I was hurrying, my son had an appointment with the ophthalmologist and my husband was arriving any moment to pick us up. I locked the door and went towards the staircase when our Egyptian neighbours said a HI, I allowed them to pass over. Impeccably dressed, perfect make up and a whiff so strong that my nasal passages hitherto blocked due to a cold opened up and gasped for breath.
I followed them downstairs and stood near the main entrance waiting for my husband, when one ladies opened their car and sat. The one on the passenger sat inside the car, then remembered that she had a garbage bag, opened the door and threw it there itself; right in the middle of the door. Before I could recover from the shock, they were gone.
Within moments some cats had attacked the bag and the contents were all lying across.
These ladies must be spending hundreds of Dinars on their clothes,their make up, their perfumes and if I am not wrong on their gym membership, what harm or loss they would have made if they had just put the garbage in the bin just across the road. They would have just burnt of some calories.
In Bahrain as soon as a building gets its electricity and water supplies, the very next thing it gets is a garbage bin. Every morning a worker of the cleaning company sweeps the in lanes while a cleaning truck collects the garbage from these bins in the night. The same truck also sweeps and washes the main roads in the night.
So much is done to keep the city clean and what do the residents do? Throw the garbage wherever they feel like. Homes are kept sparkling while the outsides are littered.
In Mangalore there was a garbage bin just in front of our house. We used to watch people arriving by car, opening u the door and throw their bags, the chances that the bag would land in the bin were minimal. Once when we flagged a car to stop and pointed out that his bag had landed outside, the same person who did not have time to put the bag in the bin, got down from the car to fight with us.
Are we losing our civic sense with the increase in literacy rate?