When I emerged from my house for my morning walk the other day, I noticed three women sweeping the portion of the common lane that was in front of their house. To my surprise the driver of my neighbour who trebled up as a sweeper/cleaner and electrician was nowhere to be found. I learnt subsequently that he was dismissed from work after being caught pilfering fuel from the tank. The news came as no surprise because I had previously heard my other neighbours complaining to me about him on different issues.The complaints were not confined to him alone but also to his 11 year old errant son who in the process of running errands for them stole their expensive mobile phones and money and denied when confronted.
My memory went back to the year when a burly man of medium height, dressed in trousers and a full sleeved shirt tucked in walked into my house and introduced himself as the newly appointed car driver of our next door neighbour. His son was in tow holding a box of chocolates. The innocent looking boy opened the box and shyly stretched it towards me saying it was his 9th.birthday. I greeted him and gave a gift of a pencil box. Ever since then he would accompany his father whenever he was called to attend to minor repairs in all our houses. The father would proudly claim that he worked in the Gulf during his younger days learning different skills and wanted his son also to emulate him.
I thank my stars for not losing anything valuable as my neighbours did but now I am in search of someone who would sweep my portion of our private lane!
n.meera raghavendra rao