Friends are always a fun to be around, more so when you have some crazy, peppy friends! Any normal journey could become a fantastico adventure then! The closest circle of friends I have is a bunch of such guys. Five of us, whenever we used to meet on any occasion, we had loads of fun. This reached its crescendo when we all went onsite to the USA for six months. On weekends, we had nothing to do as such. None of us liked shopping and the list of things we all had from our families got done.
So, we decided to take a trip of the city we were staying, Los Angeles. Now, the thing is, none of us liked the concept of GPS because we didn’t want to be ordered by a mere mechanical device. We rented a car and decided to make the journey with the help of Google Maps and MapQuest. One of my friends, Avinash, took the place of the navigator. There was a risk, obviously, to drive without GPS, but we didn’t care.
So, our journey began at 8.00 am in the morning. It was a pleasant day and we were in a jovial mood. Nothing special happened as such as we visited a few places following the tourist guide. We were enjoying ourselves to the fullest.
After having our lunch at a cafe, Avinash was pondering over the road Atlas. After all, as the navigator, he had some responsibilities. Suddenly he announced that there was a beach a few miles away and suggested that we should be there. So far he did his navigation job quite well, so none of us had any doubt of his skill. It sounded wonderful to be at the beach in the afternoon, so we unanimously supported him.
This time, Santa, another friend, took the driving seat. I was feeling very sleepy and as soon as the wheels started to move, I dozed off.
I woke up suddenly as all four of the rest were almost shouting over something. It took me some time to get the situation. Then I understood that we were moving for almost an hour with no sign of beach anywhere. Everybody was excited and all of them started a heated argument as what to do next, which way to go.
Avinash tried to pacify us. He was still very much confident about the existence of the beach somewhere nearby. He kept on saying,“aare yaar, thoda toh sabar karo. mil jayega”, as if we were at a random search!
However, after about 45 minutes, when we had lost all hopes about the beach, he shouted excitedly,”the beach is right there, take the next exit and just half a kilometer”.
We were visibly relieved. After 10 more minutes, we reached the spot and was taken aback! It was not a sea beach, it was a market complex named “The Beach”!!
We all burst into laughter seeing Avinash’s expression. It was one of the most amusing moments of my life.
But we learnt the lesson of the lifetime. It’s always wise to use GPS when one has a navigator like Avinash!