Fear of spectacles?

Never believed more in the statement that history repeats itself till the time my elder daughter resisted using spectacles.  
I
was around 14 years old when I was hit on my left eye with a stone by
someone in school. Post the medical treatment doctor had advised me to
wear spectacles only for my left eye. My right eye was normal. My
parents had insisted hard to ensure that I wore spectacles always. But
the reality is that I was never true to them nor to myself.
 
Key
reason for not being true was that I was very shy both in my childhood
and in my teens. I symbolized an average student who is low on self
confidence highly conscious about his looks. Exactly the same is my
elder daughter, Jassica today.  She mirrors my looks and personality.
How can this be possible? Quite surprising! 
 
While
we (my wife and I) came to know two years back, sometime in early 2008,
that Jassica needed to start using spectacles to cure her  illness
immediately, we were not tough on her to get to wear them regularly to
school and at home. Back in year 2008, we were over protective and
parents of single child and hence not strict enough on Jassica to wear
spectacles regularly. This may have been the reason.
 
Finally,
first week of October of 2010 when we had almost wasted all those
critical years (early years) of getting her eye cured, we decided to be
very strict and uncompromising. Strict, because persuasion, as it failed
in my case, had failed with Jassica. In Jassica’s case there was a
great support from her teachers as well when she was in  Mumbai, to
ensure that she got accustomed to wearing spectacles. I recall, cake was
cut to celebrate the occasion of Jassica being ”a special child to
wear spectacles”. I am appreciative of the effort on part of all those
teachers. Really, greatful for the effort since it was much more than
what we can get from professionals in today’s world. A true testimony to
the tradition of teacher being a ‘Guru’ in Indian culture.
 
Jassica
was getting ready for school, morning of Oct. 29 2010, when I happened
to over hear her hesitation of not intending to go to school. I woke-up
and ended ‘preaching’ her, as usual. Gradually, I shifted the discussion
to make it more exciting and make her laugh on some of the past
instances when we as a kid did not wear spectacles and often use to fail
to recognize friends as to who they were. I think that effort on our
part, despite of it being untrue, finally has helped her overcome all
the barriers in her perception as to not wear spectacles.  Reason, she
calls me in office to state “Papa I had my glasses on for the whole
day.”
 
Is it true that a lie for benefit of others is far more rewarding  than being true always?

Good bye Blueline

Even when I was not a resident of Delhi, I had been hearing about the mess that “Blueline” buses- private transport operators appointed by Delhi’s state government- create on roads of Delhi.

Key attributes that explain “Blueline” buses:
a) The coloured strip on the exterior of the buses is actually ‘green’ in colour. May have changed post conversion of the buses to CNG fuel.

b) Unhygienic interiors. Dirty seats with no seat or torn seat covers.
c) Limited support bars for passengers. This coupled with the breaking style of driver is a torture worse than 3rd degree torture that a criminal may face in jail.
d) Halts at all traffic signals in the city. This is peculiar to them. Whether the signal is ‘green’ or not for them the passenger is supreme. If he says ‘Stop’, driver wilfully obliges. Bus stops do exist but it seems they are meant to be used discreetly, as if stopping at them will wake somebody from a deep sleep.
e) As a passenger you need not worry to walk upto a designated bus stop. Just reach side of the road side and raise a hand on seeing a Blueline bus. They will ensure that they stop just next to you.

Today, when I read in newspapers that all Blueline drivers had approached the Delhi government pleading to take back its decision of not extending the permits to their employers, I am appreciative of the boldness on part of government.
As Delhites we are far better off with less no of buses than made to travel on Blueline buses.

Good-bye Blueline.