the intelligent and the fool...

Going to Sarojini Nagar is always a pleasure and more so if you are a resident of Delhi and in a position to go there once in a while and for those tourists who come to Delhi, it is definitely a must see. For those who have not heard much about it, I would put it as a 'Fashion Street' of sorts, though you can get anything under the sun but getting the right product at the right price is a matter of expertise. A fortnight back, I happened to go there, obviously for shopping, and had a very unique experience, which lead to some realizations.


It was the weekend and the crowd was all over the place. From shops on the pavement to flagship stores everybody was busy convincing the customer about their product, with an aim of making an additional buck by taking advantage of the increased influx over the weekend. Suddenly there was a huge commotion and the shop keepers started shouting something at one another and within minutes the outlook of the whole area changed. The additional steel frames which was an integral part of almost all the apparel shops to hang clothes on display, disappeared and so did the ones which were on the road. The ones on the footpath went deeper inside and suddenly the streets had more space for walking. The most interesting thing was to do with the pavement shops, who for some reason, kept their belongings inside the nearest shop and stood unassociated.


As this process kept flowing in a domino fashion, the reason for this chaos emerged from the street corner and it was nothing but the civic authority evacuation van accompanied by some officials in another vehicle. I started wondering who was intelligent and who was a fool. Should we call the shop keepers who are always in a constant state of alertness to successfully avert their shop from being taken to task for illegal encroachment and the pavement sellers who are successfully able to hide their goods and pretended to be a onlooker, as intelligent ? Or should we call the authorities who had come to inspect the market and was completely unaware of these encroachments as they were not in place when they passed a particular shop, as fools ? Shortly after this incident, I learnt that this was a regular exercise and nothing unusual about it. I guess it won't be wrong to assume that a similar story exists in every city.


When it came down to this question of who is intelligent and who is a fool, I had this realization. It is we, who pay the taxes or in other words, paying the monthly salary to the authorities who are to be held accountable, who are the real fools in the whole story. Nothing against the seller who is making way for his daily bread through this market or the shopper who wants to get the best bet but if this is the reality then what is the point of having a civic system and competent authority who seems to have a blind eye to the reality.


Until one gets a more than obviously visible fake product carrying a popular brand name, at a fraction of the original's cost, WHO CARES ?????? and ironically enough, I believe, the same authorities would very well be the consumers of the products from the same shops which they would have inspected.

12 Comments:

Matangi Mawley said...

good 1!

Gauri Gharpure said...

happens everywhere, every time.. part of an alternative, thriving economy, which if suddenly throttled, would have more far-reaching consequences than we can easily imagine..

Harsh said...

nice post :)

ssjsid said...

a classic case of vicious circularity, isn't it? as long as everyone is happy, there are no fools. only intelligent people fooling themselves.

http://sh-ithappens.blogspot.com

abymittal said...

never thot this way...good insight!! keep blogging.!!

Tina said...

Neat post....keep it goin

Cheers
Tee

suren said...

@matangi... thanks n pls come back
@gauri ... true it is the bread and butter for many.. but still why enact this farce time and again..
@harsh .. thanks
@ssjsid .. welcome to my blog buddy.. thats y ppl r intelligent :p
@abymittal.. thanks bro.. looking forward for ur revisit
@tina... thanks madam... do drop in again

manorath said...

hey thnx for ur description of sarojini nagar.. i love posts that describe something about cities.. and yeah who cares?? whn there are so many ways to survive, who cares to take the righteous one?

Matty said...

very true..
we infact r the fools..
and not they...

this is the state of every coty my friend..
i live in hyderabad and the case is same here also...

Lena said...

well, in the end everyone wins, dont they? I mean well it is not exactly what we call a market economy and it is not regulated the way it should be. But then the sellers get their money, the customer - the clothes. The authorities by closing their eyes sure get something from that too, isnt it called corruption?
Big brands suffer for sure, but then people who buy imitations are never the ones who would be able to buy the real brand clothes.
So in the end everyone is intelligent ;)

suren said...

@lena... true everyone is intelligent but what about the spectator like me who felt conscious of whats happening around ;) i certainly dont feel too intelligent in overseeing this farce and yet turn blindeye :)

Comfortably Numb said...

yea man true....and a nice description!

Cheers!