Friday, December 11, 2009

Tweeting good deeds......

I have always been the helpful types. Helping ladies with their heavy grocery bags, helping cute kiddos with their homework to offering my seat to the elderly on the train are things I do all the time (yea and you thought of me as a spoilt brat). But there was one good deed which had always eluded me..Helping an old lady cross the road.



A tweet by a friend which went something like this
"Helped an old lady cross the road...she smiled & gave me a chocolate..much like the way my grandmom used to...life is all about these small beautiful moments...." jagofied again the purana daba hua armaan of helping old ladies cross the road. The chocolate had nothing to do with it. I hate chocolates. Infact, a few days ago a rickwala who got senti looking at my bhola bhala chehra, stopped the rick, and bought me a chocolate. Which I took because I didnt wanna offend him. I later fed it to Sid and I am glad to say it wasn't drugged.

Back to the point.

I sat back and tried to analyse why I have never been able to help anyone cross the road. And I arrived at the reason in no time. The rickwala.

My blog has been the silent witness of my love for the rickwala.The dashboard littered with rickwala drafts bears testimony to the fact that there was nothing more that I would want on a rainy day than a dry curtain wali rickshaw. And inspite of the love that oozed out of my every pore, I had been betrayed. By my very own rickwala. My ricking ways had prevented me from crossing the road. Toh kissi aur ko road cross karaneka sawal hi nahi uthatha.


So last week I decided to walk for 10 mins before taking the rick to work. Agar meri kismet main kissi ko rasta cross karana likha hoga toh woh inn 10 mins main mereko mil jaayega. And find her I did.



There she was standing, looking at the rush hour traffic with wary eyes. She looked at me and beamed. Wrong timing. I was late for work. Very late. I was torn between the long time desire to help someone cross and the desire to reach work on time for a change. Me, being me, wanted to have my cake and eat it too. So I decided to help the lady cross the road and then rush back to work.

I smiled and asked her if she needed to cross the road. She nodded meekly. I held her hand and started motioning her across the road (Kya karneka..I was late). I held up one valiant hand against the traffic hoping the cars and buses would heed my isharas and slow down. But naah..they didnt seem to be in the mood to slow down. No zebra crossing or traffic signal in the vicinity ensured that I would have to wait for a break in the seamless traffic. Secondly, getting the lady over the divider seemed like a task in itself.

And I honestly, didnt have the time. It was a choice between helping her cross the road and keeping my job. And in these times of recession we all know what wins hands down. Yup, my job did.

I flagged a rick down and while I was getting in, I was struck with a brilliant idea. I asked the rickwala to take a U turn so that I could drop the lady on the other side. The lady who was quite impressed with my hosiyari nodded happily.

Yet again, the rickwala had come to my rescue. My faith in the rickwalas of the world restored, I happily tweeted about my good deed:
"Helped an old lady cross the road in a rick..how brilliant am I :)"


58 comments:

Arslan said...

:)

HaRy!! said...

what comes around...goes around :)

Ashley said...

ROFL..In a nice virtuous kind of a way..:)
Now here is what I noticed...

1) Whatever is wrong with old men?
2) You endangered your life, an old lady’s life and the lives of the people in the vehicles by crossing at a place with no zebra crossing and stop signal!!?!!...But then again this is a non fictional humour blog. So I guess...chalta hain..:p
3) You do not have a label titled “Rickshaw”.
4) If true..then twitter is a platform that turns its users into good Samaritans...Yay twitter!
Cheers!

Ashley said...
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Ashley said...

Ooops..Did I type "Crossing" above? I meant "Attempting to cross"..And I also meant "Fictional Humour blog"

Blame it on the Saturday morning hangover...:p

oRange* said...

awh, lovely :)

and that rickwala actually offered u a chocolate after seeing your bhola bhala face?
u sure have some connection with rickwalas ;)

Pooja Mahimkar said...

haha. that was quite smart.. ek teer se do nishan :D

Tarun Mitra said...

Thank God you didn't pushed her from the rickshaw to rush to your work. :P


And you don't always get a chocolate when u helped an elderly person. Once I got my arms smeared with shit when I carried one ol'granma to the clinic...but still felt a lot satisfied..

Harini said...

Hehehe.. Brilliant :D.

Shanu said...

@ Arslan

:)

Shanu said...

@ Hary

Yup it does :)

Shanu said...

@Ashley

1)Nuthin is wrng with them ya. But the happiness u get after helping a old lady cross is much much greater. I kno. I have compared.

2)Welcome to Mumbai meri jaan where we all cross without a zebra crossing or a signal arnd! And no, not everyting is fiction. The chocolate incident is sachi.

3)I do not blv in classifying my love with a tag :P

4)One off incident se generalised statement kyun mar rahi ho meri jaan :)

Ohhh..point by point answers..reminded me of school :)

Shanu said...

@ The hangover wali Ashley

Koi nahi re..chahe jitni galtiyan kar..isse apna hi blog samjh.

Shanu said...

@ Orange

I kno. How nice na :)

Shanu said...

@ POoja

Thanks yaar. Kissi ne toh meri intelligence ki tareef ki :)

Shanu said...

@ Tarun

Ewww..But God bless u for the good deed.

Shanu said...

@ Harini

Thanks :)

gkam said...

(sound of abrupt screeching to a halt) You HATE chocolates? No kidding?!!
:O

nice post with ever helpful rickwala in tow :D

COMMUNI said...

i'm one of the worst "road-crosser" and i just get used to the idea of helping someone to cross the road. maybe its better for 'em ;)

As the Mind Meanders said...

Hmmm... the old lady could have been Aamir Khan you know... he is planning to go around in disguise around India promoting 3 idiots...

blunt edges said...

1. after 42 posts from u, i have realized we do have a major difference...u don't love chocolates? who doesn't love chocolates??? (well apart from my dad!) :o

2. never helped any stranger cross the road...apart from some friends who r very bad at this (strangely every single one of them is a gal...now do we have a theory there?) ;)

3. i still think u r a spoilt brat! :P

4. please pass on my sympathies 2 sid...he sure would be a brave guy 2 have survived with a sis like u! :P

5. next time u feel like doing a good deed, send me a box of chocolates :D

6. or else just send me the box of chocolates, why wait 4 the stupid feeling 2 come (yeh aaj-kal ke feelings na...u just can't trust them...humare zamane me feelings hote the...ek-se-ek lajawaab!)

at 7.20 in the mrng, this is all the bakwas i can muster...n i don't think i have 2 say it...i luved the post :D

Hemanth Potluri said...

dont like chocolates...:O...**confusion on the face ** :P...good on helping the old lady :).

urs..hemu..

Shanu said...

@Gkam

Haan re..I hate chocolates. I know its weird but I have never liked chocolates.

Yes, the rickwala never lets me down.

Shanu said...

@ Communi

Welcome to the blog :)

I cant boast abt my road crossing skills either but I love helping others cross.

Shanu said...

@ Mindey

Kaisa bakwaas comment hai..nahi chahiye mereko tera bakwaas comment..Why shld only Ashley get poems...I want a poem too!!

Shanu said...

@ Mera Priy mehnati Bluntu

1) Difference? I see it more like adding variety to life. Opposites attract dont they?? **Blushes and smiles**

2)Nopes we dont have any theory here aprt frm the fact that maybe these 'frnds' act as if they dnt kno how to cross just so that u can help them. Ek HC ke peeche kyun ro raha hai..tereko toh yeh saari road crossin girls line de rahin hai :P

3):( Wat do I need to do to prove that I aint one??

4)LOL..Yes he sure is brave and very very lucky!!

5)Next time a rickwala gives me a chocolate I shall send it to u..enuff experimentin on Sid, I think.

6)Chocolates ke liye feelings ko stupid bolte hue tujhe sharam nahi aati?

Tu toh kal puri raat office main tha na..toh 7.20 ko comment kyun maara? Sona nahi hai kya?

And yes u have to say it..pls say it agn :P

Shanu said...

@ Hemu

Haan yaar..bachpan ki bimari hai..hate chocos :(

Zeba said...

I loved your tweet!! Modest huh... Lol

Vijay said...

Hi Friend.. This is Vijay here.. Ur doing a good job.. Shall we exchange links...

iceprincess said...

awesome brains....
sorry ..late again....

eye-in-sty-in said...

kudos to the old lady for agreeing to cross the road with you... did you warn her that u are accident prone?

As the Mind Meanders said...

How rude...

Mere comment ka insulate... mere comment ka insulate... :((

blunt edges said...

le...comment maaro toh bhi prblm!

Shanu said...

@ Zeba

Yup, I am extremely modest :P

Shanu said...

@ Vijay

Welcome to my blog. Wat does exchnging links mean?

Shanu said...

@ Iceprincess

Awesome brains...sorry late agn

Wah wah wah..yea toh tune poem likh daali..wah wah wah..I am proud of u ice ice baby :)

Shanu said...

@ Eye-in-sty-in

Aare bade dino baad aao humare blog par aaye..shukriya shukriya!

Nahi re..didnt warn her..sum things have to be learnt frm experience :)

Shanu said...

@ Mindey

Haan tera comment hai hi ganda..nahi chahiye jaa!

Shanu said...

@ Bluntu

Prob nahi re munna..Question tha..question!

As the Mind Meanders said...

Poem chahiye... le lo jee...


Shanu ne richshaw wale se kaha
Shanu ne richshaw wale se kaha
Saiyan chalo Pahunchaye bhoodon ko yahan se wahan
Bada achcha business model hai yeh mila
Ek trip ke lenge theen rupay abhi
Punya bhi kamao aur saat kuch paise bhi

Wah Wah Wah Wah

Shanu said...

@ Mindey

Yay mereko bhi poem mereko bhi poem..yay!!

Thank u mere golu molu mindey :)

The Survivor said...

That made a good read!!

Shanu to the rescue :)

Riddhiculuos said...

haan toh rick wala fascination bug is not only with me. I have comnpany from the badey log :)
About the rick toffee thing- damn funny
About tweeting and getting inspired about it - Niceeeee

About tweeting and flaunting- that is what I call SHOW OFFFFFFFFF

heHeheheHAhAHAH as this is what the Grown ups do. we kids are smart.. we do good deeds but donot flaunt.. HUh.. Duh..
Grrrrrrrr :P

Shanu said...

@ Survivor

Thanks :)

Shanu said...

@ Riddhi

Tch tch tch beta..tum itna bhi nahi jante..being the older sibling does nt necessarily make u a grown up and being the younger sibling doesnt necessarily make u a chota baccha..understnd? U better understnd :P

Aur yeh kya chota bada laga rakha hai yaar...each has its own advntges and disadvntges..kabhi blog karegi isske baare main..tab tum samjhogi!

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious said...

Okie.. I read like all of your 42 posts in a single sitting! Wanted to comment in between but then I was too lazy to type. :) Good work in ALL of them. It kept me entertained till the end. Keep writing! :)

Shanu said...

@ Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

LOL..I can identify wit the lazy bit. Glad u liked wat u read..do keep dropping by :)

Scattered Thoughts... said...

some thing from your pichala janam? and your rickshaw walahas.. no one offered me a chocolate in my whole life.. instead this ends up in a quarrel all the time.. and I have started to believe that its some thing with my face and thus prefer walking these days instead of rickshaw

Tongue Trip said...

i like happy blogs, even better i like good natured blogs, i like altruism the best. :) your post had all of it. maintain the humour, goodwill and the bubbles. :) cheers tatata

The Idiot Blogs said...

Hmmm.. helping old ladies cross roads... I dont know about that... I dont know if it is requiered... from what I have experienced... there are some old people who seem to believe that its the birth right of the 70+ to cross roads at will... and that for the ghaadi waalas it is a driving test for reaction time and driver reflexes... they think old people should cross the road at will... and cars and busses should ply on footpaths...

The Idiot Blogs said...

But things are going to change mind you... from helping old people cross roads... you will have to graduate to helping old people climb up and down skywalks :-)

Shanu said...

@ Scattered Thgthts

Haan yaar, my mom is quite puzzled by the mutual admiration that the rickwalas and I share. And I was amazed with the chocolate wala incident too!

Quarrels hote hain na..next time a rickwala acts smart tell him ki tu mera dost hai..bas tereko bhi chocolate fix.

Shanu said...

@ Tongue Trip

Aww such a cute comment.Thank you :)

Shanu said...

@ Idiot Blogs

there are some old people who seem to believe that its the birth right of the 70+ to cross roads at will
LOL..I completely agree with you on that one.

Welcome to the Bakwaas blog ;)

gayathri-vishwanathan said...

arre wah rickshawala tujhe choclates deta hain? mera rickshawala itna super kanjoos hain mujhe aaj tak ek bhi choclate nahi diya :( maaf nahi karungi unko...

ok back 2 ur post...good girl, finally u got the chance to fulfil ur daba huva armaan...proud of u!

The Idiot Blogs said...

Thank you for the warm welcome Shanu

Keep coming back to my blog too...

And keep writing

Shanu said...

@G3

Ek kaam kar..kal mereko Inorbit par mil..main saare rickwalon se tera frndshp karati hai..next time se tereko chocolate fix :)

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