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A Moving Story!!

April 6, 2009

This weekend was exciting!! “We” had to help Mr. ST and his wife Mrs. SD move homes and it was an eventful gathering. It was the least I could do for the couple as I generally run through their monthly ration of rice in 15 days (and blame ST and SD’s fantastic cooking skills)!!!

America is different Ladies and Gentlemen. Now I know the reason why books like “—- for dummies” are so famous here. It is so, because people generally do things on their own here. In our case, we had to pack everything, move the furniture and even drive the rented truck ourselves and for the daring mission, ST had enlisted a bright group of innovative guys including yours truly and a couple of other interesting blokes!!!

The members of the “keleaning” committee included a quintessential Indorian, code named “buyaa” and a street smart Gorakpurian with back pain, code named “langda” apart from me, ST and SD.

Why langda wanted to help was beyond us, especially with his bad back, but he seemed determined to put his 101 % into the job. Buyaa always seemed to be the responsible type and he told us that he was vastly experienced in anything remotely related to packing and moving and we were all happy that we had him to help us. By what he told us, it seemed that he must have been a coolie in his previous birth and due to bad karma, ended up as a software engineer in this.

And so, the plan (as decided by Buyaa and ST) was:


  1. Pack everything into boxes by Friday night in the old house while SD cleaned the new house.
  2. Move all the furniture Saturday morning, and then clean the old house by Saturday evening before giving the keys to the apartment manager.
  3. Have “milk boiling and overflowing thus ruining kitchen” ceremony at the new place followed by party.

Funnily it seemed easy enough when we went thru this plan on Friday morning and especially when we heard buyaa take up responsibility for everything with his disdainful one liner, “Abe, kaam hogaya samaj“.

So as per plan, Langda and I reached ST’s house by 8 PM on Friday but there were no signs of buyaa or ST. So we had to wait for them by playing countless tennis games on the Nintendo Wii. Finally by around 9, buyaa and ST walked in with a couple of bottles consisting of:

  • One bottle 409 cleaning liquid and a bottle of Jack Daniels whisky and a case of beer

I could certainly understand the cleaning liquid bottle but definitely not the whisky and the beer.

SD was (and still is) a smart lady and she knew her husband better than all of us and she left for the new house to get things ready there and that was when the fun started.

When buyaa was on his very healthy third swig and ST on his second beer, we gently reminded them of our mission and buyaa seemed hurt by our suggestion.


Energy chahiye dost“, was all he said and ST also piped in, “Give us 15 more minutes guys“!!!! And we had to wait for an hour for them to get started and finally we did, by around 10!!

Buyaa was assigned to the kitchen.

The very first thing buyaa did was break a glass by placing a mixer over it. He did it with a nonchalant ease, as if he did such things every single day and ST had no other option but to forgive him.  Without going into the details, I can tell you that things went downhill from there on; almost everything including the whisky level in the bottle. The only thing that did not go down was the level of the cleaning liquid in the 409 bottle!! By around 2 AM in the morning, we were done.

The packing was atrociously bad and the cleaning even worse. The house probably got dirtier, by the time we were done…..

The next day, we got up early and shifted everything to the new house. It was a long day and I did survive with just a few scratches to remind me of the episode.

Buyaa was in it all. One moment, he was arranging the furniture, the next moment he was carrying the furniture followed by lavish advice on vaastushastra and it was hilarious to see SD manage us “grown up Kids” in the new house!!

The highlight of the day was the party that followed!!! An eventful weekend!!

I learnt the first chapter in the book, “Packing and Moving for dummies“!! A chapter I will never forget in my life and that chapter would be called, “How not to pack and move“!!!!

37 Comments leave one →
  1. Winnie the poohi permalink
    April 6, 2009 6:55 pm

    ha ha ha!! poor lady.. I pity the lady who has to do the actual cleaning up after you left and also SD’s wife 😀

    • April 6, 2009 7:03 pm

      LOL…. :)same here!!!! hey SD is the wife!!!! 🙂 she is used to our antics!!!

      • Winnie the Poohi permalink
        April 6, 2009 8:37 pm

        whoops 😛

        poor SD then 😀

        I still can figure out how you guys carried stuff while being drunk ?

        • April 6, 2009 10:15 pm

          LOL…. 🙂 we did the carrying the next day… not on friday!! 🙂

  2. April 6, 2009 7:34 pm

    congragulations on the first move ? is it ?

    almost 12 years ago when i first moved from one house to the other in hyd i used a sabzi walla cart. the subzi walla was closing for the day and i asked him if he could spare me for 2-3 hours — i put all my possessions! . fortunately it was only 2-3 streets down and we did it after 6.00 p.m on a sunday evening ( when everybody was watching the movie ) your post reminded me of this !

    • Winnie the Poohi permalink
      April 6, 2009 8:36 pm

      Thats a crazy funny thing to do! what if something fell down ???

    • Indyeah permalink
      April 6, 2009 9:13 pm

      so cute 🙂 and yeah crazily weirdly sweet:)

    • April 6, 2009 10:16 pm

      yeah anrosh…. 🙂 that sounds crazy… LOL… sabzi cart!! wah wah!!

      • April 7, 2009 8:57 am

        wtg Anrosh… must have saved money !!! lol… i can appreciate all means of saving money these days…. 🙂 thats what my eyes see !!

        • April 7, 2009 2:54 pm

          i had no money then — doing a research job in a consulting firm (when consulting firms was unheard of )drove me to find creative ways. and Hyd was then a hamlet compared even to bombay suburbs !

  3. Indyeah permalink
    April 6, 2009 9:16 pm

    LOL! OG 😀
    my god ! How did you guys manage to move all that stuff? 😀
    tch tch!
    drunk fellows 😀

    the keleaning committee sure sounds fun 😀
    SD actually trusted you guys ? 😀 Does she have a blog or soemthing? or err a phone no perhaps? 😀 will make her read the post 😀

    LOL@“Energy chahiye dost“

    yeah sure to break and smash things:D
    must say though that SD has patience and guts 😀

    • April 6, 2009 10:22 pm

      What!!! I was not drunk!!!! 🙂 and we did get some work done!!!! 🙂 😛
      my friends….. what can I say!!!! 🙂

      SD is a nice lady and she has a hard time “bring up” her husband!!! 🙂 LOL hehehehehehehe
      and yes, she has patience!!!

  4. April 7, 2009 3:33 am

    Hey, I know what you mean…My husband and I did this moving thing with the help of a couple of friends…Gosh! It was crazy…

  5. April 7, 2009 3:59 am

    poor Mrs SD… the only sane member of the group! lol
    truly a case of ‘How NOT to pack and move’ alright. but atleast hopefully u learnt ur lesson(s) from this! an enlightening experience alright! 😀

  6. April 7, 2009 6:37 am

    My comment disappeared *strange*

  7. April 7, 2009 6:40 am

    ???????? I can’t post my comment 😦

    • April 7, 2009 6:41 am

      So was this the party you mentioned? You guys should start Kalippu 😆
      Poor lady!
      Your avatar is freakingly hilarious. Jayan must be so proud of you carrying forward his tradition of Red-White lace Shirt + fluorescent Green pants.

      OG: yeah that was the party!!!! and LOL at jayan!!!

    • April 7, 2009 6:41 am

      you just posted your comment!!!! 🙂 i did not get you…. 😛

  8. April 7, 2009 8:59 am

    Next time you shift boss… !!! I would be glad to assist !! 😉

    • April 7, 2009 12:34 pm

      and by the way… that title is really misguiding… when i first read… i was like oh no… even OG is going to write a sad story ??

      lol… but this moving story is welcome all the time !! lol 😀

  9. Quirky Indian permalink
    April 7, 2009 1:04 pm

    The other two guys had Jack Daniels and Beer to help them. And that makes me sure that you did most of the work! 🙂

    Glad to see you on WP.


    Quirky Indian

  10. April 7, 2009 3:14 pm

    Oh my goodness!!! I am sure SD must be rueing the day they decided to ask you guys to ‘help’ them 🙂
    That was one ‘moving story’, have to say!

    Still ROFL at
    ‘Have “milk boiling and overflowing thus ruining kitchen” ceremony’


    ‘Without going into the details, I can tell you that things went downhill from there on; almost everything including the whisky level in the bottle. The only thing that did not go down was the level of the cleaning liquid in the 409 bottle’

    You know what amazes me is that ST and SD had the energy for a party after all this 🙂 You know what – get SD to guest-write a post 🙂 Lets hear what she has tp say 🙂

    • April 7, 2009 3:56 pm

      No actually, she knew that we would mess things up!!!…. 🙂

      yeah, we always have energy for party!!… 🙂 and guest post from SD…. i dont think so as she will not have good things to say about me!!!…. 😆

  11. April 7, 2009 6:03 pm

    LOL Ajith… I am laughing at every bit of this post.. great 🙂 atlast u guys somehow get the work done… SD will be relieved woman 🙂
    OG: Thanks machi…. 🙂 vella correctta mudichom…. that is what is important!! 😀

  12. indianhomemaker permalink
    April 7, 2009 6:31 pm

    LOL 🙂 This was hilarious.

    ST and SD were lucky to have you guys helping them shift 🙂 Even the most boring job, can become highly entertaining with friends who reassure, “Abe, kaam hogaya samaj“ followed by “Energy chahiye dost“
    OG: 😀 IHM….. 🙂

  13. Happy Kitten permalink
    April 8, 2009 11:01 am

    Shifting is the most boring and hateful job.. but somehow you made it very interesting.. guess it needs a “bottle” to keep it in the right spirit!

  14. Chirag Chamoli permalink
    April 8, 2009 1:40 pm

    Dude this was a distater langada and you are solely responsible 😉 . ST and SD bechare. I want to move from my present house, but just can’t because the packing 🙂

    • April 8, 2009 3:55 pm

      LOL….come on man… I worked my ass off…. 🙂 and yes, if I was in bangalore, I would have come to help….pucca…. 🙂

  15. April 9, 2009 5:26 pm

    A very good and hilarious post. The North American experience is not complete without the U-Haul, and the move of atleast one friend’s household. You’ve done it and done it so admirably well that you are now ready for many more moves of friends and of course the partying thereafter.

    OG: you said it Sir…. U-Haul…. 🙂 and yes, I am now ready!!!!

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