The most important question in life is: “What do you do when you when you are walking on a road and you see another person heading towards you on a collision path: Do you move to the left or to the right?” What do you think of the importance of the question? Worthless? Nah… its not worthless. Let me explain. In countries like India, people would mutually agree and move slightly to their respective lefts. In countries like Germany, people would move right. In both cases collision is avoided and life is good. The problem arises when people from India (where Left is right and Right is wrong) visit Germany (where Left is left and Right is right). What happens then is called the left-right dilemma.
What happens is that you being an Indian move too your left and he moves to his right; still making keeping you in the collision track. And when both of you come dangerously close to collision, both of you stop and you look at the person closely for the first time; you observe two features distinctively. His height and his built. And both of them make you feel so timid. Believe me 6 feet tall in India is a big deal but it is there that you realise how ‘large’ the world is! So all the pride is washed out and a 6 feet tall bamboo stick looks ‘up’ to a person – an act that is not common in his homeland. What comes next is worse. Some words are spoken – and there is no chance of you understanding ANYTHING of it. C’mon we learn 3 languages ‘by default’ how much more can a sane mind grasp? So after the few seconds of understanding nothing, the scared and confused you is left with 4 options – ‘Yes’, ‘No’, ‘Sorry’ or ‘English Please’.
The trouble does not end here. The whole traffic system seems to be so ‘wrong sided’. Turning left is NOT always allowed as in India; turning right is. And the driving seat is on the left. So to communicate to a car which waits for you pedestrian as you watch in awe (yes… this NEVER happens in India), you look to the left of the car and not to the right.
And finally… How many times have I looked in the wrong direction while crossing the road. Now THAT is dangerous.
Sometimes I wonder… wouldn’t it be better if one nation would have colonised the whole world; the world would have been a much less confusing place to live in. 😛
July 12, 2014 at 12:57 pm
What an amusing read! You make your point quite clear. It would indeed be much less chaotic. Rather, what if the whole world were one nation? 🙂
July 12, 2014 at 1:33 pm
Thank you for the visit… 🙂
Hmm… the bad news is that neither was the whole world colonised by one nation, nor is it one nation… the good news is… that I am coming back to my world in a week… the world where left is right and right is wrong 🙂 😛
July 12, 2014 at 4:30 pm
Nonetheless, enjoy your trip! We can only accept what we cannot change. 🙂
July 12, 2014 at 3:42 pm
You are in Germany? I didn’t know. 😦
July 12, 2014 at 4:15 pm
Well..as a Maverick on foot i walk in a golden spiral that is neither left or right like a robotic move alone .. And i can only dream a global tribe can dance with each other in Sacred Love 4World Peace with a flow and letting go with nature instead of robotic controlled move.. But of course a robot i am still.. behind the wheel of cars..:)
July 13, 2014 at 12:58 am
Hahahaha! An amusing post! Loved your experience of differences. I also liked Sheth’s idea of whole world begin one nation 🙂 but these differences bring freshness, creativity, amazement, uniqueness to anyone or to any place… Though it is though to grasp them at one go, but it’s also interesting to know them n adopt!
Good to hear that you are coming back eventually! Take care!
September 19, 2014 at 6:51 pm
I miss your blogs.
September 21, 2014 at 3:35 pm
very well written. 🙂 and I kind of understand what you are talking about.
September 21, 2014 at 10:21 pm
Bhaeeeeeee Jaaaaaaan 😦 Kahan hain ? Ap ne tu palat ker pocha tak naheen 😦 Please come back soon.
September 30, 2014 at 2:42 pm
Good creativity.wish to read more like this full of humor.