I’ve never felt so dumb


Okay this is going to be completely random. Yes, how can someone develop so much laziness? I sometimes wonder if I lost my thinking hat. It might have got lost with the chaos around me and the blogger in me does get lazy and sleepy and forgets to churn words. It seems he has lost his patience too. With life engulfing him in its chores, he does gets busy – with life.

Well, let me tell you something that made me ponder, why our brain is so like a horse. Yes, a horse! Its been three months since I moved into my apartment. We usually have two keyholes in the door and have two keys to open each lock. I usually open the locks using each key. Sometimes there would be no identification mark to differentiate the keys and sometimes the keys would be differently designed, the bow part where you hold the key.

When I moved in for the first time, I tried to open the first lock with a key but some for weird reason it didn’t open. I might have turned left instead of right or right instead of left. I changed the key and it clicked. So I used the second key to open the other lock. I remembered this and saved this in my mind – brass colored key is for the second lock and the silver colored key is for the first lock.

And so a month later when I got a roommate I had to request the lease office for a spare key which they usually give when we move in the first time. They have been asking me to come on a weekday so that they can ask the key maker to make a spare key. I couldn’t find any time during the day to visit the lease office and hence this has been on hold for three or four weeks. So we started early from office, on a Friday, as we had completed the tasks for the day little earlier or you can assume everyone was in Friday mood and left home early. So we, having confirmed that there are no pending tasks for the day, started early and reached home.

The lease office would be open till 6 pm and so I decided to give them a call and check if I can come and see if I can get a spare key. Having got the confirmation from them, I walked to the office and told them that I have come for the key. The lady in the office asked me to show my key inquiring about my apartment number and door number.

I gave her the keychain which had both the keys nicely secured with all other discount cards from Shoprite, Plenti etc hanging along with it.

She said, ‘So you have two keys, why do you need a spare one?’

I told her, ‘Yeah I need the spare keys for my roommate too.’

‘Well, you can use both the keys to open the lock’

‘Yes, but I need the spare for my roommate’, I repeated.

I couldn’t understand why she did’t get what I said. But she rephrased her words – You can use the keys to open both the locks which means each key can open both the locks.


Its been three months and we have been opening the locks with respective keys – The silver one for the top and brass one for the bottom. When did this change! I even gave a demo on how to lock and unlock the doors using the two keys.

I couldn’t come out of the shock that was inflicted on me. I sheepishly grinned and thanked her for letting me know and came out of the lease office like a fool.

What the..! So each key can open both the locks and I have been using the spare key all these days assuming that they belong to different locks. Why haven’t I tried opening the other lock with the other key, I mean you get it right? How can I be so dumb! Now you get the horse analogy? 😀

I fastened my pace and I couldn’t wait to test this. As I reached my apartment door, I used the silver keys to open both the locks. Voila! the door gave me way like I cracked some complex algorithm. Then I locked the doors with the same key and used the other brass key to open the locks this time. Whoa! it opened.

I hurriedly climbed the steps and walked to my roommate and said, ‘you know what, I was told that each key can open either of the locks and we already have the spare key. Here it is, this yours now’, and handed over the brass key to him.

He asked, ‘Ohh, so one key can open both the locks?’


‘Aaah! Now I get it, I have not been using the keys the way you asked me to open the locks. I randomly use one of the keys to open one and the other one to open the other. I have never bothered to notice the color when opening them. Now I realize why I never get struck even when I use any key to open the locks’

I was like, ‘What!’

So he didn’t tell me as well, that the keys are same, even though the design is different. I held both the keys together, aligning the bow and key threads and realized only the bow design changed, the cuts were same!

I’ve never felt so dumb!


P.S: The photo at the top of this post was clicked by me when I was lazily lying down in my bed on a lazy Saturday afternoon!

25 Random things to know about me

1.    I believe in things which I can fathom and if you are trying to explain things to me please do it with facts & give me some time. I’ll have to get the hold of it. If you are trying to convince me into your shoes, even after my refusal to believe, you are just wasting your time. Can’t you see the word ‘lie’ sitting right in the centre of the word ‘BELIEVE’? I did…!

2.    I’m a gadget freak & Tech enthusiast. I love gadgets as much as I love my people around. I’m slowly getting addicted to technology and always long to own the latest one right away, in every sphere of life. Gadgets, Technology & People have always left me in surprise. No wonder they keep changing!

3.   I flamboyantly stand in the last row when it comes to Cooking, Maths, understanding relationship hierarchy & patience.

4.    I’m a passionate blogger, amateur digital designer, convincingly an event organizer, short fiction writer, a software techie by profession. I promise to hold more interesting positions more sincerely in my life.

5.    Laziness is something which I would never admit to be a deficit entity in me. I’m well equipped with it if you want, I can share some with you if you are ready to accept it. I believe in ‘Laziness is bliss and idleness is a curse’

6.    I’ve always wanted to chase my passion but I’m being chased by circumstances. Now I’m trying to balance passion and circumstance. Hope I get enough strength to hold both of them.

7.    When it comes to music, I like to listen what I want to and not what I have to. I say a big NO to Carnatic, Classical, Hindustani and all those which falls under “Sa sa ri ri pa pa…” kind of lyrics. Now please don’t bring in “Donkey-Camphor” analogy here. This is me to be frank. ‘No Offence Meant’ to anyone or to anything. I mean it. Filmy/Album music is okay for me. I prefer ARR to Ilayaraja. I prefer Radio Mirchi to FM Rainbow. I prefer beats to melody. Listening to Music is not a compulsion but it’s a choice. Respect it!

8.    I just cannot stand people who attribute things to Fate, Luck & ‘Inability of Almighty’. Please stay away from me. It is our own actions and decisions that governs us and things around us. If you cannot accept things happened and you blame it on God or Fate, Morons please understand you are the sole proprietor of your life and in some cases very few external factors are practically responsible. “If you put the ATM card in the ATM machine and it gets struck inside, don’t kick the machine or abuse Luck, kick yourself. You people who designed such things with glitches!”

9.    Flirting is something which I cannot control if it’s a mutually amicably and a harmlessly happening phenomena.

10.  I cannot stand loneliness and idleness. Both of them just leave me in a state of emotional mud puddle.

11.  I love to interact with people who would love to be interactive. I love hanging out with friends, spend time together and enjoy every second of my life. Happiness is after all a non quantitative feeling. Feel it.

12.  Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, WordPress & Internet collectively has become an integral part of my life. Few luxuries have become necessities and few necessities have become luxuries.

13.  When it comes to relationships I expect true dedication and sincerity. Any relationship without a mutual trust and openness miserably fails. I assure you things from my side. Please never fall into deception. I don’t want to hold something which I never want to.

14.  I read books only if I get some time for it. I have spent many of my time scanning through the book titles in Higginbothams, Landmark, Odyssey and all those road side shops in T.Nagar & Pondy Bazaar and getting few of them to my shelves. I prefer Indian authors than the foreign ones, with some exceptions to it. I do read when I travel. You can borrow some books from my bag! (But cannot lend you if I have all my book in my iPad as PDF! :P)

15.  I did have crushes on many of the girls right from my schools, to college and in work. I continue to have more of  it, on many of them.

16.  I love dogs and go mad on its puppies. They are loyal, obedient and cute. Give them a hug they will love you more than yourself.

17.  I’m a singer, dancer and a great thinker in Bathroom under shower! I love hot showers than the cold ones.

18.  I’m notoriously famous for my stomach aching, ear bleeding and brain damaging PJs (Tamil: Mokkai). If you can’t stand them, please learn to face them. I’m deadly.

19.  Travelling is an ultimate fun to me when I go with a large group of friends. ‘Bird Watching’ is more fun filled. I hate going to places alone.

20.  I’m an integral part of my family and friends and vice versa.

21.  Black is never inauspicious to me & is my favourite color. I’ve a good collection of T-shirts and Shirt of black shades.

22.  Live your life to the fullest. Don’t submerge your thoughts under others’. Believe in what you do and practice what to believe. Spend some money, after all they are not going to come with you all the time. As Steve jobs said, “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.”. I have always strived to live with my philosophy of life.

23.  Innocence is always an admired feeling. I too admire that wherever and whenever.

24.  Bikes are something which I cannot take my eyes and hands off. I always wanted to ride a super awesome racing machine in the lines of Apache, Pulsar and Yamaha.

25.  I’m not so orthodox and I don’t give a damn.