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Bits and pieces from the reporters’ diary that did not make it to the main stories

While walking through Pondy Bazaar recently, I was deeply impressed by a sign outside an unassuming pavement stall. Hanging from a brown string, the neat, white card proclaimed proudly, “All Major Credit Cards Accepted.” That’s one little stall with some big time aspirations!

Now, an edible club?

Do food critics always have food on their mind? This journalist recently stopped over at a club to grab a quick bite before heading for a late night assignment with me. As she was an affiliated member, the waiter wanted to make a note of her club details. However, he was baffled when his question, “Maam which club?” was answered with a snappy, “I said veg club sandwich with extra cheese!” There’s a very confused waiter out there who’s now recommending that people join this cool ‘Veg sandwich club.’

Sweet nothing

Too much knowledge can be a dangerous thing. The Metro Plus’s Wellness page ensures that the team spends far more time reading up on health than regular people, which is how a reporter suddenly decided he had diabetes, thanks to a twinge in his toe (caused no doubt by being stood on by another reporter during a game of table tennis). Nevertheless, it worked out well for his colleague on the next desk. Every time chocolates were handed out, she got to eat his share too, since he was convinced that anything sweet would strike him dead. This week, he’s over diabetes. Unfortunately, he’s been reading up on arthritis. We’re watching him closely.

No hospitality

Gordon May, a Bullet enthusiast from the United Kingdom, recently completed a Bullet ride from Manchester to Chennai. He rode on his bike for ten hours daily and shacked up for the night at any hotel in sight. At one hotel, he was refused entry because he presented a ghastly picture —sooty face and dirt-smeared clothes. Goes to prove that humiliation is often one of the hardships on the road to adventure.

(Contributed by Divya Kumar, Priyadarshini Paitandy, Shonali Muthalaly and Prince Frederick)

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