I noticed something yesterday, which kind of saddened me. It was not the first time though I was witnessing such behaviour in public.
We were waiting outside a restaurant for lunch and Sathish was a bit away on the phone. I noticed a middle aged lady with a cute little baby sitting in the waiting area. She looked like a baby sitter. Just then a young lady (baby's mom) came out , told her something and went back inside. Soon we also entered the place and saw that the lady was sitting with her family - husband and parents, and having their lunch. This baby sitter soon came inside and stood at the table (as they were all eating) and given a bottle of milk to feed the child. I was hoping that at some point, they would ask her to eat (may be after they finished). No...that never happened. Once her job with the baby was over, she was sent outside again.
I do not like to pass judgements on people, without understanding the complete picture. It was quite possible that the baby sitter might have had lunch already at home or something like that, but still I thought it was poor behaviour to invite your help inside, make her see what everybody is gorging on and then send them outside again without a morsel to eat.
In this case, this lady was middle aged. Once in Shopper's stop, a loud family had come, with a little girl (may be early teens) to take care of their baby. While the family was stuffing itself, the poor little thing was standing just a little further away, managing the bags of shopping and baby.
I was really furious here and hoped that atleast at some point they would ask the girl to come and share their snacks. No, that again never happened. I was so disgusted with their behaviour.
When it is so easy for people to be urbane (the so called definitions of urban as prescribed by the society), why is it so difficult to be humane ?