''Keep your voices low. Remember, you are seated close to a Work Area' . This is the standard saying that we would have come across...
'Silence' in a doctor's office...
'Please switch off your mobile phones in the temple premises' in a temple or a place of worship.
'School zone, No-horn please' on the walls of schools whose class room windows overlook the busy road.
When all over the place, such messages need to be posted to let people know about the basic niceties that they ought to keep up, the nicety of my office cab's driver, is worth a mention here.
Driver M loves to play the local FM radio channel during the long drive from and to our office. Whenever anyone in the cab gets a phone call, he always remembers to lower the volume of the Radio. No one needs to tell him or put a sign-board. He knows it too well. He is a calm composed person who has never lost patience in Bangalore traffic, never yelled at the fellow bikers or drivers.. if you know what it is like to drive or just watch what is happening on Bangalore roads on peak hours, you will be amazed at the niceties that this Driver M has in him.
Niceties need to be learnt... They need not be made mandates as in most places today...It would be nice if all of us can just adapt to these signs and act accordingly even without sign-posts that place requests for such 'need-to-have' manners.