This is a strange world! Right from our birth till we come to our senses and start understanding our surroundings we meet literally hundreds of people with progression of time! For a baby the mother and her loving looks, the cuddles and gestures of many who come to meet him are the first encounters with humans. As we grow and step out to school we come across the real world where some are friendly, others rude, harsh or even hostile The process continues for the rest of our lives in every walk , be it college, office, market place or anywhere for that matter! I would like to share some very interesting characters that form a part and parcel of my life besides my immediate family, like for most of us!
In the morning I come across a lady who looks like starlet, Monica Bedi and is a fitness freak! She is on the move in the stadium adjacent to our house and walks straight unconcerned of the world around her! Then there is a couple let’s call Mrs and Mr Gupta who are in early sixties! Mrs Gupta is very friendly and never forgets to wave a hello with broadest smile whenever she sights us but the husband who was an aviator once moves curtly ahead of her, to best avoid an impulsive conversation or worst being infected with a contagious disease that we may carry! Then there is a gang of old military veterans ,some are familiar faces that would be discussing the latest national news be it swearing in of the new ministers in the present government, or why the government is still dragging its feet to release a new slab of DA despite the ever rising price index! This saves me the trouble of reading the newspaper where I am likely to come across some grisly news of a recent murder, a financial scam or who are on the invitees list of Salman Khan’s sisters forthcoming marriage!
On way to the office the gang is fixed who spend most of the time discussing the internal politics or new job opportunities and once in a while including me in the conversation if they have to know something like whether Brazil has more area than India, as if I am Encyclopedia Britannica and ‘Google search’ rolled into one perhaps seeing more dark strands of grey hair than them collectively! Next comes the best part of the day which is a session in the Gym where no one my age is there besides half a dozen well-toned office girls and ladies besides three or four youngsters trying hard to flex a muscle to add inches to their biceps! As I am generally early to grab the treadmill the late arrival younger girls walk up and rolling her eyes asks how long it will take for me to finish? It is perhaps the best part of the day where no one has ignored me all together!
While walking down the corridors, of the office several times in a day I come across many faces that are familiar and some stop to say hello, some engage in a small conversation, and a few who have moved up the ladder, glance from the sideways and move on hurriedly as if they never saw me! If I am able to engage in chats it is termed as ‘networking’ in management jargon! By the end of the day when I fall on the bed, I realize how boring this world would be if I had not come cross a few who are always complaining, some scheming, others discussing other people lives as if they are more important to their existence than anything else! I am not including so many more that I follow regularly on blogs who add so much more charm to the life. Among all the fascinating creations of the god, I feel humans are perhaps the best!
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