Before you begin there are 2 things that you should know about me.
1. I don't like people messing up my name. Come on, how difficult is it to say Manigandan. Pretty basic phonemes if u ask me. Ma as in multiple ni as in nicknames ga as in guy and dan as in well ... just done. Its that simple.
I've never had trouble with people given prefixes though. I've been called K Mani Ko Mani Ku Mani M Mani F Mani P Mani and I'm OK with all that. I know that my name lends itself well to being prefixed. So I don't mind that at all. No really, I don't.
What I don't stand is people calling me Manikandhan, Manikanten etc
2. The second thing is that I'm a pretty big fan of Iron Maiden. So much so that my alarm tone is Hallowed be Thy Name.
Now we are a go. One fine evening, I was bored. I mean really bored not just the look-at-the cricinfo-page-every-5-minutes bored but bang-your-head against-the-wall bored. I decided to skip down to have some snacks.
I was minding my own business, walking to the snack counter in our IT Park, when I saw her.
(fruit cherry'a... Nee variya... Emailil luv...) Too much too soon I said to myself. BTW shes a fellow employee from Europe.
And then I just stood there and reasoned a few things out with myself. I've always been telling my friends, albeit with false hope, that I'm gonna marry a girl of European descent as their average height is much higher than that of their Indian cousins. So I that what the hell. I'm gonna do it. Also she was wearing heels which meant more time for me to make a quick getaway in case things didn't work out as I planned.
With this in mind I walked up to her and said, "Hi Maria". I saw the glint of recognition in her eyes. So just as she was trying to read my name out of my ID Card (Man... I ...) I interrupted her and said, "Just call me Mani, u know as in Money" (I make a dollar symbol with my hand).
Oh... OK. Hi Mani.
Good. Now we were on first name basis.
Praying to the almighty to give me the required strength, I blurted out,
Would u like to grab some coffee?
And to my greatest surprise, She said 'Yes. That would be great'
Just as we walked off into The Sunset (no I mean literally there's a coffee shop by that name) someone's cell phone went off singing,
Take me away
Somewhere far away
Beyond the sun
When suddenly it morphed into this,
I was waiting in my cold cell
When the bell begins to chime
Reflecting on my past life
And it doesn't have much time
1. This is purely a work of fiction. None of it ever happened. Ever.
2. The song Take me away is from the Vodafone elevator ad.