state of mind

March 10, 2009

roadside chessWhat do you do when you’re bored?  I often think that if I had a job that was mostly sitting around and waiting, I’d read. Most of our nation is illiterate, though, I know and everytime I see a cabbie or a watchman reading a paper, I get really happy. One recent afternoon, Aalaap and I were wandering around Dadar waiting for a bike to be assembled for purchase when I decided I wanted a nariyaal pani or something cool to drink. We found only mausambi juice and across us, I noticed the rest of the vendors – the banana seller included, had a game of chess going on. Attaboys! 🙂


14 Responses to “state of mind”

  1. Ankit says:

    Cool.Not sure Chess s a rather intelluctual choice than Playing cards that I have generally noticed ppl engagin in.India is arriving and doin it everyday.Long Live India

  2. Rahul says:

    Nice 🙂

  3. Gopal Sea says:

    He he he. I’ve played for university and I know guys, barely literate and equipped with spades working on farms for a living, play chess better than me. I’m not that bad either.

  4. Yes! Seeing people here do such little things does make me happy too…Just today, I was coming back from my college in Navi Mumbai by a local…not many people during the noon in the first class…A small kid returning from school..seemed from grade 5-6 something…he started switching off fans as there was no one nearby to enjoy the coolness!! Its a little thing I know but I appreciate his sensitivity….

  5. xanindia says:

    This is the usual unwinding scheme of locals. This is a great way to mingle and reach out to your friends…as well as spend the time mind boggling with the games played.

  6. Bhoga says:

    Nice post. Is ‘state of mind’ an appropriate title ?

  7. Rahul says:

    That’s very true!!! Sometimes even I feel these people are happily enjoying their lives…. Just imagine a nice evening, at a corner with friends & a cup of tea…doesnt matter even if we r not playing anything but jst chatting….Huh!!! but we guys have no time from our tight schedules 🙁

  8. Deepa says:

    Hi am a moderator for a flickr group called Mumbai Weekend Shoot . I would like to invite you joins us here

  9. Anwin says:

    Hi Chhavi, was wondering if you are aware of the Delhi NCR IndiBlogger Meet 2009 scheduled for the 4th of April. Would be great if you can make it and blog about the event too.

    Please send in your ideas for the agenda in the comments section.

    RSVP –


  10. smriti says:

    chhavi, may you never cease to see the extraordinary in the ordinary! love it!

  11. Aakash says:

    It’s obvious you have put forward a great deal of creativity in terms of text and pictures on your blog. I love your style of seeing the events around you and create a simple yet interesting post out of it.

    I would rather say that most of the people in our country are educated but several of them are not doing the work up to their knowledge. Certainly this is population overflow which succeed the opportunities created.

    Overall enjoyed!

  12. Pravs J says:

    Intellectuals amongst commons!

  13. Prikshit says:

    ‘Most’ people in our country are not illiterate.

  14. chhavi says:

    @Aakash 🙂 Thank you!
    @Pravs J – indeed 🙂

    @Prikshit I stand corrected. You’re right. This from the wikipedia citing a primary source:
    In his essay on Social Infrastructure As Important As Physical Infrastructure published in India Development Report 2002, Kirit S. Parikh had pointed out, “With a literacy rate of 65, we have 296 million illiterates, age seven years and above, as per the 2001 census. The number of illiterates today exceeds the population of the country of around 270 million at Independence, age seven and above.” The largest segment of the world’s illiterates is in India.

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