Do you know who are going to be your neighbours? I don’t mean your neighbours occupying houses/apartments on either side of your residence but your ‘neighbours’ of an hour or two. They come in all shapes and sizes and you become victim of their habits and mannerisms that you wish they had never chosen to take a seat beside you, be it at a meeting, conference or even at a wedding.
Several times I was caught in a situation that was not of my own making and I couldn’t wriggle out of it in the name of courtesy. This invariably happens when I choose to attend any of the above events alone which means I will have two neighbours sitting on either side making me tense all the time! On one side I have to protect my beautiful sari from the person sitting cross legged with his/her foot ware encroaching into my space and thus transferring all that is beneath it on to my expensive sari, and on the other side I find my neighbour(on the right) in an attempt to catch up with me, talking so animatedly, blissfully unaware that the spit being thrown up in the process is landing on my face. Worse still have been occasions when it landed on my plate while I was in the midst of having lunch/dinner!
n.meera raghavendra rao