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I bid you farewell

18 months, 73 columns and approximately 50,000 words later, writing journey of Lokhandwala Lad comes to an end. Check out his last column...

entertainment Updated: Jan 10, 2011 14:57 IST
Lokhandwala Lad
Lokhandwala Lad
Hindustan Times

So this is it. 18 months, 73 columns and approximately 50,000 words later, my writing journey comes to an end. All journeys do. There have been bad times, good times and excellent times. But it ends at an awesome time. Shooting for different projects since the 31 of December, with only a day’s break in between till now. That’s a good high to end with.

Then and now
Things changed since I started writing. I was staying in a pg accomodation, in a big room, which I shared with four other guys. Then I was asked to leave by the owner. He thought that I instigated others against him! Four flat changes later, I stay in a house which is my ivory tower, and I love it.

My brother also lives with me, and has his own room. He shifted six months ago to tinsel town and no, he’s not a model. He works for a sports management firm and writes syndicated columns for sports men on the side. Yes, apart form the big ones, most of these sports-stars don’t write their columns. They just give an idea or a bullet list of points and leave it for someone else to do. Most of them don’t even do that. I wonder if that was the case with the celebs who wrote in this paper too! (I couldn’t help, but I had to take a dig at this!)

Home management
Back to me. So I’m more organised and responsible now. I have to make sure there are vegetables at home for the maid to cook, the water tank doesn’t overflow, the garbage is kept out, the bike is serviced, the house is clean and the electricity bill is paid off. I have fallen into the trap of credit card bills; I swipe my card like never before. But the bills are what keep me going, and that’s what keeps my ass on fire.

A few weeks ago, I’d written about finally relenting to do a daily soap (for the money). I’d been selected without an audition and the production house loved me. Well, eventually, it didn’t work out as the channel thought I didn’t fit the part. Let’s just say my ‘colours’ weren’t bright enough for them.

From here on
My Faccount will still be active, and I will continue to share a special relationship with my followers. Since the time I started writing, I’ve been lucky enough to be completely overwhelmed with the love and support I got from you guys. When I was happy, I got a 100 mails cheering and congratulating me on my success. When I was down, I got 200 mails asking me not to give up and look at the bright side. Thanks you guys!

Life in this industry is not a primrose path, I’ve enjoyed it nonetheless and I’ve enjoyed writing about it even more. In fact, I’ve loved writing about my life and it has become second nature to me. Like a nicotine addict needs his poison, mine is my column every weekend. I’ll still keep writing, either online or anywhere else, (touch wood, touch Abraham) which will soon be updated on my profile.

Till then, take care and God bless. It’s been an enjoyable journey.

PS: The Lokhandwala Lad is on Facebook. Add him!

First Published: Jan 10, 2011 14:39 IST

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