A dash of Pepper…

…with a splash of Mint

Lost belongings and heart ache

Posted by Pepper on September 18, 2012

Hello people! I am back. After all the fun I had in Europe, returning to routine hasn’t been easy.  I just got back today, and the thought of unpacking makes me cringe. My trip was fantastic, but as of now, I am crest fallen and very heavy hearted. It was our second day in Europe and we lost our camera. I hadn’t transferred the earlier pictures and losing the camera felt like a hard slap on my face. Like the Gods telling me,  “You keep procrastinating and never do things when they should be done. Now live with the consequences!” Sigh. Fortunately though, we were in a great group with some professional cameras and talented photographers. So we managed to get good pictures taken during the trip.

I was returning home today, with all my luggage in tow. And my bag pack got flicked. In Bombay. From Borivali station. It was 5:15 am, and all I know is that I put my bag down for one lousy moment, and it was gone. It contained a lot of stuff. My laptop and iPod, amongst other things.

The moment I realised it was gone, I could feel a deep wail filling my throat. My iPod was precious to me. And we had purchased the laptop just before moving from the US. It was a good one. We had transferred a lot of data onto it. It had a million folders with all our pictures, right from 2003. I have no back up. It’s all gone. And I can’t describe the ache I feel.

We went to the police, but the cops there seemed too uninterested and uncaring. The moment I got back home, I sobbed. Loudly. The pictures were priceless. The other data it contained was irreplaceable. I don’t know what I will do. And I am not even talking about the monetary loss. Though, my camera and laptop and iPod put together, equals to *a lot* of money.

Anyway.  I have been telling myself there are more grave issues in the world. There is hunger and poverty, and agony and death. People are suffering. My lost belongings are not worth crying over. I will start afresh. I will buy new stuff, slowly. I will click more pictures and build a new collection. It is not the end of the world.

Let me now focus on the rollicking trip and highlight it’s awesomeness in the form of a post. I shall put it up soon. Just after I settle down a little. How you guys been?


PS  – If any of you are travelling to Bombay from the US, and are willing to carry a laptop for me, please do get in touch with me. Thanks so much!

87 Responses to “Lost belongings and heart ache”

  1. Deeps said

    That was unfortunate..to lose so many precious things at a go! Can understand how miserable you must be feeling. Sorry for that Pepper.

    As for your Europe trip, glad to know that you had a blast of a time! Will look forward to reading about it in detail.

    For now take your time to settle down :).

  2. swatimital said

    I am really sorry for your loss. I would be all over the place too if I my stuff was stolen. I too nearly lost my camera recently and only got it back by chance so know how you feel. Don’t worry you will have many more memorable holidays and opportunities to take photos with your new camera.

  3. so sorry about your loss and can empathise with the huge lump in the throat- have had a few of such moments in the past ! sincerely hoping your police complaint gets you some relief. looking forward to your post on europe gala. CHeers & hugs

  4. My Era said

    Welcome back Pepper 🙂
    I am sorry to learn about your loss and I *know* your pain for I have actually felt it myself when I lost all my pictures (including the precious childhood memories) and my brand-new Macbook used only for fifteen days among many other things 😥
    Tight hugs girl, I hope somehow the person who stole your bag decides to return your laptop or it’s data.
    Eagerly waiting for the trip updates 🙂

    • Pepper said

      Ouchhhh! You lost your Macbook after using it only for 15 days? I don’t know what to say. But on the bright side, since you used it only for that long, you may not have too much data on it. So atleast you didn’t lose any of that? (Unless you transferred stuff onto it, like we did) Big tight hugs to you too! 🙂

  5. That is sad, not good .. I am coming to India next week from UK for work to Bangalore, so if you want , I can get you from here what you want.

  6. R's Mom said

    Hugs hugs hugs Pepper…I can so totally understand the tears, I would have done the same…but at Borivali station! I just cant imagine that happening, because I travel like a million times from there 😦

    Cant you pursue more with the police..please do 😦

    Big hugs and oh welcome back 🙂

  7. Bubblegum said

    I am coming in December from Singapore. If I can help you out. If you are planning for mac book I would suggest buy from India. Does not make much difference. and about data loss- I have suffered the same and I have lost a biiiiiiiig folder full of college and childhood pics and now no one has them. Childhood pics I could get back as I had uploaded on picasa. Learnt a big way :/

  8. Bubblegum said

    Oh by the way, I missed you for so many days!!!

  9. metherebel said

    Believe me or not! I was thinking of you. You were missed 🙂 And all I can say is Yayyy… Welcome back pepper 🙂

    Sorry about the things you lost! I would suggest you buy an external hard disk to store all the important data. It will always help!

  10. Sunshine said

    Ouch. I had a similar week. Though, a lot less trivial. Keep calm and carry on 🙂 *hugs*

  11. diatriblog said

    OMG really? I know how bad it must feel 😦 Well, I will be coming to Mumbai from New York in Feb. Let me know if you want it then!

  12. Titaxy said

    😦 hugs.

    eagerly waiting to read about the trip 🙂

  13. Bhavani said

    Oh no…Pepper..thats too bad….I am so sorry….I would have been totallly heartbroken too…

    Wish your trip had ended in a happier note….

    Take care..


  14. Aww..shucks!

    Was waiting to hear all happy stories when you are back from the trip..not this 😦

    Sorry about the loss Pepper, the data and old photos must mean a LOT.

    Try and snap out of it….(but, who am I kidding?! I would take eons for me to get over a loss like this)

    None I know travelling to Bombay for now. Will let you know if I come across anyone.


    Psst: Bring on the Europe trip post..can’t wait! 😀

  15. Why Pepper ??? Why ! oh! Why……… ** Deep breathing now** My heart sank a few miles south reading this. Please consider strapping your belongings to yourself the next time! Well, I see you’ve come a full circle from realizing they were gone, to wailing to reconciling. Way to Go 🙂 All eager to hear about the awesomeness of the trip.

    • Pepper said

      Oh this bag that was lost was strapped to my shoulders all along. If only I had not put it down for that one minute. Anyway, it’s over. Yes, will write about my trip asap 🙂

  16. Meera said

    Aiyo Paavam. I hate the losing the camera bit the most. Songs can be downloaded again – iTunes zindabad. Losing a laptop can be worrisome for a variety of reasons. I hope you guys had no financial information on it. If it is a recent model, specifically a Mac, it can be tracked via a GPS chip. You should look into that. The photos on the laptop, did you have them uploaded to Facebook or Google+? You can get them back from there. Hang in there, this too shall pass.

    • Pepper said

      It wasn’t a Mac. And the Police here are not interesting in taking the effort to track such stuff. No, I didn’t have most of the photos uploaded. I only started uploading photos on these websites 2-3 years ago. And that photo collection was 10 yrs old. 😦

  17. Jazz said

    Oh no Pepper, I understand, hugs !

    Try not to worry and focus on the brighter side. 🙂

  18. Sig said

    Oh no!! I’d be just as devastated about losing them as well…. 😦 Luckily Evs is a tech OCD freak so he backs them up regularly, but the thought of losing my laptop/camera is not nice.

    Europe sounds wonderful…looking forward to hearing/seeing more about it 🙂

  19. Arch said

    Whatt? How could this happen! Damn.I generally crib way too much for a hard disk crash. Get the iPod5 🙂

  20. Oh no Pepper, that is too bad 😦 I can understand how you must be feeling & also police in India is not very helpful in finding lost things. You might have few pics in your emails while sending them to your parents or friends? Hopefully you can save at least few of your memories from emails.

    • Pepper said

      I do have a few pics that I have uploaded on FB. But most of my albums didn’t make it to either Picasa, or FB. Wish I had put them on picasa atleast. Anyway..

  21. Geetha said

    Ayyo…I know how it feels like. Don’t lose heart. *hugs*

  22. Ghata said

    It is SO saddening to hear about your camera and laptop! But let the better things like the Euro trip make your heart ache lighter. looking forward to reading about all the fun!

  23. sugeethscribbles said

    I know it is really hard. Once , my bag was stolen in a bus, it contained not much belongings, a few hundred rupees, a pair of shoes, a pair of clothes, and it contained a camera which had been borrowed from someone else. ( with their pictures – it was a high end analog camera back then.) I remember breaking down and sobbing really badly and was totally glum for the next few days.

    Although i am pretty absent minded at times, the incident has made me sharper and more careful with my belongings when i travel. I suppose that this is the only consolation you can take from your recent miseries. And yes, you also remind me to start the process of frequent digital backups.

    • Pepper said

      These kinda losses are really hard to deal with. I can imagine how you must’ve felt on losing that bag. I once lost a camera when I was 14 at Essel World in Bombay, and I still feel upset when I think of it.
      I do hope to become a lot more sharp too, though I am not counting on it.

  24. I know how heart breaking it is to lose stuff one after the other,Hugs !!!!

    Looking forward to read about your Europe trip 🙂

    • Pepper said

      It’s been a crazy few days for us. We lost Mint’s cell phone today. I wanted to cry and then find a pillar to bang my head on. So yes, it’s hard. But I am trying to hold up. Will do the Europe trip post soon. 🙂

  25. Kavs said


    btw, you were missed Pepper…

  26. LF said

    I am so sorry to hear this, last year I lost pictures when my laptop crashed and didn’t have a backup. I regretted so much, even now. Some of those are precious and priceless. I hope you get it back, I don’t know how to console you. I myself feel so heavy reading about it.

    Come and write about the trip. Eagerly waiting for the same.

  27. I am totally heartbroken after reading your post 😥 Lost so many things at one go and that too when you are on a wonderful trip. I have no words to console you as I can’t imagine loosing all those precious photos but am sure your memories are not going to fail you. Hugs girl. Just when I was wondering what you were up to, I get to read this post.

    Waiting eagerly for a cheerful Europe travelogue 🙂

    • Pepper said

      I know. I felt more heartbroken when Mint lost his cell phone too yesterday. 😦 Couldn’t believe it’s all happening at once. Thanks for the hugs! Will write a cheerful post soon 🙂

  28. Dee said

    Hi…have been a reader of your blog for a couple of months and had to de-lurk to suggest you keep an eye out on this site – http://www.ifoundyourcamera.net/
    I hope you get lucky.

  29. SJ said

    Ohh my..Dear Pepper – I’m so sorry – I can understand how difficult this should be.

    Huggs…and please don’t be too harsh on yourself.

    Cheers -SJ

  30. techie2mom said

    I can understand your pain especially abut the photos, recently my PC broke down and we thought we lost all the photos, but thankfully we could save the data…
    But glad to know that you had fun and made new memories…

  31. Yashodhara said

    Right. Tomorrow we courier you a copy of my book. At the very least, you could use a good laugh.
    Feels terribly unsettling when stuff like this happens – but you know it’s going to be alright in a bit – so yes, hang tight 🙂

  32. hey..I am coming down to Pune in november…will be in mumbai for a day for visa (and also landing in mumbai). Let me know if you need me to be a laptop carrier 😀
    Glad to know you had a blast in europe!

  33. Childwoman said

    I agree its not about the monetary loss, its about the attachment for the pictures and other stuff that were dear to you. I understand your frustration and helplessness….

    Someone stole my money wallet when I was in Srinagar in July. It was my mum’s. She always carried it with her, I started to use it after her, because as silly it may sound, it used to make me feel closer to her. In that wallet I always carried my mum’s black and white photo from her young days. The only copy I had. Its gone. And a silver charm bracelet that she had given me when I was a child.The moment I realized its gone, I could feel the blood drain from my body. It was one of my worst days. I had a very hard time forgiving myself. I was supposed to take care of it.

    But then I thought, my mum gave me this life and other things. I should take care of them better 🙂

    And I felt better.

    You have all the people with you whose photos you must have taken, so chin up and start clicking and backing them up 🙂

    and we want a nice big happy post about your Europe tour!!!

    Big Hugs


    • Pepper said

      Even reading your comment fills me with some strange pain. I can imagine how emotionally attached you were to the stuff you lost, but like you said, your mom gave you life! And that you should value and treasure. She lives through you now. 🙂
      You are right, I do have all the people with whom I was photographed. I can start over. Thanks for reminding me. Hugs!

  34. aquaboyin said

    Sorry for your loss. I learnt mine the hard way too.

    Had all my data on one single hard drive. And one fine day it just crashed. The only trick I knew to get it out was to literally put it in the freezer.. and then try one last time… luckily it worked for just a few hours .. enough time to get the 1 single 200 GB encrypted file (had the photos and financial documents). lost the rest of the 800 GB worth stuff.

    My formula for success from then on:

    2 Backups Minimum (HDD)
    Always write files to a DVD
    Encrypt (Truecrypt) everything on a portable HDD or Laptop
    Take a print of the best photo’s – actually costs a lot less than worrying about backups.

    None of my laptops have any data. They just have software everything in portable HDD’s .. and I never carry all my backups in the same bag.

  35. so sorry pepper..but i think you shud pursue this.. start from the top. take mint, his IIT + IIM cred. will help. get an appointment, meet up with the Commnr. of police there. and tell all the projects stuff that mint lost from the laptop. keep pushing. that might help..

    • Pepper said

      Now, if only Mint had time to pursue this. He doesn’t have time to breathe.
      I should write about my experience with the Police here. It’s been one crazy ride. It’s so damn hard to get to meet the Commissioner. I managed to meet the ACP for 2 minutes. He was good, but then he passed on the case to his juniors. (Obviously, I guess). And after I spent prolonged hours at the police station, I realised just how overworked they are. Wait, maybe I should do a post. It was an eye opener of sorts.

  36. Jack Point said

    Damn, what absolute bad luck.

    My phone died last month and I lost all my contacts. I know its NOTHING in comparison to what you lost, but I have distant, dim inkling of just how bad it must feel.

  37. Aruna said

    I’m so sorry for your loss Pepper…I have nothing new to say that others here haven’t already said. But at the same time I can’t but appreciate how well you are coping. It is definitely something I need to learn from you. Hugs!

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