Living here cannot be defined in a few words . You would be shocked(maybe) and amazed(definitely!)when you read more about my crazy neighborhood!
.Just recently, one of my neighbors had collected some garbage outside their house to burn. Well, what shocked me was how they did it. This lady collected all the garbage, came over to our newly constructed ramp, threw it over there and set it on fire!! I think, while trying to keep their house clean, these type of people just loose the respect we have for them.
And the other day, one of the families here had a wedding function at their home and hence music was blaring since 6 pm. The irony was that I had my exam the very next day. But I took it sportingly. I did not complain or crib. I simply focused on my work. And guess what? the peppy dance numbers these guys were playing out loud later proved to be really energizing and refreshing for my tired mind.That was beacause, I was dancing to the rocking tunes in my study breaks! 😛
And did I tell you about the neighbor who loved non vegetarian snacks along with his drinks late night? How do we know his inside stories, you may ask. Well, this tipsy used to give our address to the restaurant owner every time he used to order. So whenever our bell used to ring around mid-night, we always knew who it was.
Now, enough of the cons. Living in a chirpy neighborhood can be a lot of fun as well.
Its awesome when we all celebrate festivals together. Take Lohri, for example( a festival we celebrate to commemorate the passing of the winter solstice. It denotes the end of coolest days of January here. This festival is also associated with harvest of Rabi crops) All contribute towards traditional snacks and of course the firewood. And then we all sit together around a bonfire and spend hours chatting, dancing and singing.
I can’t imagine living without these people who make the concrete lane come alive. You can always see a group of ‘old aunties’ sitting in a circle, chatting and enjoying under the warmth of the sun. Along with them arrives a whole bunch of kids,noisy and bubbling with life and hence starts all the fun and frolic. One in a while, a little one would come to his grandma and complain that the other children wouldn’t play the game he suggested. Or how the bully is overpowering him.The ladies would then all collaborate and solve the little ones’ playing woes.And after this cute little brigade gets tired, it would invade our home in search of water.
And in between these kiddos,don’t you underestimate the power of the ‘Neighborhood Aunties’.They are no less than reel life detectives. They notice all your moves from behind those thick glasses. They know when you came out and at what time you went back in & who was that mysterious girl who came to meet you.These eyes know it all.
But whatever it might be like, I love living in this chirpy and vibrant neighborhood with all its glitches , detective aunties , noisy children and their pet cum street dog who never leaves a chance to enter the house the moment you open the gate to get in. 🙂