Friday, July 22, 2005

I want to go home...

There is huge difference between Indians and the British. Although technologically we are coming close to them the difference lies in the attitude. Yesterday while taking a bus back to North London after all the underground trains were stopped I saw humans and not animals. Everyone was here to help the other person. There were some 1000 people ready to go in the bus when I reached Victoria station. We all had to take North London bound bus number 73. A bus comes it gets packed and people wait for the next bus. There was one metropolitan bus service lady who asked us all, "Please get in slowly don’t panic we are all here to help you and you should help yourself. Don’t push." And that’s all, everyone gets in the bus like good gentlemen and decent ladies.
Had this been Delhi we could have seen street fight and utter nuisance. "oye hat peche, tere ko pata nahi hai main kaun hoon, hat peeche" and then animals would have rushed into the bus. There are no conductors in the buses here and people act like humans. There was blind guy and he was allowed to get in first. Everyone was there to help the others. Good country.
Few of the streets were closed and we had a longer route to reach Seven Sisters Station. From there I had to take a train up to Tottenham Hale and from there change to another bus and reach Enfield. Left office at 5.30 and reached home at 9.30 after Jeejaji came to pick me from the bus stand in Enfield town.
On the way near Warren Street there was this east European lady who wanted to get into the bus and there was no space even to put a foot. She was shouting "Please let me in let me in". The driver said "please get down please get down" and the lady barked "Why should I get down? Ask the young-young fellows standing here to get down??" Everyone was ore smiles. And then I saw the best thing that could have happened, one black huge guy asked everyone "Come on everyone we need to bring in this lady. We are going to bring her in and we are going to make some space. Come on lets all go in the bus a little." Everyone moved in a little and the lady was in the bus and was kissing the black guy. Amazing people. :-)
Well I did my bit, by assisting the blind guy to Seven Sisters Underground Station; as we were going via same route . I had to get down at Tottenham Hale Station and he had a longer journey to Walthamstow Central Station.
Another bad news today. Please read this. Stockwell is on the route to my company guest house area. Saw four people being arrested in Victoria Station at 9.00 AM.
I hope everything becomes normal soon. I didn’t want to put any photos of the city which is under attack. All I now want is to return back to India safe and sound as soon as my work gets over here.
Jai Raam Ji Ki...
V...

7 comments:

priya 12:59 PM, July 22, 2005  

holding my breath till ur back virdi :(
..p..

Sayesha 3:14 PM, July 22, 2005  

Take care, Virdi. Jaldi kaam khatam karo aur waapas ghar jaao...

Ms. V 12:53 AM, July 24, 2005  

The patriotic Indian in me was "jagao"-ed when I read this post. So I'm just going to make a point to justify my fellowmen! If the consequences in Delhi would be that of what would happen to the British if they were to behave badly on the buses, then the Delhi-ites would behave themselves too. Similarly, were there to be no consequences to the British for behaving like "animals" on their buses, they would too. Jai Hind, indeed! :)

Anonymous,  4:45 PM, July 24, 2005  

i am confused equallly with ms. v as the blog..people are good in their hearts no matter where..

virdi 10:15 AM, July 25, 2005  

Ms V>> Well I never meant Delhi as here but generally we have been struggling sice the past 60 years so our mentality is different than the Goras.
Indians become all together and we saw that when there was attack in Kargil.
And yes Jai Hind. I like this place but I still want to run back to India asap.
Anony>> We Indians are good in so many other things cant list them all. :-) But first is, the respect that we show towards our elders.
V..

ritzkini 12:06 PM, July 25, 2005  

oye..bahut ho gaya london-shondon ! leave the place asap and come back to chennai ! inshallah i'll be back home soon too !
"yeh des hai tera ! swades hai tera !"
;-)

virdi 12:52 PM, July 25, 2005  

dont say inshah allah u might be suspected as a bomber...
V...

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