PASSING THE BUCK Leave a difficult problem for some one to handle and shirk the responsibility is the simple explanation for the title of this snippet.Most of us are not comfortable when problems stare at us and we find ingenious ways to pass on the problem to somebody else.Corporate life is replete with scores of examples under the garb of delegation but let me confine myself to mundane situations at home and social circle..An insult to injury is delegating a tough job to some one else and taking credit when the job is well done. My first daughter was three and ready to be admitted in KG school,my wife told me”you teach her the alphabets and numbers one to hundred I will take care of the rest.”I confess that it was the toughest job ever handled by me.It became all the more difficult as by temperament I don’t accept defeat.. A young lady in her thirties is well employed,goes to office at 8.30 AM and returns at 7.30 pm.As soon as she enters the house she goes into her room and comes out only for dinner.Her mother in law toils in the kitchen all by herself to make sure that food is served piping hot.Clearing the table is done by her son while the lady is busy with whatsup,facebook etc. The story is repeated in the morning,while the lady gets her son for school before she gets herself ready to go to office her MIL is getting breakfast ready.The intelligent explanation given by the lady is that her MIL is an excellent cook and that she would not let any body else in the kitchen.Her silence on not helping her MIL in the kitchen with other jobs ,is eloquent..Every one pretends that things are normal as the double income has helped them to acquire material possessions.FIL who does not lift a finger to help spends most of his time arguing on Modi vs Rahul and reminds every one that girls should be employed and economically independent. Many of us don’t even fold the bedsheet after getting up but complain to the housewife that the servant has not folded the bedsheet properly-as if it was her department. Every job in the house is assigned to the servant and the house wife is blamed when a job is not done properly.The house wife is also distracted by the menace of social media that there is even no semblance of supervision. We throw garbage on the road and complain that Corporation is not doing a proper job.We waste water[brushing] and blame when water supply is curtailed and water table is going down.It is said that future wars between nations will be on sharing of water. A veteran Rummy player was doing intense penance before Lord Shiva.Unable to bear the heat from his penance in Devaloka,Devas requested Lord Shiva to appear before the devotee and grant him a boon.ACccordingly lord Shiva appeared before the devotee and asked him what he wanted.The devotee said that he was a rummy player and he just wanted two jokers and he Would take care of the rest. A senior officer known for shirking his responsibility,advised his son: When in charge pretend you are thinking about it until some one else comes with a solution.When in trouble delegate. When in doubt mumble so that others neither understand nor have the courage to ask you to repeat it. There are persons who believe that “hard work does not kill anybody-but I don’t want to take a chance” President Lincoln was shining his own shoes, a foreign miniter to USA said “we don’t polish our own shoes in our country”.Then whose shoes you polish asked Lincoln. As President Harry Truman said if we take the position that the buck stops here,the world will be a better place to live.