Eid Mubarak! TL;DR: My #Eid story from years ago.
I moved to #Bombay in my early 20s for work (I'm joking. I followed a guy.) and was living in a flat in Chakala, Andheri East, close to my office. The flat belonged to a friend who had very generously allowed me to stay for free till I found something of my own. (On an unrelated note - I didn't realise until much later how huge a gesture this was considering the rents in Bombay.) It was my first time living alone and while I loved it, thanks to my tumultuous romance, I often turned into a giant, weepy, anxious mess. I desperately missed home and my friends in Bangalore, who took turns to call me for hours at a time and allowed me to whine about my boy troubles. The apartment, though a god-send, was unfurnished and bare. The only thing I had bought were a mattress, sheets, and pillows. I am not sure why, but I didn't even have a kettle or an electric stove. It was probably because I couldn't cook, or even make tea. As luck would have it, that year was full of long weekends. Being new in the city, that meant a whole lot of sitting around in my empty apartment to mope, cry, feel sorry for myself, and eat Subway for dinner. The Subway outlet near Chakala had taken to answering the phone with, "The usual ma'am?". It was one of those years when Diwali coincided with Eid in the month of November. It was a whopper of a festive week, with something like five whole days off from work. Having already blown up money on one impulsive weekend trip home, I didn't have the money to fly home again. The object of my affection was being elusive. All my new friends in Bombay had taken off to visit their families back home. One of them even begged me to go with her to Nasik, but I instead chose the stoic path of staying put and waiting by the phone, while doing a whole lot of nothing. With the office closed, I now had the exciting proposition of having Subway for both lunch AND dinner. In retrospect, I can think of a 100 odd things I could have done on my own, even with limited finances. ...cond in comments. 🙂
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