Plastic out, cloth in 10/10/2011

Glad that we  Chennaiites  are bidding goodbye to carry  bags, thanks to the environmentalists for creating an awareness about the havoc the synthetic material is causing to the environment. I learnt a lesson the hard way a few months ago  about the necessity of carrying my own cloth bag. This was during my  visit to Hyderabad.  I had bought a number of  door handles and stoppers besides a couple of  chromium plated taps from a hardware shop, paid the bill and waited for the salesman to put them all in a carry bag and hand them over to me. But he did nothing of that sort and  promptly went on to attend to the next customer. When I found all the things lying on the counter even after waiting for a full 15 minutes, I repeated my request for a carry bag, and he vehemently shook his head saying they have stopped giving carry bags, and anyone seen giving or carrying one will be fined. Only then it dawned on me that carry bags were banned in the State. Since I couldn’t carry my purchases  in both my hands I requested him to atleast wrap them up in a paper or put them in a card board box. He reluctantly dished out an oversized   carton  which had lost its shape  but I thought something was better than nothing.

Unlike in our neighbouring State, a ban on carry bags is being introduced in stages because you can still get them for a price depending upon their size. I for one will be very happy to see the day when the carry bags completely disappear from the Chennai scene because of the nuisance and distraction  they create,  by ‘they’ I mean the  people who carry them. If you happen to sit anywhere near these people, be it at a meeting, conference  or a concert, you suddenly hear a rustling noise, loud enough to drown the voice of the speaker or the singer. You realize the owner of the carry bag is digging his hands into it in search of  something which he probably needs urgently. You helplessly watch him though you feel like   snatching  the carry bag from his hands.

n.meera raghavendra rao


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