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Who cares a damn- if he lives or dies?

Discussion in 'Snippets of Life (Non-Fiction)' started by suby, Aug 29, 2010.

  1. suby

    suby Silver IL'ite

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    At any bungalow, apartment, office or mall, the first person we come across is the watchman who checks at the gate or who shows us place to park our car. Many a time we do not like to be checked, we do not like to be directed and show our irritation. In bungalows, in apartments or in offices, he would be sent to nearby shops for getting tea, biscuits etc. But if he is missing from his post for a few moments just to have some tea, we become impatient. Irrespective of the weather, irrespective of conditions in the city, he holds his post at the cost of his health and his life. Most of the watchmen are old and, if we broach and find out, they may have tragic lives. Do we care a damn about the man at gate? Are we bothered if he is alive or dead?




    Who cares a damn- if he lives or dies?


    Be it scorching heat or freezing cold,
    or let the Heavens fall.
    He has to be always at gate,
    at his master’s his beck and call.

    Let the whole world dance in festive mirth,
    or the city is ablaze in communal flare.
    A single day off from duty-
    his tyrant master will not spare.

    He may simmer in fever
    or writhe in pain.
    To whom can he plead?
    To whom can he complain?

    For ever in scare of his master,
    he works for a meagre wage.
    Better are the dog in kernel
    and the lonely bird in cage.

    A little stroll for a cup of tea
    is enough to make his master bark.
    A little chat with neighbour’s guard
    is enough to ignite the imminent spark.

    Not only the master,
    also in fray are his wife and kin.
    Treated worse than a mongrel,
    what is his folly? What is his sin?

    If he questions a visitor
    who is a stranger to him,
    his master berates and shouts,
    as he happens to be friend of him.

    If he leaves a visitor without questions,
    as he seems familiar to him,
    his master breaths fire and smoke
    as he has broken ties with him.

    Once for a missing jewel
    of his master’s daughter,
    he was spanked and abused,
    for what she lost in beauty parlour.

    Laments he – “wretched and ungrateful,
    inhuman to the core.
    A beggar at heart
    with pocket of crore”.

    Not only with his master,
    the trend is same in other places too.
    If “vagaries” define his master’s moods,
    lunatics rule in other places too.

    Be it a business house or a Government office,
    who cares a damn for the man at gate?
    Guarding the vaults and the lives of ungrateful-
    call it his destiny or call it his fate.

    Five years ago, his son had eloped
    with his neighbour’s daughter,
    the ensuing shock killing his wife,
    leaving his life to totter.

    He too would have died
    but for his loving daughter.
    Old he may be, frail he may be
    but he has to carry on for his daughter.

    Shankar Lal is his name.
    But “Yeh, yeh, watchman” only people call.
    Not received a single friendly pat
    in his tenures in apartments, offices or the mall.

    He live or dies,
    who cares a damn for the man at gate?
    He too has some one he loves.
    But who cares a damn for the man at gate?


    -- Suby
     
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  2. roopadadia

    roopadadia Silver IL'ite

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    Suby, what a lovely tribute to the fraternity.

    I agree with you that we really don't hold the support staff in high regard but after all they are human beings too and its not their fault that they are at this stage....i really appreciate people who treat all in the same manner.

    In our office, we don't allow the staff to speak rudely or harshly with the support staff and in return the support also has to be equally soft with the seniors/people above their rank. There has to be mutual respect.
     
  3. iyerviji

    iyerviji Finest Post Winner

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    Dear Suby

    Good post, thought provoking one
    viji
     
  4. Ridha

    Ridha Senior IL'ite

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    gud post........i was thinking how i behaved with them till now........though i was never rude with them i cant remember being thankful too.........
    thnx for reminding each nd everyone
     
  5. suby

    suby Silver IL'ite

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    Dear Roopadadia,
    Thanks for the nice feedback.It is great to note that your office has set a very good example by treating the support staff humanly.

    - suby
     
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    suby Silver IL'ite

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    Dear Viji,

    Thanks for the nice words.

    - Suby
     
  7. suby

    suby Silver IL'ite

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    Dear Ridha,

    I myself wrote the post after some soul searching. As we are fortunate to have good lives, we do not think much about these poor people even though they may be really honest and faithful.

    - Suby
     
  8. varalotti

    varalotti IL Hall of Fame

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    Well done, Suby. That was not only a great poem but also a different angle to look at someone who is more often treated as a fixture than as a human being.
    I am sure after reading your poem many of us would start treating him like a human being.
    I for one always call the watchmen by their names. When my book was published I gave the first free copy to the watchman of the office next door.
    He used to comment on my writing. And the watchman at the club shook hands with me when my story was published in a newspaper. These people are much more sensitive than the rich friends of mine.
    Hats off to you, Suby for a beautiful poem.
    Expecting more from your desk.
    sridhar
     
  9. suby

    suby Silver IL'ite

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    Sridhar Sir,

    Thanks for your encouraging words. I have seen this in my own office. When the city police was conducting a mock drill (to comb a terrorist - a hypothetical case) and were checking all employees at the gate, not only staff but many of the officers too resented as we work in a PSU and think too high about us. Since I have handled safety and security, I know the problem. Is it not our duty to co-operate with the security when they are doing checks only to preempt danger for us? Not only most of us do not co-operate, we treat them shabbily too. This very much true with Government officials, politicians etc.

    - Suby
     
  10. ILoveTulips

    ILoveTulips IL Hall of Fame

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    Very lovely post Suby... I remember few incidents in big international tech park campus where the security men and women at gate were instructed to check all the employees id cards before they enter the campus. Poor people when they ask for id card not everybody have the courtesy to take it out and show them. They just speak logic that "if I dont have id card I cant enter my place, so I dont have to prove it to you... " ... These "Educated" people dont think that its their job to ask for the card and its employees responsibility to cooperate them do their work, which inturn is for their own safety...
    Though I felt sorry for them at that moment, never thought about it afterwards... Your post is a good message to those people. At least one person after reading this, shows his grateful to a security guard, its huge success Suby..

    Simply loved it... :)
     

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