Books & Papers – These are two things that I always handle with utmost care. I hate seeing books/notebooks having wrinkled pages. There is nothing more annoying than seeing somebody crumple the pages while turning the pages of a book, that too a new book. Ask my friends who used to borrow my record or graph sheets in college and they will tell you how I used to ask them to take care not to kasakkify my record or graph sheets.
Another thing that I can’t stand is seeing papers & books strewn carelessly on the floor. One of the things that I do regularly while taking a break from work is to read the newspapers. The newspapers will be there in the lounge that’s near the entrance of the building. There are times when every time the door to the building is opened, wind blows and the papers on the table get strewn away. It irritates me when I see most people sitting coolly reading the newspapers and not caring to pick up the newspaper that is blown away by wind. Why can’t they do it?? At those times, the scene that comes to my mind is the one from ‘Swades’ where Gita (Gayathri Joshi) shouts at another customer at the bookshop when she is picking up the fallen books from the floor. 😉
Writing about picking up papers lying on the floors, I am now reminded of an incident that happened when I was in college. If I hate seeing papers lying on the floor, seeing people walk stamping it is even worse. That too when the piece of paper happens to be the national flag! In my college, for the Independence Day or Republic Day celebrations (I don’t remember which one), rectangular-shaped flags were hung on strings for decorating the space near the stage. After a few days, since nobody had removed those, the flags had fallen off from the string and those were lying all over the place with shoe marks on many of those. Even though those flags were used only for decorative purposes, shouldn’t one still give it respect that should be given for the flag and take care not to step on it?? Seeing what was happening, I picked up all the flags that were lying on the ground. The thing that surprised me the most was, forget about others helping me, there were some who even sarcastically commented about my ‘patriotism’. 😡
What prompted me to write this post was seeing people not picking up the newspapers blown away by wind and now see what I am writing about! I am ending this rant right here!