there's another aspect of Delhi that baffles me! it is the blatant denial or un- acknowledgement of relationships. what i mean by this is that Delhi, as I have been noticing over the years, has a culture of non-recognition of “recognizables’.
what i mean simply is that people, whom you know and who know you, have the ability to acknowledge or not acknowledge this relationship depending on the circumstances. People may just look through you and pass you by without so much as a “HI” when they don’t need anything from you but the very same people will do everything and indulge in talk, even if you seem least interested, and be sweet, when they want something from you. The salutations (or non-salutations) depend on their need of you.
Shocking & disgusting behaviour! What’s worse is the fact that children, who ofcourse are very quick learners, are learning this trait very early on in life in this city. They wish a “good morning, good afternoon” or a “Namaste” depending on various factors. And when they don’t think it is required, they simply walk past you. What a pity! Children are being taught manners/etiquettes not for the sake of respecting somebody, or showing decency, but to use these gestures as tools to get work done.
Can’t imagine what values our children will absorb from such a selfish environment and attitudes!