India is great! But Indians are greater than God! Or at least that's how they seem to behave... and believe!
Yes, this is going to be a rant post. Yes, I'm in a bad mood. And no, please don't show me "the other side of the coin"... not today... not on this post. If you'd like to join me in this "Indian bashing spree", you are MOST welcome! But just remember... keep it witty, keep it sarcastic, keep it humorous. Or you can totally skip this post too... the choice is yours.
There... that's out of the way... so let me begin now...
I'm not even going to start on how we are breeding like rats and spreading like a plague all over the world. And I'm not going to go on and on about our lack of civic sense, hygiene, responsibility towards public property, our rivers and environment. I won't talk about corruption, or the way we treat our women, or our spineless "men" who never really grow up, or our "plagiarists", or some other things I've recently experienced about our "great country" that I've promised myself will never despoil this space!
Today, I will just talk about the remarkable lack of respect, for other people's personal space, that we Indians have!
People are working in different shift timings these days, the family structures have changed, joint families have dissolved into nuclear units, females are often managing both domestic as well as their professional responsibilities, and yet some of the "high-and-mighty" among us think they're above calling up and checking if it's a convenient time for them to visit us!
At 8 in the morning, this elderly gentleman in our building, who has been acquainted with us for like less than half an hour, comes knocking at our door, without any prior appointment, to... you won't believe this!... download something off the internet from my PC and take some printouts from my printer!
Just because Dad and I showed some respect to him due to his age, and talked politely on our one brief meeting, he automatically assumes that our doors are open for him round the clock now... for any damn thing? After just one short meeting?
And just because I conduct some computer classes and know stuff about computers, that makes me a 24 by 7 cyber cafe? A free one at that? How the hell did he come to the conclusion anyway that my computer, printer and internet were even available for public use?
Seriously! Not even our closest friends walk in like that, without first calling, just to use our internet and printer! That too at 8 in the morning! (???)
I have nothing against helping people with whatever skills I have. But I just can't tolerate this encroachment upon someone's personal space, this complete lack of disregard for the other person's schedule. Not everybody wakes up with the crow of the rooster, you know! And not everybody likes to be seen in their nightwear by people whom they've met for only a few minutes!
I mean really, he could have easily picked up the intercom, called up my flat (for free!), explained his "emergency" (if there really was one) and asked me, like a proper gentleman, if I could help him out with this matter at that time. But no, he couldn't show that little courtesy, for he's a "greater-than-God Indian"!
Yeah well, even I can play the "greater-than-God Indian" routine in my home!
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