Over the years, I am sure many of us have come across occasional instances where we have been left shocked at unpleasant situations which spoil our entire day. I am referring to those incidents which show us the bad side of society leaving us speechless and wondering where we are going with such behaviour. I don’t know if anyone else has noticed a definite upturn in such occurrences, making us wonder if there is any good left, at all. The best we can do in such times is to laugh off such happenings and act as if we are not affected by them – I tried this a few times, and trust me, this works in our favour! Over here, I share a couple of events I witnessed/was a part of over the past few months, both of them unbelievable to the point of being positively (or negatively?) funny!
Scene 1: When we can’t enter our own house
*Honk, honk!* - Amma (my mother) parks the car in front of the house, only to find a large group of people lounging before the patio, throwing sand and food everywhere and generally acting like bad tourists creating nuisance for everyone around them.
Amma (flabbergasted) asks calmly: “Excuse me, may I ask who you are?”
Woman with huge bindi (seemingly the leader of the group) says (flailing her arms and using a tone akin to one which asks soldiers to prepare for war): “How dare you ask me such a question! Let me see how you enter your home or even live peacefully”, and promptly lays down flat in front of our house, asking us to cross her if we wanted to go inside.
We did manage to get inside finally (how we did it is a different story altogether). I am sure the woman meant to frighten (or even humiliate) us with such antics but frankly, it just turned out to be a stand-up comedy show for everyone who watched it, with her getting the bad end of the stick.
Takeaway: Question unfair practices and be ready to witness “Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi Season 8”.
Scene 2: Give money or go to hell
All of us are enjoying the breeze in the Besant Nagar Beach. Hrudhaiy is playing on my mother’s lap, excited at new colours, sounds, shapes and people. A man with a huge ash mark on his forehead, unwashed clothes and unkempt hair walks up to us and begs us for money.
Me: “Sorry, please leave us alone”.
Ash grandfather: “No, give me money”.
Me: “Please go away and leave us alone”.
Ash grandfather: *Spots Hrudhaiy and changes tack in the speed of light*
“If you don’t give me money...”
Amma and I: “...what will you do?”'
Ash grandfather: *Raising his hand on front of Hrudhaiy in a manner indicating a clap of thunder about to shoot from it* - “Eiiiii.....”'
Hrudhaiy: *Looks up in wonder at the man’s face and outfit with big round eyes*
Amma: “What eiii? Wait, let me call the police”.
Ash grandfather: *Closes his mouth and walks away with as much dignity as he can muster after his act fails*
Takeaway: The reason I wrote this anecdote is how people go to any lengths – by even attempting to curse a baby – to achieve what they want! The main thing with such instances is to take them lightly and not worry about how it may affect us – because such curses are not even worth our anxiety or money.