and sound!

Elections in Nigeria completed about a month ago and the guy who has won and will continue to be  president of the country is Mr. Goodluck Jonathan. I am not wishing him luck. It is his name! People believe a lot in him and are looking forward to the changes he has promised to bring. They are hopeful and the whole country is looking to move into greener pastures! For a country that was under the military for so long (Around 33 years), a whole term under a democratic party and a good president to add to it will be a welcome change.

Greener pastures I guess is something we all look forward to all the time in life. It is probably THE driving force of human kind. We always aspire for a better situation for ourselves even though the one we already have might be the best. People who manage to figure this out as early as possible I guess are the happiest. Having absolutely nothing to do gives a lot of time to think about a lot of things in life and this is one such passing thought. 

Looooong flight journey gave me an opportunity to read a lovely novel called 'Life is what you make it'. It is written by one of my dear blogger friends Preeti Shenoy. I loved the book and am extremely proud of her. The book is currently 3rd best seller on flipkart and it has made it to the long list of Vodafone-Crossword Book awards announced on IBN Live. Can you beat that!? I guess she can! I want to see the book become a National Best seller! Without disclosing much about the book I would like to tell you readers that it is a coming of age story of a girl called Ankita. I do not read much books and realised that I will not be the right person to to review it! Won't do justice! I'll probably copy and paste the email I sent to Preeti.

3rd on Flipkart. Awesome! You are making faster progress than Novak Djokovic :) (Shouldn't really compare tennis to books but that is the headline I read first thing in the morning today! 'Summit in Sight'. BTW I have to tell you the book 'Life is what you make it' is awesome! Got a chance to read it in the flight... Finished it in one reading. Had to delay lunch but it was totally worth it... I cried and laughed with Ankita... Loved her, hated her, Felt bad for hating her. And finally felt great to see her back on track, on her feet and doing what she always loved to do... It put me through an emotional turbulence inside the flight. I can understand what it must have put you through to get into the skin of such a character.... Few love letters in the book are amazing... I can simply copy paste them straight out of the book and any girl would go aww :D
And as expected, I got a lovely reply (Preeti always replies) but that is a different story.

It has been raining on and off here and the weather has been quite pleasant. Pity we cannot keep our windows open for the breeze as that will be an invitation to our very own Female Anopheles and we are simply in no mood to feed her.

First week in office hasn't been noteworthy. But some events outside office have defintely been blog worthy! There is a Supermarket 'Shoprite' in Lagos that sells fresh bread in an inhouse Bakery. I had always seen people standing in a queue to buy it but had never bothered to get one for myself. This time around my friend and I decided to get our hands on that famous fresh bread no matter what. Believe it or not, we stood in the queue for about hour and a half just to buy that bread. Steve jobs will be put to shame if he sees this queue. People queue up for his product only on the first day of its launch. Now comes the curious part. How was the bread? I want to write that it was awesome, mindlblowing, yummy! But Nah!! It was like any other bread. Simply couldn't find anything special with it. The wildest guess we could come up with is it is probably the best fresh bread available for such a low price. Pictures below will tell you the story :)

Standing in the Queue

World Famous Bakery :)

Weekend has been a very lazy one! Completed watching the first season of 'Modern Family'. Sitcom has lovable characters and is quite funny. Will have to wait till I get back to India to download and watch the second season. Also got to watch the movie 'Thor'. 3.5 stars out of 5. I like Natalie Portman in any role :)

'Stanley Ka Dabba' (Movie) released over the weekend in India and I am feeling jealous of anyone who's watched it. I wanted to watch that movie and want the movie to do well. Good to see that the movie has been getting awesome reviews everywhere. Just hope it is still running in theatres when I get back. If not, torrents zindabad :)

What else is happening down here in Africa!? I have been travelling around the world. Am I crazy!? No! I am not! I am travelling virtually of course! Making plans, reading about new places, looking at the pictures people have clicked. Feels great to read about new places. Ever tried it? Go on.. Give it a shot! You'll love it... It is good to allow your mind to wander off... It comes back with lots of new ideas and thoughts! Where is my mind now!!? Your guess is as good as mine!
Bavra Mann Dekhne Chala Ek Sapna...

Currently have 14 comments:

  1. very nicely written. But I couldn't believe that had to wait for an hour and half just to have a bread.

  2. Thanks a lot Abhishek. I know it is hard to believe and hence posted pictures as proof :)

  3. You should be permanently deputed to Lagos for writing good stuff always?\Maneesh

  4. Haha..That's a nice way to put it Maneesh! Thanks so much. I have no intentions of settling down in this place.

  5. As usual.. It's been a pleasure reading your post. It's the end of the day at work here almost, and what better way to do it than to read a simple and pleasant article. Well-written. I guess by now you are done watching the movies (going by your recent comments about the same) ! Hope u had fun eating Auntie's bread fr a change ! :-P And ya, things go on as usual here and am sure it will pretty much be the same story for you out there as far as MTN is concerned !! Cheers, have fun.

  6. I am just proud of you.

  7. Hairstyle really change ho gaya! Cool!

  8. @Rashmi - Anutie's bread was nice :) The experience of standing in the queue was even better. Thanks a lot for such lovely compliments! And am glad you enjoyed the post. MTN?? What's that? I have no clue :)

  9. @Appa - Me too :) Hope you enjoyed the post!

    @Akshat - Thanks so much. You were actually the first person who wanted to see a change in me when we were in UK and in Mumbai :)

  10. Loved your post....keep writing!

  11. Very well written....maybe u should do a travelogue of ur Nigeria sure thr will be so many interesting things to write abt

  12. @Chaiti - Thank you Thank you :) Will try and write as much as possible..

    @Pavitra - Travelogue... Lemme think! There are surely lot of interesting things. But it is kinda tough. I have to make sure I don't repeat anything from lonely planet or wiki travel page.

  13. Very well written... Liked your research on Anopheles. :P
    ... Vaishali

  14. Very well written. Liked your research on anopheles :P