Signs of our times


Here’s a sign that says “PLEASE DO NOT SPIT / THROW GARBAGE / USE DUSTBIN”. To leverage that you have religious pictures nearby that almost dare you to defy.

I have seen this trend at many places in Bangalore where, as a final measure, you have religious props that hopefully get people hold back that instinctive urge to “do the ugh-ly” at corners and staircase landings.

I’m in the communications business and often wonder, if I would resort to religion to make something work. But I see the note of despair in the measure. And I realize that it’s probably the last straw.

A friend of mine has an interesting take on this. “You can train a dog not to pee on the nearest lamp post, but you can’t do anything about the paan chewer who wants to clear a lot more than his throat.”

You’ll find this sign at Shrungar Shopping Centre on MG Road. (One of the staircases that takes you to the first floor.)

3 Comments so far

  1. Deepa Mohan (unregistered) on August 20th, 2007 @ 12:36 am

    Good post! Well, if people have no civic sense, I suppose that any means of maintaining hygiene will do..unfortunately, in Chennai, I have increasingly seen street corners with such pictures on them still being defiled…

    How sad, that in some other countries, signs that say “do not spit” are in Indian languages…says something not very complimentary about us!

  2. Ravi (unregistered) on August 20th, 2007 @ 11:09 am

    What a sad state of affairs. There is really no stopping this peculiar tendency of Indians to defile the environment, it seems. I have seen this even in Little India in Singapore.

    Nice post, Sharath!

  3. Ajay (unregistered) on August 20th, 2007 @ 9:13 pm

    Desperate it may look… but I would prefer many such religious symbols all over Bangalore rather than seeing all the filth that we seem to callously throw around.

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