Thursday, 7 June 2007

From the Observation deck - Part II

cond. from part I..

6) the countries are so health and hygiene conscious that even the public toilets that appear on the highway were neat and clean . The people had the manners to leave it tidy as well after the use.

Also whatever the litter generated , say of plastic bottles, plastic bags, paper, etc are to be thrown in required and marked bins and the same is followed by people of all ages. We need to learn a lot in this aspect.

7) To curb the plastic use, there were places like malls and markets where they charge you extra for asking a plastic bag to fill the grocery or other buyings.
Here, who cares of the extensive use of plastic for buying grocery to veggies to throwing the litter or food waste anywhere in the plastics because they offer such a convenient way of use and throw and more so there’s no one to bother you where to throw and where not.. we have the freedom to throw the litter where ever we wish to.. and more so there’s no shame in asking for few extra bags as the shop keeper give them away for free..

Did we ever wonder that the food waste thrown in the plastic bags are so fatal that the stray cows and other animals who try to consume the waste food from the plastic bag may die a silent death (if the bag doesn’t give away and the food is consumed with the plastic bag they may harm the poor animals )
.. then we consider our cows as holy and sacred and we don’t allow them to be killed, to be consumed as food .. but where is that sense when we do such horrendous acts and let the stray animals die a silent death .. don’t you think its time we educate ourselves about the side effects of plastics and bring the same in our action..

8) though being health, hygiene and environment conscious, the usage of paper is enormous there , here we don’t have that extravagant use of paper but on the other hand we still lack the sense and the importance of issue like growing more trees or protecting the green cover which we already have.

9) the rain forest in NZ are protected from all sorts of logging and felling of trees and there is an awareness of the law and decency to follow the same religiously..

10) there are separate cycling and walking tracks provided in cities and people love to take that recourse and are not looked down upon if they carry cycle to places of work , unlike here..

11) the oldies, either living independently or with their children, had no shame in working for their living and keeping themselves employed. They were cheerful lots and did what was required to keep their house going, unlike here , where most often once the children grow the expectation to take care of their parents by the society and the parents themselves is huge.. though this is a controversial issue but what I want to share is just that the minimum the expectation level the greater the joy in sharing a relation which goes lifelong and with a lesser friction .. along with the charm of being self sufficient and independent till the last go.. or it appears to me so or rather I would like to think it that way..

….etc etc … list is long and no wonder if I come up with a part three to share my observations on the same ..

All this might look like Dadi ma’s musings but all in all it was a tiny winy effort of sharing my incite , observations and good hopes that I have for our country, to make it in the band wagon of the most cultured, most decent , most cordial , highly clean , neat and tidy etc etc….
Jai Hind..

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