Smokin’ Sundays !
Spotted the above sign board in Langkawis Bird Sanctuary.
There are certain stuffs that I fail to understand. One of which is, why do people smoke even after knowing all the consequences it has to ones own body! All those horrific and gory pictures on the cigarette packs which are supposed to warn them on the effects of smoking, doesn’t seem to serve the purpose, I guess. It is indeed a personal choice to smoke or not, I can totally understand. But then, why do others have to suffer for their sick addiction? Why don’t these selfish creatures smoke in a secluded area and keep the environment clean and yeah, also the lungs of the person standing nearby? And my blood literally boils when I listen to some of these smokers mention about preserving our environment and keeping the earth green. Hypocrites, they all are! They have no right to advocate all that when they themselves are responsible for part of the damage. There is a saying in Malayalam which literally translates to, “First think of mending your own house, then go about reforming the society”!
Two months back, at the airport, I happened to witness a really depressing incident. There was this young couple who was rushing towards the gate to board the flight. The guy suddenly spotted a smoking cabin inside and changed his direction. The girl quietly followed him, and kept turning back to see if the gates would close. The guy, on the other hand, wasn’t worried about the flight and was taking quick puffs from his cigarette as if it was the end of the world. The girl looked helpless and teary eyed and had to wait until he finished his last puff. What an insensitive, selfish pig he is, I felt. He knew they were late for the flight, his wife was standing outside, waiting for him all worried, but he still wanted that last minute fag to kill himself.
There was a similar incident quite recently too. Our office had arranged a launch party at a beach resort and about 12 of us, all guys, were traveling in a mini van. We were already late, but some of the guys insisted the driver to stop on the way to get some cigarettes. I cursed myself for not taking my bike; I just hate stopping midway for such petty things. Their only reason was, “What if we don’t get cigarettes anywhere near the resort?”! But that’s not all. On our way, some of them started smoking from behind even after the driver of the van had warned them not to. The smoke suffocated people sitting in the front but the selfish lot they are weren’t even bothered. The driver gave them one more warning to stop smoking as its against law to smoke while traveling. I could see the driver check through his rear mirror on whats happening at the back. When he reached an empty road, he took the vehicle to a side and said, “We can go after you all finish smoking!” They all threw their cigarettes away; only because we were falling short of time, or else, I am sure, they wouldn’t have bothered making the van wait till they are done with it.
Years ago, I personally had a real bad experience because of one such idiotic smoker. I was traveling in a public transport and was sitting peacefully near a window listening to my walkman. There was this guy seated a few seats in the front, near a window, who kept releasing smoke from his mouth and occasionally tapping the ashes of his burnt cigarette outside. During one of his tapping, the ash flew with the wind and entered my left eye. It was really painful and for about 10 days, I had to roam around with a patch on my left eye. It was horrible!!
All of us have our own addictions, good and bad. It is hard to give away habits, but according to me everything is in the mind. If we really feel there is a need to stop ourselves from doing something, I think we can. And before you chimneys accuse me of taking moral science lectures in my blog, please understand that I really don’t care if you have decided to end your life with these kinda addictions; you invited it yourself. But I seriously wish if some of you out there could be a little more considerate and stop penalizing the rest of the world for your 5 minute happiness in the form of puffs and fags!