My mom still believes that it takes years to make a relationship and only minutes to break it. Maybe she belongs to the old school of thought but sometimes I wonder why we don't invest enough in our relationships. I came to a new city after my marriage, trying to make friends and find my feet. I come from a close-knit family so this sudden jolt was emotionally very taxing for me. Many experiences made me wonder why do we become so callous and uncaring even in the simple things of life? A family recently shifted into our building and suddenly the lady was at my doorstep one evening with her six-month old child, just a friendly call. I invited her in, we chatted and sipped tea. I promised to drop into her place the following week. But when I rang the bell one evening, she came out and told me that her baby and she were taking a nap and I sholud come some other time. How come people forget even the basic courtesies when they expect the same from you? Another time a family was shifting into our building, as I happened to pass by. I pointed out my flat to the lady and said if she needed any help, she could come to my place. The very next evening she came to make an urgent phone call as her daughter had fallen down and got injured and her phone was not installed. But after that episode, I never saw her again. Her business was finished, so there was no need for further interaction! At the Delhi airport last month, I saw a child standing near the parking as parents were busy unloading luggage from the car. Another car came swooshing down, almost touching the kid. When his mom confronted the driver, the elderly couple and the driver just shrugged and went away. How could they have been so nonchalant about hitting that little child? I wonder why we never stop to think of anyone other than ourselves? Why we don't see any value in making and maintaining relations? Why friendships have no meaning? I regret I only have questions, no answers.