Story of a lost journalist

March 31, 2012

The bike curse

Filed under: Daily Rot — Cris @ 02:16

I strongly suspect some big shot enemy of mine has cast an evil curse on me. The curse works this way – any time I ride to Sree Padmanabha theatre, my bike would run out of charge. That’s right – charge, not petrol. I maybe repeating this countless times, but I enjoy saying it – I am the proud owner of an electric two-wheeler, thank you very much. Explanations done, we go back to the curse.

Instance 1 had the little machine dying a wee bit before the destination – viz home. That was alright. Saved without much embarrassment, barring a few sneering nincompoops. But instance 2 was harsher when dear Kweeki (she moves, she has her mood swings – she has a life and hence a name!) ran out of charge somewhere near Bakery Junction. Exactly at one of the busiest bus stops. Scheming Cris parks it near the bus stop and pretends to wait for someone. A hitchhiker who was showing upside-down thumbs all evening mistakes it as a welcome sign. Yea right, a chargeless bike and two bozos on top of it. Reminds you of a camel, in an endless desert, that refuses to budge. Schemer loudly ignores him – for some reason she seems to think, stifling a yawn and stretching hands wide would send him a message. That I didn’t stop here, cause I ran out of charge. I am just taking a yawn-break, don’t you see? That’s what bikers do all the time. They park their bikes and yawn. Helmets were invented to hide yawns.

Now Kweeki has a special charm. Keep her off for a few minutes and magically she gains a teeny bit of charge. So I ride a bit forward and to my horror find myself chargeless again in the middle of a protest strike. Dozens of young men were marching, singing slogans against the ruling party for some reason. Anger gives in to wonder for a minute as they stare at this woman who suddenly gets out of her bike and starts to drag it, forming the crust of their protest walk. I bet they would have loved to sit back and laugh but deciding that the gravity of the moment would be lost, they moved on leaving Dragger behind. To top it all, it was a bloody uphill! I might as well join the league of Malayalam heroes that carried heroines double their weight on their shoulders every time they sang. Kweeki was way over double of me! She might act a little human and consider pulling me up for a change, for all I have done for her!

Next time I take a trip to Sree Padmanabha, I am taking the bus! Well I might take Kweeki along too. Wonder if she’ll need a ticket – she’s still a baby. Hardly two years, you know.



  1. 🙂 cris, if u r taking ur Kweeki take her to a low floor bus only, it will be easy for her to get in n there will be enough space for her. forget not to take her RC book as an age proof. Well it will be free for her as she is less than two years old 😀

    enjoyed reading this
    keep writing…

    Comment by Denny M X — March 31, 2012 @ 10:05 | Reply

    • Good point Denny, I will slide her in to the big low floor. But they wouldnt need RC Book – she looks so young :p. Thank you for dropping by 🙂

      Comment by Cris — March 31, 2012 @ 12:07 | Reply

  2. Now,Now! This is the Cris I have been missing for a long, long time. Cool one, with the Made by Cris Stamp all over it!!

    Comment by Biju Kadeekkal — March 31, 2012 @ 18:20 | Reply

    • Haha thanks Biju. I don’t know what I did now, but I am glad I did it :p

      Comment by Cris — April 1, 2012 @ 12:31 | Reply

  3. It’s the curse of the Association of Petrol Pump Owners. They have voodoo dolls of all owners of battery charged vehicles 🙂

    Comment by Madhavankutty Pillai — March 31, 2012 @ 21:02 | Reply

    • Something tells me I might know the leader of this Association, since he has shown the courtesy to tell me how I am being cursed! Daytime editor, night time petrolman!

      Comment by Cris — April 1, 2012 @ 12:34 | Reply

  4. Whether kweeki needs a ticket or No ticket, she needs Treats ,bcoz she’s
    still a baby.

    Try Treating her with AAA batteries.. She might like it.. 😛

    Comment by Blungi — April 1, 2012 @ 12:25 | Reply

    • She has some gigantic batteries, but I doubt if she ever uses it!!

      Comment by Cris — April 1, 2012 @ 12:34 | Reply

  5. Loved the sound of this word nincompoops. Very musical. Had to google to find out the meaning. Forgot to mention this in my comment.

    Comment by Biju Kadeekkal — April 9, 2012 @ 20:26 | Reply

    • Thank you Biju – I love that word too 🙂

      Comment by Cris — April 13, 2012 @ 16:28 | Reply

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