The week just gone by has been one of a mixed experiences.  Some very memorable ones, some eminently forgettable ones and I would call it a normal ordinary week except for one factor.

That one factor was my observation that I could not get some things that I wanted totally or got them after a few failed attempts.  I went looking for a flat for senior citizens, in a development much advertised and found that the construction work had not even started. I went out to attend to two chores but was able to attend to only one because the driver misunderstood instructions and got delayed.  I went shopping for a few garments and found what I wanted in the colour and texture that I wanted but just not in the size or, found the correct size but not the colours that I wanted.  A DVD that I wanted was not available.  A book that I wanted was out of print and so on and so forth.

And that was not all, in terms of service, at a restaurant that I had gone with some friends, the dish I wanted was not available on that day and the less said the better about my ability to get auto rickshaws.  I am normally very lucky with them but the whole week went by with not one occasion when I could get the first passing rickshaw and had to wait for an obliging driver to take me to my destinations.

I was looking forward to spending some time with a friend who met me but was in a tearing hurry to go away to attend to other matters disappointing me no end.

I was reflecting on all these disappointments and decided that I just had a week of being comparable to Tantalus and mentioned this to my friend who ditched me who promptly contradicted me by pointing out that I had met and married the love of my life and had a long and happy life with her and thus could not be compared to Tantalus.  Naturally, I had to point out that Tantalus started missing out on goodies after his punishment and banishment to the underworld, in my case, the punishment perhaps for having had such a marvelous life!

That was the second week of the new year.  I hope that the rest of the fifty are better and that my punishment is not the eternal one that Tantalus was given. To the best of my knowledge, I have not offended any Gods.



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