This incident happened more than a year ago and I had put a post in my o3 space. I still find similar happeinings. So I updated it and am putting it up for your views.
I was on my way to a meeting when I realised that I forgot the gift in my office which was meant for the person I was to meet. It was his birthday. As I was barely making it in time, I decided to buy one from market on the way. I could not find parking space in front of shop I wanted to visit, so I parked in proper place a few shops away and dashed to other side of the road to do the needful. On way back I saw that someone had parked car right behind mine. It took me sometime to cross the busy road and on reaching my car I found a smartly dressed lady occupying front passanger seat. I requested her to move the car as I was in hurry. She looked at me as if I had made some indecent proposal. She just uttered her husband had parked the car only for TWO MINUTES as he had gone to ATM for cash. I looked at the ATM and saw that 3 persons were waiting in the queue. I again requested her if she could move the car as I was in hurry. Her reply was “ Can't you have patience and wait.”. I had no option but to wait. After nearly ten minutes a well dressed youngman returned and got into the car without even bothering to acknowledge that I was waiting for him to move the car. I had seen him watching me and he was last in the queue. Of course, I was late for the meeting and had to face ire of that elderly person who was a stickler for punctuality. This reminded me how often have I seen in our residential complex cars parked haphazardly and at times blocking someone from taking his or her car out.
This set me thinking how often do we face such uncalled for and impolite situations. I remembered few of them which I will share with you all.
You are in peak hour fast moving heavy traffic trying to make it in time to your destination and person in front of you is driving very slow. You have no option but to follow as traffic does not let you overtake. On seeing carefully you find that person is talking on mobile. This continues for a couple of kilometers without that person moving out of traffic to park and talk or to curtail talkng. I always maintain that mobiles are for communication and not conversation.
You are in heavy traffic moving at within limits high speed, keeping pace while sticking to correct lane. Person behind you starts honking and flickering lights for you to give way. There is no way for you to do so as the traffic is congested but that person persists on doing it. And it is not an Ambulance nor has turn indicators flickering showing emergency. All you can see in your rear view mirror is that the person driving the car behind you is young.
You are at traffic lights and waiting to turn right. You stay in correct lane, say second from right as the markers indicate so. When lights turn green and you find that a person in fourth lane from right executes a U turn upsetting movement of all those who were waiting to turn right in corrcet manner.
You commence taking permitted U turn at a crossing when traffic light turns green. You get blocked by vehicle which comes from the road on right and takes left turn being fully aware that he can do so later once those taking U turn on green signal have cleared off.
The lesser said about blaring music from car music system better it is as it would take many pages to tell all.
I have a very simple thumb rule for polite driving – You are not right if someone has to apply brakes due to your driving.
You are standing at a shop counter waiting for you turn and suddenly a nicely dressed person jostles you around without even saying “ excuse me “ to reach counterstaff.
You are walking your dog on leash and suddenly another pet dog charges at you as it in not on leash. You take all steps to avoid dogfight or being bitten. On looking you find that owner, a well to do person little distance away calling out to dog without making effort to rush. And on reaching close just moves on with dog following without even offering regrets.
This list is endless. I am sure that you all must have face such situations. I have used word person as it indicates both genders.
What does it show? We are becoming EDUCATED ILLITERATES. There is no respects for values. Who is to blame? We all, as we accept all this nonsense. Does our education system include lessons on values or how to live in a cultured society? Do we teach our children about values? I shudder to think what we are heading for. May God bless us all.
I am now looking forward to your comments.