Answering The “Call” Anywhere And Everywhere
Sunday is a day of monotony and normalcy. But sometimes unusual things jerk you from this reverie.
I was coming back home from an outing, when I found myself in a ridiculously embarrassing situation. I had opted to travel by rickshaw.
The rickshawalla was driving at full speed as if hell had broken loose and he had to escape. I was a little terrified, and for good reason. There have been so many accidents lately due to rash driving, one has got to be careful. We were approaching the Pawan Hans airfield, where the road is usually empty. Even the footpath is free of hawkers and pedestrians.
And suddenly he slowed down, parked the vehicle, jumped out and disappeared.
For a second, I just sat there my mind not processing the situation. I then got out and what do I see? The fellow is “fleeing” at top speed.
Without thinking I ran after him screaming, “Arre bhaiyya, kidhar bhaag rahe ho? Mujhe autorickshaw chalani aati nahi. Andheri nahi jaana tha toh idhar tak aaye hi kyun?” And then I see him go and hide himself behind a tree.
My imagination went on an overdrive. “Was there an accident? Are the police following us? Do I look like a terrorist? Why the hell is he hiding? Is he so dumb that he thinks I can’t see him? Wait till I catch hold of him? Stupid man, no sense of duty or respect.”
As I moved further I heard him saying, “Madamjee, mujhe bathroom jaana hai.”
Yuck!!! Eeewwwww!!! Disusting!!!
The only choice was to go back and sit in the rickshaw and wait for this unethical, shameless creature to come back and drop me home. What else could I do? He had already started watering the plants.
I badly wanted to give him a piece of my mind, but I was feeling so wierd and embarrassed that I let it go. And the worst part was, we had passed a public facility just half a minute before.
I just couldn’t stop myself from wondering: “Are they ever going to learn?”