Ignorance Is Facebook
This picture is my current profile picture on Facebook, and it’s quite rare that I post a profile picture without my face on it. Actually, I think this is the only one which doesn’t. I saw this guy at the bus stop near Town Hall, around Odel and the mosque. He was sitting down smoking a bidi which he would use to relight cigarette butts off the floor and smoke them.
He kept doing this, not looking up at a single passerby, not asking anyone for aadharaya, he didn’t bother. He didn’t pretend as though he needed anyones charity for him to survive, the cigarettes were clearly enough for him. I gave him some money and told him to buy a cigarette with it, he smiled, nodded and put it in his pocket. Later on I saw him sitting on a wheelchair, pulled back, watching the traffic at the junction, in a world of his own. I envied him.
Funny enough the picture managed to put off a FB friend enough for her to take me off her contacts list. I’ll post the exchange over here:
Ignoramus: can u pls change ur profile pic..how sad is that!! we come to FB to forget the reality of the world…sniff sniff..
Me: the old dude had his own way of escaping reality. He sat there smoking a bidi, using it to relight cigarette butts off pavement. later on he sat back near the roundabout at town hall and watched the traffic. he didn’t seem to worried about reality 😛
Ignoramus: may be but I am!!, did’nt u get that the 1st time!!
Me: taking the picture off doesn’t take him off the streets. closing your eyes might help (:
Ignoramus: no taking u off my contacts will..thanks
Me: you’re welcome.
What I found ironic was that her name is Maya.