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Alam
part eccentric ... part fun .... stubborn .. but not stuck up ... very open to different views, ideas and possibilities ... varied interests ... engineer ... mba ... trying-to-be-a-good-entrepreneur ... ex-software ... ex-quality ... ex-tobacco ... ex-alcohol ... trying-to-be-ex-cancer
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Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Home ... Home Again

Saturday was the day I had been waiting for... on Saturday I moved out of the hospital and back to home ... back to Shums, Afshan, Amma and Aapa ... back to home cooked food ... and back to generous pampering ... Of course, the home in Vellore is not like the one we have at Delhi ... while Vellore home is different, it is by no means inferior or bad ... in fact, I like the place ... Vellore ... its got the small town feel (probably cause it IS a small town) ... you don' t have to travel too far to get stuff, things move at a human pace and there there is no chaos (especially on the roads)

The fact that the doctors have shown confidence by to letting me out, is encouraging. (It proves that mine is not a total gone-case ... something we have known right from the beginning ... haven't we?) ... From now on I will take my Chemo therapy as an out-patient ... which, I must say, is not an encouraging idea ... it means that Afshan will have to stand in long ques for getting appointments and making payments ... while I will have que-up for giving blood samples and for getting Chemo ... But we prefer the out-patient status ... it comes with the comfort of home.

Home ... in Vellore ... is a 2 BHK house with 3 bathrooms, a store room and is on the first floor ... It sports a decent balcony (Shumzi's swing has been put in the balcony) ... under our balcony is the mezzanine floor balcony and a single room ... we have also taken the Mezz-floor room as well ... It serves as my day-time abode of not-so-quite (due to construction next door) solitude ... The room doubles/triples/Multiples-up as a study/office/guest bed-room/etc ... Mom has got basic kitchen stuff up and running. And we have a reliable "bai" for Jhaadu-Poocha-Bartan ... Our long-time house-help(family member by now... he is on our ration-card) Ramzaan is a big hit with Shums and helps with the kid for at least 4-5 hours a day.

So all-in-all life is going on a smooth track ... Usual things ...happening at usual pace ... Day before - we took Shums for his Hepatitis A1 immunization .... today- I have a CT-scan scheduled
in another hour ... it should tell us the current size of my tumour ... Then we have my 7th Chemo (and my first as an out-patient) on friday .... and so life goes on merrily ...

Now ... I got to go ... and have a bath before heading out to the hospital for the CT ... will keep you guys posted ...

15 comments:

Sonam said...

alam bhai...vellore looks to be a nice place...during my engg days in b'lore, i used to take lalbagh express from chennai and vellore was midway..vellore engg college could be seen near the rail tracks..kafi laidback and peaceful...get well soon..looking forward to the book..regards to your family.

Anonymous said...

Hi.. from me and Vee both.. hoping for good news on the tumour size... was smiling reading the description of the house ... for some reason was thinking of the old K'mangala house we started in... btw, my mom does some chanting for you.. it's her form of healing.. I was surprised when she said that the other day...take care... keep writing...Shashank

Anonymous said...

I have been reading your blog for quite some time. posting comments for the first time though..As a person who was born n brought up in Vellore,and relocated to Blore,I was amazed that you glorify the place..Dont you have a tough time coping with the ppl out there!! I mean the language especially..
N e ways!!Shumzi looks damn cute..so does ur watch..Take Care and get well soon!!
--A lady Bird

Prabhat said...

Hey Alam,
good to hear about your return-home. I am sure today's CT-scan will bring good news on tumor size and you'll get well very soon.
Cheers

Alam said...

@ A Lady Bird : Well I haven't found anything to my disliking yet. Except the odd auto-walla who is out to fleece you. But maybe my stay has been too short.. The place where I live - Rajiv Gandhi Nagar is decently OK.

On language - I don't know Tamil, am learning it though(using the net and "learn Tamil in 30 days") ...so haven't the foggiest of ideas about the locals using coarse language... I guess even after i have learnt a bit of Tamil .. i still wouldn't know enough to make out polished Tamil from unpolished.

Anonymous said...

Hi...Tanveer,
i have been reading your blog for quite some time,well you dont know me,but i know you very well...i am Afshan's friend...jyoti
I dont know but i was so happy today reading your blog that couldnt hold myself to write to you...I think this is just the beginning of all your happiness with Shums,Afshan and your parents...
We are waiting to read your decipriction of your Delhi home once you come back..so get back soon...All the Best to you..jyoti

chanderkant said...

Hey Brother,

Well that's a good news , u 've moved to apartment from Hospital...so u ve become ex-hospital now...so ex-tumor is not far off......Cheers.....and keep smiling.....

Chander Kant & Archu

Monsieur K said...

Alam,
This is good news. Enjoy your stay in your new home, and do let us know about your progress. :)

~Ketan

wadhwa said...

Dude,

Good news. I hope you get well soon. Like the description of Vellore, small home and Ramzaan you include in your post.

Shums is a cool one.hope he loves his swing and all :) how old is he? i guess younger than 18 months, as he was born after my son was born, isnt it? Abhimanyu is turning into a little devil with every passing day ! I am sure Shums would be on the same track too :) would love to see him sometime soon.

take care,

Wadhwa

Wadhwa said...

Had to come back and comment on this one....

"Shumzi looks damn cute..so does ur watch.."

ha ha ha ha ha................
ha ha ha ha ha................

Alam said...

Small clarification about my "Wrist Watch" - The thing with blue band and white display (in the picture on the top-left of main blog page) is actually my hospital band - It was a plastic band which has my hospital number, my name and my ward written with water-proof ink. Each time visit a new department or someone wants to take blood for a test, they double check with the band to convince themselves that I am not lying when I claim to be Me.

That band was taken off when i was discharged.

O said...

Alam Sir,

Sent you an email, guess moving forward, this is a better way to kit.

take care.
~Rohan

surojit said...

Hi Tanveer,

Good that you are back home....i know how u feel when u get home food after a long time...wish you a speedy recovery from suro da and lina.

bluesky said...

vd, badhaai ho!

Anonymous said...

Alam! tu saala 4 saal mein telegu nahi sikh paya, to 4 din mein tamil kya sikhega! .. but without such distractions as studies, mid terms and the LH you might do it this time. Really happy to know you moved home..... and keep writting, your blog is a real inspiration.
Rupa and Deka