It’s a Human(e) thing!
Airports and railway stations are the best places to observe people. One, because you have to do something while you wait to board the flight or train and two, it’s a woman thing. We have to take notice of things around us, no matter how trivial it may seem but it can catch our attention.
At both places you will see diversity in the crowd. Some characteristics will make you take a mental note to share what you noticed with the next person you call. There is one thing which is common to all people irrespective of their backgrounds, you don’t have to speak or understand the same language. You have it because you are human, wondering what?
The answer is Manners!! Either you have them or you don’t. It is not gender specific. It can also be a woman who can offer her seat to an elderly man standing in a crowded bus. It is only polite to not un-necessarily fuss while standing in a queue, the person before and behind you is perhaps as tired or as much in a rush. You don’t have to wait for someone to call out to you for help before offering/extending it. You see someone needs it then what is stopping you from being the first one to give it?
What provoked me to write this post are two simple incidents in two different cities but the common factors were an old couple, surrounded by smart professionals in an airport. At the Bengaluru airport, a couple in their 60s with a small baby and lots of baggage were struggling to push the trolley, they did not speak English or understood Hindi but it was obvious that they could do with an extra hand to push the cart and guide them to the right counter. In the second scenario an aged couple was waiting to collect their baggage at T1,New Delhi. They spoke in Bengali to a young man standing next to them. I assumed he must their son, when their luggage came the young man looked un-concerned and didn’t care to pick it up.
Of course I pitched in both the scenarios because for me that is an obvious thing to do. But is too un-manly to help or too much for a lady to do? Shouldn’t helping someone come naturally to us? What would you do, wait to e asked as this would give an artificial boost to the ego or rather feel blessed after helping someone?
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