January 2, 2012

AECS Meetup 2012: Nothing's changed

The clock struck 12, the world rejoiced. We stood on the terrace and cheered - Juber, Siva, Shaukat, Asif and myself. Some rockets from a nearby building filled the sky with colors and smoke. I ran downstairs and got hold of some leftover crackers from Diwali. After the screaming and cheering died down we sat there in the cold, cloudless sky and talked. Shoukat left at about one and Asif (unable to resist a free ride home) went with him.

The rest of us retired for the night and thus ended our new year's eve celebrations.

The year end, falling on a saturday seemed like the right time for everyone to come together at one place and
catch up, so I had this brainstorm to try a 2-hour AECS get together(wow I hate this term already). I went as far as creating an event page on the ever trusty facebook and sent out invites to all my AECS friends.

There were 16 RSVPs last time I checked with some more clicking 'maybe'. There was a brief (unfounded) confusion with the event profile pic too. How easy it is to nitpick...

The day...

Juber and I went out shopping and bought everything from decoration to food. Juber even remarked I was
overspending on confectionery. Anything for my mates I thought.

Shoukat and Siva arrived first followed by Atir. It was heartening to see them meet after 6 long years.

Sandeep, who is now doing interning at Osmania Hospital called from Mehdipatnam and I guided him home. He was even more glad seeing Atir...8 years here!

Abhishek, Jaffery and Sunil called saying they'd started from ECIL and would be here in an hour. Turns out they were lying... they were giving us fake traffic updates while one of them was away on ahem...another appointment. It'd be almost 9 by the time they arrived. They played it out like a work meeting schedule.

Shyam came in a with a surprise visitor...Nagesh, our classmate from primary school.

And the girls... ok I'm wasting a few bytes of space on my blog here but here goes:
One was spending new year with her cousins and couldn't come(that was easy).
The other gave her word and later retracted because she was out with her work friends and there was no way she was 'wasting' two hours with 'us'.
The third fell 'sick' and couldn't make it but called a friend(who was at my place) for suggestions on a good restaurant for chicken one hour later!
The rest just did what they do best: look the other way.

Two reasons it didn't work:

- Since the plan was to fund the party myself, I looked for the place most  friendly on my pocket: my place! Turns out you need star hotels and conference rooms to entice people into coming.
- The other reason is quite simple. I was the host!

And oh there was one sour lemon on our side too. Apparently a party is no party without liquor.

Moving on... we had some good biryani followed with some ice cream. When I realized almost the whole group was itching to go after 10:30, I brought in the cake as well.

After the usual hugs and goodbyes, five of us were left to see 2012 in.

I didn't get a chance to click many pictures though. Here's one:

Standing from left: Jaffery, Asif, Nagesh, Shoukat.
Sitting from left: Siva, Shyam, Abhishek, Juber, Sunil, Gopi, Aziz

1 comment:

vaishnavi said...

are u sure it was put as "wasting time ??" or rather there wasnt enuf time to travel all the way to ur place n come back bcoz we were tight on the schedule ... we were going to send off one of our frens who got transferred to b'lore. :/ :/