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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

ETIQUETTE - DEAR COMMODITY IN CITIES

The other day when I was heading back to my home by Delhi Metro, one man in his late twentys approached me with a dry request to use my mobile phone. The manner he asked just swirled my  anger and I made a head gesture implying "NO". Afterwards, a middle-aged man who appeared to be educated asked me where is Jawahar Lal Nehru stadium ? He did not mind to make an eye contact with the person he is requesting. It is pathetic that half of city crowds fall into this category.

I felt that these types people desperately need a crash course on communication skills simply not to win over interviewers but to
survive in a society where proper etiquette is the basic building block.

Had the young man requested me in a proper convincing way by citing the reason for requesting my mobile phone, I might have conceded to his request. But he  requested in a very crude way defying all the communication code. Equally the middle-aged man, out of arrogance tried to handle me which was bounced back with a cold response from my side.

My contention is,  people who want to request something from unknown people on road must be sober enough to get a positive response. We are not living in a world where people come in queus to help us irrespective of our behaviour. The way you talk and make gestures decide your fate in your public dealings.

Irrespective of your position on the social ladder, one needs to listen to his own inner voice which always says the way you should behave yourself. But sometimes, vanity overrides the sanity !

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