For the past two days I have not been able to connect to the internet and for the past two weeks my Internet Service Provider has blocked me from viewing any website that has the word 'blogspot' in the URL. A call to the call center dude of this ISP, asking him why his company continued to impose the ban when even the government had given the thumbs-up sign to the internet community to get back to their blogging and Mumbai blast investigations, did not make the situation better. He had apparently never heard of a blog before and he had considerable difficulty in typing ‘mendelismental’ in the address bar of his browser. At the end of a thirty minute phone call, during which he made me unplug my modem, restart my computer, clear my history and cache, he asked me what I meant when I said that his company was still blocking blogs. I think he could feel feelings of anger and frustration coming from my end of the receiver and so he followed the next instruction written on his "Steps to follow to make your customer feel like an amazingly idiotic git for actually thinking that a phone-call to the customer hotline will help him out" card. He put me on hold.
Let's just say that I came out of the phone-call more disillusioned and less enlightened about my current problem. I realized, with a touch of sympathy for myself, that my current situation could not be fruitful for me in any way. There was no internet, Bold and the Beautiful was getting more and more complicated with Brooke getting 'affections' for her son-in-law, and I had nothing to do or see. My IPod refused to work for some unknown reason and the fact that I would be leaving Chennai in less than a week seemed to bum me out. Luckily, the cast party for the play mentioned in the previous post was held yesterday and it was fun.
We played an intriguing game called "Truth or Chooth/Chute", an off-shoot of the more popular "Truth or Dare" game. The rules of the game: Say the truth or F*** off. I think that since the rules are so succinct, this game has a good future. It would be a good ice-breaker in a party, “Hey, who wants to play Truth or Chooth/Chute?”. Try it out - it’s bound to get you some fans.