A couple of days back we were on a flight back from Bahrain and there was this guy on board who was on his way to India.His behaviour throughout the flight got me to thinking how typical we Indians are.
No sooner did the flight take off,than he had started pestering the flight attendants with requests to serve him liquor.He kept on saying”Madam,whiskey please’.’Madam whiskey please’!And every time the attendant had to remind him that there wasn’t enough time to serve him liquor.
Either the fact that it was a half hour flight and he would soon be transiting in Doha to catch a longer flight where he could have his whiskey to his heart’s content had escaped or he was simply being desperate to cash in on that little opportunity he had got to have as many drinks as possible without spending an extra shilling!
Anyhow in that short flight of half hour he must have buzzed for the attendant at least 5 times totally oblivious to the fact that he had become an object of ridicule to the air hostess and his fellow passengers.
This is how we are,is it?When we are in a foreign land,we always abide by their rules and regulations.Always striving to be a model expat.We drive on roads in the sanest and safest way possible following all the road rules strictly remaining in our lanes and not try to overtake vehicles zooming past us.
We take efforts to keep the city clean and tidy.We wont spit here and there or throw garbage in the middle of the roads.Not even on streetsides.
Even in cash counters or immigration counters at the airport we maintain a decorum and remain in queues and not try to topple over others to come in front!
But the minute we board our flights to go to our country,we are back to being our typical self.Jumping queues to get ahead of others,driving insanely and rashly as though we are in some race against time.Even worse,spitting,peeing or throwing trash at every nook and corner.Why?Isn’t our motherland entitled to be clean?Don’t our fellow citizens have the right to live in a clean haven?Cant we take efforts to keep our country clean just like we do when we are in foreign lands?
This may just seem like a rant.And rant it is but I feel it is high time that we stopped taking our nation for granted.
Just as we strive to set an example with our behaviours and deeds outside our country,our nation has every right to feel proud of us for our actions and how we conduct ourselves IN our country.