Friday, September 29, 2006

The Difference...

At the risk of sounding cliched like another one of the countless Indians in the US of A, I wonder aloud. Why are their cities so clean? Where do all the plastic bags, papers et all go? The answer to this doesn’t require genius. They go where they should, in the waste-bins. And who puts them there? Not the civic authorities. The very people who use them.
The other morning I noticed a well-attired man in a public restroom cleaning his shoes with a tissue. After he was done he tossed the tissue towards the waste basket. It however landed outside. Now if this same situation had occurred in India, 99% of the time the paper would be lying there alongside many others. However the guy took the trouble to pick it up and put it into the bin. Took him a just a few seconds. But he did his part.
When we ape the west, when we go to any lengths to get ‘westernized’, why don’t these things ever get imbibed in us? Why do we ape only what is wrong?

4 Comments:

Blogger 666 said...

Interestingly Indians are Indians only in India. Here in the UAE, even blue color workers from back home conform to propriety and decorum.

9/30/2006 5:51 am  
Blogger EQUINOX said...

@666 : yes... a sad reflection of the way we treat our country isn't it...

9/30/2006 5:58 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@ Equinox:

Why are their cities so clean? ... They're not .. Take a look at cities across the world, and US cities would appear foul and filthy in comparison ...

That Indian cities are worse is a different matter altogether ..

10/10/2006 9:33 pm  
Blogger EQUINOX said...

@Anonymous
Maybe, but the comparison here is with India, and more to do with the mentality of the people.

10/11/2006 10:43 am  

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