Not my fault – Nandi hill

[Sort of continuing the theme of “get what you pay for] Enter Nandi hills. A popular weekend getaway. Nice views? You nod in agreement.


Okay, the place is a little crowded. So you blame others, “can’t they all go some place else?”.


No place to park your car. You go, “this stupid Gowda government, why cant they build more parking space?”.


But when you prefer lush green lawns over nice dustbins to dump your plastic and trash, who do you blame? Your terrible aim?


Now, don’t blame the monkeys. These bins are animal-safe. And don’t even say these bins were full, pictures have the truth.

Doing our bit – that is something we countrymen are not good at. But if “blame game” were to be an Olympic sport, we would win diamond medals there.


16 Responses

  1. Totally agree, we aren’t into doing our bit. I used to take plastic, paper back home to put it in the bin and my friends used to mock me.Their rationale, everybody throws stuff around, the BMP will sweep and clean it in the morning. No matter how much I used to tell them, it didn’t make a difference to them.

    But I think things are changing slowly and people are becoming more aware. I went to Thadiyandamol in Coorg last weekend, and I saw the trekkers take back all their waste with them. And the place was not that littered. But as a nation we seem lack respect for public property, even private property as long as it isn’t ours.

  2. Doing our bit – that is something we countrymen are not good at. But if “blame game” were to be an Olympic sport, we would win diamond medals there.

    Could not agree more…everyone wants to sit on the fence and criticize.

  3. Haven’t been to Nandi in a long time…someone told me its gone downhill.. your pictures prove it..

  4. Silkboard > Are there ‘enough’ and easily accessible(locatable) dustbins in that place?

    If yes – i would agree in toto.

    But my experience at many many places have been that – a few token dustbins are usually placed – and never enough and easily locatable ones. Many (Not all) Indian Railway Stations are great example of this.

    And my experience has actually been that wherever dustbins are easily locatable, people do tend to use them. If for no other reason – simply out of shame (others are using it).

    If that were not the case – these same set of ‘us’ wouldn’t behave totally differently when ‘abroad’.

  5. SB,
    Have been regulary reading ur posts. I just wanted to ask one thing to you and all those readers of your blog:
    Hey, If i stood for the elections would you guys vote for me. I am saying this bcoz i strongly feel that i could make a difference by being part of the decision making.
    (I know many would start off telling that, ah! one more die hard Indian. But still)

  6. Dear Shiv,

    This is Parvati. I was looking for you among Himalyas, and you are here on this blog, trying to stand for elections?

    If you want, stand up, don’t ask. Else Sit Down.


  7. Shiv,

    Better try your chance. No voter will tell the truth.

    BTW, we have seen many many people who tried politics and returned with a head down( that means you arent made for cheating).

    It does not matter for 1 good guy among 9 baddies…. We need atleast 4 goodies for 6 baddies i suppose.

  8. Media highlighting people’s lack of civic sense (what is that – any relation to civics that was studied in school? *scratch head* ;-) ) similar to publishing govt.’s shortcomings might help. Eg: Pictures of overflowing dustbins (govt. apathy) alongside people (discus) throwing their trash from 50 ft away when the dustbin is empty; highlighting roads being dug up the day after they are laid along with pedestrians behaving worse than animals (I have personally had “walking/running” people (crossing the road) crash into me/my vehicle when I drove my two-wheeler! Atleast with animals you can kind of predict what they might/might not do); haphazard stones on footpath and people urinating (like dogs?) on any compound walls etc.

    Reminds me of an article about a locality in Bangalore. The houses in this locality used to get flooded each time it rained. Residents complained to authorities, nothing happened and the indignant and self-righteous residents decided to solve the problem themselves. They found the problem was caused by (hold your breath) the same residents dumping construction debris in stormwater drains and drains being clogged. Surprise! :-)

  9. @ Roshan – I too notice that on a few occasions, younger urban folks do display better civic sense.

    @ OI, Vijay – overall, it is still a nice place. Bit crowded on holidays and weekends, but not bad.

    @ Apun KD – “adequate number of bins” isn’t relevant here. Cant you see that someone dumped trash right next to the bin? The guy in the last pic is a case of bad aim – stuff landed behind the blue bin. And what was he doing once done with his aim-game? Look closely at the pic and guess.

    @ Shiv – You may end up making more money by getting into politics. But if you want to make a difference, I firmly believe that you can do that better from outside the political theater. Politics will bring you lots of unwanted ‘public’ compulsions, plus you will have more bad company than good. Avoid all that. If you have time and money handy, Use RTI, do some research and file PILs. Really.

    @ N – Agree with you. If you read Freakonomics, remember that bit about Klu Klux Klan? While that anecdote did sound bit far-fetched to me, if our media started poking fun at these guys with bad aims, and those drivers who make you want those traffic gadgets (referring to a prev post here) – that could definitely make a difference. Social perception matters, and film/tv/print media are the best tools to create them.

  10. Inspite of the need for better civic sense – token dustbins are as stupid – as people using them as target practice!! The former requires more improvement actually.

    Try locating a dustbin on most major walkways in your city – and let everyone know the findings. A little diligence on part of govt. is also called for – if people are not doing things on their own – they need to be coerced into doing that.

  11. We can fight about this for ever AKD. I believe in ‘us’ first and then ‘them’. The ‘them’ here, so called netas and babus – are born from ‘us’. No wonder they carry over the bad traits of ‘us’. Can’t expect ‘them’ to become magically good and efficient overnight, not until ‘us’ gets fixed.


  12. Don’t expect a railway line to be built by ‘us’. It is indeed ‘their’ job. Putting a little sense into ‘us’ and ‘them’ will be good – instead of constantly crying over ‘us’.

  13. ‘them’ are not part of ‘us’ ? Really!!
    Shiv beware!

  14. […] Silkboard has a succinct post, with very relevant pictures, about “doing our bit”. Posted by shruthi […]

  15. Good post! We Indians always blame others for our own mistakes and always we give excuses. If dust bin is overflowing why don’t the guy/gal who took the above photograph take some initiative and put those trash into dust bin??? What prevented him from doing it?? I know-EGO..

    For things to change only FINE is solution! Whoever throws trash, fine them huge fine…like 5000 rupees..


  16. NRI bhai, good one, you floored me with that. But ego or no ego, I am not into Gandhigiri yet – no picking up trash for these offenders, not yet.

    You have a better shot at becoming Gandhi though. Mahatma returned from South Africa, you can return from Singapore and start a cleanliness movement :)

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