Wednesday, February 17, 2010

HURRAY , CONGRATULATE ME,

Dear friends, semi friends, semi foes and foes
Please congratulate me because I have joined the elite class of people who have been pick pocketed, mugged or robbed in Milano.
The precision at which they picked my pocket, was amazing and reminded me of the 60's calcutta days.At the upper end of the escalator one chap dropped his ticket and bent down to pick it up. I kept on pushing him shouting " Move ...move...and in a fraction of a second I realized I was trapped by surrounding people. I tried to protect my purse, some one twisted my left thumb to free the back pocket and the purse was gone...
And the repeatation of the old act, 4 of them targeted one chap " That is the pickpocket , he has picked mine...and gave a chase and all of them vanished..
Well it was not Korea or japan, where you can show $s popping out off your pocket and no one will touch....So normally I carry 20 Euro and no purse...but on saturday I carried the purse to do some shopping for SOMEONE. Becuase if I shop I get the firing " why you have wasted money by buying these things?"..if I dont buy then also I get the firing " You did not get any thing for me, not even Channel 5?".
Over the years I have found out that getting a firing for bringing something is much better than not getting anything...that little hidden smile of appreciation is milion $ for me.
Jokes apart , it was quite traumatic, but luckliy there was not much money, I could block the lost credit card in 30 mins...But without the credit card , my trips to neighbouring towns like Florence, Venice, chinka terra ( refer to wonderful blog of Cool lassie) may not materilize.  One of the reasons for picking up the asignment in Milano was to go to Chinka terra...else I am elargic to crime prone countries, and would have gone to Korea , japan or singapore or middle east  ...anyway I thank God simply because things could have been worse, at least one of them had a gun.
When I narrated the incident to my collegues, every one laughed it out and narrated their harrowing experinece of getting mugged, pick pocketed..it was comforting !!!

See few photos here , taken just before being mugged and after

On My way to being pick pocketed

Milano centrale  ( Rail station 150 meters away from my appartment, they maintain their old architecture

Side view Milano centrale
The famous winged horse and the guy , in close up below, Milano centrale

At duomo
The famous Milano tram car. reminds me of Calcutta days, even I took a tram ride in Nov 09 when I was in calcutta
Where I stay, an old building with high ceiling, ,beautiful 1 bed room, drawing dining serviced apartment  inside.

Can you cook here? I can't but will soon...Thats why I am silent over cooking blog


Look at the smile, a typical "act normal" smile on a person, whose pocket has been just picked , 10 minutes back , Hey thats me SOMEONE'S SOMEONE


Dear Friends
Even if I am not being able to blog ,  I read all the postings , that is the only entertainment I have here...
Happy cooking  and happy pick pocketing ( your dear hubby's, like I do purse picking of SOMEONE)

66 comments:

Sanjana said...

Oh no! I'm so sorry to hear that your things got stolen! That sounds like a real plan those pickpocketers carried out though. Pickpocketing aside, I hope you are well. The photos of Milan look amazing! What a beautiful place. Do take care, hope to see you back blogging soon.

Silpa said...

Hahaaa, that's a nice story n em brassing moment. I am so sorry that u r pick pocketed...

Enjoy n be careful...

Chetana said...

Dear Ushnishji,
Loved ur pics.....but was also horrified wit the pick pocketting...
U take care n enjoy ur official trip.
Cheers.

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

you wrote such a hilarious post on pick pocketing! Wow!

Pari said...

Ushnishda, I admire that u can laugh at a loss, u have a great sense of humour. It's truely more imp that u are safe, be more careful and have a safe journey.

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Ushnishda, I am sorry to hear that your trip to Italy has been marred by this pickpocketing incident. Also sorry to hear that you wont be able to travel to places you were hoping to..Please watch out for fake cops who pressure to hand-over passport and such and be on high alert while you are out and about. Muggers target old people, crowded areas and dark alleys. Just don't find yourself in the wrong spot at wrong time.

Photos looks awesome. Esp love the shot of duomo. Its gorgeous. Looking forward to your hearing about your pleasant experiences and cooking posts.

Muraligeetham said...

sorry to hear but that too you ve taken in a cool way :) nice pictures..enjoy your trip!

Kanchan said...

Da,
Milan snaps look awesome, waiting for many more :)

And I know when I say Dunn waste money to bring anything for me Means please bring something for me :P

So can totally understand :)

The knife said...

Ushnishda,

Love your spirit and congrats on joining the club. This is one club I hope I am debarred from for life. Lovely pics. Makes one want to go to Milano despite your stories. Hope you find someway of continuing your holiday. I am linking this post on my F B page.

Totally agree with your pov on its being better to err on the side of why did you bother to get all this.

Ciao

Kalyan

Sharmila Ganguly said...

Hats off to you for being so remarkably cool and unfrazzled after a pick pocket :)

vineetha said...

you have presented the whole mugging story like a funny one..Anyway sorry to hear abt it..Even here in U.K one of my friend was mugged sometime back so its not uncommon in developed countries too :(

Sandhya Hariharan said...

Really sorry to know of the pick poket incident. Though very lil money, thought of getting robbed is scary in a foreign land.

Milano is architecturally beautiful.

FoodLovers said...

Iam so sorry Ushnish to hear abt ur incident ...be careful from now on ....thanks for sharing ur wonderful pics Ushnish ..
and once again all i would say is u have great sense of humor by looking at pic i could see that ...

Enjoy ur trip Ushnish ...

Babli said...

Very nice, interesting as well as hilarious story. I enjoyed reading it. Pictures are absolutely marvellous. Wish you a wonderful trip. Awaiting for your new recipe.

Jagruti said...

Hi
thanks for visiting me and wonderful comments...Beautiful pics..I've been twice to milan!!!wonderful city...this type of things happend everywhrer..enjoy your stay in Milan..:-))

My Experiments with Food said...

Oh! That's not a nice thing at all! All I can say is I am glad that the loss wasn't much.
Take care, and enjoy the rest of the stay.
Btw, the story telling is as great as always.

Devasena Hariharan said...

Hi Ushnish, thanx alot for your feedback in my blog. I was touched that when you wrote that you are going to read each of my post.

Sigh, God only can save you........


very unfortunate abt the pick pocketing.

You have a colourfull and lovely blog. I was just gazing at ur food preparation. Really superb.

Siddhi S said...

Hey Ghosh uncle sorry about the incident, but happy to know that ur safe...take care next tym u go out uncle...njoy ur stay there...pics r awesome, lovely place...the kitchen is very small indeed, good luck for cooking there..hope 2 c ur post soon...tc cre

Indrani said...

ohh...sune khub kharap lagche, very bad experience in foreign land...you said such a hilarious way..loved the whole post...come home safe

The knife said...

After yesterday's mail from Labanya I think I should call you Ushnish Kaku now :) Chhuti kemon kaatchhe?

PJ said...

Gosh thats totally harrowing!Pls take care in future and as for the pic they are awesome!!!The 'kitchen' looks soo cute and waiting to see the dishes that are going to be be whipped up from there

sayantani said...

ema Ushnishda Ki kando!tabe thank God tumi konobhabe protest karoni. Milan to underworld er swargarajyo. khub sabdhane theko. besides chobigulo dekhe khub bhalo laglo sotti sotti tram dekhe kolkatar katha mone porlo. tabe Someone's someone chobita best...

Gulmohar said...

Oh my ! Am sorry to hear that !
Wonderful pictures, thanks for sharing..Take care and enjoy the rest of your stay !!

Preeti Kashyap said...

Hey Ushnish, I am so sorry abt your purse, but love the fact that you can laugh abt it. Please be safe and enjoy Milan!

Nandini said...

I hate pick pockets and they raise pressure. When I was travelling somewhere, I saw a man running and he was trying to snatch somebody's purse. But instead he got beaten up by surrounding people and the lady whose purse was almost stolen, beat him up with her high-heeled shoes! By thw way, nice pictures of Milano! Beautiful!

Pravs said...

oh my, what cheeky pick pocketers. The place looks so clean and beautiful..but not safe i suppose. You take care and have fun

Padhu said...

Sorry to hear about the incident Photos look awesome and thanks for visiting my blog.

Babli said...

Thanks a lot for your lovely comment.
I am 100% Bengali but I didn't understand what you meant exactly by saying "What is your Bong connection?"

Subhashini said...

Hi Dada
First time in your blog.I am from Orissa so very well aware of Bengali Food.Since I got married to a typical south Indian bahamin, I left non veg.
You are having very nice recipes in your blog.Will be happy to c u back in your blog soon
Love
Subhashini

shahana said...

Hi Somebody's someone,
Im so sorry for the incident happened.But any way nice pictures.Wonderful architecture !!!

ARUNA said...

Oh so sorry to hear that but those pics r just beautiful!

s said...

oh no..im so sorry to hear about that bad experience....!
I want to say i am a bif fan of ur blog..the way u write is so original!

Deepa G Joshi said...

ohh so sorry to hear about the loss..but I must appreciate your courage..atleats you chased them..

Milano pics are too good..beautiful architecture..

kothiyavunu said...

Dear ushnishji
Hope ur doing fine..Was away for a while and I guess have missed a few posts.:)
Sorry to hear about pick poket incident.:( As usual awesome writeup and amazing pics!! Take care and have fun.

Tulip said...

Hello Ushnishda,

daarun hilarious post ta...tobe asol byaparta jodio khub baaje...sorry to heat that....ar pics gulo khub sundor...khub valo laglo dekhe ar pore....thank you very much for your comments in my blog. Hope you have a safe and happy stay there !!

vineetha said...

Hai Ushnish ji,
I m fine ji..Missing ur active presence in the blogging world :)

Viki's Kitchen said...

OMG...being pick pocketed in abroad is something horrible. I can imagine that. But i really appreciate the way you took it cool. I too have a story to share. Some years back , when we arrived at NY from another state, we had a similar embarasssing thing like this. At that moment I didnt have an extra credit card (blaming hubby for that even now), but some cash in hand. So we managed to get a motel room and pass the night....You know what, I didnt sleep till he got a replacement card and an add-on for me too:)
The very thought gives me nerves:)

Thanks for the encouraging comments Sir. Because of some pain in my arms (due to browsing..hi..hi) , I missed many posts.

Your trip photos are exclusively nice. waiting to see recipes from your new kitchen.

Good that you do shopping for your wife. I am sure I will also yell at Xav, if he shop for me or not. But if he has shopped for me I will reward him with his favorites else console me with my favorites..ha ..ha ..ha.

Cicily Antony said...

Sorry about the pick pocketing incident...it was a good read...and loved the pics...thanx for visiting my space and leaving comments...

Subhashini said...

I am gonna to put lots of oriya food as soon as possible.Till now i have posted only two but will make it lots in near future.
Love
Subhashini

Ramesh Chandra said...

Dear Ushnish,

Wonderful reading, though sorry about the incident as it could be really un-nerving. Pics were, too, great. You look like Utsa, though not quite! I have heard a lot about you and your mastery in cooking Bengorissa food! I will leave it to my daughter-in-law to persue your recipes and let me have all the pleasure.

Anonymous said...

"The first reaction is, "i knew!". Not really. Accept my heartfelt condolences at your loss, s’il vous plaĆ­t.

Reminds me of a time, possibly 15 years ago in Roma, when my wife's video camera was almost snatched, using a very similar ruse. Guess these Romans are crazy, as ever.

i'm not signing this comment, and i expect you to know the identity.

Ushnish Ghosh said...

Dear Anonymous
From " I knew" I know that you ar Goutam , right? if not, please identify

Ushnish Ghosh said...

Dear Mr Chandra
Many thanks for visiting my blog and your daughter in law is most wescome to visit, off late I am out of cooking, because the duration of stay in Milano is unpredictable no.
Best regards

? said...

Dear Ushnishda,
Sorry about the pickpockets but the post was good reading!:-D
The pictures are wonderful as usual; loved the tram one...the colors are beautiful!
-Shri

Pedhakka said...

Hi Ushnishda,

You have a lovely blog.And sorry about your purse being picked.

Sharmila said...

Jah! Ei bhabe inagurate holo Milan e thaka! Careful thakben henceforth. :-)

Sayantani said...

Ushnishda, ami next mase bari Jachi, tomar bodhay takhon fera habena. nayto besh dakha hoto. Bangalore asar plan hole janio abosyoi.Holi'r anek shubhechcha ar pronam.

sangi said...

Dear Ushnishji,
Tnx a lot for ur holi wishes.
happy holi to u too...

Parita said...

Sorry to hear about the pick pocketing, i too have heard its not safe in italy and spain, back in swiss we had planned to visit Italy but since we were only a group of gals we werent sure if it wud be safe! The pictures have come out gorgeous!

Babli said...

Wish you and your family a very Happy Holi.

Akal's Saappadu said...

Dear Ushnishda,

what a pity !!!! I'm so sorry for you, but it has become so common here in Europe, especially in the tourisitic areas in metros, trains & bus.. they keep informing aloud "be aware of pick pockets" !!

poor you !!!! even though you didn't loose too much money, it must be frustrating to know that someone has your personal affairs, especially if there is any of your beloved ones' like "someone"s photo or id card etc.. be alert the next time you visit places, I keep repeating to my husband too, no purses at the back pockets!!!
you take care!!!

Rekha said...

Wow, loved your spirit and your take on the incident. Great images of the architecture..

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Hello Ushnish da
I was recently in Kolkata , so I missed your last post. So sorry to hear about your being pick pocketed.This proves that such incidences can take place anywhere. Your Milan photos are simply great. . This time during my visit to Kolkata from Gariahat they have removed tram tracks so I missed them.
All the best for your continued journey.

Deepa

Babli said...

Hope you are fine. Beware of pickpocketing. Enjoy your holidays. Awaiting for your new post.

Amrita said...

your attitude can be summed up in the following words...
"They can pick my pocket, but they cannot pick at my sense of humour...They can snatch my money but they cannot snatch away my smile!! The point is that even after the pickpocketing incident smile is still there...albeit a wee bit sheepish!! "
:)

I thoroughly enjoyed this armchair travel to Milano via your pictures. Thanks for sharing.

nandini said...

Sorry about the pick pocketing... While i was reading the post i was both laughing and feeling sad for u!!. Great post!.. Loved the 'not even Chanel 5 bit!'- LOL.. Appreciate your spirit though. We were so warned about the pickpoketing in italy that i held on to my purse like it were my dear life . The pics are lovely , liked both the horse shots a lot...

Gouri Guha said...

Ushnishda, late here and don't want to talk about your loss.
Lovely pictures.

...and keep smiling...that's what you do of course...

simply.food said...

Many thanks for dropping by simply.food.Your comments are appreciated.Do hope you will visit again soon.

Vrinda said...

Sorry to hear abt pick pocketing..Beautiful snaps....Thanx for sharing...i got a new update in my dashboard,but am not able to view ur new post,will check later....

wanderer said...

yeah...it surely brought back old memories of 1991 of the Milano station and as I mentioned the warning by Mike James that 'Mr Bose clamp the briefcase between your legs or it will soon be gone'...it can only be an 'Italian Job' !!...and great pictures Ushnishda...and I envy your travel plans...

Babli said...

Ushnishda,
Thanks a lot for your lovely comment. Good to hear that you got a Bangladeshi shop where all ingredients are available. If your stay is not sure then its not at all possible to prepare food. You are in which place now?

FoodLovers said...

Hi Ushnish ,
Hope you are doing great and u addressed me correct this is Prasu aka foodlovers.
thank you for ur kind words on my blog and you have a great sense of humor and romantic too ...
yes i also love those songs just like u ....
Hope u adjusted to the new environment and the new Kitchen
awaiting for ur yummy recipes Ushnish ....
Catch u again
Keep visiting my blog when u get a chance !!

Sarah Naveen said...

Loved the way u have presented this...i was wondering whether to congratulate you or feel sorry...u have such a great sense of humor ..hahhah
Lovely pics...njoy ..

Dolly said...

Ushnishda, What a terrifying experience and only You could get the humor part of it and write an awesome post for us readers. See ur Sense of humor prevails..that no pick pocket can take it..lol I'm glad you are safe. Love the pictures.. We are all waiting for your next post..Seeing the kitchen picture I'm sure you are going to cook up something real soon..

San!!! said...

Hello ushnish sir,iam back after a trip to india.Count me in to join the list ,i really get so cranky when it comes to thieves.So sorry to hear about your loss.Well let it be a passing cloud,beautiful n classic pics to catch up with.They look incredible,seems the pose given by you reminds me of the don look :D Eagerly awaiting your next post but with a sweet news.Happy cooking n eating.

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Ushnish-da,
You have another award waiting at my "pulled chicken stew" post. :)