Have you experienced this? Morning wake up and have a brush and sit on the sofa; one hand hold a piping hot Madras Filter Coffee and in the other the late night Edition of The Hindu. At one end you have the smell of the Madras Filter Coffee sneaking into your nostrils and in other end the smell of freshly printed paper pulp. And your head sink into the blighty and pithy op-eds with your mind scurrying in thoughts – about the content or sometimes about a new word which has been unearthed and added to the dictionary in mind. Well, this has been my routine for past (thinking….) 8yrs.
Alas! Now everything seems to be in tantrums; with this new raging, engulfing passion inculcating in other inhabitants in home. The Number Mania, The 1-9 Mania, The Squares Mania.
Me: What the heck this is?
Wife: This is Sudoku; unlock your brain cells dear.
I scamper through the corridors and front-doors looking for the paper. There is no chance…other beings who get up earlier than me (of course I am the last) have regurgitated to the door and collected their papers. I have two subscriptions Hindu and Business Line and ironically both comes with SuDoKu. So now, I feel the kick of drinking Madras Filter is gone without the op-eds to read. But then I had a nice idea!
Got a couple of books like Sudoku – Will Shortz; hoping for a respite to get my paper back. But then life takes its own course and the move boomeranged big-time. So now I’m confronted with invigorated passion in Sudoku solving. Morning solve the papers, afternoon start with the books.
Innocuous visitor to my home now may be taken for a surprise every furniture has a new paraphernalia on top of it – a pencil here, a sharpener there, a eraser on the side. And then you see people sitting in corners and writing 1-9 erasing some of it and again writing 1-9. No boss this is no kindergarten – Welcome to the world of Su.Do.Ku.
Me: Give me the damn paper?
Wife: Have this for now – The Metro Plus supplement dear.
I feel like asinine; brood about it; but then I read Calvin and Hobbes and take things lightly.