Saturday, October 20, 2007

I Have Won a Lottery to Porthemmet-All expenses taken care

What a day or evening it was !

I have been chosen as the only winner of a lottery which entitles me to visit PORTHEMMET on a holiday for two weeks..(First send me congradulatory reply before reading it further).All excited here."Porthemmet and its surroundings are one of last remaining natural treasures of the British Isles." What a luck for this man at this age.

It all happened like this.On Friday,my kids were forcing me to accompany them to a mall ,here in chennai.Being a believer of malls being good only for window shopping, I have always tried to avoid it with my kids ,especially during the festive season.The hole it creates in my wallet including the credit card(limit has carefully been chosen not to exceed 25k,naturally Indian rupees)takes me almost one whole year to plug.This time I yielded since I had a bonus paid by company which may plug the hole of my credit card in half the time.

So driving down my 4 wheeled rickety beauty,i went near the parking attendant who said it was Rs 150.My eyes popped out,(how the hell this guy knew I had a bonus)I wanted to move out and park it in one of the innumerable by lanes.My elder one, whose birth day was celebrated with me paying Rs100 bribe to the policeman,(For those who dont understand the relavance read my previous blogs,anyhow it hardly matters)had a sheepish smile.It said, old man ,have you not heard of towing of vehicles near malls.Policeman and you have strange association during festive time!

So with no choice and with few impatient drivers ceaselessly honking behind me,I went in circles in the parking lot till I found a slot,next to a Benz.The owner gave me a look which said -what audacity to park your car next to my beauty.
Now coming to the point,entering the paradise of the mall, I was looking around for a shop(do they call it shop I donno in the current days lingo)which had The word discount mentioned on it.None ,what a waste!Come to TNagar every shop screams it!!

My kids they seemed to know the mall like the palm of their hand.They went into a shop,whos ads i have seen in newspaper and tv,with one(or2 or 3) of top actors,who perhaps charged over 2 crores on this.So i knew I was heading for trouble,since i was going to be a share holder in payment made to the actor..hm..my boss could have been kind and paid me more bonus.

And there I saw on the display -buy two shirts and get one free and if you are lucky earn a lucky all expenses sponsored trip to "Porthemmet and its surroundings are one of last remaining natural treasures of the British Isles." WOW.

Honestly what attracted me in this ad,was buy 2 get one free.I was happy for my Diwali shirt.Even after much cajoling,my kids never wanted it since they were not branded ones!My logic started working over time in telling them ,what matters is to cover the shame and brand do not matter.I got one of the dirtiest look from them.Nothing worked and I was heading to shell out the bonus and perhaps another months salary too..the two shirts and the free one landed in my lap since they would not touch it with a 10 feet pole.Perhaps my next years Diwali shopping too is taken care of.

So, praying that the bill dd not exceed the limits of my card,I presented it at the counter with a non chalent look.
And then all hell broke loose.The counter man rushed to a manager who was literally running towards me.I knew my card had failed and was quickly going thru excuses i should utter to that guy.From nowhere he got a garland and a mike and announced to the whole world that I was the winner of the lottery.My God that moment,That moment I was in cloud nine.Where the hell was this place.I didnt know.My grandpa always used to curse my knowledge on geography.

He gave me a write up on the place and how I should go thro the formalities.But the tickets were only for me.Kids,no way, I had to pay for them.Since it was valid for three weeks,kids cannot accompany me as exams were around.One look at the write up I knew i had to buy a lot of things.Swimming trunks(Do adidas,Rbk have it ),and perhaps a body to match that.So Talwalkers was the only option .would they be able to do wonders on my battle of the bulge,in 2 weeks time.. I should find out right away..Thousands of thoughts freewheeling in my mind.Swimming after so many years,will I have the stamina..I just gently lifted my both arms and swayed them.....

Appa,Appa...are you ok? That sounded like my childrens voice ,but feeble.Appa,Appa are you Ok..again..Perfect ,You nuts.Whats de doubt about..No pa You had dozed off in front of PC and blabbering something and lifted your hands above..We were very worried..

Oh.dont tell me that was a dream

In front of me was the http://www.porthemmet.com/..its all real i thought..There was also an article from DNA (Daily News And Analysis,Mumbai based paper)which read....Man launches a imaginary site and hundreds duped !

You have time visit the website,so real it looks

So a fun filled dream..and an exposure to fake WEB LOKA !

TC

CU

PS.For those who read upto here,hats off to you! I owe you all a treat !

59 comments:

venus66 said...

Hi, I enjoyed reading your write up. You made it so real. The flow of story is excellent. :) Hope one day your dream will come true. Take care.

Compassion Unlimitted said...

@venus66
Thanks venus.I do want to make it to real place away from web world LOL
TC
CU

Sandhya said...

So Sweet story.

Nice Dream!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Compassion Unlimitted said...

@Sandhya
Something to pass time.Tks for dropping by
Tc
CU

Shalini Gowrisankar said...

When and where is my treat?? :D lol..

Nice dream .. The way you wrote it seemed like its so true..For a matter of fact I was about to go and google about the place after reading the post..

Hope your dream comes true soon :)

Compassion Unlimitted said...

@Shalini Gowrisankar
Hi,do visit the website porthemmet mentioned in my post or thru google,it does make a nice reading.
Tks for dropping by
TC
CU

Compassion Unlimitted said...

@Shalini Gowrisankar
And reg the treat why not..lets see how many complete the reading..hope we hv a crowd to go for the treat.Lol
TC
CU

Sandhya said...

ya. even i forgot to ask 4 d treat..............

Compassion Unlimitted said...

@Sandhya
The count is at two now.you and shalini !lets wait few more days !
TC
CU

கீதா சாம்பசிவம் said...

வேதாவின் பதிவில் இருந்து வந்தேன். பீட்டர் விட்டிருக்கீங்களா, மெதுவா வந்து புரியுதானு பார்க்கிறேன். :P

Compassion Unlimitted said...

@கீதா சாம்பசிவம்,
Varugha varugha,nin varavu nal varavu aaghugha.Pona blog la oro ponnu tamizh puriyale nu sonnanga.athanaal oru peter vittu paarthen..suummaaa..
TC
CU

Pri said...

lol!!! tht was one helluva dream...
got me almost posting a "congratulations" comment had i not been tempted to read the entire thing...
very well written!:)
hope u win tht lottery soon :p

Compassion Unlimitted said...

@Pri,
Hi welcome..perhaps you could have still left the congrats note.!looks you too read through till the end.The treat list is looking healthier now!
Tc
Cu

Thinking aloud said...

@cu
one more for the treat..i almost posted a congrats midway...but suspicious female taht i am...had to read till teh end...ha...ha

Compassion Unlimitted said...

@Thinking aloud
Welcome.all the way from singapore for the treat means I have to give you sufficient time for travel time ,tkt booking etc to come down for the treat..will take that into account..lol
Tc
CU

Prats said...

Had to find out where or what that Porthammet or whatever it was...thank god!!! It started me on my dream tour too.....you meanie.....stop dreaming...and take your kids to the mall

And by the way
congrats.. ;)

Compassion Unlimitted said...

@Prats
Dreams are the most inexpensive way of globe trotting,i guess.Will i ever change !
Hope you are also joining the treat
Tc
CU..meanie !

Keshi said...

ty for stopping by my blog and for ur compassionate comment...

Lovely happy post here :)

Keshi.

Compassion Unlimitted said...

@Keshi
Tks for dropping by.
Tc
Cu

m.flowerr said...

Wow!! whatta lovely dream. May that materialise very soon!

Btw flow of thoughts is simply superb.I just loved reading.
Keep the posts coming often.

Compassion Unlimitted said...

@m.flowerr
Tks for the nice words..flow of thoughts should be easy for a fibber like me !!
TC
CU

Ziah said...

Heheh.. I almost wanted to type congrrrats n have a great holiday... wen kapoof!! :) Anyways, congraats on the deepawali purchase...

You know, the mall was a smart move. I was at T Nagar RMKV for my wedding selais 2 months ago... if stampede was the scene at august, I dread deepavali.. so, nice move!! :)

Ziah said...

And thanks for dropping by my blog... do keep coming back... and maybe you might like my other blog... I'm trying my hand at story writing..
http://tellintalltales.blogspot.com

Joy said...

That was a wonderful dream.May your dream come to true...and the way ppl are joining together for a treat, am sure its gonna make a very big hole in ur wallet...lol

Curious said...

Hahaa... unga dream paathu na ennodadhe innum valathukaalam nu irukken... cos kanavule kooda I haven't won anything!!! Fake-o real-o :(

Btw...on the shopping spree...my dad would have written something like this! :P :P

Apple said...

Oh Lord...Was this a dream..U made me feel that it was real...lovely write up...and now, where's the treat gonna be?

Compassion Unlimitted said...

@Ziah,
Hi thanks for dropping by..If only dreams became reality..
TC
CU
Will definitely visit your site.Tks

Compassion Unlimitted said...

@Joy,
Hi,Thanks for reminding me.need to work on it !
TC
CU

Compassion Unlimitted said...

@Curious,
Hi,I can understand your fathers plight.Pls be compassionate on him..lol
TC
CU

Compassion Unlimitted said...

@Apple,
Tks for dropping by.Treat- I am going to leave it to Janatha to decide.Anyhow I would give my suggestion too in next couple of days.Any suggestion from you most welcome.
TC
CU

Aarthi said...

HeHeHe...ths is how dreams r...they disappoint us a lot...:(

Compassion Unlimitted said...

@Aarthi,
hi,Disappointment..no way..dreams are nothig but reality in a different dimension..Confused? I am confused too..lol
TC
CU

மங்கை said...

சீக்கிறமே கணவு உண்மையாக வாழ்த்துக்கள்

:-))

Compassion Unlimitted said...

@மங்கை
Kanavu unmaiyaga vendum endral naan virtual world kku than poganum aen endral Porthemmet enbadhe kidayaade !
Nandri
Meendum varugha
TC
CU

Vinesh said...

haha! cornwall!
aemarravanga irukkra varaikkum..
:-)

Compassion Unlimitted said...

@Vinesh,
welcome.first visit here i guess.
dreams are to be shared .its upto the person to view it the way they want it !!lol
keep dropping by
Tc
cu

Mystery said...

nalla dream po...
seri ennoda treat enga? :)

Compassion Unlimitted said...

@mystery.
welcome.As I said elsewhere,pretty soon ..working on printing the invitations!looks minimum order is 100..!
TC
CU

வேதா said...

ஹாஹா எப்டியும் அது கனவு தான்னு தெரிஞ்சுப்போச்சு ஆனாலும் முழுவதும் படிச்சேன் அப்டியே ஒரு கதை படிச்ச மாதிரி ஒரு தோற்றம் :D அதுவும் அங்கங்கே தென்படுகிற உங்க நகைச்சுவை உணர்வு ரொம்ப அருமை, வாழ்த்துக்கள் :)

Compassion Unlimitted said...

@வேதா,
Vedha muzhakkathirku nandri..meendum meendum varugha
TC
CU

Ponnarasi Kothandaraman said...

kekravan kenayana iruntha keppaila nei vadiyumam! Intha lollu ellam 2 much.. Epdi than ipdi ellam yosikireenga? :O :O :O I am shocked! :( I thot it was a real dream and was abt 2 wish u! Anyways ipavum wish panuven.. Congrats for being the winner in ur dreams!! :D

Compassion Unlimitted said...

@Ponnarasi Kothandaraman,
Vaanga Ponn .unga varavathan edirpathen..
//kekravan kenayana iruntha keppaila nei vadiyumam//
summa oru tamasu den !
Edachum serious aga ezhudi innum ellorodaya kavalaigala koota vendame nu than..oru mokkai potten.
Adhu sari vetthalai paakku vechu koopta than varuveengalo !!
nandri
TC
CU

Raghs | இராகவன் said...

//..(First send me congradulatory reply before reading it further).//

Done! deal..
Congratulations to you!

Raghs | இராகவன் said...

(limit has carefully been chosen not to exceed 25k,naturally Indian rupees)
/// very true and a good decision!

,(how the hell this guy knew I had a bonus)
// h aha ah.. enjoyable...

//PS.For those who read upto here,hats off to you! I owe you all a treat !//
I am in.. when can you treat me?

well, that was a nice post well described by sustaining the suspense!

May your dreams come true!

Cheers,
Raghavan alias Saravanan M.

Compassion Unlimitted said...

@Raghs | இராகவன்
Vaanga..Thanks for the comments..
welcome for the treat.As I said elsewhere,pretty soon ..working on printing the invitations!looks minimum order is 100..!
TC
CU

Raghs | இராகவன் said...

//looks minimum order is 100..!//

puriyalayea..

Compassion Unlimitted said...

@Raghs | இராகவன்
Invitation minimum 100 order pannanum..adhunala at least 100 people complete a padikkanum nu solrenungo
velangiducha..pora pokkula seekiram mudinjudumnu ninaikkiren, enna solla reenga !
TC
CU

Raghs | இராகவன் said...

//Invitation minimum 100 order pannanum..adhunala at least 100 people complete a padikkanum nu solrenungo
velangiducha..pora pokkula seekiram mudinjudumnu ninaikkiren, enna solla reenga !//

naan ennatha solrathu? idhu nalla strategy aa irukkea :) all the best..

Compassion Unlimitted said...

@Raghs | இராகவன்
//idhu nalla strategy aa irukkea //

Ellam makkal kitte irundhu katthu kittadhu than..
TC
CU

Raghs | இராகவன் said...

//Ellam makkal kitte irundhu katthu kittadhu than..//

adhu sari.. naanum kathukkittean :)

eppadiyo solli anuppunga.. ellam nallapadiya mudinjathum!!

all the very best to you..

mudinja nammaloda valaipookkal pakkam konjam vandhu paarunga..

Bungi said...

OK. I am here for my treat. *grin*

Compassion Unlimitted said...

@Bungi
Welcome Bungi.Looking forward.The announcement has to be made as soon as the number crosses 100.
keep visiting.
TC
CU

Nithya N said...

you should try fiction seriously. too good.

Compassion Unlimitted said...

@Nithya
Hi,Thanks for dropping in and thanks for the nice words.keep dropping in
TC
CU

Shalini Gowrisankar said...

You've been tagged by me.. check my blog

Compassion Unlimitted said...

@Shalini Gowrisankar
Hey,What should I do now..tagged ?
TC
CU

Shalini Gowrisankar said...

You can copy my post and paste it in the box where you write a new post and for each question write your own answer.. After your done with that you can tag more people in return and go to their respective blogs and let them know they have been tagged by you..

Preethi said...

great story... lol!!

Compassion Unlimitted said...

@Preethi
Something to relax..thanks for dropping by
TC
CU