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Solilo’s Tag

February 9, 2009

I officially now have become the “Tag Master”…….
In the words of “The Legendary Solilo“, proper completion of this Tag would include:

  • Pick the 6th picture of your 6th photo folder.
  • Tell a story around it.
  • Pass it on to six other people you like.

I have not been able to write anything stupid or lame or plain silly so far this week as work is killing…… but since this Tag has taken exactly 10 mins, 47 secs to write, I’ve posted it. I was actually curious about that 6th photo in the 6th folder and it turned out to be this:

I am not kidding guys, but this is the 6th photo in my 6th Photo folder. I took this photo around 2 months back in Chennai, in Velachery to be precise!!

I had travelled to Chennai for a weekend to be with family and friends and this was taken that Sunday. It was taken from the balcony of my friends house and we were all talking (like all good Indians) about politics and India in general. We were talking about how, our country has gone forward in the last 60 years, and how much has changed in the last ten years.

All my friends in that gang were with major MNCs and all of us did earn good bucks. So while we were talking about everything in general, my friend Mr. VR wanted a smoke and thus we all shifted base to the balcony and saw that…………………………….

That photos that you all see, was a stark reminder to me that not all have moved forward. I suppose it was the lure of “Money to fill stomach” that had forced that man to stand on 2 stools, risking his life to paint a window!!!

While one section of the society is moving forward at a great pace, earning money, accolades, the other “Larger” section still fight every day; for every meal, for every single penny, for basic standards of living…………….

Once we saw that, all of us stopped talking about the “New India” and went back into the house with questions in our mind……………..

I pass this Tag on to IHM, Kanagu, Kislay, Chirag, Renu and Usha…………..

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34 Comments leave one →
  1. How do we know permalink
    February 9, 2009 9:18 am

    oops! This is the first time i have seen this tag move one so much. Ouch!!!

  2. Solilo permalink
    February 9, 2009 9:28 am

    Ajit, Thanks for picking up fast and then weaving it with a moving story. You are right. What we have gained in last 60 years?

    Rich have become richer, poor poorer. More negativity and hatred in this world. Just when I was feeling a bit relieved after reading Manju’s blog. I think this blogging is going to affect me bad 😦

    BTW isn’t Guru Nanak College near Velachry or is it Mohammad Sadak? Were you with PCS?

  3. Kislay permalink
    February 9, 2009 10:31 am

    Thought provoking indeed man . I have the same thoughts when I am crossing by a mall , and I see a beggar outside it . Btw , do I have to write a story , or can I just pen down my random thoughts ?

  4. nimis540 permalink
    February 9, 2009 12:13 pm

    Thoughtful tag..

    I ahve felt the same when i see people here,hanging on a single rope,down op ona 40-50 storey buliding,to clean glasses..Most of them are nepalis..So sad.Across a single pane of glass we have such a huge difference of world…

  5. Indyeah permalink
    February 9, 2009 12:21 pm

    yes,as the others say thought provoking and so much more…
    guilt hits everytime one goes out…in little ways at corners,traffic lights..everyhwere one turns…one does what one has to..but sometimes I think is that enough?
    you have written this beautifully and sensitively,enough to let us see and feel what we are feeling…

  6. Indian Home Maker permalink
    February 9, 2009 2:48 pm

    Ajit it is bad, but it isn’t as bad as you think. The same man would have earned much less for the same job even ten years ago.

    We got our house painted last year and the two men were from Bihar – some of their friends had gone to Dubai and they planned to join them too. One of them was very well informed and very confident, and they had mobiles and two wheelers, they were not rich but definitely not poor either. They said they did not like to work with contractors because then they have to give him some percentage … I mean some good does trickle down …
    I hope this cheers you a little.

  7. Ajit permalink
    February 9, 2009 3:01 pm

    πŸ™‚ HDWK…..sorry….

    hey Solilo,
    We have moved forward, but there is work remaining… we are a better position than 60 years back, that is if you leave out the stupid political parties out….
    “Guru Nanak College” is in Vel, but “Mohammad Sadak” college is near Velachery, actually beyond it.
    and I am still am with PCS.
    You have gauged my past up…. πŸ™‚ pretty well….
    first CET, now this….

    Hey Kislay, your thoughts would suffice for this Tag… passing thoughts…

    Hey nimis540, Yes… but this is true in every society… 😦 there is no way we can avoid that..but the differences should be less in numbers….

    Yo Indyeah….. πŸ™‚

    Thanks IHM, it does….
    I know it is not bad…. but yes he was “foolishly” risking his life…. that is what hit us that day….. for 40 Rs…..

  8. Chirag permalink
    February 9, 2009 3:49 pm

    Dude, this is crazy. And we complain about our jobs where we sit in a AC rooms on our chairs comfortably.

    Tag Taken.

  9. Ajit permalink
    February 9, 2009 3:51 pm

    yeah, we complain abt so many things….:)
    and thanks for accepting tag

  10. Winnie the poohi permalink
    February 9, 2009 5:39 pm

    whoa! that was some story..

    Dont you feel how daredevil such person is?

  11. Ajit permalink
    February 9, 2009 5:55 pm

    daredevil he was….

    but the question is “whether he did it by choice or necessity”….

  12. You Know Me Very Well permalink
    February 9, 2009 7:11 pm

    Hey Ajit.. I casually landed at ur blog thru ” How Do We Know” and I should say I am touched.. it did leave a deep impact on me..as i realise that , even as i update my blog in the comfort of my home… there could be millions in this country who havent had a chance to read and write… 😦 thanks for sharing this snap… its stark reality..

    Yamini

  13. Ajith permalink
    February 9, 2009 7:13 pm

    This reinforces my new year resolution. I ll not complain about my job.

  14. vimmuuu permalink
    February 9, 2009 7:30 pm

    A twist in the err..tag, huh ?

  15. Solilo permalink
    February 9, 2009 11:46 pm

    Oye! what’s with legendary Solilo? I reveal my age and you start calling me legend. *boooooohooooooo* 30 is not that bad.

    Two guesses were easy. You mentioned Engg. in TVM so CET and in previous tag there is PATNI written in one of the pictures so guessed PCS πŸ™‚

  16. Ajit permalink
    February 10, 2009 12:36 am

    I am sorry if the post hurt you Yamini… I truly am….

    yes Ajith, I took that decision long back…. πŸ™‚

    yes Vimu, Tag with a twist πŸ˜›

    hey Solilo,
    You are legendary, not becoz of age, but becoz of strength of character and force of writing…..LOL πŸ™‚

    and yes, the second one was obvious… πŸ™‚ hehehe…
    one question….
    where did you live in India???
    Chennai or Kerala or everywhere…. I am confused..

  17. Renu permalink
    February 10, 2009 4:52 am

    Sometimes these people are doing it like this very casually, not thinking about the danger ahead, because many times when workers come to my place for something, I want them to be secure on a stable stool, but they will find their own way of doing it and tell me..maam u r innecessarily worrying, nothing will happen..we are habitual and do it well.

  18. Solilo permalink
    February 10, 2009 5:35 am

    Everywhere Ajit :):)

    There is a whole India in me.

  19. Quirky Indian permalink
    February 10, 2009 7:12 am

    The picture said it all….the compulsions that make him value 40 rupees above his life…can you imagine the desperation?

    Amar Singh donated 20 crores to the Bill Clinton foundation…..as long as he was donating money, why couldn’t he donate to an Indian foundation? Sorry, this seems to be turning into a rant, and off-topic at that. Will do a post sometime.

    Quirky Indian

  20. kanaguonline permalink
    February 10, 2009 8:13 am

    Absolutely true Ajit.. Rich get Richer and poor get poorer.. that is what happening for past 2 decades in India.. sad.. 😦

    You have done this tag to perfect Ajit.. But I couldn’t understand the 6th photo from 6th folder.. could you please explain it… so that I can do the tag..
    Thanks for tagging man πŸ™‚

  21. Aathira permalink
    February 10, 2009 8:21 am

    Very …. ummm.. I guess the word is unsettling!

  22. Mannu permalink
    February 10, 2009 12:28 pm

    Fabian communist! a nice concept to read more about..saw that in your intro, after a long time.
    would be ‘following’ you from now on. πŸ™‚

  23. J P Joshi permalink
    February 10, 2009 5:31 pm

    A picture..that said it all, and then a story to cap it all. Very realistically put across. In India, we see this kind of a thing happening everyday… we sure seem to be God fearing and have a lot of faith and trust in God. I agree with the comments of IHM and Renu.

    Sometimes we do this because we have no choice, and some times out of choice.

  24. Ajit permalink
    February 10, 2009 5:41 pm

    you are right Renu, maybe it was by choice…. πŸ™‚ but still 40 Rs for his life….
    I would not take that risk….

    Oye Solilo, that is great πŸ™‚

    Yes QI, Amar Singh goes around wasting money without looking at his own country first….

    Kanagu,
    You are right, rich -richer, poor -poorer…

    The Tag means, from your photo folder on your pc, take the 6th photo from 6th folder…..
    if that does not exist, use some other photo and write about it…

    Yes Aathira, that is the exact word!!!

    hey Mannu, Thanks…. πŸ™‚
    and I am not a communist…. I believe in “fabian Socialsim” as well as “Liberalism”.
    in other words, a bit of socialism and capitalism….

    Yes JPJ Sir,
    I hope that Renu and IHM are right… πŸ™‚

  25. kanaguonline permalink
    February 10, 2009 7:45 pm

    Thanks ajit for the info…. I will do that soon

  26. Solilo permalink
    February 10, 2009 10:51 pm

    By squeezing Amar Singh alone we can feed 1/2 our population.

    Why would he donate such a huge amount? Black money.

  27. Ajit permalink
    February 10, 2009 10:53 pm

    yeah Solilo,
    Black money which can be used in india as well…. πŸ™‚

  28. L. Venkata Subramaniam permalink
    February 11, 2009 3:32 am

    You are right, life is hard for most Indians. The sad thing is most of us “rich” Indians have forgotten about the not so fortunate people who still form the majority in India. And these reminders are all around us, but we choose to ignore them, until someone like you points it out to us.

    Very nice post.

  29. vishesh permalink
    February 11, 2009 11:13 am

    well we are doing exactly what that man is doing,painting the dark spots…

  30. Ajit permalink
    February 11, 2009 4:50 pm

    Thanks Venkat…. πŸ™‚

    and vishesh, we always do that.. in our life…. πŸ™‚

  31. Mannu permalink
    February 12, 2009 6:43 am

    Wonderful catch, bro.!
    Our concept about safety and human life is very poor, and this would surely remain a significant yardstick to gauge our real development– economic and social.
    More amused how he reached there!–i can see the ladder resting against the wall at the lower storey! funny…gutsy fella.

  32. amit permalink
    February 12, 2009 8:48 pm

    Its overwhelming. People do much worse for a single meal…

  33. Ajit permalink
    February 12, 2009 10:27 pm

    absolutely agree mannu, your concepts about safety are very poor…. and yes he was a gutsy dude… πŸ™‚

    yes amit, I agree…
    people do much worse for a meal…:(

  34. Ajit permalink
    February 12, 2009 11:17 pm

    i meant mannu, our concepts… not yours… πŸ™‚

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