A satisfied Aane proposed to Katte members that, the occasion is worth celebrating and as a true follower of Katte principles offered to treat us all. (I do not remember exactly, if he was forced to treat, as per the Katte standards. But going by Katte constitution, we can conclude, Aane offered to treat the members of the katte). All the then-current katte members were invited to the party, to list a few, they were, kutti, kr, nacha, parang, myself, sridhara. If I have forgotten any of them, please forgive me, it is un-intentional, it is just that some of my memory cells have been killed over a period of time.
It was decided that all will meet up at the Katte (poojya sthala - place of worship, physically located at Kohinoor field in Bangalore south) the next day at 11 AM in the morning. From there the plan was to drive to a dhabba on mysore road. There was also an idea of all going to Manchainabele dam and have a swim after the party. It is always typical of the Katte members to have a party in the afternoon (for knowing the reasons, you need to pay up and buy the Katte constitution. Good things in life do not come free).
The reason for the decision on the place, time was, another wonderful party in the same location exactly an year back. The occasion was, not so zealous learners of katte, had completed engineering and decided to treat Aane (and nacha also I think .. without getting into too much controversy, I request members with there memory cells intact to comment on this) . In short, kutti, kr, sridhara, parang, nacha (??) and myself had hosted a party to Aane on the occassion of us getting out of engineering studies (yeah!, getting out makes sense). The party was wonderful because of a well known incident which has become a folklore (one of the members of the Katte will release it to public in a short time).
If you still do not understand, how big hearted Aane mari was and how he was a glowing example of "How a true katte member has to behave!!!", go, drown your nose in your piss filled palm till death.
On the day of the party, as decided slowly Katte members had trickled into Katte. By 11:15 all the treatees (people who are supposed to be treated) had assembled in the Katte waiting for the "treater". Aane mari had a amazing sense of time, Einstein would have created lot more formulas and filled up our text books if he had understood, the secret of what Aane knew. Aane being a true friend of stundents, never ventured out to share his ideas regarding time. He could never risk the sharing of ideas, because in this bad/ugly world, you never know who would mis-use it for the purpose of filling up text books.
As true Katte memebers, all the treatees understood that Ane's time was a secret from world and did not panic.
This was a such a period in universe when,
mobile phone was not affordable by students;
cable tv was the most hep thing;
bollywood heroins starting to wear bikinis;
king cost just rs. 2.25 only;
most students had a bike;
(Ananda, I am sure you do not mind the above)
Some of the katte members, called up Aane's house to enquire about well being of the treat. But they didn't get any response on phone. Nobody picked up the phone. After various deliberations and discussions, all the treatees decided to stay on and do Time Pass. One of the un-countable characterstics of Katte boys was, they never were short of ideas for Time Pass. If my brain cells are not corrupted, I think, our Katte manager ventured out brought the cricket equipments. It was a hot afternoon, and all katte members took the pleasure of playing box cricket.
When the time was around 2 PM in the afternoon, one of the members saw, Aane, with a characterstic smile entering through the majestic gate of Katte. Why Aane had a characterstic smile, was because of the very well satisfying annual-death-ceremony lunch he had had just then.
If you people, start thinking, this ended in a tragedy.
NO! No! no!
We being katte personified, still went ahead with the plans and celebrated the Engineer Ane. Though my memory cells are dead, I remember Aane even competed with kutti on the amount of food consumption competetion.
This incident has been, deliberated time and again in various gatherings of Katte, and how Aane could forget a thing like annual-death-ceremony lunch, but the knower will say, Aane, doesn't forget anything and his understanding of time, is not understood by the others.
If you think, the story is about the greatness of Aane, you are absolutely wrong. This is the greatness of the great Katte members, who inspite of the 3 hour delay on a hot afternoon, never lost hope and waited for the party. None of the members, obviously, wanted engineer Aane to loose the pleasure of treating his mates.
-- Madhukar Hebbar