By Juhi Bansal

Today I’ve decided to rant. So so much! A lot of things have been on my mind for a long time. I know most of you feel the same- it’s a bitter pill- you don’t know when to spit and when to swallow. I totally get you. People around me (well-travelled, well educated, well-read and well-to-do) do the below on a daily basis. Sometimes, I turn a blind eye, after all I’ve picked up enough fights to last a lifetime but sometimes I give in and either speak out or clean after them. Especially if Iy is watching. Or any other kid. After all, they learn from us don’t they?

Ahmedabad has a fun roadside food culture. I love this about the city so much. Food unites people from all strata here. But, throwing wrappers, used bottles, disposable coffee glasses and paper plates on the roadside? Now you will say- But, don’t the serving staff also do it? If I give it to them they are also ultimately going to throw it on the road. Um well, you can get out of the car and take them to the nearest bin. If it’s too hot, carry them back with you and then trash them at home or office. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve seen plastic bottles being thrown out of BMWs and Mercedes. You may be keeping your car clean but the world around you will always be dirty- because of you!

Driving on the wrong side because taking that U-turn is inconvenient and you are running late. Driving without the seat belt on. Driving and texting or talking on the phone. Or the worst, getting toddlers to sit in the passenger seat in the front. These are not just unpleasant habits, they are hazardous- not only to you but others around you.

Leaving your used plates and cutlery on the table in a self-service restaurant, food park or even at home and expecting the staff to carry it for you. It takes a maximum of 5 secs to clear it out yourself. What makes us feel so entitled that we would want someone else to clean after us?

Disparaging someone or someplace on social media. You are the masters of your own mind. You are free to think what you want. But, when you put it out on social media for everyone to read you are unknowingly stirring discussion and thus influencing opinion. Try and restrain yourself from speaking without thinking especially on social media. Remember you can never truly delete your words once they are out on the web.

Respecting Public Property. Leaving the lights and machines on in a community gym or getting your car washed everyday. (you may be using your personal cleaner but water is public goods). 

What are some of your pet peeves? Do you get annoyed with small things around you? Write in and share the pain :).

Also, in other news, breaking some rules yet again. Light colour bottoms are a strict no no specially in a formal setting since they make you look stouter and shorter. Also, pairing two extremely contrasting colours- purple and powder blue!


Top: Singapore

Skirt: Benetton

Shoes: Charles & Keith


Pics: Bhavya Rathore



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  • Reply Dipika Desai June 16, 2017 at 11:36 am

    I don’t like people who waste water by washing their front of the house every day. You can also mop that part if you are that cleanly freak. Damaging public transport seats just because you are getting bored during travel is a big no no.

    • Reply Closet Buddies June 19, 2017 at 10:46 am

      we are in for a very big jolt if we continue wasting water the way we are right now. Thanks for sharing Deepika

  • Reply Mansi SN June 17, 2017 at 5:36 am

    My favourite topics to rant on.. Thanks for addressing them… Pls put them in points too for some ppl.. If possible

    • Reply Juhi Bansal June 19, 2017 at 4:28 am

      I know right! Why don’t you add points in a guest blog 🙂

    • Reply Mansi SN June 19, 2017 at 6:02 am

      Lol.. There might not be enough space in that case.. Hehe

    • Reply Juhi Bansal June 20, 2017 at 8:37 am

      Mansi SN haha we’ll do several parts

  • Reply Hiral June 19, 2017 at 4:19 am

    people kicking street dogs, people treating their pets badly, spitting on the roads and building lifts! The list is never ending

    • Reply Closet Buddies June 19, 2017 at 10:46 am

      Yes Hiral my blood boils too when I see all of this happening

  • Reply Sneha June 19, 2017 at 4:21 am

    Juhiiiii lovely outfit! I can never dream of wearing a white skirt to work! Also, bang on with the “well educated” lot. How is it that they behave when they travel abroad but not in their own country?

    • Reply Closet Buddies June 19, 2017 at 10:47 am

      I know Sneha. Everyone is so well behaved with not throwing trash and not jaywalking. It’s to do with the consequences

  • Reply Dhwani T June 19, 2017 at 4:30 am

    people in my society don’t understand the concept of public goods at all. It is disheartening. Thank you for speaking my mind on this.

    • Reply Closet Buddies June 19, 2017 at 10:48 am

      But rather than losing heart we should speak up about it- educate people- or rather educate kids who can in turn educate their parents

  • Reply Namita Chandra June 19, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    It’s a never ending battle. And been through exactly this angst. But now have learnt to accept that this the way of the world now. May be it’ll change or maybe we’ll doom ourselves as a race ~ either way it’ll be for the better.

    • Reply Juhi Bansal June 20, 2017 at 8:38 am

      that’s my fear as well and while I would have lived my life, Iy would have to live hers in a very different world

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