Thursday, February 25, 2010

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Love Thy Neighbour 

G.K.Chesterton once said “The Bible tells us to love our neighbours and also to love our enemies; probably because generally they are the same people.” Well it is no secret that there is no love lost between neighbours. The times have changed but this fact has stood the test of time. In my younger days, at least the people pretended to be good neighbours while nowadays even that façade has come crashing down. Neighbours have always been the proverbial thorn that you have to encounter everyday- whether you like it or not.

Talking about neighbours, I am reminded about one thing that was so prevalent in my younger days but is fast disappearing now. It was a practice to offer a bit of special dish that you prepared to your neighbour. If the food prepared in your home was not to your liking you could always hope for your neighbours to bail you out. There were some who had exceptional culinary skills and their offerings were eagerly looked forward to. There were also some who treated their neighbours as guinea pigs to carry our experiments on them. Strange dishes with even stranger names were their forte.

The worst part of this exercise, however, was the tension one underwent to decide what was to be returned in the empty vessels. A considerable amount of thought and energy was wasted to think of an appropriate item commensurate with what was offered in the first place. Apart from this headache, the exchange was a boon for people not so expert in culinary skills. Nowadays this practice is disappearing as fast as the tigers are from the forests in India. Whatever may be the pros and cons of this exercise, it at least helped in maintaining a modicum of congenial atmosphere between neighbours.

Life nowadays is on such a fast track that in big cities people have difficulty remembering their neighbours names. I, for one, would any day prefer the love hate relationship that we had with our neighbours not so long back. It would be apt to quote Benjamin Franklin who said “Love thy neighbour, but don’t pull down your hedge.”

Guest Post By: Deepa Sinha I write to give wings to my creativity.

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