Thursday, February 18, 2010

No more apple pie for us….

I was i the middle of the dramatics finales… cut off from the outer world at the time… the exact moment at which the german bakery was being blasted into pieces. I wasn’t a regular at the place, in fact i visited it only once to ‘actually’ eat something. It was much more of a landmark than a food joint. It was this same tuesday that we approached them for a sponsorship proposal….. The nepali waiter was quite surprised with us “u can talk to the boss if u want, but i never saw him doing such a thing” …. he was sort of right. The boss didn’t even heard our deal…. that was kind of plain and simple, not as rude as giving us their card and saying “we will call u if we are interested” … which i generally assume to mean.. “i m too shy to say this, but i want you out of my property right now !”…

The people all around pune have been resenting the loss since a few days. I hope they show the same for the lives lost in the blast. But, i guess we are too habitual to it that we barely notice it anymore. I cant say, it might have been strength and solidarity on our part to not grieve for the human loss. But i can understand that the bakery itself was a part of our lives , much more than we thought it was.

We were leaving when devyani felt this need to sit on the benches… quite right , i think it was anyways better than sitting at the bus stop and waiting for the next appointment with another sponsor. I bought an apple pie for us, partly bcoz i never tasted it before and partly bcoz i wanted to avoid sitting like a fool without an occupation. The place was crowded with foreigners , mainly clad in red robes. An old couple passed us by several times during the up and down tours of KP we did. I hope they were not at ground zero during the blast. A man was sitting next to our table with his bag secure between his legs. I saw my own mistake and hung my laptop again from my shoulder. It was time to leave, never to see german bakery again… too bad i think, i would have given a treat to the freshers there next time. The quality of food they served and the clients they had was quite admirable, and we are sure they will rebuild it soon. But till then no more apple pies for us…