Week-34 A 'Photu' With Broom

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Week-34 A 'Photu' With Broom


COLUMNS / Puchcha   /   Nov 30, 2014
Devika Seth
Devika Seth
She studied English literature and graduated from the University of Delhi. She seeks to pursue a successful career in the field of literature. She is also a trained Odissi dancer and has debuted as a poet in ‘When Cupid Struck its Arrow.’

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Hi Guys,

As the temperature is going down I have entered a serious relationship with my bed and blanket. The separation is heartbreaking for all three of us, when I have to get up for college or office. Now the time regulations in the office have become more stringent. Just like do or die, it is ‘reach at 9:30 sharp or go home and never come back’. Why god why? If you are so bored, better play GTA San Andreas.

The already-boring-day began with a meeting. Every word sounded like a lullaby. My boss is starting a Swacch Bharat drive, because everyone believes in the cliché, ‘change comes from within’. We have to spare 1 hour/day to clean the vicinity and fetch in the residents along.

GREAT! Most of the times I feel like a piece of jaggery and all troubles are like flies getting stuck on me. Why can’t I breathe with some peace in the air. Maybe because, there is all ‘aswacchta’ in the air. Or maybe, this is the god’s signal that my good performance in the drive could get me leaves for Goa.

“VJ, bring your photography skills to some good use. You’ll have to click my pictures with the broom,” I said. More popularity coming my way, when I upload the pictures. At this VJ retorted, “Sky, there won’t be a few leaves spread on the road, waiting for you to dump them in a bin, just like some showy politicians.” Riya also agreed. “C’mon guys, at least a couple of pictures,” I insisted.

Dismissing my appeal, I and VJ were sent to look for the areas that need some makeover. We saw one worker who was indolently working and enjoying the bidi. As we approached him, instead of having sun-kissed face, we had dirt-kissed face. VJ asked him why he is not cleaning the place properly and said that because of his idleness we will have to clean it. “Madam ji! Kon chakkar me padhe rahe, ek-ad photu khichwao jhadu ke sath or jao. Sara des yahi karat hai.” “LOL! Photu?” I chuckled. VJ looked at me in a way, if she could kill me with her looks, I would have been dead by now.

Then, the man resumed cleaning and to get rid of us, he said that the area is already cleaned and needs no drive. I pointed at the pile of trash he left and the wrath in him could have blown me with the pile far away. Then, I tried to convince to join the drive. But, he showed disinterest.

“Sir ji! Maan jao, naukri chali jaegi,” I said. But, he said that he doesn’t care. I asked him how would it feel to be unemployed. “Hum ka jaane tohar berojgar hone se,” he said. I clarified I wasn’t talking about my job, but his. And he got angrier and blabbered who I am to take his job and all.

Then I told him that Delhi HC has ordered if cleaners do not work properly, they will be fired. At first he took it as a bogus news and said that the government makes news with all these headlines, but never acts. Waving all that off I asked him, if he would work now. Meanwhile, I took the jhadu and was seeing which pose would look good on me for pictures. VJ said, “Stop it Sky. You are not Ron or Harry from Harry Potter. In fact, if all of us were in the Harry World, Boss would certainly transfigure you into a pocket watch. That way, you might be on time.”

Damn guys, I am called for a meeting, again. I’ll tell you next week what happened after it, whether he came or not.

Ciao!

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