Vantage point

Monday, September 02, 2002

Went for a survey to the city the other day. Lucknow and its people never cease to amaze me. They go about life at their own leisurely pace. Totally unflappable. This was evident when I had to get my questionnaire photocopied. The guy took so long to xerox 30 copies, I almost felt the need to shave again.

I am reading "The Two Towers" by Tolkien. The Ents in it reminded me of the people of Lucknow. Never in a haste, in fact slow enough to be motionless. Their life seems to be governed by the motto "Slow and steady wins the race", and you will find that the tortoise in Aesop's fable (the dude who raced the hare) was originally from Lucknow. If a Puneite like me finds this so irritating, the Bombayites would be developing High BP.