Monday, January 24, 2011

The changing face of Metros

Does the city, where we reside belongs to us and are we entitled to use the term "My" city? I am not sure about this because though this Metro has been a haven to many people, I somehow don't want to be too connected to this city. And I dont want my identity to be related to this place called as CHENNAI in the map of the world. I had come to this place to make a new home for myself and seek peace for my ever-rambling mind. But all I had faced in the last one month is not peace but more tension to my boiling spirit.

As many of you might know by now that I had got recently transferred to Chennai - the land of tamil speaking population, which is also closer in geographical terms to my relatives. I cannot give myself a solid reason now to tell why did I shift here? Me and Mom had a huge discussion for this transfer taking into account the + and - ve aspects of the decision. You will not believe me if i say that we had put down in paper, a comprehensive comparsion chart between Chennai and Hyderabad before the shift. The 3 points which we feared the most was 1. Climate, 2. Traffic and 3. People.

Although the climate hasn't turned worse till now and we havenot travelled anywhere far to struck up in a heavy traffic, we can never be invisible to people around us, who are ready to provoke us when the chance is grabbed. Say it anyone - neighbours who would like to interfere in our daily way of life, auto drivers who charge heavily and speak so rudely, the internet service provider who speak so well in the beginning but end up giving us a wrong bill, the cable TV operator who fail to submit our papers in time, the mobile operator who end up giving us a totally faltu number and never activates a new connection inspite of repeated requests, the 2 wheeler showroom person who doesn't bother to give us full information which we need and the list could be endless if I have to be 100% pessimist.

I am scared that my attitude might change in midst of these kind of people who haven't got the least attitude towards fellow citizens.Leave out the respect, why dont they do their assigned work well? Why does it we got to push them/call them so many times to get our work done. No one whom I said above belong to any government concern where the system expects us to bribe them to do their work. Every damn person belongs to a private concern and everyone out there whom I faced tried to either cheat me or get away easily without doing what is needed.

It is so sad to see the state of how things run in this city. When a person is ready to get fooled, he is sure will be cheated by anyone. You got to be more cautious in getted doomed by these petty criminals. There cannot be a seen a tinge of sincerity in the work they do. But the expectations of them is really high. The basic attitude seems to be wrong somewhere in their minds. If not for a stretch of < 2km everyday each auto driver would not try to charge me different rates for the 1 week. I can understand their economic situation, but do they have to rob me. don't they have any standards to follow?

I guess this is the reason, why many Indians fly away abroad, unable to withstand the lack of honesty in people around them. Does this happen to everyone who settle newly in a city? Or does this happen to women alone who try to individually put up a home for herself? or Does these things shouldn't be allowed to bother one's life? or Can awareness be created to people making them understand that a slight misdoing in their work can affect people indirectly? Or Does Metro city runs only this way in India - Is this a hard written fact?

I am ending this post with all these open ended questions to which I find a answer soon. But I fear "getting used" to this way of life, as I strongly believe that getting used is the worst solution for all problems.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Welcome 2011 – My resolutions

As anyone else does, I too want to take some resolutions for this New Year.

  • 1. The first and the foremost resolution for the year would be that I got to get strength and energy and so much endurance to fulfill all the below resolutions.
  • 2. Gymming – My first day of the year saw me cycling for 15 mins, the first thing I did today morning. I wish I do the same every day and stay fit.
  • 3. I would like to read so many books. My target is atleast 50 and to achieve it, the first step is that I had bought two books today in Odyssey.
  • 4. I am planning to learn a new language this year – some foreign language. Give me some tips to choose a language to learn.
  • 5. I got to control my anger a little as I am getting so much frustrated when things go wary and out of order. This way I am sure, I can reduce the tears I shed often.
  • 6. I am going to plan for at least 2 vacations - One plan is under progress now and the other is a small vacation as of today. Apart from this I wish I plan for 2 more vacations to rejuvenate myself from the daily chores of life.
  • 7. In the last year, I had closed the doors to romance in my life twice mercilessly and the coldness in my heart has grown so much that none can enter the four walls that have been built so strongly around me. But this year, I got to definitely break the wall and be a little ease so that romance and love embrace me and last forever.
  • 8. Do less shopping – Got to use the new clothes and things which I have bought till today. If I use them all, I am damn sure I need not shop for anything new this year. I had done enough in 2010.
  • 9. Rather than spending more I would like to give to the dire need and do a bit of social service to my level possible.
  • 10. And of course, like last year and more than last year, the last resolution would be to write many posts in my blogs and note down all the happiness and sadness I experience. Planning to write a different genre of writing – may be I would either write in my mother tongue or try out fiction in my blog.