Money Pal :)

How does it feel to be at the very edge of the country, staring into miles and miles of nothingness, feeling the great landmass of the continent behind you falling away beneath your feet, the ignominy hidden under the chaotic blue-brown waters lapping gently at your feet… You reach out to touch the crystal clear cloudless sky, you feel the gentle zephyr ruffle every strand of your hair and every thread of clothing, you dig in with your feet and feel the cold, wet sand envelope your feet, carrying you away to another world… Your hands fall back slowly to your sides, and your right arm brushes against your right hip pocket, and the whole beautiful world comes crashing down with the realization that there’s not a single penny in the bulky wallet… How does it feel to be stuck in the middle of a picturesque nowhere with no money?

I guess I found out the hard way over the past three days in Manipal. It is a strange feeling – I haven’t felt that for a long time now, and being the end of the month, I was flat broke, with just enough money to return home. Budgeting my beer intake, making sure I walk rather than take the auto, sticking to a strict regiment of cigarette rationing, and other petty little things we do once a month when we fall below the poverty line.

But the event was a great success – I was given the Best Speaker award, which was a shock to me, because there were a lot of other speakers better than me. But I guess, I made quite an impression on the judges. Now that I’m back to being a boring old fart, I think I’ll restart my blog, reclaim my distorted life, and reorient myself to being a workaholic and drown my sorrows in coffee, tea, beer, blog posts and comments. Cheers! 🙂

Published by Nikhil

Nikhil Kumar lives in Bangalore with his wife and their stuffed dog. They are both advertising professionals and lead very exciting lives on the streets, dodging traffic. Their fridge is filled with cans of Diet Coke and their water heater doesn't work. He doesn't smoke (up) anymore.

40 thoughts on “Money Pal :)

  1. Wow, awesome.. do write about the whole experience.. i hope i get invited next year and finally manage to go for it!! atleast once!!! sigh!!

  2. @Anshul
    As I said, I feel very sheepish! 😀

    Thank you thank you! 🙂

    Thanks dude! 😀

    Yeah, you should go next time… It’ll be fun! 🙂

    Yeah man, all three days! 🙂
    And yes, you should’ve come… It was fun, and you could’ve given me a run for my money! 😀

    Thanks dude! 🙂

  3. Kudos dude 🙂 Pretty neat, huh! Happy you had some fun 😀 You should collected some sea shells and played with your creativity, sold them off and made some money for your frolic? 😉 No?!


  4. Best Speaker Award!! and I thought you were just awesome in writing… 😉
    But no man…u r multi talented…Congrats…
    n your pseudo broke feeling stuff was great…I can really empathize with as once even I was in a similar situtation in the port town of Mundra (if you have heard of it.) even i escaped from there without much wear n “tear” 😉
    …the feeling was really good that time.
    Cool man…good work…congrats again

  5. Now that you did not tell. I mean during mail exchanges. Being modest eh??? Hehe.. Congratulations buddy!!!

  6. @La Vida Loca
    Hehe, yeah! Its so cool, no? 😀

    Thanks!! 🙂

    Hey thanks a lot, dude! 🙂
    Yeah it’s an awesome feeling when broke! 🙂

    Thanks! 🙂
    And yes, I did… I’ll mail you the links… 🙂

    Thanks man! 😀

    Hehehe! 😀
    Thanks man! 🙂

    Uh… No, sweetheart 😉

    Hehe! Thanks! 😀

  7. Great writing as well, Nikhil. Loved the first para.

    And congratulations on the award. You should have asked them for a cash prize! 🙂


    Quirky Indian

  8. Welcome back.

    best speaker….. and join the club.. But i’m eternally broke

    And febi… It is a name that i used when i had my other blog, which i had deleted and thats cos bcos am born in the month of february!!!

    Nothing so official about it…

  9. @Chiranjib
    Thanks man! 🙂

    Hehehe! I’ll try my best not to be one! 😀

    Thanks man! 🙂
    Hehe! 😀

    LOL… Thanks man! 😀
    And Febi… Hmmm… Maybe I should be called Aug! 😀

  10. Congratulations, buddy~

    New month has started, I guess now you have jumped out of your self-inflicted poverty line? 😛

  11. Welcome back and congrats for the best speaker award! I hope I’ll get to see you presentation / read your paper here 🙂

  12. My reactions…
    1st 4 lines – Wow..what lovely place that should be

    2nd 4 lines – Wow hes gt into serious travelogues..and see instead of the expected __pocket – he hs mentioned hip pockets ;P

    2nd para – Oh i knw ths situation perfectly well by now

    3rd para beginning – Wow..Awesome…but how come he jst dnt use the normal fart atleast?

    3rd para end – now you knw ;P

  13. Hey… congratulationssss..!!! 🙂 You deserve it really… I don’t think anyone else would have been better than u !

  14. congrats for getting the best speaker award. I am sure you deserved it as people who write well often speak well too! btw, that header photo is awesome!

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