Why should I bother?

‘Not my job’ is the first thing you say when you see a dead dog on the street. Job is to get rid of the carcass by either calling some municipal corporation or D-I-Y (doing it yourself). Do it yourself? Are you insane? You think you can put that body, half rotten, half-open, intestines hanging from one side, and a distorted head falling from the other, to somewhere where the ongoing traffic won’t crush it more.

Bangalore is a busy city. And also sleepy when it comes to traffic at 9 AM in the morning. Now if someone has to rush to office, one will. No matter what lies on the road in front of one’s vehicle. As I was coming to the bus stop in the morning, there was a dog, lets name it Tommy, dead, on the middle of the road. Most of the vehicles were avoiding Tommy but those big buses and all won’t care for a dead dog, and named Tommy.

Now as a sane citizen of this country, anyone could have joined hands to remove the body from the road because, in a way it was disturbing the traffic badly. Also, the holy place called Silk Board was already traffucked ahead. So it was adding ghee in the fire. I could have done it but should I do it? Why should I do it? Not my job. Mornings are not the right time to touch a dead body, that too of a dog, named Tommy. Isn’t it derogatory for a person like me, a Brahmin, to touch a dead dog?

Thankfully, a guy couldn’t handle it more. He looked yet-another-IT-person with fully dressed up to wrestle the traffic and the chores later in the day. He came forward, showed hands to stop the traffic for 5-6 seconds and picked the dead body and put it in between the divider which was the only place he could have done.

I felt sorry for sometime seeing that. That guy then moved ahead as if nothing happened. I adjusted my ear-phones, kept singing to Eminem and concentrated on the traffic which was again in full flow with no dead body to avoid.

Bloody hypocrites we are. What we expect other to be. What we are. What I am.

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insignia January 7, 2011 Reply

I am born and raised in this city. I have witnessed how the city has transformed. From selfless, loving and caring people to a junkyard of selfish morons.

A dog on the street, a crow dead are all so common and people have no time. what the heck! what for us!!

A S January 8, 2011 Reply

hello

a thoughtful article i must say. exactly it is important that we should practice before we preach the entire world abt cleanliness and team work and all that moral crap. we are basically hypocrites..agreed

Madhuri Iyer January 9, 2011 Reply

Ironic post che 🙁
feels sad.

Nidhi January 9, 2011 Reply

I too feel bad for the dead animal on the road. Some dead bodies lay on road for more one day, specially on highways of Urban agglomeration.
I feel sorry and helpless. Nothing help then except the meat eating birds.. 🙁 but whose duty is it??

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