Friday, July 27, 2007

Loud Silence

Loud Silence............

Most of the literary worshippers would have heard this word. We all feel it once in a while.

Was waiting for an auto, on the pavement just outside my office yesterday. It seemed that everyone in the city decided to set out for an outing at the same time. For a really far stretch, all I could see was vehicles and vehicles and vehicles....

At this point, when I looked at one of the motorists and then the next and then a car driver and then a lot of pedestrians who were waiting to cross the road, the word 'Loud silence' popped into my mind...

.................not without a reason.. They all seemed lost in thought....could be work, could be home, could be the traffic, could be their folks, could be money, could be just about anything... but definitely the silence in their eyes didn't show happiness. Amidst all the noises, you could see that there was a silence which seemed to be talking too loud.....

To put a positive note to it, I also thought " may be their parents have asked them to take care on the roads and be careful on the ride or drive "... :) still, I surely know that the silence was louder than the horn of the auto which had thankfully stopped right next to me.. I hopped in and looked at the same pavement where I stood.

May be an onlooker would feel the same 'Loud silence' in me too from the pavement.... I was not talking... I was quiet... I was staring at particularly nothing... just quiet as I can't talk to myself.. and my phone was not ringing and even if it does, there is no way I am going to be able to hear as the traffic horns were too loud...

As an after thought... It struck ........... that ..........

It could have been just the plain annoyance over the unmanageable traffic and the limited choice that they had, which forced the silence in people :) :) :)

Sunday, July 15, 2007

M.K Retail, Indra Nagar, Bangalore

This retail outlet is always full of people... This is just another 'One-stop-shop' in this part of the city with branches all over the city...

Over the last six months, I have been a regular customer to this store , though NOT 'most-valuable' customer... Well, that's just a jargon which means, ' a customer who shops for a lot of money with, a 'lot' ranging from minimum one thousand rupees to zero-balance in your Salary account..'. :)

Yesterday, I had been to M.K, for getting some of my usual shopping done. I've always noticed that people here, shop for a lot of things without thinking whether or not they need it... May be it's the same everywhere, but here I get to see it very clearly, as I wade my way through the crowded aisles of the shopping zone here.

I had picked up whatever I needed and some of what I want ( which I could have done without) and headed to the billing counter. I was beginning to think that my shopping cart was a little too heavy than I had expected.

While I was doing the mental math of my load, and deciding between cash and card at the counter, I saw the counter clerk packing the billed items for the previous customer... It had all 'Ready-to-eat' items. From my mental math I could see that the bill was surely more than five hundred for items that would serve as two meals or maximum three meals for the guy. Brushing aside my thoughts, I handed out my debit card and waited for the bill generation. There was some connection problem and my billing took longer... 'Leaves me with a little more time to gaze around this place with people a little more crazy than I am.. :)' - I thought.

This is what I recall:

A bright five year old walks in and picks up a small shopping cart.. fixes the plate on it properly enough to seat her teddy bear... Her father says " We'll take the bigger cart..". and she says" The bigger cart doesn't have a seat for the Teddy and the teddy would feel left out".. So the father took a cart for himself and the daughter wheeled away another with her teddy seated on it... mostly she was focusing on the teddy.. or so I want to think... :)

While I take my eyes off this scene, I see a beautiful young woman with a very cute child, walking in. There are two others with her, one - a very well dressed old lady who seems more of an elder version of the young woman and two - a middle-aged man who doesn't seem to belong in the family and is more of an assistant to these shoppers. The women start picking up the new arrivals and the most expensive things in the shop while the middle-aged man wheels the shopping cart. He would have got used to the idea that he can never buy these things for himself or his folks given the soaring prices of each of them...

Couldn't help thinking ' how much thought did these people give to the emotions of the assistant ? Can't they handle the shopping cart themselves?'

From the delivery counter, I saw a huge cornflakes box walking towards the billing counter... All I could see was a cornflakes box till the man reached the billing counter and dropped the box on the billing table. Wonder if he ever eats 'desi' food.... :)

In all the three cases I saw 'money' and the fact that the value for it has never been thought about. I hope people in this city get to spend as much always... If there is a crisis in the IT field in future, then unsure about the world, but this city will come to a halt.. an abrupt halt.... people cant live a simple life here and they will miss their luxury so much that their lives will come to a stand-still....

God save IT in Bangalore.......

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