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A Silly 'Flu'sh Back

Day 1:- Swine Flu's fear and fame was at its peak among the people. I was even more worried as the area in which I lived in Bangalore had some reported deaths and a lot of infections. A friend and colleague said I am over reacting and panicking too much. I replied with Tha'lame' fake anguish on my face - "Yeiiii ! Na Thani Aal illa !" (I am not just a single/one person). He replied - "Yes, I heard you eat three people's lunch"

To multiply the horror effect, suddenly many people in office were starting to catch "common cold". So, at times in office, when I am one among 2 or more people, who try to pass through a small space between cubicles, I do "About turn" and take my mobile and start calling Credit card telemarketers to make the move seem natural and escape the situation.

Day 2:- I was sitting at my place heavily concentrating on tasks like pointlessly checking mails continuously and occasionally doing productive work. Then I heard the dreadful sound. The heavy and loud sound of some one trying to Dry clean a 330 ml Pepsi bottle through a Straw trying to pull the last nanolitres of beverage in it. Damn ! It was coming from right near my ear or it even sounded like it came from inside my ear.

I turned around and with a sudden gasp, I pulled back my face at the speed of light from Mannu's Nostrils who brought his face closest to me without smooching!! "Dude! What??" I asked trying not to sound very loud and irritated. He actually being a sweet polite guy, said "Sorry to bother you Dude. Can you please show me the sample code that you were showing that day?". "Ok. Sure I will IM you the link" I said. "Ok man. Thanks a lot !" He said and left the place. PHEW !

Later in the day, I asked him about his cold and he replied with a cool tone - "No Dood, its just 4 days since it started, I have to go to doctor tomorrow or in the weekend". "What ? Is he out of his mind !" I thought. Is it possible I got infected because of him ?. "Naah You are just crazy and scared" I thought to myself.

Day 3:- The next day I woke up like every other day, brushed, bathed and dressed up for office. Then I did something subconsciously. I tried to suck back something with my nostrils... Whh.. What ! Mucus ??! To describe my feelings that moment - I really felt like setting my hair on fire and running on the roads screaming like crazy !

Without wasting time, I decided I will go to hospital in the lunch time even against the deadliest odds of in fact ... skipping ...... lunnnnchh ! I know there was a good sized hospital behind my company building and so started walking towards it as soon as it was lunch time. I noticed there was no way or door in the front except for the pharmacy.

So I went to the security and asked about whether "Out-Patients" are allowed. He said Yes. Then I asked do they perform "Swine Flu" check up? He said Yes again. Immediately He asked me back "Patient Yellidhare ?" (Where is the Patient ?) I had to control all my emotions and say with a plain face - "Its for me".

I reached inside and I had one of those dreadful hospital moments, where everyone who came in the opposite started looking literally 'green'. Again "About TURN !" I reached the end of the corridor which was the Out-Patient area. I met a Nurse and inquired about Out-Patients and Swine Flu check up and secretly prayed that she should not ask "Where is the patient ?". She did not. "Doctor will be here in a minute. In the meanwhile you can Please bring the patient here" She said instead. I said "I am the patient" with a plain face again and explained - "Today Morning onwards I am having a cold, so I just want to be cautious." She turned around and I think she chuckled.

I don't remember how it ended, but I did have a slight fever also, but eventually both of them disappeared.


  1. happened to many,a very dreadful time it was.

    what if you go for a check up and you get the real flu infection from thr ?? :D Screwed!

  2. The possibility of getting flu from hospital is greater I guess.

  3. Hi, Really great effort. Everyone must read this article. Thanks for sharing.


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