This post has been in my mind for a long time. May be about 4-5 months. I usually try and put only positive stuff on this blog, but somehow, I have been observing stuff around me which makes me take it out on the blog here.
Random incidents I witnessed around me, and made me feel so worried if we are becoming a generation so self centred that we have forgotten basic manners. And if we are like this, what about the next generation?
I am going to just state the random incidents I witnessed personally. I am not judging anyone here!
1. I walk down the stairs to the first platform. A train has just arrived and I am walking towards the ladies compartment. I see a huge crowd of young students between 8 to 14 years, getting down from the physically handicapped (differently abled?) compartment. A small portion of a bogie in Mumbai locals is usually reserved for the physically handicapped, folks suffering from cancer and very pregnant women. Why are school kids in that compartment, I know not. May be they cant get into the other compartments. I refuse to form a judgement. Until, I see these kids, push a man who is on crutches with only one leg, down from the train. Literally push him in their rush to get off. He falls on the platform. Some of us rush to help him. The kids pay no attention to him. They just rush away laughing at some joke. I am appalled. I am not kidding. I am so shocked at their behaviour. I mean
firstly, you shouldnt even be there
Secondly, you shouldnt push when you know the man is struggling to get off
Thirdly, lets say you do it by mistake. At least HELP! APOLOGISE!!!
They just walked away. Each of them. Must have been at least 20 to 25 children. Not one looked back!
2. Over the past few months, I have noticed that no one..absolutely no one seems to offer seats to pregnant women. I have seen them standing in the bus for almost 20-25 minutes and not one lady gets up to give up the fourth seat in the bus usually reserved for them. No one. Infact, a couple of times, I have noticed guys get up and offer their seats. But not ONE single lady. Never! Isnt that weird? Havent we been taught to get up and give seats to people who really need them. Similarly for old people. If the old people’s seat is reserved, no one actually gets up for them. Ever. I agree everyone goes home tired after a day’s work. But isnt it basic civic sense?
3. Yesterday in the metro, as soon as we got in, a lady (must be in her mid 40s) tried to go and sit next to another lady (in her twenties). It was not a reserved seat for ladies. Just a general seat. The lady in her twenties kept her bag right next to where she was sitting. So the other lady asked her to remove the bag. This lady blatantly refused. The other lady was a bit surprised, until a guy came rushing in just as the doors were closing, promptly sat in the place where the other lady had kept her bag. Apparently, the lady in her twenties had been keeping the seat reserved for her friend. Really? Forget the lady part. We dont need reservations, but how can you keep some seat reserved for someone who is hale and hearty!!! I was shocked at this lady and guy’s attitude!
4. A heavily pregnant lady was walking down the stairs of the station very slowly. These two girls, come, brush past her, almost making her fall, and then just go ahead without a backward glance.
Such small incidents. Incidents which may seem totally irrelevant when you look at the millions of issues going on in the world. But incidents, which perhaps could have been handled better. Incidents which perhaps if handled correctly, may actually make this world a better place.
Sigh! Blame it on the Mumbai weather. There is pessimism in the air!