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I got this pretty interesting email forward today about doable New Year Resolutions. I liked them so much that I had to put them up here. Check it out ……here goes …..

Admit it! We love to bitch about how terrible India is. How terrible our economy is. How we’ll never be able to clean up the gross pollution….. The bitter fact is that we’re always waiting for someone to begin a ‘MASS MOVEMENT’ that would ‘CHANGE INDIA’S ECONOMY, CLEAN UP OUR STREETS AND ERADICATE POVERTY – OVERNIGHT’. Wake up people! That’s never gonna happen.

Forget the MASS MOVEMENT. Why don’t we start a small, tiny, microscopic movement? Just YOU, ME and OUR FRIENDS. Let’s get together and make four small NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONS that we WON’T break.

1. LET’S RESOLVE NOT TO BARGAIN:Don’t we all love to bargain with our local vendor. Cut him/her down a rupee or two? Would we ever try this at a Shopping Mall like Food World? Or at a

Raymonds/Garden showroom? They’re the ones that rip us off BIG TIME! The few extra rupees our local vendor makes off us would go a long way to improve his/her life. That’s where our economic growth begins.

2. LET’S RESOLVE TO PAY OUR LABOURERS A LITTLE MORE:Pretty much the same thing. Quite often we are Paisa wise and Rupee foolish. Paying our servant/dhobi/sewage cleaner a few rupees more will go a long way in ensuring that the so-called ‘lower strata’ of India is given more purchasing power. That is definitely the first step in building up our

economy. It won’t blow a hole in our pockets – trust me.


Of course you’re gonna say that you’re already doing that. Well, think about the many times you’ve tossed a scrap of paper onto the road murmering to yourself, “ in sight..”. Think about the times you tossed a paper/plastic cup out of your car/a bus/a train thinking that one tiny scrap won’t make too much of a difference. Now think about two million people doing the same thing!! It’s a fact that we don’t have enough dustbins in public places. But would it hurt to carry your litter to the nearest dustbin? I’ve done it and it hasn’t hurt one bit.

4. LET’S RESOLVE NOT TO SPIT IN PUBLIC:Sometimes I think this is India’s national sport! Paan, phlegm, just about anything…PTHEW! Onto the street. On the wall. On the door. On the train. In the bus… In fact I had the misfortune of finding myself behind a brand new Mercedes at a signal. Click! The door opened and a cool looking dude popped his head out and spat his true colours onto the road!! Man! Let’s just try and contain it till we reach a wash basin, or find a tissue that would help us dispose of it. I bet we as a Nation will save tons of money on whitewashing alone if this can be done.

This isn’t a big SAVE INDIA MOVEMENT. It’s a ‘LET’S GET REAL’ movement. Follow these four resolutions to start with, pass it on to your friends and I bet that by the end of this year the change will be evident.

If you’re convinced, pass this on to your friends with a personal note. You won’t get bad luck if you don’t, you won’t get a lucky phone call within 5 minutes if you do, but you’ll definitely make a change.