Tuesday, January 10, 2006

We The People

This is not about the complicated working of the brains of the men who blew the towers. Nor about the assassins who kill with cold blooded fury.

But about the cobbler who lives across the street. The autodriver we haggle with everyday. For starters, let us meet the jackfruit seller at the corner. He is engaged in the simple act of selling eight pieces for twenty rupees. With the expertise of a juggler playing with fire, he puts the yellow pieces in a crisp plastic cover. We notice that his movements with flourish has covered the fact that there are only seven pieces inside. A mistake, if done once. But we notice that he does this to almost every new face that lights up in the glow of shiny jackfruits. However, this is hardly a crime, we say and move on.

The root cause of all this cheating boils down to one word money. Probably, the war between conscience and money is a losing one. But, isn't everything supposed to be fair in love and war?

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

money ,money isnt it "funny", in the rich man's world?hems, does that remind u of sumthing?;)

amused said...

where did love and war come in here?

Arvind said...

I actually have a slightly different opinion. I dont think its just money, I think its greed really. Even if you gave this guy a 100-rupee note every morning (which is probably what he would get by his acts of cheating), he would still do this...

Stating the obvious, i know, but thats what i am REALLY good at.

Neelam Prabhu Gaonker said...

hmm...its just the knowledge that he can get away with it that makes him do it over and over again !!!
that reminds me how the auto drivers always demand 10 Rs. extra for my trip from office to home...n i always oblige when m too tired!! :|

The Cyborg said...

I agree... its the thrill of being able to get away with it... the sheer exhilaration of the process, which soon evolves into a mechanical routine he cannot escape...

Hemamalini said...

Dear Anon - Very funny:P

@amused..war between money and conscience which warranted the proverb:)

@arvind..True.. That probably explains the cheating in all strata of society.

@neelam .. I KNOW!!It happens so often that you dont even take the effort to fight.But sometimes, these auto drivers with these rigged meters and extra demand really get on my nerves and get my wrath;)

@cyborg..you make it sound like an addictive merry go round ride:)- but yes, we are the ones taken for a ride!

amused said...

cyborg probably got close to the point. ignorance might be a better word.

Srini said...

Hema, I often see this happen. But,if it is only a small amount more than the usual, I just pay and leave than arguing/fighting with the guy, because, doing that leaves me in a bad mood and just spoils everything. I know it is not fair, but it s a small price I pay for maintaining my peace of mind.

Hemamalini said...

@amused..yes, but in this case ignorance might not be bliss:\

@srini..see , even peace of mind comes with a price! But paying him and leaving would also leave you with a feeling of being cheated..