She hated going on buses. Where there were no toilets and she would have to sit tight until her destination. She envied the way men relieved themselves in any corner. Not caring for what people thought. Not bothering to hide as they went about their business. How could women act like we never visited a toilet before, she wondered. For, not once did she see a woman get out of the bus to take a leak. On one particular journey however, the pressure on her bladder grew so bad that she went blue in the face. She asked the driver to stop and hurried behind the bushes. And everyone complained that she was delaying the journey.
Such complaints come up even when a man stops the bus midway. Anyways, there is a general perception that men are intolerant, while women are more tolerant.
And then, she served as the bold progressive role model for all the women on the bus, and the bus reached the destination an hour late.
Lots of learnings.
1. Procrastination is the thief of time.
2. Importance of parallel processing
3. Use any available opportunities, even if you dont really need them.
lack of public toilets and men are an interesting combination in India. Sigh!
LOLling at tj's response!
Rage personified! Not just this post. Your entire blog. Rivetting reading, though!
Government should provide public toilets at majority points for women..
I suppose I type faster than I think. :)
I hadn't noticed your AdSense ticker.
Go Go Go, looking fwd to your half-century,,,,QT50.
in fact this was the first thng tht "mtv youth icon" shahrukh khan said he wud like to do for india if he had the power- public toilets for women.
so u hav got an ally!
அன்புள்ள அம்மனி அவர்களுக்கு,
ஏதோ சொல்ல வர்றீங்கன்னு புரியுது.....
ஆனா, என்னன்னு எனக்கு புரியலையே!
அம்பதடிக்க இன்னும் ஒண்ணே ஒண்ணு..!
வாழ்க வளமுடன் +
Long-distance busses can be provided with toilets.
Nice one :-)
if you are enraged, you have every right to. but the funny thing is that we just get angry and when the time comes to react, we just shrug our shoulders and lets go.
great post ammani, and from you we expect nothing less.
Highly inspired by your quick tales, i have published my first one here
Do leave your valubale comments and suggestions on it
Excellent writing ! I look forward to reading your posts. Each post drives home a point deeply !
My first time here and I have nothing different to say than the rest of the others here.
Will come back for more of the short tales full of profundity.
Just an irrelevant rejoinder - A famous Marketing consultant once said if there were more public toilets in India the soft drink sales will shoot up
as usual , good one !
asual nice one.
Wonder how you can churnout kathai just like that, and comments of your readers are also interesting.
BTW ammani, I have tried audio blogging check it out
not connected with this post but connected to a conversation or two we have had: http://www.slate.com/id/2123021/?nav=ais
ahaaa... i travel in the Mumbai trains almost everyday and it takes me atleast 1.5 hrs to travel one way to work... The toilets in the stations are in a pathetic state... and no one seems to care ..
.. the only solution is not to drink water for 5 full hours.. an hr before travel..vera enna seyya
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Even a man would have attracted complaints!
Abt women's hesitation/inability to "relieve" themselves wherever they want...natural constraints - aint it? what can anyone do abt that?!
Just..came across this one ..:)
keep it up
you narrated the problem, faced by women in public places, so neatly.....
I love your tales.
so how come you never comment on the comments?
Wow! I identified TOTALLY with this one! Good job!
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