Sunday, October 18, 2009

Learning from Cities - Crazy Chennai

Be Careful On Roads:
City Roads are always busy. Not only busy with Share Autos, Two-wheelers, Cars, Buses but also with Ambulances, Fire Engines and vehicles of Police and politicians. The traffic signals might go off sometime but traffic will always be there. Two years before, it was getting late for me on a Monday Morning to catch the office bus. After a few minutes walk, I saw the bus moving towards the bus stop. I started to run through the streets, reached the main road. I saw two police men running towards me. They held me by hand and we stood still on the median. Within a few seconds I came to knew, that Chief Minister's car was passing by. The police warned me not to run like a mad man on roads and told they wont even hesitate to fire people who come running towards the CM's car. Don't ever, ever, cross any road in a hurry.



Stay Awake, Stay Alert:
In Chennai, whereever you are, you are close to what you need. You can go anywhere, go anytime. NOW is the right time, perfectly suits City Life. Beware when you are in public place. At every tick of a second, there will be thousand eyes watching you. There are people waiting with an eagle eye to prey on those who are fearful. All newspapers, they give terrifying news everyday. Your reclessness or ignorance may not get you into trouble, but might put some one else, could be your friends into trouble. Nobody is born only to help others. Politicians, police, doctors, advocates... nah.. none of them. Everybody is busy with their plans and work. Help people in their need whenever you can and in whatever way possible for you. Remember, delayed justice is injustice.

Love the noises of Life:
City life is full of noises. Silence is not found in temples, parks or during your morning walks. You can find the silence in you only when you start to love the noises outside. The auto drivers, they never stop asking Rs.10/- extra. The watchmen at common parking areas, it would be festival time for them throughout the year and they claim their right for special tips. The sales representatives they dont ever bother to wake you up on a Sunday afternoon. The Credit Card girls, they keep your mobile ringing during your office hours. The unknown, yet all powerful advertisers, they track your mobile and keeping sending SMS even during the late hours at night. Life will become tiringly awful and dull, if you want to stop all these noises. Learn to Love all beautiful chorus of noises.

Happiness wins the Race:
People from different parts of the country, they move or migrate to cities to earn money. City life redefines the standards of expectations, money and happiness. We love to spend our hard earned money in star hotels, cinemas, malls. Money is definitely not happiness. But, it aids to a small extent to bring happiness. Say, our expectation is to see a movie. The ticket fare could be either 50, 80 or 140. What if we dont get the tickets? Most of the time, we wont come back. We wont think of saving money. We wont allow our expectations to get hurt. we will pay extra 50 or 100 and get the tickets. People work hard to save money and play hard to lose money. In the end, 'it's NOT all about Money, honey'. Dont have money as priority in life. Be happy in all the way you can and thereby spread happiness. Happiness is what we live for.

Life is balanced:
Whatsoever you do in the name of love, howsoever tasty be the food you eat, whereever be the place you roam, Whomsoever be the friend you have, Howsoever happy you pretend to be, there comes a minute in a day that sweeps off all the happiness in you and make them vanish into thin air. The minute that reminds you are far away from 'A Place called Home' and leaves a profound sadness in heart. The place where you felt happy, it would become more drab and empty. If you are lucky enough to stay at home with your parents, you will have something else to look for or worry about. There will not be completeness at any point of time. We have to live with it. For every dream we chase, we have to pay the price. Reality is different from dreams. Nobody gets everything.. not even God. Giving and forgiving, getting and forgetting, choosing and losing, they are balanced in LIFE ever and forever.