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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tales From The Lift: Do You Live Here?





Some weeks back I was in the building lift, dropping my daughter to school and holding the younger one in my arms. Other than us, there was a young boy in the lift, probably in his late teens, and another lady from the building.

It’s been more than one n half years now that we’ve moved into our new home, but I have still to know everyone in the building. Most times I don’t recognise people. No, I am not yet attributing that to age, but to the fact that while earlier I was chilling with my daughter while I was preggers and not socialising with the new crowd much, at this moment, I am socialising a lot, but with my earlier gang of friends, as I find people in my new building extremely boring. So the truth is I haven’t been mixing much with them yet.

Of late I have been, however, asking people in the lift if they are from my building and if yes, what floor and such.


I already knew the lady in the lift. She is a sweet lady, somewhere close to 50s, and very interested in what goes on in all other places and who’s doing what – the typical you know.

The boy I didn’t know.

So I asked him if he lived in this building or was he visiting? To which he smiled and replied that he lives here, has seen me many times, but given that I never even smiled or acknowledged him, he didn’t talk, thinking I would be offended, or that I am generally not interested.

That got us talking and we had a good laugh. And we both found out that we have a love for talking non-stop. In those few moments the lift took to reach its destination, we talked non-stop and laughed a lot too.

We said our byes and walked on.

And that was when the lady called me.

She was smiling and had such a twinkle in her eyes! And the obvious question – why were you asking him where he lives?

Ha! Haha!



- Debolina Raja Gupta

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And like I always believe in and say:
"Heal the world we live in
Save it for our children" - MJ

 Debolina Raja Gupta