Thursday, July 15, 2004

There was recently a program about India and the people who commute to work on trains in Bombay. Each car has a capacity of 1000, but is overloaded to several times that number, which means that some people must arrive very early to get seats, and countless others are forced to stand. However, one man who was interviewed said the commute poses no real problems for him. He and his fellow commuters have become very close friends: they play cards with each other, talk, laugh, but make sure to avoid topics about politics and religion.

In America, many of us have certain basic amenities in life, and in some cases, luxuries -- driving to work in our very own car with our plush seats, our coffee or muffin in hand. We, who are used to these conveniences, complain when we have to undergo some small discomfort, unlike those Indians, who seem to adapt so well to life's hardships, without complaint.

I wonder, on the other hand, how good it really is for them to suffer and not realize the difficult conditions they are made to face.

The following headline was published in a local Ohio newspaper: People Want Biased News: Most Seem to Want Easy, Not Difficult-To-Understand, News This was an article written by David Shaw of the Los Angeles Times.

This makes us really wonder, whether in India, the U.S. or elsewhere: how is it possible to help people help themselves out of the adverse conditions they live in if they don't even realize they're facing adversity?

-Rajul Parekh


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