The past 3 years are definitely my most cherished. I have been, for a while now, searching for the reason. Then suddenly, like Michael Jackson’s father, it hit me! It was because of ‘the brotherhood’: the symbiotic, invisible entity that kept a few of us at “Flat No.2” running on “crazy_godmode ON” for the past 3 years and is still continuing to.All the madness, the insanity that constituted our day, everyday for those 3 years, made “Flat no.2” transform into “Makkanville” – a home for the mentally unchallenged, creatively eclectic and ingenious, psychotically friendly, suicidally instinctive, constantly high even without a single drop of alcohol or drugs,  & of course completely MAK! (No, only the privileged few know what ‘MAK’ means, so if you don’t and want to  – you need to qualify through a few tests or otherwise I could, but then I will have to shoot you. heh :P)

The very description of the orkut community – an outcome of that very instinct – reads:

“22 years of each of our lives we have tread through different roads culminating in an exquisite tapestry of events, which in the words of lesser theist mortals is described as providence. The world taught us to think demanding our silent and obedient consent.

But now we sought to end that silence.”

And ‘end’, we did. We were so loud that we are pretty sure the rest of the families and other bachelors who stayed in the adjacent flats were deaf. :D

I was discussing the current state of makkanville with mr. neo ‘kuttominium’ kurian (yes, as destructive as a uranium bomb), recently. We are both not in India now, and came to the same conclusion about Makkanville – it was paradise… a para-dise. a home away from home.  Even Prony agrees! In all the chaos and disorder, there was real life. Not a moment of stillness or dullness.

Almost every thought was followed by action – no matter what time of the day / night – hunger, gaming, discussions, movies, photography sessions, bike/car drives through the city or even across state for happily missing the train! :D. Act-on-instinct was a part of the makkan culture. And also extremely similar tastes in music, movies, games It was what really bonded us as really fast friends than just being roommates working in the IT sector. Our interests were all varied with some overlap – just enough that every one remained an individual, yet didn’t live oblivious of the others living in the same home.

Gaming and movies was the first to catch on. Killer CS gaming rounds followed by Tekkan massacres and Gears of War DMs and Guitar Hero and Kratos mania! Movies – English, Old comedy mallu was available on tap. Those night long discussions sometimes went from deeply spiritual topics to absolutely silly ones where each of laughed our head off to no ends. Usually after such discussions, someone (:D) would get hungry and the entire group would get to the bikes and the car .. in 5 minutes we’ll  be hogging off to glory at paramount or empire. (the 2 restaurants that remain open till 3-4AM in the morning.). Some may ask – why can’t these people just cook something rather than going out at night? – well, beyond the fact that all of us love to ride bikes, cooking has been a ‘special, highly restricted” procedure at Makkanville. Cooking rice and a curry could never have taken more time. 4-5 hours. Don’t ask further. Click here to know. Oh the birthday parties – we make sure the person celebrating his birthday wishes that he were never born, atleast on that day. The ‘brutal’ (:P) beating has been a trademark procedure (patent pending :D). Then there were the photography sessions. My goodness. Most start with the simplest click – probably a watch kept at an angle in a particular lighting. From there, it would start. Maybe for the next 5 hours or till the batteries last. Tech was always available. A quad core comp w/ ati4870 & 22″ LCD monitor, 5 laptops, x360, ps2, over 15 games, dSLRs, a HD handycam, and people who knew how exactly to use it. Time would just while away with each one getting the rest to learn something from him. And all this was so indirect, so without an intent to learn, but just to enjoy the time. Oh wow… what a time!

A few memorable incidents would be:

1.) That silly april fool trick that backfired!

2.) Mr. StapleCropofSrilanka messing up the train timings to getting us to rev up those bikes across the blore-cochin route!

3.) All the birthday ‘bashes’.

4.) Kuttominium and Gefa discussing the fish and ball story (KaPra and I were the witness to that, UltraPJ filled yet spectacular, 1 hour discussion.)

5.) Kuttominium, Gefa, Abhyen, KaPra & I on CS servers… with nade deaths!

6.) Cleaning up the mutant-testing lab… ahem, in other homes – it would be called…. no, you guessed it wrong,… its the kitchen! :D

7.) Late night bike ride to Bang 4 (when I had just got my bike).

8.) KaPra’s movie shooting and the death of Kuttominium! (in the movie!)

9.) “Veedu Aveshyam Kidu Chanda” and all the likes!

10.) Playing on one song over n over n over again…. :P Talk about overkill… ;)

11.) Gefa’s downloading sprees.

12.) KaPra’s movie rendering mania on his ol’ PC.

13.) Double Kill on the pressure cooker.

14.) Final cooking attempt

15.) Kuttominium’s Car tricks and the moonwalk. =)

There are many many more….

It was where life was truly celebrated throughout the year, at least for those of us who were a part of makkanville. It was madness.. but that kept us human.

Cheers to all the makkans – Ashu, Abhyen, Kuttominium, KaPra, Gefa, StapleCrop_Rubber, Porny, Arin, Faul, Kolla & Codey (There are some who are non-residents, to them too- you know who you are!).

“We are the Lords of all creation!”


KK ;)