Saturday, September 10, 2005

Dare Devil

The conference hall was filled with almost 100 employees. The Vice President was addressing them. He was on the verge of completing his speech and was ready to answer the questions of employees. After few opened their mouth, there was some uneasy calmness. As if to break the ice, a fresh recruit asked, “Will I be able to appraise my Team Leader and Supervisor?”

More than hundred pairs of eyes watched him. VP could not believe his ears. “What?” he asked. This time the fresh recruit’s voice was clearer. “Will I be able to appraise my Team Leader and Supervisor?”

Ofcourse, VP’s answer was not a history. Some judged this question as foolish one while some thought it as a cheap tactics to get attention. But the merit of that question was appreciated by all later. What ever may be the conclusion or inference, the questioner was a dare devil to put that question in that assembly. But the aftermath effects of that question on him are unknown.

Dare Devils are rare breeds. But leave alone bothering about something which does not affect u directly. Even protesting for something which bothers u much would be viewed with awful eyes. When I happened to travel in a relatively crowded bus, and was annoyed by co traveler’s cheap manners, I gave a commendable punch on his huge belly. I was eyed no less than a Vijay Shanthi, and a lady passenger immediately offered me her seat so that I can travel comfortably.

It is really bad that even a milder version of protest is taken sensitively and overreacted, which warrants harsher reaction from the original protestor. A young man was traveling on his bike and was waiting in the signal. A carwala came near that bike, occupying right hand side of the road. Naturally it irritated everyone, but none chose to open their mouth. But this young man could not keep quite. “Can u please use ur sense and travel on the correct side?”. Hey, a wrong way of saying right thing cannot be taken otherwise. But sadly, it happened there and an autowala had to interfere to set aside the feud between those two.

When the serviceman in the sweet meat shop made that girl waiting, least interested in making few karaa appam, and insisted on her going for someother popular sweet dish, she frowned. “I paid for kaara appam. U made me to wait for 7 minutes. I cannot go for any other shit.” At last she got the hot kara appams.

But is it really advantageous to outburst? Not really. Conscience pricks these dare devils most often. They try to be too honest, right and straight, just because they expect that from others. Containing a stormy ocean with in them, they really run a battle to keep that under control. But what ever may be the after effects, the thrill in demonstrating our courage and victimizing the opponent is wonderful and only those who felt it can acknowledge it. Hence, I salute those dare devils, wishing to become one among them.


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Friday, September 09, 2005 8:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good One!. I too have the same feeling. I've done such things and experienced the same. But I don't feel I am fit to be a perfect Dare Devil.

Sunday, September 11, 2005 10:09:00 PM  
Blogger fieryblaster said...

Saradha, don't tell me that u r a lesser devil. u r underestimating urself :)))

Monday, September 12, 2005 12:44:00 AM  
Blogger Golden Face said...

Hi Vasu,

Once again you have come out with a commendable blog. Very few have the guts to express their annoyance over the suppressions. Either they keep quiet or they try to adjust and live with it due to their own undoing. But once when we react to the wrong doings around us appropriately at the right magnitude we may expect a change in the attitude and behavior of the society as a whole.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005 12:22:00 AM  
Blogger Tantalising Tycoon said...

Hi Vasu,

Good one.. Iliked the line "Dare Devils are rare breeds"... Well you are true to great extent. Well i had a similar situation in Mumbai.. It was around 12:30 PM and i was already late to office...
Well i had to take a taxi and the distance is quite short... So i approached a taxi driver and asked him to take me to my office.. he refused.. i found another one and did the same.. Same Reply... Finally i reached the 6th taxi and put forward my request and he too rejected.. now this made me really angry.. i asked him whether he will take me to delhi... So i think i became a frustrated dare devil.. because i took the risk of picking up a fight with a mumbai taxi wala ,, which is very dangerous... Anyhow.... I have not repeated this....

Tycooonnn.... (Now in Chennai)

Tuesday, September 13, 2005 8:00:00 AM  
Blogger fieryblaster said...

@ swarnamuki: i always admire ur matured way of handling things. one need not be a dare devil always and can think of giving some work to brain.:)

@ pramodh: tycoon in chennai? will have to give red alert to metereological dept.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005 7:33:00 PM  
Blogger Tantalising Tycoon said...

Hi Vasu,

This is non hurting tycoon.. So do not worry :)

Thursday, September 15, 2005 8:54:00 AM  
Blogger Hawkeye said...


good blog! ya! in general there is a category of people who dont mind the audience and just go for what they think is right. I have some uncles who wud shred road-offenders to pieces in public. I certainly think many on the roads deserve such bad treatment.

Well if you stop caring about "what others might think" you will be happy at least venting your frustrations out. All said and done, the ones who get offended by the nonsense that goes on out there are like 1% of the population or even less

Sunday, September 18, 2005 3:09:00 AM  
Blogger fieryblaster said...

@ Bharath: 'stop caring about "what others might think of you"'

those lines of urs are 100% true. when we realize we have more to do than satisfying others, and expecting others nod for acceptance, we save a lot of time for ourselves, leaving us to do something productive.

Sunday, September 18, 2005 8:52:00 AM  
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