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Give a ride!

16 Jan

Nope, it is not about car or bike rides or some God-forbid case when I got swindled or the countless rides we make to Government departments for the simplest of tasks.

This post is a result of the latest mental dilemma I faced which again led me to question  – What is the problem with simple logic? and/or Humble demeanour?

There is an uncanny symptom floating in the residential complex I live in – one of the symptoms of an ailment called “status maintenance by stupid actions” among few residents. There are hundreds of times when I stumble upon this ailment in the conduct of people. But “Recency effect” is forcing me to write about this particular symptom.

“The Anti-carpool syndrome”

Let me explain: There have been many occasions when I have seen several people going to the same place/ area/ marriage/ event. You would say what is new in that? It goes like this – The source and destination of these people are the same. Every family would take their cars but they won’t travel together. So there would be 4 cars leaving from a single complex for the same venue with 2,2,2,3 members respectively. So, simple mathematics – Total no. of people = 9; No. of cars =4; Fact – 5 people can easily accommodate in a self-driven car; So, taking 2 cars on that occasion would be sufficient.

But no one asks each other to travel together – “Bhai, hum to tashan aur shaan se jayenge”; “Jab hamari gaadi khadi hai toh kisi aur ko kyun poochhhe”, etc. is the logic I have heard on giving my innocent suggestion.

Sounds wierd? To me, it feels wierd. Stupid Logic. Period.

Why stupid? – Simple benefits of Carpooling. I am listing them out under three heads

1. Personal benefits – Dude, you are going to a party to socialize and enjoy, right? Why not extend it to your dear neighbours? Don’t they say – “Raat savere koi ho ya nahi ho, padosi hamesha hote hain.” Neighbours come before relatives.
I always remember my college days for this: when going to the institute, parties, birthday treats, movies, picnics, anyplace together – we would take our cars turn by turn, chart out the optimum route to pick up everyone and travel together, what fun it used to be! Songs, jokes, gossips, bullying the target of the day, stopping by those momo-shacks.Pure Bliss.
And believe me, experience tells me you can have as much fun with your neighbours minus the bullying. 🙂
Not to forget, you build upon  your social network, develop your communication and adaptability skills and your kids too learn the trick if they are accompanying (Warning: Make sure your kids are not the “paste-chewing-gum-on-seat” breed)

2. Financial Benefits – I need not mention, everyone saves on the petrol/ diesel and car maintenance expenses. You take your car this time, your neighbour will take the next time. Again, simple benefit. That reminds me of a mock-image I saw today: “2020- SBI giving Petrol loans”. And yes, you save on the parking charges too.

3. Environmental Benefits – And not at all the least, you contribute in doing your bit for combating pollution. 2 cars instead of 4 : pollution comes down by half. And an indirect benefit is less honking. So you end up fighting not only air but also noise pollution.

And in case, your car breaks down – you are not left alone 😛

Friendship, Camaraderie, Savings, Less socially harmful and Fun while travelling – what else do you want? So be selfish, “Go Carpooling”. As I said, simple logic. But many fail to understand.

And yes, if you are sensible enough and have neighbours/ colleagues with the aforementioned ailment – Be humble. Go, initiate. Give a ride yourself – Ask them if they would like to accompany you and set the trend.

Happy you. And Cleaner, Greener, Better India.


Kudos! The Ugly Indian

13 Dec

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.

-Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

I believe this quote is so relevant to India and We, Indians today! We can follow different paths:

1.  Stay mum and smile through : “Why should I be bothered as long as I am happy?” – I do appreciate their honesty but pity their inability  (“Bura na dekho, Bura na suno, Bura na kaho” ke principle ko aap logon ne mast manipulate karke apna liya hai – Badhai ho!)

2. Curse the government, society, everyone else and do nothing about it !

3. Find solution (Yeah, those who shut the mouths of other two clans)

I came across one such example of simple solution based approach:http://www.theuglyindian.com/

The Evergreen “TereBIN”

I applaud the people behind the Ugly Indian for their simple approach to a cleaner, greener and healthier India – Salaam!
With the help of municipal workers, shopkeepers and helpful passersby, powered by simple ideas and the WILL to do rather than watch and :-), they have managed to clear heaps of garbage/ paan stains, install easy-to-maintain garbage bins (which they call “TereBIN”), put plants and turned road-corners/ footpaths to what they are originally meant for (walking!)  – And in doing so they have not only paved the path to cleaner and greener Bangalore but have set a model for the rest of the country.

 They have impressed me so much that I have become a self-appointed promoter of sorts 😛 and I request all my readers to (although few :P) to do whatever they can to promote this movement of sorts: Agar aap nahi kar sakte toh jo kar sakta hai unhe batayein !

It can be as simple as promoting their website and Facebook page, approaching your office/ colleagues/ friends/ relatives/ society kids to form a  team and adopt their methods for a cleaner environment in and around your school/workplace/home or just talking about these on whatever platform (online/offline)  you can!

We all can solve simple problems by just being a little more responsible towards the society and our country and in doing so, we are only helping ourselves: We ensure positive environment and healthy life for us and the future of India.

Cheers to a Cleaner India 🙂

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