Sunday, July 27, 2008

Chp 189. One creepy night in the office...

I am still a bit shaken as I write this…



ZAF GYM. That’s the name of my office.

Nah, I am not working at the Gym helping Bollywood starlets and heroines lose fat that is protruding from weird places (yeah the place is crawling with celebrities, supposedly). My office simply happened to be on this building.

We occupy the 2nd and 5th floor of this highly coveted and renowned Mumbai Gym.

One of the perks of working in an Advertisement Agency is the extremely informal and relaxed work culture. Office timing is not such a big issue as long as we deliver what we’re supposed to. The office is open even on Saturdays and Sundays, and people walk in all the time to complete their respective projects any time of the day.

Today being a Sunday, and with the rain making it impossible for me to go to Colaba for the Mizo Church Service, I decided to go to office…

It took me 7 hours to complete a tiny project.

Around 8:30pm when I had completed my work and about to pack up and leave, I suddenly decided to update the “Latest Mizo Blog Posts” section at misual.com. By then I was already all alone on the 5th floor of our office, and the Gym downstairs had already closed, and its very dark outside…

Silence… eerie silence… filled the entire office…

I decided to update that section at misual.com quickly because I haven’t touched it in a long time due to heavy work schedule. I haven’t even written the second part of my previous post or even replied to all the insightful comments left by my dear visitors, because I need time to think and absorb what everybody wrote, so that I can write back a worthy reply.

As of now, time is something I cannot afford…

Anyway, I opened my Bloglines Feed quickly to look at all the Mizo Blogs that were updated or edited in the past one week, so that I could add the good ones and the ones with permission, at the misual.com side-bar link section.

As I browsed through all the new posts and edited posts, my sight fell on one particular feed that really spooked me out.

On July 5th 2008, a dear blog friend of mine Azaia (chabetkaia) passed away. He drowned at Lake Lanier, Atlanta, while boating with friends and family members. It was indeed a tragic day for his family, and for the entire Mizo community.

Pictures of his funeral are available here.

I am still trying to get accustomed to his absence… All those jokes and comments we used to share on each other’s blogs are still there… May he truly rest in Peace.

What I found really spooky just a few minutes ago, was when I was going through the complete Mizo blog list, looking at the ones that were updated or edited so that I could add them to misual.com…

And my eyes fell on this!



Quite spooky indeed…

That is Azaia’s Blog feed… with two posts recently edited... way after his demise!

I don’t believe in hauntings or the supernatural… I am sure it is just some technical glitch from bloglines.com’s part… I sure do hope it is just a freaking glitch …

Or maybe Azaia’s siblings or friends who know his password edited those posts…

But the fact that I am all alone at office 5th floor, with the only light in the entire office coming from the tube right above me while the rest of the large room is pitch-dark, aggravated by the fact that there is heavy rain, thunder and lightning right outside my very window… really seemed to put the chills through me.

Not a very good night to be all alone in office… neither is it a very comforting thought to realize that I am not as brave as I thought I was… But writing this out as a post in one go definitely seemed to brush the uneasiness away…

I will leave office now… I never planned to blog from here but circumstances changed my course… Goodnight, y’all.

14 comments:

Faerie said...

Lala leh, Min tihlau don alom, keimah chauhin ka meng toh a, ka mujt lah chu a chhuak der bok silo. midangin a password an hre ve aniang ti toh mai ang.

Almost Unreal said...

was there an update? any changes, may be....may be someone knows his password..or he gave another person the author rights...you are such a baby

illusionaire said...

@ faerie: See what I'm talking about? Hlau awm duh tak chu a ni a sin, mahni chauh a awm phei phei chuan... Midangin an khawih a niang, ti tawh mai ang... I'll try to convince myself...

@ Almost: No update, but two posts edited. Yup, the only logical explanation is that somebody edited his blog. But right at that time when I was all alone, trust me, I didn't give a damn that I am a guy... I was quite spooked.

Jerusha said...

Van denzer reuh ve a, ti ringawt ila, nia a chhungte an ni niang, anih loh pawhin a thiante tu emaw..

Calliopia said...

Stories of the macabre next? He awoke suddenly, unsure where he was. Only conscious of a nagging feeling that he had to do something. Something unfinished. Something urgent.... et al

mesjay said...

sorry your friend passed away.
that's a great spooky setting for a horror novel, like calliopia suggests. want to try?
somewhere i read about a dead person continuing to write emails. almost anything is possible in this high-tech age, no?

Nirav said...

Has to be a bloglines error, dude. But its scary nonetheless.

illusionaire said...

@ Nirav: Yup, its indeed scary. Had it been any normal day, I wouldn't even notice it. But being a night when I was all alone in the entire building and creepy haunting sound coming from the darkness surrounding me... it was quite chilling... :)

@ Jerusha: I hope so too :)

@ J and Mesjay: You guys are right. This does give me a faint idea on what to write about next... will work on it as soon as I find time. I've never read anything like this before... its quite challenging.

sowmya said...

Kimster!! First of all, I am so sorry to hear about your friend. May his soul rest in peace.

Since it is agreed upon that his passwords were probably known, I feel it is kinda weird. Why would someone want to edit anything even if they know the deceased's password? Why wont they just let it be?

Interesting how our certain external circumstances change our perception of information processed in those situations. But I have to agree with Almost Unreal- "Kima, You are a BIG BABY!"

Lucy said...

Haha...i hlau hmel tur kha ka ngaihtuah a..ka hmu chak lutuk ...

VaiVa said...

"Mithi lumen naah ruang a pawm kual a, a zai lo lo chu ka seh tir dawn" ati e an tih che si!
Hlauh neih hi chuan, au vak i la, a hma aiin kan hlau leh zual duuh e an ti! :-)

Blue Floppy Hat said...

I'm really sorry to hear of your friend's death, it must be awful for you and his family. One doesn't know what to say really.
There might be a simpler answer to the blog thing that won't freak you out as much..was his blog on Blogger, or Typepad? I know at least these two sites offer you the option of drafting posts to be published on your blog at a later date- perhaps your friend had some such option and scheduled a post to be published on July 20th, not knowing he wouldn't be around to see it?

Carey Suante said...

Sorry about your friend. The only explanation i can come up with is maybe he had those posts on schedule. But of course if the posts were "edited" thats a different thing....spooky no!

illusionaire said...

@ carey: Exactly. If its a new post, I can understand... but for it to get edited... is quite spooky.

@ blue floppy hat: Yup his blog is on Blogger, but it was not a scheduled draft update. It was an update done by somebody who has access to his account...

@ Vaiva: lolz. Ka au lo chiang khawp mai khimi zan khi chu. Hei, i number mi rawn mail teh.

@ Lucy: bleh :) Ka hlau hmel chu i hmu fo lo a mi? In In area shady deuh a rawn kal kha hlauawm tak a ni, zan rei tawh hnu phei phei chuan!

@ Sow sow!!! Long time no see! And yes, you of course know how much of a BIG baby I am ;-)