Shuld wake up @ 6.00AM meet raghav @ 7.00AM plan d way @7.30AM and start d drive @8.00AM was d plan I blueprinted, crafted, engineered, sketched and chalked out in ma mind. But kame 2 no dat ragha had to drop his father in airport @7.00AM and SO all ma plans got smashed and trashed. It was a aaneye pudunga vendam moment. Stopped all ma dhinking and went 2 bed.
Woke up at 7.00 O clock on sunday, the dream day we booked for Chennai Book Drive. It was reallyyyyyy kooool outside as it had rained last ni8. d kool breeze and quiling of d birds and d squirrel made ma heart say…….inum 5 nimshum matum thoogalam…. heeding 2 ma heart I klosed ma eyes…..sluuuusssshhhh……it became 9.00AM . Kulichified, saptufied, scent adichified and make-up potufied, it bkame 10.00AM. Ragha kalled and I started moving to r meet up point choolaimedu and it bkame 10.30AM.
I met him, discussed wht has to be done. Took photocopies of book donation porms, brought post it notes. Ragha kalled his driver, told d places of d donors and asked for d best route dat can b taken and it bkame 11.00AM. Then I said machi kall d donors first and ask them if we shall kome 2 deir home now, lets not suddenly go and stand b4 them and give shock. Accordingly ragha started kalling all d donors. Sme kept on ringing and sme gave the answer…….d number u r trying to reach is currently switched offf…….rahav looked at me and said mappu vechitangada appu……!! It bkame 12.00AM and we never moved frm dat place….have 2 tell u it was a Ena koduma sir idhu moment 4 me.
Den suddenly a kalll kame….it was frm vatsala. She askd us 2 cme to her hme and take d books…….apppadi….sme sigh of releif. Den looked, her house was at madipakkam. Hmm little longg distance but no problem…….jute vidu machi…!!!! Hurrey….chennai book drive got started…….!!!! “Saroja samma nikaloo”, FM la music. nanga chennai la rounds…yahooooo..enjoyed d ride undil Kathipara fly over…thought madipakkam would be quite nearer to dis……but we were gng gng and gng…..and it was 1.30PM almost half day over and we did not even collect 1 book. Vatsala asked me to cme near Jerusalem college I asked here and there we moved hither and thither and at last reached college…..and the board read…..”Sree Balaji Dental College”..Ada pavingala Jerusalem college ku dhane valli ketein….Sree Balaji dental college vara vechitangale…ada kadavule…ada kadavule….It was a thambi tea inum varala moment….. kalled vatsala and said dat i am standingu here how 2 cme and den she helped out and we reached our first destination @ 2.30PM. She had wonderful books which she was willing to donate. After getting those books a small sense of happiness filled our hearts and it kicked sme energy in2 us. We greeted vatsala and her mother and moved……….
Next r loaction was Vanagaram. Ragha said machi we gotta take tamabaram-maduravoil route and get to vanagaram. Hm….it looked like next mini tour for me…..den what….start music….Radio mirchi semma hot machi…..we started going…….den we reached vanagaram. The donor was Dinesh, (g)klass mate of ragha…..got sme engineering books and lot of other books….again a big sigh of releif and sme added energy. It was half past 3, I and ragha didnt have luch but we kept moving. Our next location was vadapalani.
On d way to vadapalani frm vanagaram my urinary bladder got filled up and I was adakifying. We reached d destination and it was saraths friends house. Man…..we got loads of books frm him…..den only thought hmmmm Chennai Book Drive on d way 2 success. After getting it frm him….our next location was periyar nagar where there were 3 donors and it was our final destination.
We got a bit tired and raghav stopped d car near nilgris departmental store. I asked y machi he said, “ulla porul vangura madhiri poi toilet use pani da Lam da” well I said, ” oh…ok en allla adaka mudiyella”. We tried d plan and d plan worked out successfully… and we started our drive. The next donor happened 2 b raghav’s relative. Avulothan gemmi channel was switched on….yemmendi…kuchandi…pinni……enaku onum puriala…….but here we got tons of books…..yes you read it right we got tons…..
Then again frm next donor we got lot of java j2ee sql books frm…I suppose they r software engineers….and then frm next donor which was d last one we got primary school books and engineering books. As soon as we got d books frm dem, it meant a great journey was done and a big relief for me.
Also there were many prends who said machi dont waste time by coming to ma home da, I myself shall come to your home and give it. Accordingly some of my friends came to ma home and gave their books. At 1st I thought, chennai book drive was a complete failiure but thank god it wasnt so…got more dan 100 books.
Now d next imp dhing is to take these books in2 d hands of the needy children.
My job is half done. STILL A LOOOOONG WAY 2 GOOOOOO!!!!
Gokul – Thanks machi for your enquiries. Sorry mama was not in the system wen you pinged me da. Have a bad habit of leaving d system on while gng for lunch/out.