Time Please!

Running around and trying to catch the other guy, I had been trying to catch him for the last 10 minutes! He just kept running around the tree, the other kids sitting on the ground for lunch and evaded me. Finally I tricked him into making a wrong decision and finally got next to him and he said

Time please

and put his hand on top of his head! Drat, now I had to chase someone else! School was a lot of fun especially during lunch break, we used to eat real quick and run around in the dusty playground sometimes unintentionally kicking up mud that landed on someone’s tiffin box. It was all fun except when you were IT and had to catch people to well not be IT!

I’ve been a believer of being on time every time, exceptions include getting back home and coming down for dinner on time! I’ve always made sure that when I am meeting up with one person or a bunch of friends I’d never have to make them wait for me. Well that obsession has led to a situation where I’d never have to NOT wait for my gang to arrive. Not only friends, but this is the same at work too, people hardly honor being on time with respect. On the big picture, we Indians can consider ourselves of just doing what time standard we follow, IST better known as Indian Stretchable Time. Movies or lunches, parties or brunches the only thing common in all of them is the people coming in late.

Not too long ago, i had won 2 passes to an EDM concert in Bangalore, I took along a friend of mine who is a metal head [Don’t abuse me yet, he actually likes EDM now! ]. The concert was to begin at 11 AM, and given my idea of being on time we left early and the bloody traffic was missing! We reached a full 30 minutes ahead of schedule! We waited until 11, went towards the entry gate only to be sent back! Seriously? Finally we roamed around the barren land, found a huge palatial house, just to kill time we also asked the security guard who the house belongs to and details like how many people lived there! The guard actually gave us all the info, afterall he sits alone all day and finally someone spoke to him, he was quite happy to give us the information! We then headed back to the concert ground and at 12 30 they let us in! Empty ground, Pepsi atom how much worse could life get! The Dj’s had begun to spin their magic and slowly the crowd grew. It was almost like Bangalore knew this would not start on time! I had a good feeling about that too, but well just wanted to be on time!

Garuda mall, Inox, how do I count the number of hours i’ve waited here for my friends to arrive! I am running out of memory in my head to count any more, we did not have credit cards or debit cards back then and had to buy tickets from the counter on the day of the movie. Those were simpler times, things changed after 2011. Tickets were 100 bucks on weekends, queues were huge, everyone bought tickets at the venue. For a 10 AM movie, I used to reach by 9:30 and stand in the queue that opens at 9:45, my friends who were supposed to be there by 9:30 somehow managed to think 2 minutes after 9:30 is 9:55. Everytime I call them,

2 minutes macha, I’m at the parking lot

2 minutes macha, I’m at the signal opposite the mall

2 minutes macha, I’m almost outisde the mall

The 2 minutes in mars would finally end after I bought the ticket, at times it makes me wonder if they took advantage of me! Those thoughts got quashed when we met out for lunch or a movie for which we had pre booked the tickets, they still came late! 2 minutes has always been a variable constant, yes a variable constant. It depends on the weather, his time reading capabilities, his neighbours and the other people on the road going late to their destination. People have tried using statistics to build a predictive model to predict a persons arrival based on the mentioned factors but then they realised they missed out another factor, randomness of the person itself! They threw away their ideas and let life go on. Inox at Garuda decided to help people like me and they have put a bench outside to sit and wait for the fashionably lazy ones!

This once happened to me, I have this friend of mine, typical conversations with her when she is late are like this

Me: Its 15 minutes past the time you were supposed to be here

Friend: Yeah? I thought I said I would reach 30 minutes from now? Din’t I?

Me: Nope, you sent me a message saying 9

Friend: Oh yeah? Sorry, I might have typed it by mistake

Over time i’ve gotten so used to this, I just take a book along or download stuff to read on my phone and then leave home! Wait there peacefully reading whatever i’ve got with me. There were days when I used to get irritated by this, but now I think i’d miss not waiting for people if they started coming on time!

How we read time!


One thought on “Time Please!

  1. Nice post Aadi. I like the first paragraph, took me some time to figure out what that was about. Poor you, I’ve made you wait too 😀
    “2 minutes has always been a variable constant” – HAHAHA.
    Nice post. and nice picture – the last one. 🙂 Just SO true

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