Smitten

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It was a really dull evening, another Sunday with nothing done. I wasn’t so zealous back then and had grown incredibly fond of my credit cards! It was just another walk to the temple back in the days when I worshipped. It was yet another stroll to “The Forum” mall in Bangalore, Karnataka. My best friends girlfriend joined me for he was then in Mississippi. We were getting bored even in mall after our dinner when an idea struck my head. I had always been curious about the BOSE shop on the second floor. What was it that interested those surely wealthy people? We dived in.

They made us sit in a rather small auditorium (it was just a room full of speakers and woofers). We sat at the center and the sales guy started directing us – “Sir, I’m going to let you watch clips from some movies. Please tell us about the sound that you hear”. I can’t recall all the movies but “The Incredibles” was one. It was scene where the smallest child is running through the jungle and trying to save his elder sister and incidentally meets his parents. It was the HD print of the movie, a rather rare commodity back then. We listened and the sound came from all around us. Now remember the movies in your theaters. In an average sized theater, you have at least 8 large JBL speakers right besides your ears from both the sides giving you all the effects and the slightest of sounds. That was the only scene I could remember back then.

I was thrilled to say the least. The best part was yet to come though – “How was the sound Sir?” He was taking particular interest in me for some reason.

“Amazing” – The smile just wouldn’t leave my face.

“Which side did you hear the sound from, the most?”

“All around but primarily from behind us”.

“Just guess how many speakers were turned on for your listening?”

I pointed at a few from the front and the back and smartly included a sub-woofer as well to cover the bass.

He smiled sheepishly and spoke softly – “Sir, only the 2 in the front along with the sub-woofer were turned on”.

How the hell could I be proved wrong?? I demanded to watch the trailers again. The result was the same.

I was shell-shocked! Conceding, I left the room and started browsing other smaller equipments that they had placed for trials. The sales guy came to me again. Why the hell doesn’t he leave me alone? How much mockery and embarrassment more?

He said – “Wouldn’t you like to hear these?” pointing at the a set with rather small set of speakers.

I acted smart again and said – “No show me those” pointing at the ones with larger speakers.

I wanted to listen to decent sound. He asked me to plug my phone in the socket of the remote and I played a song at medium volume testing it’s range. I started to slowly raise it’s volume getting really serious at seeing these speakers beside my laptop. They were really impressive, would be an understatement. They blew my mind out. I was smitten!!

I immediately went out and leaned against the railings of the balcony. I couldn’t make up my mind if it was wise to max out my credit card buying this set. It would cost me a fortune and I wasn’t sure if I was ready for such an expense. She came to me and said – “Just gift yourself on your birthday!”.

That was just the reason I was looking for. I went home, got my credit card, swiped it, got the set packed and there it was – right beside my laptop!

I’ve never since rued my decision.

The Giant Wakes Up – Daily Prompt – SOS

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The Giant Wakes up.

The Demon Roars Back.

The Prodigal Son Returns.

The Soldier with the power to keep me awake rises up again.

Aaaaaand I’ve now run out of metaphors!

Yeah, yeah I’m creating a bit of mystery but what the hell… I love doing that! 😉

There are not a lot of things (non-living) that I’m proud of. But a few of them that I’m proud of – I own ’em. My speakers, my bike, my headphones and my PC. These things have power over me. I shall stay spellbound forever with their gaze locked with my eyes. Anyone who knows me in person will tell you in affirmative.

Last week was horrendous though. My PC was hit last friday and it just won’t start. I had no clue what had gotten into it. I had though, a few weeks ago, read a warning message about anyone of the fan/mother board/processor going to go kaput on me but then a few days later Windows 8 thought it better to archive the message when it saw no action taken. I just didn’t have any time or money to spend on the PC. Thankfully I got my salary a week early and I could finally get my PC cleaned up. The bugger fan had jammed of all things. 250 bucks and there you go. Not only did I learn how to clean a PC today but I also got a hands-on when I cleaned the drives myself. Aaaaah that satiated feel of a quiet PC doing all things only it can and me typing away merrily with a smile on my face letting the world know of my accomplishments and how proud I am about them.

But the best part is yet to come. I am about to make my first savings tomorrow and get my credit rolling again. I’ve envisioned this day for so long, I don’t even think I’ll sleep today. Can’t wait to get my bum to those banks and tip their stale icebergs to my side again. You can run but you can’t hide I say and so do many but it made more sense now. I ran away from them when they needed their money and they have been sweetly exacting their revenge on me for 3 years. They have run away from every opportunity to lend me money when I needed it. But not anymore. They shall bow their heads in respect, for a potential customer will come seeking – with money in hand, with head held high and they won’t have any corner to hide away.

My tottering life’s getting back up just like my PC and the world will start to bow now for I am smarter, more intelligent and have gotten rid of my wasteful ways – well most of it! Some like pizzas still remain but food – it’s my kryptonite!

There is a reason why I’m entitled to this feeling of relief because I’ve persevered long enough to know what it means to get desperate when bound. I’ve worked towards it, believing in my goal.

You know what I’ll want from that bottle in the sea. A genie condensing in thin air and saying – “Stop believing in miracles. Know that you are one”!

Shopping and Credit

Yup. We went SHOPPING. We went shopping after SUCH a long while, it felt as if it had been decades before we actually visited a mall leave alone any brand store. Did a lot. BOUGHT a LOT.

Such a RELIEF it was.

Got some bare essentials, some apparel, some accessories and a question – does everyone feel the same, I mean relieved, after shopping? It has never never happened to me before, as the more expensive the products got, the happier I was. It was like a slap on fates face just to show – how it can be done and how things are ever improving. The more I’m being pushed down, the better I’m springing up. It was like a huge stride in my life to buy some of the stuff that I had only dreamt about in my boyhood days. Although, the best relief was to see my wife smiling so much after a very simple affair like a hair wash at L’Oreals. It’s so difficult to forget that face and those hair of course. And she bought a ton of other things too.

It was a beautiful evening with the sun peeping through the clouds. The weather was surprisingly cold for May 11 in Delhi as we were easily able to roam around without any covers and to our comfort, it even rained in the evening making the weather so much cooler and windier. It was like a day meant to start turning the tides in my life. The start of the crests after a prolonged season full of troughs. I don’t say all this on the back of the power of money but all of it felt really positive. I felt I could do something – something to cheer my wife on. It has been so gloomy, the last couple of months that such rays of sunshine were really welcomed. The vibes were good, we had a good time after ages and watched a movie, that too after a while.

Although I spent a lot, for the first time in my life, I wasn’t crying spending all of it. No regrets. And in the parking lot, I just said, fuck the credit. It felt really good to say it for I know how quintessential credit is for a better life but, I am now starting to believe credit is bad and it’s a pain in the ass than anything else. Your whole life starts revolving around the payments that you gotta make the next month or the EMI’s that’ll get deducted every 1st of your month making the joy of a salary credit in your account, so much more flawed and short-lived.

Anyone else feels the same?