Friday, November 28, 2008
The Resilience Of Mumbai
This nonsense has been bandied about in the media for almost a decade and it is insulting to every body's intelligence. I am surprised Mumbaikars don't take insult to the constant reference about "mumbaikar spirit". I would if I was from Mumbai. So dear idiots who keep going on and on about the mumbaikar spirit - have you ever stopped, paused and wondered about just one question.
Do mumbaikars have an option?
You praise them for going back to work after terrible terrorist events. Do they have an option of not going back to work? Middle class life is about paying back loans, feeding children, feeding dependents, paying for medical charges, paying for old parents livelihood, paying school bills etc. None of that can wait because a terrorist happened to hit your city. If you don't go to work you are screwed. Screwed beyond belief. So this livelihood is hard enough as it is. Terrorist events make it harder and this talk about spirit when they really don't have an option is mind-numbingly stupid. They would love to be able to not go to work. If they all had 10 crore ruppes in their bank - they would just not go out at all. They have to go to work because they are not rich. Most factory workers and hourly laborers can't wait to go to work because they are in desperate need for money. They will go back to work even if half the city is blown away. That is the mumbaiker spirit for you in a nutshell.
So shut up with all this. If terrorist happens to hit some old town in Bihar or Gummudipoondi or Iraq - people there still have to go to work and they will. There are many other professions where workers get slapped and abused by "clients". They go back to work the next day. Nobody talks about "spirit" or "resilience".