Sunday, December 21, 2008

This happens only in India!!


I was walking by one of the busiest streets of Kolkata.. it was one very foggy and chilly morning. Everyone was hurrying to their offices or schools.Traffic was packed and a police were there trying to ensure the citizens an easy passage. There on one little corner of the busy street was a polio booth, where an elderly lady was accompanied by a younger woman was trying her best to ask women with kids to come and get their kids the drops that are essential for the well being of their children. a young rag picker was called and she haughtily walked by and on being repeatedly called she turned back in anger, walked to the elderly lady abusing her with words that can make your ears burn, and all this because the lady was offering to help her child out that too for free. this wasn't the end. this rag picker couldn't be rationalized how important it is for kinds below three years to take the polio drops, instead she spat on the elderly lady and walked off, as i stood there stunned.

* THIS happens only in India*

Where one can never do good for others, in bargain one will get disdain and disregard. where the lower strata of the society gets so dehumanized that they cannot accept tokens of human affections at its face value, where even the most genuine concerns are frowned upon.

18 comments:

yamini meduri said...

yeah....so true....!!!

it happens only in INDIA...!!

but the saddest part is that we dont think of it very often and if about the politicians had taken to consideration.....they never think at all.....

it happens only INDIA..!!!

ANWESA said...

it reminds me of the poem,"the man with the hoe".its actually heart-wrenching 2 see this.yes,it happens only in india!

MultiMenon said...

very well said..it jus happens in INDIA..and we..??can do nothin much about it than being stunned as u wer..

Though,this calls for reforms as to prohibition of child labbour and beggary and many other issues,its all gonna be the same state..sad!! :(

ceedy said...

So true....but its sad that its reality :(

Pranav Kumar V said...

Sad but true

lukkydivz said...

where one can never do good for others? i disagree :)

Mithe said...

Sad but how true... I wish people here could be more trusting.India is always projected as such a warm, welcoming place for the foreigners,the ground reality can be seen only in everyday life. I am glad you pointed out this truth phoenix.A small step maybe but hopefully ards bigger and better things..:)

Akshat said...

you cannot judge the book by its cover...and you cannot judge a country on the basis of few citizens...

loved the topic...cool post...but this post kinda says that there is no hope left..I disagree...but that is just how I feel!!

Don't get offended please...the topic is very close to me!!

Keep writing!!

Preetilata【ツ】 said...

hmm a thoughtful post raka. but i dont agree that this happens only in india.

the pic is very nice. :)

Aqua gurl said...

so true

Harshita said...

Its the lack of trust.

You first treat the poor people with a stick in ur hand and laters you approach them to help them.

The constant abuse and insults add up to their frustration and they refuse to take help.

It is sad yet I really wish that the woman lets her child have the polio drops...

There is a lack of awareness in our country...and this is the main reason, we cannot blame people for that... :(

Trinaa said...

pich...shitty truth ain't it?

CяystąL said...

Ugly truth..but don't thse people need more awareness?..why blame India,buddy?

Priya Joyce said...

the ugly truth ...u explained wat happened...i feel we need to change..but the problem is every one thinks of changing the whole world but no one thinks of changing himself..tats wat Aldous Huxley says...i feel yeah we all do at some level indulge and play a part in it.

Zubin said...

True it happens..but not just in India...i mean we haven't seen the whole world yet...have we..?

Its not about a country or a region in geography...

Its about the society...lower strata as you say...is mostly uneducated...doesn't that curb their ability to judge whats really goood and right for them.

and even on a general basis...unselfish acts of generosity are always frowned upon..wouldn't you get suspicious if a complete stranger offers you help unconditionally and with no expectations..?

We can sit here and pass judgment on that woman...but who are we to decide whats going in her head.

How many time have we ridiculed these beggars while passing by lanes and roads...they get so much negativity from us..maybe it was her chance to throw some back...

poor she didn't know though that this would hurt herself in the longer run...


Anyways...great observation..I hope you don't mind the long post.

divinediu said...

so many good things happen too. :)

but this was bad. :(

Ria said...

unfortunately this is the harsh reality of India. Some ppl hav jus stopped feeling for others. Very sad indeed!

The Seeker said...

Its sad and the sorry state affairs of the nation,, I remember an event in Mother Teresa's life, where when she went to a rich man and pleaded for them He spat on her hand, and Mother said, I will keep this, Give something for my people...

Whatever happens, It would stop the helping hearts fron helping

QUite a thoughtful post!!!!