The phone rings. It seems to be ringing in the dream I am watching, but it keeps ringing and I’m finally taken away from imagery paradise...
“Dude, sorry to wake you up at this hr”
If he had said ‘Were you sleeping?” I would have sent a bullet through the airwaves
I recognize the caller
“What’s the matter?”
“Well, I need some advice”
“At this hour? You need some sleep “
“Had it been any other hour, I would have asked for much more”
He says it so matter of fact that I’m taken aback for a second. Oh that’s so generous of you, I think in my mind.
“Ok. Well..Umm..I have this friend who is new to Pune and he and some friends wanted to know if it was safe to go to Station at this hour... and they stay in Kalyaninagar, kinda inside, so and some of them are in town just for a couple of days you know”
“I did break ice in the day when we were together”
(Where did two of you go to break ice, the
“Well, I was thinking more about your place”
“(upright in the bed)what about my place?”
“Are you crazy? Have you completely lost your already evaporating mind? I’ve a dog, dirty laundry and oh, A DAY TOMORROW!!! No way!”
“ Look, simple advice, don’t get your hopes high...go to Station...have some tea and pastries...take her on a ride...you know the city like no other punk, and just roam around...make conversation. Where is she from by the way?”
“Are you there?”
“Yes...ok.I’ll see..I’ll try not to mess it up...thanks for talking”
“Relax and just be cool man. Don’t think about the mess, cause you don’t have anything to mess. Be spontaneous”
Is this what consultants do?