As I enjoy my cup of hot filter coffee, I can hear the internal monologue going on in my mind. These are random thoughts – on things I’ve seen, heard or felt at different times. Trying to organize them here before they slip my mind.
I’m really impressed by the efficient bus service of the Rajasthan State Road Transport Corporation (RSRTC). Never ever have I faced any inconvenience or connectivity issues during my field visits, even to the most far-flung corners of a village. It is also the most economical way for unplanned, easy-on-the-pocket travel across the state. I’m curious to know about conveyance in other parts of the country. What do you have to say about your respective field locations in different states? Do drop a comment.
The omnipresent Indian spit! Need I say more? It’s really saddening to find threads on quora asking ‘why do Indians spit so much? Is it something cultural or mythological?’ I have seen people spit, been spat on and also stepped on spit while walking. Once while on a field visit around Ajmer, I almost counted the number of times the person sitting in front of me spat. It disgusted the hell out of me. I just couldn’t ignore. Another time, I got spat on and could almost hear rang de tu mohe gerua playing in the background!
I wish more people listened before speaking
I believe I am a patient listener. Everyone is entitled to have an opinion of their own and though I may not agree with what the other person has to say, I do have the patience to listen to him till he finishes. I usually don’t snap back at people unless it is someone really close and it is okay to cut them off. And I really wish more people did that. At least people at my workplace! After a 10 minute long dialogue with a colleague on the verge of turning into an argument, you both realize all that could’ve been avoided had he/she heard you out first.
Is decency a thing of the past?
I have worked in 7 of the 10 districts my organization works in and met different kinds of people and this one thing hit me hard time and again. I have been spoken to indecently, been made inappropriate gestures at, even within the organization. Am I expecting the wrong people to be courteous and respectful? A colleague told me this is how people in the sector are. I wonder what has basic manners and decorum got to do with sectors?
Mails are never replied to on time in my organization
And trust me, it is infuriating! I have tried everything – from requesting repeatedly, in person to sending reminder mails to marking the head of the district in copy. And when people from the head office do it, it just boils my blood for they are the ones who insist on communicating everything over mails. And at times here, even a follow-up call doesn’t help! Is this common in most organizations? Have you also faced it and been able to deal with it successfully? I would want to know how!