Just call them by their name, not 'names'

madathil mhanian By madathil mhanian, 13th Oct 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Most of the time, the sanitation worker is addressed by the variants of garbage in the local language. See the difference when people respect them also as fellow human beings when they are given little more care and concern, just calling them by their names, not 'names'.

Just call them by their name, not 'names'

If your neighborhood is clean (though not spick and span, at least clean), it is all because of the work done by the panchayat, municipal or the corporation authority. Not, the official, mind you, by the sanitation workers. From early morning to late evening they toil around to keep the city to ensure that there is no stench, though they are in the thick and thin of it. They move around with the garbage truck through alleys, streets, ‘nagars’, ‘colony’s, to pick up what all of us have dumped from the last pick-up time till they arrive next. Despite doing a great job, what most of the people address them is not by their name, but the local name for garbage. This is stenchier than the smell that emits from the garbage dumps.
They are doing a job which all others are not willing to do. From the withered leaves to the old worn-out bed, they pick up from the street, garbage bin and see that we can walk around our neighborhood without wrinkling our nose. Yet they are addressed not by their name, what a pity? He or she has a name. One Sunday is enough (which is their weekly-off day) to understand the importance of their job. And if they are not there for one more day, then it is all the more trouble.
So next time, when the neighborhood garbage man/woman arrives for collecting what you want to do away with, before tossing the plastic bag (it is easy to fill it and dispose, you know) give a good smile of yours and ask for the name. I am sure there will be surprise and an expression of disbelief in the face of the person, because that happens only on rare occasions on their job. And a day after that, you will see the same expression of disbelief when you call them by their name. But believe me he/she will be grateful for you for the respect for treating a fellow being as a human. Your neighborhood will be a tad cleaner than usual day. Tell your neighbor also to do the same and if this spreads in the ‘colony’ or the ‘nagar’ that is what is called the real CHANGE. YES, just call them by their name, not “names”


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from Coimbatore, worked as a Zonal Sales Manager for a Pharma company. At present earns as a Freelance Trainer for Pharma companies.

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author avatar C.D. Moore
13th Oct 2014 (#)

Yes. recognizing our common humanity is very important!

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author avatar Rajani venu
28th Oct 2014 (#)

Well said..... Madathil...thank you for the same...many times I have heard but dint have the courage to express....now will do....

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