Howsoever short on luck he might consider himself, chuzZoo sure is a lucky chap when it comes to real life lotteries. So, the other day he received a letter from the TATA Motors dealership, that he'd been chosen as one of the lucky lakhs to be handed the keys of a Tata Nano from the first batch of cars being rolled out. Lucky Bastard!
Now I'm not a really big fan of hatchbacks and real small ones like the Nano... no ways. But I was still kinda excited at the news. At least I'd be having a feel of driving my dream car for once. (The Porsche 911, not the Nano!) The cute small car has it's hugely small engine decked at the back - pretty Porschey for me.
So on the weekend, we drove in with his car, me behind the wheel. The yellow winking cutey sure seemed like any high school kid's ream car. And then we partied around for some time, after all 'twas his first four wheeled chariot off his own money.
The next day I waved chuzZoo goodbye from my balcony as he proudly drove to work. I had taken the day off to work out my earnings. Yes I was thinking of getting myself a drive too. But by the end of the day, I realised my interests in philanthropy don't leave me much money to get me a nice bike or car.
And then I saw chuzZoo park in the driveway. I ran out excitedly to greet him. The look on his face told a different story though. I decided I wasn't going to spoil it more for him by going about asking. But then, he seldom hold back. "I offered a lift to a female colleague of mine and yet she preferred to go with this other guy (Name withheld on request.) He even showed his Facebook profile on his Blacberry. No, he wasn't a proverbial hunk. So I decided to check out some more.
"Does the guy have a bike?" I started with my questionnare.
"Yes. He does." chuzZoo began with the replies.
"Does he wear flashy jackets?" was my next question in the stupidly worked out questionnaire.
"Yeah, he does when off work.", came the reply.
"What about his notebook?" I fired in the next one.
"What about it. Of course he has one." chuzZoo seemed to be getting all irritated.
"No. All I asked about was the brand.", I clarified.
"It's a Mac Book Pro. What has that got to do with what happened to me today man!", yes, he'd run outta patience.
"Well, if you look at it closely, pretty much everything."
All this while I had my back at chuzZoo, and now when I was about to turn to face him I realised I could be in for facing a heart broken man, with tears. Well, thank heavens, there was none of that. Just another curious smile and 'what next' look.
"So what do I do winZoo? "
"You could start with buying those things to lure girls. Or, you could check your priorities. What's more important to you - A girl riding pillion when you are driving back home or driving to and from work in the comfort of a closed A/C car. A notebook that only about 10% of the world's computer users use daily or a good enough Windows notebook that runs, well just about anything for half the cost! And then dear buddy, you'll see all your doubts melting away, giving way to clarity of thought..."
Gosh! I was turning Gandhian in my way of speaking already. So much for troubleshooting a friend's life...
"Guess the clarity is fast approaching me winZoo", chuzZoo replied.
"I'm way too happy with what I have for now, ready to wait for the girl who'd wanna sit in my car." the Bollywood fan in chuzZoo was coming back to life, already.
"Just one question though" he turned back before leaving.
"WHAT! They guy still has questions... No wonder he's him!", I thought.
"Of course, go ahead." I tried my best to sound polite.
"You don't have either - a bike or a car. What's your way? "
And then I recounted my numerous journeys on the Metro, and loved chuzZoo for asking the question as I smiled back and replied, "I prefer public transfer any day dude. It's like a good old Yahoo or MSN chat room minus the bots and without the need for the customary 'A-S-L' routine."
"You look, wink and smile at someone - and the Game, is ON!"
And we were laughing our hearts out...
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