Saturday, July 29, 2006

Comic #149: Dara - The Lurking Conspirator

Saturday, July 29, 2006 47 comments Share: Digg Technorati Delicious StumbleUpon Facebook

Comic #149 :-) This one is by another new contributor - Chandoba. And this is a Dara title - not everyone's favourite I know but it is nice.

Thanks Chandoba.

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Some strange things happen when you least expect it to. The last 2-3 weeks have been like that. Some difficult situations sorted itself out. I met a very close friend (who lives near my house in India) in London of all the places - the first friendly face in 5 months - and the experience was surreal - especially when looking back at life 8-10 years ago, there was no chance of this happening.

About 1 week ago, I was completely utterly butterly broke with exactly 1 pound in my pocket in a foreign country and 270 euros in a bank of another country that I could not access :-) I wouldn't borrow (though I eventually did about 150 pounds - for my ticket upgrade - and it made me look like an absolute idiot because I borrowed from someone pretty high up) but I was strangely relaxed and going about work as if nothing was wrong. How I got myself into this mess is stupid in itself - I just lost track of how much money I had. I hadn't been paid for 2 months because of some formalities that needed to be completed. I didn't ask for an advance because I "thought" I had enough. I made sure that I had enough to pay my rent as if eating and drinking doesn't matter. Idiot.

When I told The Rock, she must have felt concerned for a moment but she quickly turned into a joke (and in a way calling me an idiot). She said "Do you think you are Raj Kapoor to do an Around the world in 8 dollars?" That's why she is called The Rock. And for that, here's a lotttttttttttt of hugs. I didn't tell IP about this because she will kill me!!! Wives are not as funny as Mothers. They just don't see the joke sometimes hehe.

But then to top it all off, I got back in touch with two old friends who I hadn't been in touch for about 13 years. Friends who were my lifeline, friends who kept me alive at a time I didn't know I was dying. Friends whom I drank with, smoked with, laughed and cried with. Friends who tolerated my weird angry moody rebellious lonely ways. Friends who meant everything to me, one of them taught me some important lessons about life in general (that today translates into what not to do hehe but I love him anyway) and the other taught me that "endif" for an "if" has to be placed logically and not randomly just to make the program compile.

But priorities and egos and childishness got in the way. Things will never be what they were because we all grow up into bigger idiots eventually, but the joy of rekindling old friendships - without worrying about whether it will last or not - is amazing. So on a Sunday afternoon, here I am after writing a long email to one of them and happy - happy because life is really beautiful with all its challenges and all its lovely ways of making it up to us.

Monday, July 24, 2006

Comic #148: Phantom - Several Adventures

Monday, July 24, 2006 48 comments Share: Digg Technorati Delicious StumbleUpon Facebook

During TCP's milestone posts, there's always been a new contributor. This time, there will be three. Announcing our first new contributor who gets to see his comic put up as #148 - IndianMalang. This is not an Indrajal, but it doesn't matter as the contribution from IndianMalang had to be put up :-) Thanks and may we see more contributions from you.

This one has several stories rather than the usual one story per comic, but each one is interesting. Stay tuned everybody.

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