Oh what a night! The Happy BBQ started at 6pm as planned. Jayan, Sharat and Rajesh organised everything in one swift move to the wine store (for old monk) and the local bakery (for chips). Driver gopi had already organised the marinated meat and bar-be-cue stands. He also organised the coal and the kerosene. The sun hadn’t set yet and everyone was out at the sky lound (have a large balcony and thats what we call it). Every one worked diligently to set up the party so the already arrived guests (us!!) would not have to wait any longer. Sanaa and bhavna worked on thawing the meat (microwave voila!), all the boys tried their hand at getting the fire going. Rajesh poured the coal from the plastic bag, jayan poured the kerosene, praveen lit the fire, pradeep tore papers and threw them into the fire, praveen and kartik fanned the coal, rishi took photographs, sharat poked the coal with the skewer – and it just wasn’t working. In comes magician gopi with some ‘ready to catch fire’ pieces of wood. So we started the whole process again. Thankfully it worked. In less than an hour all the coal was red and ready to go. By then ofcourse parts of the team had slowly moved to the bar and drinks were being made. Leaving the fire unattended for a few minutes we all gathered to say cheers and wish Rishi and Sanaa the very best. “Cheers”. That was the last sensible thing that all of us heard. What happened after that is just a series of hazy images and lout like laughter. At some point Rishi was violated with his birthday cake. More lout like laughter. And then the dancing started… *Blip*.