Wednesday, January 23, 2008

speeding up for nowhere......!!!!!



We humans have a major issue of rushing where ever we go. We want to be the first. And inorder to get into that numero uno position we break rules,laws,fight and do what ever illegal/illegitimate/crazy/witty..(wateva u say:)......possible.

I was travelling from Mumbai to Pune today..and at every toll naka inspite of the single long queue of cars, I could see a bunch of cars(almost three in parallel in a lane), at the end of the naka where you pay the toll, all trying their level best to get into the line first. In this fight, which was also a ego clash between the drivers (all thinking lets see how the other gets ahead of me) honking, giving each other silly hull bajis[bambaiyya hindi ;)] became a part.. Ofcourse, the huge engines did succeed in dominating the small ones, but then the major question which came into my mind is....WHERE AND WHY ARE ALL THIS GUYS RUSHING TO? They were in such a hurry that it appeared as if; if they don't get to pass the toll naka first, the earth below would open up wide and gulp all the remaining cars[well a crazy thought sitting in the car waiting for my turn to pay the holy toll :P]

My family decided to visit a Ganesha temple on our way to Pune. As compared to the otherwise long queues on Tuesday's, we were surprised to see the short line heading towards the temple. I stood in the line and was proceeding towards the Pravesh Dwar(the door). As soon as I reached a few feet before the Dwar I saw people ahead of me charging (I should say shoving each other desperately ) all of a sudden. I looked back at my mom with confusion, asking what happend all of a sudden.[Thought may be a terrorist attack out of nowhere/ or some thief stealing something or the other from the temple ;)] But, when I looked back at them did I realise this was the hurry and strife for the darshan..:D

Well these were two instances I witnessed during the trip.
We people are always in a hurry....be it performing our regular everyday tasks, or going out for a vacation....reaching a place as early as possible(even if one is on a vacation), impatient to receive the order placed in a restaurant etc....we are always striving to be the first in doing anything..
Technology and easy/ fast service has made us lose our patience, mental stability..Urbanities are so very busy in their so called fast life that it becomes difficult to wait in a queue for our turn to come or sit back/relax and patiently wait for a service to be provided. It becomes hard to digest any obstruction or delay in achieving our goals...be it the minutest daily chores like any connection error in our mobile service to the pizza not getting delivered in half an hour;)(vague but valid examples :D)
The most popular and most influential word of the 21st century is FAST......

11 comments:

Raj said...

Hey I too remember once Shru and I were standing on the platform to go to CST and as you know any damn train will go there...But no..we jumped on the first train which arrived at the platform! Kicking, scratching and punching our way through!! As we got on the train, we looked at each other and burst out laughing...Old Habits Die Hard dear!! :-)
Good writing BTW

Kevin Blight said...

Well, we are all like ants, workking day in and day out. And many ants want to get ahead. Many people believe time is precious, in the wrong manner! Also, thanx to our lives nowadays, we are conditioned to beat the rest to get the spot we desire, to come first. I guess this has crept into our day-to-day habits too :)

suar said...

this is something i myself noticed when i went to bombay for a week..

running and running..

Poor keeps getting poorer, the rich keep getting richer.. the others, just keep running to stay where they are.. strange..

and FAST is defenitely the word for 21st century..

-keep writing..

-suarrr (http://suarsuar.blogspot.com)

nomad said...

Everything these days takes much less time than it used to do a few years back... automatically people's patience levels have gone down ! I was thinking of the same a few days back, you may want to check out http://dharakhoh.blogspot.com/2008/01/imagine.html

kashif said...

Frustration in all of us has reached to an extent thatwe have started finding ways n means to ignore them, just for a lill bit of time n ignore them, N the easiest means is to get competetive and get more frustrated on small lill triffles hardly making a significance in our life....
I agree to you N what u ve written is just one form of it

SSS said...

yup
accepted...

Fast is the most influential word of this century...

but the hidden fact is Fast is the most influential word of every century, i mean even in the past.

to make it more clear, even in the past people tried to be as fast as possible and felt fast is the word for this century.

people in future, next century would say we were lazy and they were fast..
do u accept this ?


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gauravbrills said...

A very inquisitive post,yes we humans are always in a rush ..we want to be the front runners ,we want to always be the first one to reach our destination ,even though coming first might be just be a satisfaction rather than a necessity .
Cheers!

Mysterio!! said...

well... i d say its a natural thing to happen on expressways ... Most ppl are impatient to leave the crowd behind and zoom ahead in da high speed zones... Mebbe more because of the city traffic.. wher sometimes ur stuck for an hour to cover a stretch of just 1 km..

SwAThi.... said...

So true...we hardly have time to sit back and look back on what we did...

Nikesh Rathi said...

Interesting Post ... and so true!

We run so fast that in the end we forget to realize where we have come from, what all we have gained lost in the journey ... We fail to relish small things and small victories in the race to be ahead!

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