Listening, Looking, Ignoring

I’ve been a spectator for a while now.

I watched silently, Krishna in tow, when a bunch of classmates decided to take a peek into the girls dressing room on a trip to Bangalore. And listened to their stories – much exaggerated, much embellished – afterwards, and wondered for a second if Krishna and I had missed out on something. Later, guilt.

I expressed a bit of disbelief and not much more when I heard that some of the guys that I studied with worked. Where working means getting off standing behind a girl in a crowded bus. Really getting off.

I’ve seen a lot. In buses and movie theaters, upscale malls and vegetable markets. From catcalls to breathing down the neck, from elbowing a fellow passenger to things a bit more than elbowing. Everytime, a silent “What the…” and I’ve moved on. Sometimes, not even that.

And for the last week, I’ve watched an incredible lineup of posts for the Blank Noise Blogathon, and stayed silent myself.

Until now, until this post. In the hope that something’ll come out of it all.

Tag: blog-a-thon 2006

6 thoughts on “Listening, Looking, Ignoring”

  1. true dude…and like someone else said, men have to also make an effort to stop harrasment of women…..just make that small effort to help out a woman being harrassed….

  2. Atleast you’ve noticed it and hopefully this will make a difference to a future generation. Hopefully.

  3. Bloggers don’t belong to what category?? Gropers are anyone from affluent businessmen to vegetable vendors…they appear in expensive cars just as they do in crowded local trains…so what category are we talking about?

    Yes even I have heard about all this, not yet seen it live but after Blank Noise, it startles me as to how rampant this problem is.

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