Living In Ghost Town

Bangalore - The New Ghost Town

For two days in a row, I have had this feeling that I’m living in a ghost town. The shortest distance from my house to my office is 18 kilometers (around 15 miles), and for the past 7 months, the shortest time I’ve taken to drive from one place to the other is 1.2 hours. So, you can imagine my surprise when, on the 13th of November, I reached my office in 27 minutes.

I parked my bike and looked around just to reassure myself that I was really there. While returning home that night, I took 30 minutes. I could not sleep a wink. The roads had been strangely devoid of people; for the longest stretches, mine was the only bike. No pedestrians, green lights all the way, no hot chicks on the sidewalk, nothing. I finally dismissed the incident as an anomaly.

When the same thing yesterday, I got scared. Where the hell is everybody?

The Pharaoh Look

That was when it struck me – I have a Pharaoh look going for the past three days, and I think I’ve been cursed. The thin striptease of a beard running down my chin probably sparked angry protests among the dead Pharaohs and they want revenge for my lack of respect. They’re probably playing mind games on me. Shit! I need some help!

If I don’t post anything for the next two days, you can safely assume that I’m dead.

Published by Nikhil

Nikhil Kumar lives in Bangalore with his wife and their stuffed dog. They are both advertising professionals and lead very exciting lives on the streets, dodging traffic. Their fridge is filled with cans of Diet Coke and their water heater doesn't work. He doesn't smoke (up) anymore.

37 thoughts on “Living In Ghost Town

  1. Oops! What i meant in that comment was ‘you are sure that everyone in your town hasn’t donned the avtaar of mr. India?’

  2. Nooooooooo!! Take that thing out your face!! Doesn’t suit man!! All the chicks will run away, seriously!!

  3. Or maybe the strip of beard just scared all the people away , on the bright side you have no more traffic worries 😛

  4. @Anshul
    Brrrr… Don’t scare me any more than I already am!

    Hehehe! I think it was! I’m not so sure! 😀

    I stay near Rajajinagar! Ghost-Town! 🙂

    Bah! 😀
    How’s it? Do you like it? How do I look?? 😀

    Hehehe! I don’t know! Maybe! But I think it’s definitely got to do something with this beard! 😀

    Hehehe! Sparrows? Dude! WTF?? 😀

    I hope not.. Why? Whom do you have in mind??

    Haha! How sweet! I’ll die only after you get married, ok? 😀

    Whaaaa?? It’s not nice?? Are you sure?? 😦

    Hehe! Are you sure?? 😀

    LOL… Yeah, that’s one way of looking at it! 😛

    Hehe! Thanks man! 😀

    It’s visor’s broken! LOL… 😀

    Was it?? Really? Oh shit! 😀

  5. Did pharaohs ever wear glasses ? Bangalore could do with a few more pharaohs and that could be the solution to the pathetic traffic problem … you are a genius!! ..actually did you doze of when your barber was at your beard? or is this some sadistic style statement ?

  6. I’m agreed with Aravind… Please do not die!!! 😦

    however, this is a lot scary… I understand if u have had a Pharaoh look… 🙄

  7. wow!! I’ve never actually seen an empty street before(in Bangalore)….mayb i can get to school (9 kms from home) in less than an hour if the streets are empty…
    Please do namma bengalooru a huge favour and ride all over town with you’re pharoah look!! 😀

  8. Looks very cool dude. Believe me, everyone likes the 50% cut in commute time in Bangalore 🙂 It is almost like the Vanilla Sky Tom Cruise Empty Time square experience.

  9. @ Niks

    LOL you do look nice.. 🙂

    But soham thinks you are competing with SRK!! “SRK!!!!!!!!!!!!”

    No comments 😛 😛 you can read my comment on you previous post 😛

    @ Reema

    come t think of it, yeah, “a whole post to show off a thin patch of a few hair!!” 🙄 LOL

  10. *Ahem* Not cursed you are, btw nice goatee. I agree with Reema, “A whole post and story just to show off new beard!! Narcissism at its peak.” LOL 🙂

  11. Even I had this feeling on Thursday. I reached office in 8 min. It usually takes me 15 to 20 min. Pharaoh look suits you 🙂

  12. haha..maybe the strip of beard just scared all the people away…
    dude i have an request, Chennai traffic too has become unbearable these days..can u pls pay a visit to chennai :D:D

  13. no traffic in Bangalore.. I can’t believe.. Finish off your work these days and get some rest when there is some more traffic.. great idea.. right 😉

  14. Rajajingar and a ghost town? Hmmm sounds weird. Is it become a ghost town coz I shifted my house from that place 😛 I know, I understand! When a lively person like me is not there then people tend to experience such things 😀

    And “no hot chicks on the sidewalk”?? Are there any in that area? Oh ya! may be from Aurobindo College =))

  15. Would it be possible for you to tell me who the artist is who painted the above picture of the ghost town as i love it..If you can help me it would be much appreciated

  16. H-e-l-l-o-o-o-l-l-e-H!! You okay? Hope you don’t mind, but I am using this ghost town image on my blog!?

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