I am really looking forward to going home and sleeping today. It promises to be a long, long day and I have to drive back home. Home is so far, far away. The other day, I had to go and check out a flat near Andheri station. A girl there wanted a room-mate, but for some weird reason I don’t want to shift just yet.
I’ve started running in the mornings now, at least three-four times a week, and I don’t want to break the routine just yet. Maybe in another couple of months. For now, I will have to handle the commute from New Bombay. It’s not really difficult, if one has a good head of sleep.
I don’t get why people at work can’t understand the seriousness of a sleeping disorder. How can you expect people to turn up to work early day after day, even if they stay late the night before? And if you stay late and come in late, you have to fill up a blooming form. Which is irritating. I hate forms.
I mean, if no forms have to be signed for me to stay back, then why should forms be signed to waive off late arrivals? It’s so callous.
A friend of mine had recently been to the U.S. When he came back, he mentioned how free a country India is. How people can actually break the law here and test limits. According to him, people in the U.S. follow the law because they are ‘afraid’. I think that is completely incorrect. People there follow the law because they know they will not get away with contravening them. It’s not fear, it’s respect. And it’s a pitiful Indian mentality to mistake respect with fear. Our idea of establishing importance is by ensuring inconvenience to the maximum number of people.
On another note…if I ever own a company wherein I require my people to work for eight hours or more, I will definitely provide places in my office to take a nap. How can you expect people to stay healthy and productive throughout the day without allowing their spines and backs to get some respite? Daft. I think from tomorrow I’ll just sleep in my car for sometime during lunch.
Now I am irritable, so I will list a few things that annoy me about the Indian mentality:
Crippling low self-esteem. That’s why we are hypocritical, defensive, quick to judge, slow to forgive, and lazy to appreciate. When I travelled to the States, or even to Jordan or Singapore, people were so appreciative of anything they liked. If they happened to like what I was wearing, they’d say that. If they liked my work, they’d say that. If they didn’t know or understand something, they’d ask a question straight-out. They wouldn’t cast sneaky glances around, feel as if they have to ration compliments, or think that it makes them stupid if they ask an obvious question.
Thoughtlessness. I don’t think we are an unintelligent lot, but we can’t seem to think beyond our noses. Therefore, there’s that idiot car that will try to cut lanes mid-way. Therefore, the irritating ladies who will hang out the doors of local trains and not let people walk in, even if the train is empty. Therefore, the stupid men and women who walk on the roads dangling their children by their arms. Therefore, the dumb pedestrians who will dash across a road right on the tip of a slope – the part where it is hardest for a car to manoeuvre.
Corrupt and dishonest. We are both because we are cowards. People without fear are people with integrity.
Whiners. Instead of taking responsibility for their own actions, they will make lists about what is wrong with the rest of the junta. Hmm, this hits closer to home than the others. :-D Comprenez-vous?