I recently had the chance to visit Melody Food Park to get myself some Iftar stuff. I usually don’t buy stuff off make shift shops because of the hygiene conditions and all the “efforts” that go into preparing the meals. However, as I had no other option that day so I decided to risk it and reduce the damage by avoiding any street side shops. I saw some fruit on a fruit stall but all my enthusiasm to buy stuff from the vendor evaporated when I saw a dead rat lying a few yards away squat in the middle of the pathway. People were so callous about it that most of them did not even notice or bothered to take notice. One guy stepped on the rodent and I had to bring it to his attention that sir you just stepped on a dead animal with your slippers and have dragged it along with you over a few feet. Flies on rats were joyfully changing positions with the pakoras, samosas, and all the fruit on the stalls nearby. I talked to one of the shopkeepers that there is a dead rat lying right in front of your shop and are you going to do anything about it? Needless to say he gave my rant a cold shoulder, so I had to ask for a couple of plastic bags which I wore on my hands and removed the dead rodent from the spot myself.
Case in point, have we become so casual to hygiene and cleanliness as a nation that we don’t even bother removing dead animals from places where food is being sold or cooked? Are we so callous that we see filth in front of our eyes and choose to ignore it? I guess our minds have gone rotten just like everything else that’s found on our streets…I guess our nation has become so used to seeing gore and apathy that we don’t really care about health, well being and hygiene anymore. Small episodes like this just go on to demonstrate our outlook towards quality of life. Next time you go on the road and buy stuff off street vendors, do take a look around….just to be sure.