Friday, August 14, 2015

Honest Scooter

A brief story on this incident was earlier posted on my Facebook wall. 

A few days ago I witnessed a disheartening incident at the Changlam square in Thimphu. There was a group of high school girls who hurriedly gathered along the pavement, craned their necks across the road and began laughing at something seemingly very funny. I got curious and walked a few step to get their perspective. I thought they were looking at Phuba Thinley because he was capable of making people laugh on the street.

But just then I saw a young couple riding on an old Bajaj scooter and the girls continued laughing as they passed by. It looked like a typical scene from a movie- a snobbish gang of girls mocking at a poor newcomer in the school parking. The couple seemed to have noticed because they parked behind a car and didn't come out until the girls left.
My Friend Che Dorji sent me this picture to make his statement

I looked at the girls and wondered how it was possible for these young girls to reflect the same old school outlook we saw during our times. I thought their generation shunned this cheap social-status mentality but I felt so sorry to see the dark shadow of our generation cast over their innocent path. They forgot the Cinderella story already. They had
misplaced their values living in our hypocritical society.

For them the scooter was a joke. They couldn't see how unpretentiously the couple rode on what they could afford. They couldn't see the humility of the couple to ride a scooter among the big cars. They couldn't feel that perhaps it could be an honest scooter owned by a content family.

And perhaps they didn't know that laughter could be dangerous; the couple might go home and think of buying a car and to afford the car they will land up selling their happiness, and worse even their honesty and integrity. But I prayerfully hope this didn't happen.

It's not nice to laugh at anybody unless they are joking, but if children love laughing at all I recommend them to laugh at high profile thieves, con artists, and manipulators who have betrayed the king, country and the people. Their name list is with the ACC and many names have already been published in media. They may not be riding on Bajaj scooters but whatever they are driving is stolen.




12 comments:

  1. Good observation and very well written as always.

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  2. Good observation and very well written as always.

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  3. It seemed that learning comes only through proper observation, observant is exactly you sirjiii...nicely put in the thoughts...

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  4. today's generation have lot of things at disposal and sadly comes with such prices!...
    sad..

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  5. Nice observant sir, and I always like your concern.
    Okay about those couple of girls, that's not cool! Here in India, almost all the ladies from university students till IBM engineers uses scooty to travel, and they don't depend on any guy.
    I hope they are not too dumb to open their eyes little bit and explore how the real world. Anyways, Ignore it just in case if it hurts anybody, because I don't mean it directly to anybody.

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  6. Thank you for teaching our people a humanity sir

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  7. Awareness is to develop knowledge and education and then knowledge shaves your attitute,filled up with humqnity so on...i mean knowledge is not for ego but to become good human being i should say but even some job holders developing ego especially after upgradation of knowledge and their post instead of showing examples to others.Anyway this group of girls has got realised and ashamed of what actually they did if they have red your article

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  8. Awareness is to develop knowledge and education and then knowledge shaves your attitute,filled up with humqnity so on...i mean knowledge is not for ego but to become good human being i should say but even some job holders developing ego especially after upgradation of knowledge and their post instead of showing examples to others.Anyway this group of girls has got realised and ashamed of what actually they did if they have red your article

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  9. Thank you for teaching our people a humanity sir

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  10. I heard, '' laugh with bt dnt laugh at''. So, follow this frens...

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  11. In fact, if driven with the right attitude, this same scooter would start to be seen as a 'vintage' vehicle, and the same people who are laughing now, would start looking on enviously! So keep up the scooter-ing!! :-)

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