I am meeting only good people these days. Before the not-good ones leave their mark arrive and imprint themselves in my memory, let me document the former ones here
The bus driver I encountered the other day was extremely polite. I take the seat closest to the exit since I get down after 2 stops. Most of the time I stand near the exit to save myself from getting squished inside. That day my dupatta was fluttering a la movie style, out of the window while I was unaware of it. The driver called out to me and said these exact words, “Madam, please take the dupatta in, I cannot see the mirror.” Firstly, he said Madam, so yay 😀 . Secondly he was so courteous, he could have been rude since it was obstructing his driving in peak traffic.
I am extremely wary of eunuchs who demand money when we wait for the traffic signal to go from red to green, both on road and on railway tracks. They ‘bless’ us, extract money and disappear. Once someone decided not to give them money and he received a loud, really loud speech in return. Since that time, I have been a bit judgmental about this community. I have encountered them twice during my bus journeys. Once we were standing right besides each other, once we were sitting right besides each other. And all my assumed myths and notions came crashing down. The day the bus was sparsely populated, I got in and sat down on the lone unoccupied seat. I did not think at that time why some ladies are standing even though there is a seat. When I chanced upon the window, it is then I noticed. She was having a long, faraway look. Not once did I feel uncomfortable, more so, I felt like I am making her uncomfortable, by stealing glances whenever possible.. We shared the same bus stop and both of us stood up at the same time. I still remember how gracefully she tucked her saree and allowed all the ladies to pass by and then alighted from the bus. The next time I meet any one of them, I am going to be relaxed.
There is this chain of medical shops known as MedPlus where in if you have their membership, you get 10% off of all purchases. Zack is a member and we buy from one particular medical shop in our area. That day, he was not with me and I got a call from MIL asking for some medicines while I was alighting my bus at night. A good 10 minute walk would take me to a MedPlus, but not the one where in we always purchase. While billing, the chemist asked me for my membership number, I could have called Zack and asked the same, but the hungry, tired me did not do so and told him to proceed. To my utter surprise, he gave me the bill with 10% off.
I hope this run of bumping into blessed souls keeps going on 🙂