Sunday, July 14, 2013

Desperate thieves

When my building cleaner entered my room, he was a visibly downcast.
“What happened?”  I asked with genuine concern.
“You will not believe what I say. From early morning I am disturbed,” he said.
“What happened?” I repeated.
“Some rascal has robbed the garbage bin from the footpath,” he replied.
“What?” I shouted in surprise.
There are people who are so desperate that they can even steal a public utility drum.
Similar such freaky thefts flashed in my mind.
Once, the owner of a building in Mumbai surreptitiously carted away the wooden footsteps in his building. He wanted to teach a lesson to his tenants who refused to vacate and in the process literally left them hanging in the air.
Last week, my friend’s office toilet cleaner complained to him that someone had robbed the door knob and cleaning tools from the rest room.
When I met a labourer-friend and admired his bicycle, he replied: “This is the fourth one. Three have been stolen.”
Have I ever lost any possession?
Once I attended a marriage in Chennai. When I returned, my shoes had vanished. I have been hunting for the thief ever since– to thank him.

16 comments:

  1. In my offices, pens are stolen by practically everyone. So, I have stopped using my own pen and use a pen that I "robbed" from the Accounts Department.

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  2. Lol ! Good one.. ! And yes ...people steal. Well dressed educated ones. Happened to my Papa.

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  3. Shoes are perhaps an easy target, because the thief does not have to bend.

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  4. oh yeah people steal all the time.. that door knob thing has happened with me too.. infact our bulb outside the door was also stolen once :D

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  5. Good one! as humorous as ever.

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  6. Aha,you will be surprised.Wall hangings outside apartments in our condo are being stolen regulary

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  7. haha! I know a girl who used to steal little portions (everyday) of sugar, coffee, tissue papers, tiny sauce packets and even saunf (fennel seeds) etc from our college mess..lolzz! and she was totally open and shameless about this ..:P

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  8. ha ha ha!!! Once a relative of mine had lost her sandals in a temple!! She picked a new one - from the temple premises ;-)

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  9. Nice and funny!! :) Everyone has that experience of losing something which got stolen, so easy to connect to this one! :)

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  10. hehe Your blog is one place that always brings smile to my face :). I loved that removing the wooden stairs the best.

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  11. When my friend lost his sandals @ a temple, we scolded that bloody thief for sometime and then took one better pair home!! Life is a Cycle!!
    Hope now everyone can find the whereabouts of their lost items here.

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  12. Removing the wooden staircase is the best!

    I can always be happy here, reading your posts, Ramesh!

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  13. Other than your shoes part of it is believable. Every chennaian wears only those special slippers that they know for sure to lose every other visit to a temple or marriage

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  14. It is good to lose chappals in temple it seems.. all our misfortunes will be lost !?

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  15. the first pair of sandals i lost was in a marriage and after that i hav always worn slippers to huge get-togethers :))

    glad to read your posts again , all happy and all fun!!

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