Monday, October 24, 2005

My Neighbour

Just across my apartment there is a old asian lady, everytime I get down the stairs or come out I see her. She is so lonely, sits all by herself in her room, watches the TV, eats in front of the TV and I see noone ever talks to her. Not sure who lives with her, since the house looks empty. May be she is living all by herself, or there is someone who comes late. She reminds me of my grandma so much. So nowadays every time we step out, I way out to her and say hi and she is all excited. I guess she wants to talk to us, since today she came up close to the window and was very happy to see us.
Loneliness is killing, it is very sad to see such sights. Especially here people are so confined to their own space. If it were in India, I bet the lady will never ever feel lonely.

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Blogger Ram.C said...

I agree with you.. In India, somehow they will make friends out of others and lead the life in an entertaining way...

11:28 PM  
Blogger Chakra Sampath said...

In India, esp if you go out of metros, ppl have the tendency to know about their neighbours. Sometimes it may be for gossip, sometimes it may be a casual conversation, but ppl won't hesitate to strike conversation with those in the neighbourhood. In West, its a different story.

On the other day when I opened my apt door, I happened to see my 75 yr old neighbour with whom i talked for few minutes, enquired abt his well being etc. You know the kind of gratitude he conveyed through his eyes. I couldn't help pity these people.

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Blogger TJ said...

Independence and Interdependence have got confused in the west.

Children want to be independent much before they have got prepared for it, and parents are let to be independent much later they have lost the virtue to be so.

10:02 AM  
Blogger Suguna Purushothaman said...

i totally agree with u. people in the name of privacy become lonely and turn out to be all the time in solitude and when they grow old - they feel they are left out.

1:53 PM  
Blogger Narayanan Venkitu said...

Yeah I agree 100%..it would be a totally different story if she were to live in India.

Loneliness kills indeed.!! I can't live without my kids and my wife around..! Maybe a few days and then I'll feel bored.

I feel sad for my parents..who are by themselves in India.!!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes indeed, agree 100%... this is a very individualistic society.. everyone just does their own thing, people dont care to get to know their neighbors, and the elderly, they suffer the most... no one to look after them, no one to talk to them... am glad you take the effort to go out of your way and speak to her.. it's only because you're Indian that you do that... it's just a part of us.

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Blogger Vivhyd said...

Well ya u r right.. U know wht I am in no different situation.. same goes for me.. after work its me, my tv, and my laptop :( .. feel lonely sometimes..

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Blogger brindha said...

I have a different take on this. I have seen that English people are fiercely independant and respect their privacy. So what you read in their eyes, might be just a projection of what you think they feel. If you go up to them, they feel obligated and show friendliness in return. It does not mean that they lack it. There are loads of social groups and clubs for people of all age groups to go out to and have fun. For the disabled and meek, there are voluntary and social service organisations who will come over to cater to your emotional health. For the old lady up my street, a concil van comes over to help transport her destination of choice. I think we would be able to understand them if we stop viewing westerners from an Indian perspective. Well, that is my opinion anyway.

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