It is quite common to see scenes in Bangalore that make you look away, for the ethical sense and sensitivity that you have in you. I have no count of the number of times I have had to look away at the sight of some explicitly expressive love scenes - Malls, Parks, Movie Theatres, Train Stations are quotable. While it is a matter of totally personal opinion and freedom of life to exercise, I still hate the idea of having to look away, just because people dont mind their limits in public.
With that prologue in my mind, I saw two people who made me smile and I can believe that some people are truly 'Out-of-the-herd'.
Early this week, in a Volvo bus, I spotted a guy and girl listening to music from one mobile phone. The girl had the left ear phone plugged and the guy, the right. They seemed to be enjoying the music with an occassional smile and a nod once in a while. After about twenty minutes, she took off her ear phone and plugged it into his ear, wore her scarf, nodded a bye ( mostly a smile) and walked over to the door. Both of us had to get down at the same bus stop.
In all the forty minute travel, no words were exchanged. I liked the thought that these people were friends with music as the common thread in their friendship. But friends can't stop talking right? They can, but then I saw this nice pleasant journey the next day and the day after.I noticed that after she got off, she smiled from the pavement and he returned the smile - neither of them had anything to say all the three days for the forty long minutes. There was a comfortable silence.
Somewhere, deep down I was sure, that this was more than friendship. [ If you say, I am imagining, so be it...but that is not the point, so let's leave it at that]. I cannot term their relationship, but I must say, I didnt have to look away and it surely was very gentle and a comfortable feeling, if you know, what it means to travel or walk on Bangalore roads with a conservative mind set [Less of the 'I don't care attitude'].
What ever be the term for the relationship, it was by far the best portrayal , I have ever spotted in Bangalore.
Well, I am not against going public with your love affair, but I do believe there is a certain sense and sensitivity you should exercise anytime and anywhere outside your own space. All is not always fair in love and war - People call this a conservative mind set, but surely has proven records of keeping relationships stronger and going ahead.
Disclaimer ( I read about it here and thought this post warrants one )
I do not know the concerned people and hence the relationship. My blog usually never discusses any such delicate threads because, I believe words can easily be misinterpreted and can end up hurting some of my readers. This one, I wrote because, I think, it is rare to see such a sight in Bangalore, as far as my experience goes.
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