Where Did All The Footpaths Vanish? 78

The congestion on the footpaths is a major issue for the pedestrians these days. The biggest problem with the cities these days are, there is practically no footpath! Seriously, there is perfectly no footpath. Being in a metro like Kolkata, it is a daily affair that you would either have to risk your life walking on the roadsides of the busy road or tussle with the fellow passer-by to rush off. Well, if you think that the concept of footpaths is obsolete in the streets of Kolkata, then you are absolutely wrong!

Confused? Well, you were surely supposed to be. The government and the engineers who have paved the road had thought about the pedestrians on the road and had built beautiful footpaths to walk on. However, what they neglected were the so-called “hawkers”. Yes! They perfectly own that place!

Off late, the hawkers occupying the footpath has become a habit for the pedestrians. Well, don’t loose out the hawkers here either. Even they have done their share of research in this field. They always follow a certain trend to set up their permanent shops on the footpath!

Yup, there is a trend! Has it skipped your eyes? Well, don’t worry, will bring it to you. The first step is getting a location. This is just the first thing that they do. They get up and search for the best location, where they can have a good lot of customers (specifically, in the busiest roads in the area). The first day, he would not do much, but sit with the products that he wants to sell out. After a few days pass, people would now be habituated seeing him there. Then he would play the next card. Take on some area and probably clean it and just put on a temporary structure, as if to protect himself from the sun or rain. Yes, then again a long pause till everyone is habituated with the new set up.

Well, but the trump card in the pack is yet to come! And that is, getting a permanent structure. That is exactly what comes next.  And here he is now! The proud owner of a shop. And where is it? On the footpath of the prime road in town.

Well, once the footpath gets blocked, it’s life threatening for the pedestrians. The footpaths being occupied have led to a great number of road accidents.

The political parties have turned a blind eye to the mushrooming growth of vendors and are more concerned about the vote bank that they are having in the form of these footpath hawkers. Now when the city is getting congested more and more with illegal hawkers, compounding the misery of commuters struggling to get through, what we, as common man should do about it?

A thought to think over!

Don’t forget to put suggestions in comments.

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How I was Duped? 179

This happened many years back, probably in 2011, early months of my marriage. Till date, I still feel ashamed of my naivety. However, I would like to share my story with you all, hoping to warn, if you find yourself in any such a situation. Although I doubt anyone can be as stupid as me, but opportunist and cheaters are found everywhere. So be warned and be careful.

It was one of those busy and hot summer days and I was totally engrossed in my work at home when suddenly the door bell rang. I’ am always careful not opening the door to strangers and so opened the window to check who it was. There was a salesman who wanted to do a survey on a new toothbrush that was introduced into the market. He said he will give me three brand new toothbrush for free and he will be back after a week. I am supposed to use the brush and answer few questions for his survey. Along with that, he will also give me a ticket with a number which has a lucky draw. There were different prizes and if my ticket wins he will get the prizes along with him the next week. All in all, I thought there is no harm in taking those sealed brushes with the ticket. I took them and kept it aside and forgot all about it.

After a week, the same man appeared in front of my door again. I remembered him very well. He said I have won some gifts worth 800/- Rs items and he showed them all to me. He asked me for the ticket. I searched all around the house but in vain and told him that I have lost the lucky draw slip. He told me that there is another customer who have won a refrigerator and those people have shifted their house. He can give that lucky draw slip to me along with the other gifts that I have won and all I need to do is pay him 600/- Rs and I will be getting the refrigerator too. He said he will also give me his phone number and his office number if I need to check. For a moment I could not believe my luck and got carried away. For more than a year I was talking to my husband about buying a new refrigerator as ours was an old model and desperately wanted one.

Now, this man tells me that I would be getting a refrigerator of a lucky draw, was like a God sent a gift and I did not think further. Though I was doubtful, the man convinced me that I need to pay first as he needs to report about the changes in his office to send the refrigerator to my address. Finally, I gave in and paid him 600 Rs and took the other gifts. He said he will be back within an hour. Once he left, I had to finish some work. Later when I got free, I checked the other free items that he gave me and found them all used items and some of them broken though the packs were new. Then is when I realized of foul play and called the phone numbers he gave me. One of the numbers went to a gold shop and the other to a placement consultancy. I realized that I was duped by the salesman and there is no refrigerator on its way reaching our home.

I consoled myself thinking that I was lucky enough that the man did not hit me on my head and steal the house. I learned my lesson and since then I am always careful with people around who wants to sell something to us.

The True Face of a Resume!! 309

I am not sure how many of you believe in a resume but I for one, have never believed in one. It may sure tell us the educational details or some other information which a person can directly tell while in an interview. Sure it saves a lot of time, yet I wonder why an interviewer asks them again though. Such are the times our minds keep screaming “It’s already written in my CV, can’t you see it, sir/madam?” Oh! Well, our face might be deceptive at that time. A resume can never tell you so many things and a lot many times talented people may lose a chance of meeting their destiny or companies may not be able to hire good and talented people just because their resumes did not fancy the interviewer’s requirement. Given the chance to write one cool resume, what would you write? Here is mine.

Objective

To find a job that actually pays without asking me to work more than my limits, giving plenty of free time to relax and have a word with family and friends while I catch up with some of the work.

Personal Skills

a) I might be the first – in walking out of the office doors at the evening

b) The best talking and chatting companion you can ever find

c) cat-like reflexes- The moment you see me and decide there is something wrong in my work and needs discussion, Meow… I am not there.

d) I can sleep well any time of the day and anywhere.

e) I have good communication skills. By phone, by SMS, by group chats, by emails, and also through other Internet facilities that you provide.

f) I know my way around MS Word.

Experience

I am well experienced in any kind of arguments and can fairly win. I have a good experience in eating all kind of tasty vegetarian foods. I have good experience in trying to control gaining weight. I can tell you well as how to write a CV, just like this one. I am a good listener you see because I usually don’t try too hard to listen to what other person is talking. I am extremely good at researching on Google for information. Am a good dreamer, as I have spent most of my time in day-dreaming.

Education

I can read and write. I am educated enough to understand the basic languages ( ie., Hindi, English, Kannada and so on).

I have fairly got through a degree without trying too hard to pay off my pockets. Half way through various other certificate programs. We shall discuss that when we meet.

Reference

Me- Because who else can tell you better about me than I?

There, now you know everything about me, lets meet and talk about some important things that I might have missed mentioning here and you can give me the joining papers. You can also share what would be my salary on joining without feeling much shy. I am quite friendly and adaptable person.

See Ya soon,

XYZ

[Got any other crazy ideas for a resume. Share in the comments and let’s have a good laugh together]