Recently on a flight from Kolkata to Delhi, aboard a low cost airline, a pleasant looking woman in a blue and white uniform notified me that I had been chosen in the lucky draw to recieve a complimentary sandwich and a juice. Never having won anything at any lottery, I was obviously overjoyed and quick to point out that I would settle for nothing less than a Non-Veg Sandwich. With a free overpriced sandwich in hand, and a newspaper I paused to read an article about how the roads were awful, the infrastructure was a problem, politicians were fleecing too much money.. etc etc.
Seated beside me was the director of the largest municipal development body in Kolkata and we casually got talking about the city.
A study was conducted a few years back, on the water supply network in the city and after months of studying and research, the auditors came to a conclusion that the entire network was a complete failure. It was nothing short of a miracle that residents of the city were still enjoying their water. Of course, till date, nothing has been done.. and the residents of Kolkata continue to enjoy their daily water supply.
The point I am trying to make, amidst all this madness and chaos, there is an unkown force or a machine which seems to operating behind the scenes and pushing us forward. If you cant picture what I am trying to say, look outside at the roads, you see cycles, bullock carts and other animals, beggars, cars – all on the same road, seperated by an inch, cursing each other – yet they seem to be moving forward. Now isnt it a miracle that none of the vehicles or animals collide against each other ??
Our success lies in our selfishness. Driven by greed and thirst for more we r constantly pushing ourselves to negate the risk and obtain the positive outcome – which explains why none of the vehicles crash. Next time you are asked : who rules the world ? its not money, but greed. Greed for more and more !!
So while the rich get richer and the poor think of new ways to get rich, and we- the commoners have dreams of owning that flashy car, or that fancy watch, house etc. – we put ourselves in corporate slaughterhouses and do what we are told to by the gentlemen/ women running the slaughterhouse.
A popular cola company even summed up the general sentiment of our country, “Yeh Dil Maange More”. Sure, it was reported to have pesticides and unwanted preservatives.. yet it had a cool actor asking the masses to ask for more !! Whether it is more money, more fame, more power… we Indians are on top of our game and constantly re-inventing ourselves to achieve the maximum through minimum effort.
Take for example, after the Mumbai terror attacks, Mumbaikars were all over the place shouting anti-politician slogans and asking for a new government. In the recently concluded Maharashtra elections, which was on a Monday, and delcared as a state holiday – so that people could vote, most of the people saw the extra day as an extended weekend and went away on vacation. Maharashtra saw one of the lowest voter turnouts ever.
So, next time you:
1. Refuse the beggar at the traffic signal
2. Refuse the bank to take a credit card
3. Refuse the NGO asking you to help in fighting women abuse
4. Refuse to tip the waiter
5. Refuse to buy original music or dvd’s
Think, that you have done the right thing, for in your refusal, you have been a part of the national sentiment.
“Jai Ho” – Gulzar & A.R Rahman
(Someday I hope to find out what exactly that phrase means)