Friday, January 19, 2007

by Suman Neupane

Gossip, Tea and Hidden Reality
It was the month of January, the weather condition was cool due to which several living structure was facing a harsh momentum. The appearance of massive dews can be seen by every eye’s at the first period of shining moment of the day.
With running time of morning,Ramesh ‘a social worker’ get up from the bed. After having mouth and teeth washed and brushed, he takes a cup of tea prepared by his native, as he was living their in the position of social worker since fifteen day before so he was quiet familiar with common existing system.
He started to walk towards the town which was a kilometer away from the place where he uses to stay. The town was the place to have a gossip among the people of several society, casts creeds and religion. For them morning was the right moment to have a first meet. No any topic used to remain constant for gossip. With the changing moment, the topic of gossip used to change day by day. But usually they use to talk about the social, political and economical aspect. It doesn’t mean they do not talk about other mater; they use to talk about other mater but it seems to be in the rear case even they use to talk about various absurdities.
After having a walk of fifteen minute Ramesh reach the town and started to find out his destination, where he could find the group of people whom he is feted for to have a gossip by the medium of tea ‘sitting at the corner of the hotel. Finally he found the symbol that he is searching.

Hello! Ramesh, how are you? Let’s have a hand check one of his friend shouted from the corner side of hotel which is located at his left hand side. Same process of hand check repeated one among another among the people who are present their and who are well known to him. They odors one more cup of tea and start to have a gossip that they usually use to have.
They all are professional personality, so usually they use to have a talk about several professions. It can be said that there is a collection of people who are engage in several sector. Among them some are social worker, some are businessman, some are politician and some are teacher. But there is still the majority of social worker. So due to its majority, mostly the topic used to be about social mater. Same process repeated hat day also.
While they were having a gossip, the men who seem very old came on the hotel and ask for the cup of tea to he owner. His dress seems to be very dirty which was symbolizing that he was from a very poor family.
Ok! I will provide you after a while ‘the owner replied with hesitative sound.
Among the massive presentation the old man sit separately with gloomy face.
The hotel owner was making the tea for people who came after the old man but he was not showing the sign to provide the cup of tea to the sick old man.
With curious nature Ramesh along with his friend are watching the event that is being going on which move their mater of concentration towards next direction
With the shivery mode because of cold, the old man was waiting for the tea at the next corner of the hotel with solitary nature.
Pointing towards the owner Ramesh shout, why are you not providing the cup of tea to this old man since he is waiting for a long time? Sir he was ‘dalit’ the person of lower cast, owner replied.
The reply seem very hypocritical to Ramesh. He found their still remaining the sign of extreme castism.
The hotel personal bring the cup of tea towards the old man and odors "take and clean the glass" with a rude manner. Ramesh rub his eyes to notify whether he is in dream or not. Finally he found that he is not in the dream.
Is the system of cleaning he glass is for everyone? If so why the before coming personality went without cleaning the glass? He asks to the owner.
With calm manner the owner replied –‘sir, they are not a dalit, i.e. they are the people of higher class but he is dalit so he have to clean the glass.
If we clean his glass what the society will say! Sir? He adds.
Ramesh found Thick absurdity with thin reality in his saying.

It is the system having origin point on past and is still going on. But now we have to stop its continuity. One of his friends sitting with him tells.
Of-course ‘it is old contradiction which is against of true humanism, so we have to pull out its root.’ Ramesh add and move towards the old man.
Grandfather, what is your name?
Ram bahadur sharki, he replied.
What is your profession, grandfather? Ramesh again asked.
At past we use to make the shoes but now a days situation change, instead of ordering us to make the shoes people started to go for a town to have a shoe. So now I use to work as a house builder, but I don’t know up to when it last for? I am hearing, in big towns and cities engineers have started to construct the house. He replied.
Ramesh found the mass of truth in his innocent eyes. The discussion last for a hour.
Ok! Sir, I am getting too let as I have to go for a work. The old man said and started to move towards the place where he could clean the glass.
Ramesh came towards the old man and snatched the cup from old mans hand. With the glass he go in front of the owner who was in the counter and said, if you want to give continuity to your business start o treat equally among all people.
The owners face turns red. He odors his personal to carry the cup.
Ramesh pay the money for old mans tea. And their physical structure became temporarily departed.
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Katmandu Municipality, Bhimeshwor Municipality
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