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Are You Sleeping, Brother John?
Kerala continues to be the state with the highest alcohol consumption
rate. So this old man, well past 60, lying at a sidewalk in the city, in
broad daylight is not something people stop and wince at. It is as
common as a strike, a harthal, a gathering around a tea shop, a street
beggar, or any other image that one might associate the state with.
Then again, this could be a man drowned in the sea of poverty - with no
place to sleep, famished with hunger. That is again, nothing that would
raise a brow. Poverty is yet another image that needs no explanation.
But as this fragile old man lies there unattended, with no one to even
wonder if he is breathing or not, if he has fainted and fell, if he had
an accident, it makes you wonder if getting used to the ways of our
little state meant not caring a hoot about anyone else - unless it is
something to talk or hear ill of.
But knowing our ways, in all likeliness, this man would wake up a couple
of hours later when someone nudges him to clear the place. He would
wake up, stretch his arms wide, yawn loudly and walk away.
Posted By : Cris, On Apr 22, 2010 02:57:33 AM