“Be the change you want to see!”

During those good old school days, October 2 used to be a holiday much looked forward to! Gandhi Jayanthi…yay!!

We used to gear up the previous night itself — with little brooms and knives and hatchets and spades and coir baskets. We used to line up on the streets and clear away the grass and papers and plastic. The next day morning, the streets would be NEAT! All this, for those rounds of fresh, cool lime juice and that feeling of “I’m doing something of importance!” And we’d all proudly show it off to our parents and dig out praises from them πŸ˜‰

It was something we kids used to religiously take part in, every year — and yes, boast about it next day in class. “I covered almost the entire stretch of road from House No. xa to House No. xm!! Was I tired!” The significance of the act was never questioned.

Once that age passed us by and we entered high school, it became a headache…but for a few more years, we did it grudgingly. “Oh, what’s the point? Clearing the road once a year makes no sense! We should, instead, focus on the nation’s development. Motivate people, instill confidence in them…and create a new mindset in the youth!”

By the time we were college go-ers, it became a nuisance. “Damn! Clean the road? I can’t even dream of getting caught doing such stuff! I’ll lose my image! Anyway, what does Gandhi Jayanthi have to do with cleaning the road? Might as well light up candles, cut a cake and party!”

Today, in most parts of the nation, people with the school-kid mentality still do it. Only, there is no more grass to be uprooted…no more plastic to be cleared…no more papers to be burnt. And people surely needs bigger and stronger volunteers (people with exceptional will power preferred!), bigger spades, huge sacks and trucks to carry off the ‘cleaned up’ mess — wires; spent bomb shells; a hand here; a head there; some must-have-been body part elsewhere; debris of buildings and shops and vehicles — and a well-trained mind that can filter out emotions. But this time, parents don’t praise. They beg these volunteers to steer clear and stay indoors! πŸ˜€

People with the mentality of the college go-ers think humans are the only grub on earth — and set out with the mission of “cleaning” them off the planet! They make cake-bombs, light it up and have a blast! πŸ˜€ Yey! Party time! And then the Political Party-s start their merry-making. Oh yea…these volunteers do try their best not to get caught doing such stuff!

People with the high school mentality blog about it! So…

Blog the change you want to see… πŸ™‚

21 thoughts on ““Be the change you want to see!”

  1. the only thing i remember about october 2 is cricket..in schooldays we played almost 12 hours in those rubber plantation farms…!!

    then when in college, we always used to despise this day..!! Just because we had to arrange some more money for our booze since it was a ‘dry’ day…!!

    and now, aah..a day, just to lazy around…watching three four flicks on DVD player and sleeping the rest of time…!!


    the end was good..i liked the satirical touch in that last paragraph..!!


  2. We did this cleaning thing only when the NAAC people came to college. Otherwise, I never had a Happy Gandhi Jayanthi at school and during college, we used these kinda holidays to roam around πŸ™‚
    and now, working in this stupid US shift, we arent supposed to take a days off on our Father of Nations BDay. Guess, I should declare holiday myself today and be the change πŸ˜‰ and look out happily for a job change !!!


  3. “They make cake-bombs, light it up and have a blast! Yey! Party time!”-LOL !!

    We were taken to an orphanage from school one year. We gave free notebooks and clothes and stuff there. They didn’t do it the next year. Now, its just another national holiday !


  4. well scorpia i am in the senior secondary school and honestly speaking even as a tiny toddler gandhi jayanti always came as another delightful holiday for me!
    but what i really feel is that you cant bring a change in a fraction of a second. it is an ongoing and continuous process…..”be the change you want to see” an ideology i truly believe in by heart..but i feel just sweeping the roads on just one day to mark the auspiciousness of the event doesn’t seems to do much good…..rather i think you can think of the spinning wheel used by gandhiji…symbolizing dynamism and bring this dynamism from inside..mark my words attitude of people will change ! πŸ™‚


  5. Last week me n my colleague were talking. When she said In Orbit Mall is opening on 1st Oct I was supper excited, then she added on 2nd is a holiday we check it out then.
    Can u guess my reaction?
    I asked whey did we have an off on 2nd. Three heads popped out of neighboring cubicles. And then came a voice which said, “it is the dry day” and I was like oh! it is 2nd oct.

    Am sad to add I was no apologetic.

    But I loved your line “Be The change you want to see” I agree..and nice post.


  6. While reading the first paragraph about cleaning the road, I never thought the post will take such a nasty turn, I am spellbound by the way you wrote it.Amazing.

    Defining 3 mentalitites and then comapring them before and now was really very interstinng.

    The things that need cleaning have changed drastically.

    Your post is nothing but a sad and true post about what India is. 😦

    btw U ROCK.


  7. It is good that you posted this and sent across the thought of India’s plight across. True as you said days of nationalistic spirits and value are not treated the same anymore.


  8. Suppose, just suppose, hypothetically speaking, we were still under the british rule and gandhi were active in this present day and age, trying to get us freedom, would he use a cell phone? πŸ˜€


  9. @Reema
    Lol…that must’ve been the only day most people thought about such a person πŸ˜€
    Thanks! πŸ™‚

    Yea…we never cleaned our rooms, but did this thing religiously!
    Wish ya the same πŸ™‚

    Thanks! πŸ™‚
    And yea…that’s the only thing that’ll work…otherwise, everyone is too busy blaming others πŸ˜€

    Cricket, dry day and lazing around….who’s gandhiji anyways?! πŸ˜€
    Thanks πŸ™‚

    Thanks πŸ™‚
    And well, that’s what happens when kids stop being ‘innocent, cute little things’ πŸ˜‰
    Will drop in soon…

    Hehehe…yea! Be the change!

    “just another national holiday”….how true!! 😐

    @La vida
    Ummm…what? πŸ˜€

    You’re right! But that is exactly the problem…every single day counts…when people think “ah, I cant make a difference” or “just one day doesnt matter”, every single day become such a “just one day”…and the rot keeps setting in πŸ˜€
    Dynamism and spirit seems to be used only in creating riots! πŸ˜€

    Yea…that’s almost everyone’s reaction! I even told me brother 2 weeks back that Gandhi Jayanthi is on Oct 30 πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€
    And hey! “Be the change you want to see in the world” is Gandhiji’s quote!!
    ok… “Blog the change you want to see”…well, can be considered mine πŸ˜‰

    Thanks! (beaming!) πŸ™‚

    Thanks πŸ™‚
    Ditto, lady!

    Ummmm…yea! Reliance brand, I guess πŸ˜€


  10. @Anu
    Thanks πŸ™‚
    Yea…i did something! you study hard…i never did that…had to do something πŸ˜‰
    Ummm..it’s just a modification of the Mahatma’s quote…

    You’re forgiven…i can identify similarities quite soon πŸ˜‰

    Thanks πŸ™‚

    πŸ˜€ yea…except Oct 2, every other day (even now) i wake up as late as possible! πŸ˜‰


  11. Hey

    Nice one.. Well gandhi jayanthi has always been a special day for me as that’s the day I was born.. So more of a reeta jayanthi. Buddies keep pulling my leg claiming that what a total contrast The Mahatma and I….


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