Table Tennis – A sport which I enjoy immensely and yes I can proudly say that I am quite good at it. And when there was an opportunity to display my talents, I didn’t shy away from it. I didn’t fare well in the singles tournament and went down fighting in the third round. Though the doubles tournament was fun, me and my partner Umair, were quiet good for most of the people and we sailed to the finals of the tournament easily enough. We were lucky enough to be given a bye in the semi-finals as the other team didn’t turn up. (Maybe they were afraid of the South-Asian torpedoes, he!he!). Anyway, the finals was quite a contest and it went down to the wire. Each point was furiously contested for, each smashed blocked, each spin counter-spun. We were a set up, but the other team came back strongly and they managed to eke out the last two sets to win the game an take the trophy home. Sad as it was, we still managed to finish runners up and that was quite an achievement. Maybe next year, we would be able to improve and take the trophy home with us. Till then, good bye from the South-Asian torpedoes.
Though one of the best post-tournament highlights was playing a doubles game against Krenar and his friend from Macedonia with the Krupp College Master, on my side. Now, that was fun. He is an awesome player and together we managed to beat the other team quite comprehensively.
Mitul, Radhika, Hana and me went to an Indian gathering today. I personally am feeling wonderful. We took the train from IUB at 6:57 and reached hauptbahnof at 7:18. From the Hauptbahnof we took a tram to Roland center and from there the bus to our final destination.Upon entering the community hall I felt as if I was at a social gathering in India. To see people in Indian clothes here in Bremen was quite a wonderful experience, but the best part was undoubtedly the food. One really doesn’t realise what one has been missing until he gets a taste of it. As soon as the smell of the food wafted near me, my mouth started watering and my stomach grumbled and craved for food properly for the first time in a month. The food was really awesome – puris, aloo, chole, pulao, gobhi and not to forget the wonderful sweets – we even got a little jalebi – heavenly. I am feeling as if I had been starving for a month, and now I have finally got something to satisfy my Indian taste buds. Still, if there had been space enough in my stomach I would have eaten for as long as I could possibly do. Mine stomach was satisfied but my heart wasn’t. I mean, I am not going to get such utterly delicious food every other day, am I? There was some pretty decent Punjabi music being played and the atmosphere was totally homely. We left the place at around 9:30 and reached the University at 10:45. I have had some good days at IUB and some not so good. Yesterday night was not good, was it? Yassine and I were working on our EE homework till 5 in the morning, and only got 3 hours of sleep during the entire day. But if every day I sleep for only 3 hours and get typical Indian food, I would not mind it. For such food (or delicacies is the appropriate term) I would willingly stay awake the entire night. This has truly been my best day in Bremen.