Everyday as I commute to work, there are two experiences I encounter. In fact, I have been witnessing these since as far as I can remember as a child. They say changes in India have been phenomenal over the last decade. Yes, indeed. But I think some things are branded “typically Indian”.
First, I stop at the “red” traffic signal, all the time looking back for vehicles to guard myself from a potential hit-and-run accident. As you would have gathered, I am the only one (or one of the very few) stopping as other vehicles are whizzing by.
Second, elevators are somewhat “objects of fantasy” for so many Indians. Everybody assembles close to the elevator door, some trying to clutch the gates, some trying to speed up the lift with repeated button fiddling. Queues are undefined. When the “lift” arrives finally and the door opens, people are so excited, common sense abandons them as they try to get in even as the ones inside are yet to walk out! Of course, there is a lift-man and a guard, but they can’t stand up to the argumentative Indians. Occasionally, there is a fierce feud between them: the mentioned capacity is 12 persons (this one doesn’t have the weight based limit); even if there is no space, people want to stick to the capacity anyhow. In fact, sometimes the lift-man is pushed out for this reason!!!
These are so common everywhere. I am sure there are many similar examples to quote. That is why I say no gaav, gali, shahar, moholla can be an exception to these occurrences. There has been no commensurate development in the attitude of citizens. Therefore, our top-notch leaders such as the Prime Minister, have to write the rules and then also teach us self discipline. So embarrassing…
(PS: “Hamara gaav, hamara galli, hamara shahar, hamara moholla” is a trademark dialogue of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his promotion of Swaccha Bharat Abhiyaan campaign)
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