Friday, August 05, 2005

Chakku 26

What connects Agatha Christie, Dr. Seuss, Badal Sircar & Sunil Gangopadhyay? Great authors? Some might say so, but not in my book. Then, what makes me tie them in the same sentence.

It has to do with the man in today’s spotlight. He has acted in a play by each of the above mentioned authors.

When he is not busy with his theatre work, he also dons the cap of the “CEO” of his company, and in between all this he manages to roam around with the ladies. Honestly, I found the writing of the above sentence so damn tedious… I wonder how he manages to actually execute the meaning. :)

I first met him in 1995. We were all cycling back home and pushing the cycles up a particularly painful incline. The moron that I was, and still am, mentioned, “Gawd! Why is it so tough?” and he went on to explain gravity, trigonometry, calculus, mechanics and other assorted babble. And thus began with the journey with Chakku.

You have people in the world who are not brainy, but unfortunately are always cursed to be called so. And then you have other geniuses who “wear their brain on their mouth” (pardon that crude euphemism), and never seem to realize that the rest of the world could actually be so dumb. Chakku belongs to the latter category. An absolute genius.

Memories of him solving physics problems in the bus, while Rajjo and I gladly waited to copy them are numerous. In fact, make that “solving X problems” where X could be any subject under the sun.

Some other memories of Chakku include the bright blue Bajaj Sunny of his which needed to be pushed more distance than it actually went on its own. Oh, how can one forget his reply to the waiter at a restaurant who asked him, “Your good name sir?” (chakku’s response was, “Lunch!”)

There are a few incidents that he would never want to be made public, and I shall honour his sentiment.
Hmm…actually I need to at least drop a hint for the guys in the Gang who should know what I am talking about. “KFC. Aja.” – enough said! :))
Another incident would be the infamous Symphony theatre incident when we guys had gone to watch Lethal Weapon 4. “You think only you can say @#$%, even I can say, @#$%, here take this you #$%^.” :-)

Guys who’ve studied in Bangalore would know of the famous Krishna Xerox or Classic Xerox. But one of the best-kept secrets in North Bangalore was Chakku’s Notes. He had methodically solved all papers of all subjects of all universities of all years of all…whew! get the point. This explains the meager 80% he got in each semester of his engineering. (if he had stuck only to his branch, the aggregate would be in the high 90s)

Right now his life revolves around girls, more girls, and a few more unseen girls. Despite all that, he is always there to be with the Gang…well almost always. Hehe!

Despite having diametrically opposite reading tastes, I still discuss a lot on books with him, especially the Barber Chronicles, Why the Dog didn’t pee, and other such books. But that is what makes it all the more fun to hang out with him, and a great friend as well.

Have a great year pal! In his own style,
“Ladies and Gentlemen let's wish a very Happy Birthday to Dhimant aka Chakku aka Dhi Only One aka CEO."




At 12:18 PM, Blogger Tejaswi said...

Dude, somehow this post makes Dhimant look like a geek and not you. Tch tch. ;)))

Anyway, A bunch of birthday wishes to Dhi Only One.

Dhimant, just one word for you, please, please, stop addressing yourself in third person. Tejaswi can't stand it.

Its good to see that your gang is still alive and screaming and kicking. Great going guys.

ps: Edited comment to fix typo.

At 8:44 PM, Blogger DhiOnlyOne said...

Firstly, thank you for the wishes :-)
Secondly, about setting the facts right, I guess I'll do it some other day.

Thanks a lot dude.

Thank you for the birthday wishes :-)
Dhi Only One is glad :-))))))

At 4:50 AM, Blogger J said...

Is this like an official budday blog or have you been promised an extra helping of cake and champagne?

At 10:01 AM, Blogger Sridhar Raman said...

Can I help it if my close friends' birthdays fall on consecutive days? :)

Ah yes the "cake & champagne" part. I wouldn't mind getting that. Why! I would even be extra "generous" in donating my share of the champagne for even more cake. :P


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