For the past three months, I have changed my addictions and it’s impossible for me to live without any kind of addiction. This calls for a kind of transformation which takes time, but more necessarily a mindful approach. I don’t smoke, drink (not that I was addicted before) and even eat my favourite vadapav anymore. All thanks to the tough times. However, I found myself addicted to a different set of activities. I cannot wait to lose my next chess match with Rajat, a close friend. And, also I cannot stop watching those boring chess matches on YouTube. Not to forget the best addictions of all, blogging every day is a part of my life I will always be proud about.

I streamed a few of my chess matches (LIVE) with Rajat. You can check the playlist here. Here’s the thing about chess, you cannot let it get into your head. It’s very easy for someone to feel bad after losing a match because of the dynamics that are involved in a chess match. But, this is a very influential cue to your next game. This has made me play chess like I’ve never played before and doesn’t necessarily mean I’m getting better. As much as I’d like to play this casually, it’s inevitable (as of now) for me to remain independent of the opening strategy to have a remarkable weight-age to the rest of my games. I hope for this to change because chess to me is fun.

“Chess, like love, like music, has the power to make men happy.”

– Siegbert Tarrasch

Do you play chess? If you don’t, do you know why? I recommend playing this game as it proved to give me the kind of work-but-fun pathway to everything else about the pandemic.

And, I’ll definitely eat thousands of vadapav when all of this is over. A quick (important) question, do you know when is that?


The Highway Rendezvous

Me and Abhijeet were on the way to this highway joint to meet another friend from a nearby city. It’s called 7 Beans and this cafe is not that far from anywhere. A twenty kilometre ride on the national-highway (also known as the longest road in India) which falls between Pune and Bengaluru with green fields to give your eyes that regular treat. Now, this being the case of the road’s situation, it amounts to a lot of traffic at intersections which are placed near cities. To shift your routes majorly.

At one such intersection, on taking a left-turn the bike was put to it’s ultimate test for that week. Abbya took a bend unlike the regular one. Because, this time the bike actually touched the road which seizes for the bend to be one and forwards it to an accident. We literally slid from this side of the intersection to the pavement on the other side.

It was in slow-motion that I saw everything happening still sitting in the position we were riding. There’s nothing we could do but sit and watch the scene ourselves.

Now, what I found funny was we were watching the whole accident happening while we were a part of it. A moment of bad luck and another vehicle taking a turn, we would have faced some serious damage like death etc. And the crucial part is we would know before anything happened, but can’t do nothing. We were laughingly having the (luckily) safest accident ever. We slid and slid until the pavement ended the bike’s visible inertia.

That’s when we burst into laughter unlike pussies.