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The balloon man

Posted 06-26-2011 at 10:48 AM by TheIndependentAquarius
Updated 09-06-2012 at 12:22 AM by TheIndependentAquarius

Went for dinner at a local market today. It is a very busy market
especially on a Sunday night. While having dinner I watched 5 men
lettings off bunches of balloons in the air.
At first I thought they were some fun loving people who were making
pure merry. Went closer, only to find out that those muscular men
had taken over the balloon man's cycle and were letting off all
the balloons tied to it! I watched the balloon man's plight, he was
a thin man watching helplessly the acts of the goons.

I stood there watching the goons and the balloon man helplessly.
Couldn't do anything, they were five. My intervention might have
resulted in me getting slaps or they molesting me.

While returning home the thoughts of people getting murdered in
the daylight, girls getting raped, flashed across my mind.
These incidents are very common in the northern states of India.
Nearly every alternate day we hear these news on the television.
Just because the above mentioned incidents have never happened
before my eyes, I don't feel the pain.

The balloon man's plight is nothing in front of what atrocities
the victims of rape and murder face. Northern India is a dangerous
place to live in. It is the God's grace that I am still safe and
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  1. Old Comment
    Hopefully you can stay that way.

    Do not think that these incidents are isolated to just your area, it is a world wide occurrence, and it is unfortunate that this is the world we must live in.
    Sometimes there are those time where you are powerless, and you know it is something that should be intervened upon, but we do not always have that option. Be it for our own safety or the safety of others (Had you tried to help, Would the ballon man have been any better off?) ... This story was very touching in it's observation, I wish for you to remain safe and secure, and hope you feel no guilt from this, because sometimes we have no say over what happens. Control is an illusion.
    Posted 06-30-2011 at 02:00 AM by Hevithan Hevithan is offline
  2. Old Comment
    Thanks for the soothing comment, Hevithan. I wrote this blog immediately after I returned from the market that day. I was crying literally and thus used this blog to vent down my feelings.

    See, girls are not stone hearted like men
    Posted 07-04-2011 at 01:27 AM by TheIndependentAquarius TheIndependentAquarius is offline
  3. Old Comment

    I think these incidents are more in Northern part of India.Though I live in Central India(Nagpur)and Western Maharashtra (Pune) such incidents do happen here also and most of the times the culprits are taught a good lesson by local people or local business colleagues. I have seen such culprits being beaten by local residents and Police.

    I have heard from my North India Friends that Political Influence is more in Northern Part of India and people vote mostly the "Gundas" (Don) rather than Common Man and this is so, because People say "If you are not Gunda and how will you save us from the other Gundas?"

    Any ways slowly the situation may improve and the common man learns to fight for survival.
    Posted 07-13-2011 at 09:46 AM by prayag_pjs prayag_pjs is offline
  4. Old Comment
    That's very correct! Northern India is totally doomed. People are living here at the mercy of these goons. Southern India is a considerably peaceful place.
    Posted 07-13-2011 at 09:51 AM by TheIndependentAquarius TheIndependentAquarius is offline


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