We, the people

Ajmal Khan Park (in very low light through a bad camera)

Lately, I have been going to a nearby park for running *shows off the fit body by words because truth is always bitter* and the random faces doing random things are now becoming familiar. It is amusing to notice that everyday almost the same set of people are in the park at a particular time who identify each other by the way they ignore each other.

There are some who are sleepy, others who are creepy and yet others weepy. Here, I will be sharing some of the interesting characters that probably could be found in a park near you.

1. There is this Sikh couple. Every morning, they can be seen brisk walking and talking to each other. I am so used to listen brief excerpts from their conversations that sometimes I hear the lady’s shrill voice in my nightmares which makes it impossible to sleep. The interesting part is I have never seen the lips of the husband move a bit. It seems that he is walking as fast as possible to get a moment away from his wife and her voice but as nature had it, sound always travels faster than husband.

2. Moving past them, I see an athlete who looksΒ as if he’ll die if he moves ONEΒ more step. But as soon as he spots a girl nearby, the testosterone takes the better of adrenaline and from Stephen Hawking, he transforms into Usain Bolt. That is how chemistry could have been taught in schools : “The electron goes from low energy state to excited state as soon as it encounters vibrant radiations” ❀

3. As I continue to move in the direction opposite to all of them, I spot the inspiration behind that temporary Usain Bolt. The two lovely ladies in black tracksuits lost in the music from their black earphones and holding black cellphones in their hands. I am sure if I had seen them without my spectacles on, they would have appeared the Black Beauty moving sideways.

4. Before I share the next group of people, I want to mention that I love old people. Especially the ones following me and reading this. πŸ˜€
So there they are – atleast 15 men with white hair and white Kurtas-pyjamas,Β laughing. Laughing on what? Nothing. They follow laughter therapy. I, too tried it with them once. What starts from an awkward and fake ha-ha-ha, transforms to a hearty laugh only by seeing other awkward faces. The scene becomes all the more funny when a couple of them starts pointing at each other and clapping violently along with the laughing. Just imagine more than a dozen people laughing uncontrollably at each other for no reason at all. Insanity is fun!

5. Just a few yards forward, I see a group of women (probably the wives of those laughing Buddhas) bitching about their son-in-laws and daughter-in-laws as if a competition is going on and the winner is the one who has raised the worst children.

Now since I am unable to think of a line to conclude this, I will now wait to know about more peculiar characters that you see in a park or anywhere else which unfortunately do not come to this park πŸ˜€

73 thoughts on “We, the people

  1. Kritika Vashist June 18, 2015 / 4:09 pm

    When did you become this awesome? πŸ˜€
    Loved reading this. Your wits, sarcasm, made it more interesting!

    Just like you, I, too have encountered such species. Creepy guys who waits at the same spot waiting for you complete the round of the park! You missed that or maybe you are not good enough for them πŸ˜€
    Sardar jis – Check
    Laughing aunties and uncles- Check
    Bitching ladies- Check
    Guys in disguise of an athlete- Check

    I have seen people who run less, but dress more, you get my point?

    Such a refreshing post. I wish you luck for your turning a bitter truth into a sweet reality. Cheers! πŸ˜€

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    • Prateek Kohli June 18, 2015 / 4:18 pm

      Haha I thank God I am not good enough for them! But yes, now I realize there are people just sitting! How much free time does it take to go and sit under a tree and do bird-watching (this is the phrase that was used for stalking by my maths teacher in school). Creepy indeed!
      And yes! A wrist band, a head band and Nike kit is necessary to run a round of 600 metres πŸ˜€ I get your point!
      Thank you πŸ˜€

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  2. preetixd June 18, 2015 / 4:15 pm

    HAHAHAHA! πŸ˜› You know what, I was planning to write the exact same thing since a month or so, when I started walking in the nearby jogging track, but never actually penned it down. Loved this post.

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    • Prateek Kohli June 18, 2015 / 4:20 pm

      Hehe I won’t charge you of plagiarism if you do so. I am sure your views would be much more elaborate (and deadly) than mine πŸ˜€
      Thank you for appreciating πŸ˜€

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      • preetixd June 18, 2015 / 4:27 pm

        Hahaha! I doubt so, among us, you’re the one loaded with a lot of wit and humor :p I salute you! After a long day, this post actually made me laugh! πŸ˜€
        P.s Even I love those old uncles who practice the laughing mediation, I tried it once in the Osho meditation camp and it felt so amazing and lively! .

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      • Prateek Kohli June 18, 2015 / 6:02 pm

        Haha! It is indeed amazing. Reminds me of Dr. J. Asthana πŸ˜›

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      • preetixd June 19, 2015 / 6:49 am

        Hahahahaha! πŸ˜›

        My surname is Asthana, he made me the talk of my school :p

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      • preetixd June 19, 2015 / 8:23 pm

        Mammuu, dean, Dr.Asthana and what not. πŸ˜›

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      • Prateek Kohli June 19, 2015 / 8:27 pm

        I can understand. And I will surely use this when needed πŸ˜›
        For now, wish you a lovely night πŸ™‚

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  3. Shreya Khandelwal June 18, 2015 / 5:04 pm

    Prateek! Man, you are amazing. I kept laughing almost throughout the post. A sheer brilliance of wits, sarcasm, funniness and honesty.
    “everyday almost the same set of people are in the park at a particular time who identify each other by the way they ignore each other” So true. I have often wondered why we Indians can’t embrace the culture of politely smiling at each other ( instead of ignoring each other in a manner of judgement) like the people in many other countries.
    “The electron goes from low energy state to excited state as soon as it encounters vibrant radiations” Haha, What an analogy!
    An awesome post, Prateek. Hats off!

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    • Prateek Kohli June 18, 2015 / 6:17 pm

      It is such a relief after posting something funny when someone says they laughed throughout it! Thank you, Shreya. Thank you so very much πŸ™‚
      And I too thought about the absence of the culture of smiling at strangers in India a few times. I find it difficult to do so because I am probably scared of how others would take it :/
      We are a group of unpredictable people and care too much about our ‘image’. πŸ˜€

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      • Shreya Khandelwal July 2, 2015 / 12:59 pm

        Haha, yeah we care too much about ‘what will others think?”
        And yeah, if you smile here, people tune into a cynical mode and start think what does he want from me? Why is he smiling at me? πŸ˜›
        PS: Sorry for the super delayed response. Was very busy with some critical work, and simultaneously my laptop decided to take catch up on its long lost sleep, and I was left in the lurch. Finally, its up and running. Got to catch up on a lot of stuff now. πŸ™‚


  4. Beth June 18, 2015 / 6:07 pm

    Hahahaha:0)). I find the public walking path entertaining too. Thanks for the shout-out to us oldies:0)). I think they do that laughing therapy in China too, and in Spain, in one of the small towns along the Camino, they gather to sing a few songs together before dispersing for their days.

    More funny characterizations, please:0)).

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    • Prateek Kohli June 18, 2015 / 6:41 pm

      Hehe! Thank you so much, ma’am. πŸ˜€
      And I think it is a great way to start the day energetically with the trees, breathing in clean air before inhaling the pollution of the city again πŸ™‚
      Also, you can’t be called old with a heart so young πŸ˜‰
      Thank you for sharing the lovely information. πŸ™‚

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  5. story teller June 18, 2015 / 6:44 pm

    Haha πŸ˜€ that sikh couple thing was hilarious, maybe you need to find some inspiration too (ahem!) πŸ˜› πŸ˜€

    And you probably should have been my physics/chemistry teacher, I cried through that nonsense for two entire years!

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    • Prateek Kohli June 18, 2015 / 6:52 pm

      Haha I get enough inspiration from the dogs chilling out in the middle of the track πŸ˜› *Pass them as soon as possible without looking anxious*
      And thank you for the amazing compliment, but then probably we would have been missed the making of a great auditor πŸ˜›

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      • story teller June 18, 2015 / 6:58 pm

        Haha πŸ˜€ Nazar ghumao, pace badhao! πŸ˜€
        Seriously? Anxious cause of the dogs?! Take a packet of parleg biscuits and experience the cuddling of a lifetime! πŸ˜€

        Great auditor?! Ise kehte hai sugar coated pill πŸ˜›

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      • Prateek Kohli June 18, 2015 / 7:04 pm

        Have been bitten by a dog and a monkey! Yes a monkey too. I have a thing with animals. They don’t seem to like me πŸ˜›

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      • story teller June 18, 2015 / 7:10 pm

        Haha πŸ˜€ Okay, I have a friend who has been bitten by a monkey too, and she out of the blue started scratching herself violently, safe to say we were completely terrified since we applied the spiderman logic πŸ˜› *7th standard kids aren’t bright*

        And I have another friend who was brushing her teeth in the balcony and this monkey comes out of nowhere takes the brush out of her mouth and gives her one sound slap πŸ˜€

        Oh, I almost forgot about the time we had a monkey attack at my old house, poor things managed to run away with a packet of maida, and then ended up tearing it and flung it right across the balcony along with a lot of screeching since they hadn’t mastered the art of making rotis πŸ˜›

        I have been bitten by dogs too, but they are a joy, just try na baba..

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      • Prateek Kohli June 18, 2015 / 7:18 pm

        I couldn’t control my laughter after reading about the slap. πŸ˜€
        And okay, will try πŸ™‚

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      • story teller June 18, 2015 / 7:22 pm

        Now that is the spirit! πŸ˜€
        Post a few pics of the furry tailed sweethearts too! πŸ˜€

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  6. shambhavi31 June 18, 2015 / 6:51 pm

    HAhaahahah πŸ˜€ I have always told you, you have this amazingly awesome ability to fill life into things so meagre! Yet another piece that has left me in splits! πŸ˜€ Laughter therapy is not required at times, cause I can’t help but laugh when I am told not to. You will find me giggling at a fact for others but a joke for me! πŸ˜€ Sound travels faster than the husband ah πŸ˜› Yaha pe bhi physics, kya baat hai. πŸ˜›

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    • Prateek Kohli June 18, 2015 / 7:01 pm

      Haha readers like you is what I want ! May you are left in splits every time I try to be funny πŸ˜›
      And probably I share this talent with you. I remember laughing at times when people have seriously told me, “dude, you need help”.
      Thank you so much, Shambhavi πŸ˜€ Physics is everywhere except in Bollywood action movies.

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      • shambhavi31 June 18, 2015 / 7:11 pm

        Nothing can beat Tamil movies, haven’t watched any to be frank, but I have witnessed enough scenes. Newton would have expected the apple that hit his head to have gone up in the sky and burst into mini apples and we wouldn’t have known what we know today! πŸ˜€
        Yes, you are funny! All your attempts to be funny, is sky rocket-ing indeed! πŸ˜›

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      • Prateek Kohli June 18, 2015 / 7:17 pm

        Haha yes yes! Tamil and Telugu! Have seen a lot of them πŸ˜€ And thank you ^_^

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  7. shambhavi31 June 18, 2015 / 7:22 pm

    vanakkam! πŸ˜€ I am looking forward to read more of your *leaving people in splits* post. πŸ˜€

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  8. ruchisom June 18, 2015 / 7:48 pm

    heheeh πŸ˜€ good one, I can very much relate and at-times starnge things happen with me when few ladies literally stop me and says ” aye haye tujhe walk ki kya zarurat hai” Ahh! I and it happens with me everytime and I think wheather to take it as a compliment or not πŸ˜› πŸ˜›

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  9. longchaps2 June 18, 2015 / 8:06 pm

    Wonderful post. This is so enchanting. πŸ™‚

    Liked by 2 people

      • longchaps2 June 18, 2015 / 8:50 pm

        Every day a little better. Thank you πŸ™‚

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  10. sumyanna June 19, 2015 / 3:46 am

    You have a great sense of humor. I loved this post. I think I need to go to the same parks. Here in the U.S. The parks are quite dull. You should think about writing for the tourism industry – it would be an easy sell!

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    • Prateek Kohli June 19, 2015 / 4:30 am

      That’s a huge compliment ma’am. Your comment made my day. That’s something I’d love to try. It’s been hardly two months now since I have started blogging so not sure if it can be done. But you have inspired me. Thank you so much for that πŸ™‚
      And the parks here would love to host you and your camera whenever you visit India πŸ™‚

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  11. Simpleheadgirl June 19, 2015 / 5:09 am

    Haha! I found it really hilarious and since I’m reading it in the morning,it has surely made my day.Loved it Prateek. πŸ™‚

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    • Prateek Kohli June 19, 2015 / 8:15 pm

      An absolute delight to know this ^_^
      Thank you so much for showering the love. Made the effort worthwhile πŸ™‚

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    • Prateek Kohli June 19, 2015 / 8:17 pm

      Haha.. It is a pleasure to catch your eye by this post πŸ™‚
      And I am unable to comment on your posts on blogspot. Is it something to do with settings? :/


      • sunainabhatia June 20, 2015 / 7:40 am

        Is it? No idea Prateek….It is good to know you are coming back to my blog though…..:)

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  12. AdiC June 19, 2015 / 7:22 am

    You reminded me of those girls I came across in the bus! πŸ˜€

    Brilliant post! I think this post and so much of praise showered on it will incentivise you to run everyday πŸ˜‰

    Keep the laughs coming!

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    • Prateek Kohli June 19, 2015 / 8:21 pm

      Haha oh yes I remember them πŸ˜€
      And yes, this is needed given the heat that doesn’t cease to go and rains which show no signs to come :/

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  13. shefalijha June 19, 2015 / 11:16 am

    Ha Ha Ha… Can totally visualize it… was in the park while reading it… Superb timing awesome expressions… πŸ™‚ :D…

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    • Prateek Kohli June 19, 2015 / 8:24 pm

      Haha thank you so much! Pleasure to know you could relate while being at the scene of crime πŸ˜€

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  14. izza ifzaal June 19, 2015 / 7:01 pm

    Hahhaha my goodness! I couldn’t control my laughter πŸ˜€
    Whattay observation hmmmm πŸ˜€
    I haven’t been to golf track lately but here my office boy has a weird ring tone of a cell phone which beeps with a melodious soundtrack from a 6 ‘ s singer singing ” sorry, sorry” lol and cherry on the topic the background uff dil chata ha phone le kar tor dun such an annoying voice that lady has πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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    • Prateek Kohli June 19, 2015 / 7:12 pm

      Yaayy! Weekend started perfectly! Glad it made you laugh. Whenever I try to post something funny, I never re-read it because of the fear that it might look lame to me. Reactions like these really relieves the pressure πŸ˜€
      Thank you for sharing the tormenting ringtone wala office boy. I feel “sorry sorry” for you πŸ˜›
      By the way, what is the relationship between you and cellphones? Purani dushmani hai koi? πŸ˜›

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      • izza ifzaal June 19, 2015 / 7:15 pm

        Hahhaha how mean :p
        Nhe koe dushmani nhe ha ..I just think cellphones keep shouting in my eardrums “I don’t think I like you ” 😝😝

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      • Prateek Kohli June 19, 2015 / 7:18 pm

        Oh! Then it is perfectly fine to make them ‘nesta-nabood’ ! They deserve it πŸ˜€
        And wish you a very happy month of Ramzaan πŸ™‚

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      • izza ifzaal June 19, 2015 / 10:57 pm

        Thank you so much πŸ™‚

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  15. Aakansha June 20, 2015 / 9:15 am

    A pretty interesting take on a run in a park. I like your view of things, that’s exactly how the mind of a good writer works. Great job!

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    • Prateek Kohli June 20, 2015 / 9:32 am

      Haha! Thank you so much for the lovely compliment, Aakansha. Though still a long way to go to match your level of thought πŸ™‚

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  16. Jane Goldsack June 20, 2015 / 8:05 pm

    I quite often watch a laughing yogi YouTube video when I want to de-stress. I even suggested it to the e-learning manager in my office when she was preparing the Stress Management course.

    And now I have an idea for a workshop at my local Arts Centre.

    This is a wonderful post – big smiles here – thank you for sharing πŸ™‚

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    • Prateek Kohli June 20, 2015 / 8:16 pm

      Laughter is indeed the best medicine. I wish you all the best for the workshop! Would love to hear how the exercise went πŸ™‚
      And thank you! I am glad the post made you smile – the first step towards laughter πŸ˜‰

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  17. isra7726 June 22, 2015 / 10:43 am

    Interesting & funny read. wants me to write my own experiences. on a running break for a while. will probably post some once i’m back on the roads πŸ™‚
    especially loved the wannabe Usain Bolt who looks like he would collapse on the next step πŸ™‚ have seen so many of them in my own running group!!

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    • Prateek Kohli June 22, 2015 / 1:03 pm

      First of all, it is great to see you. Welcome back πŸ™‚ I hope all is going well at your end πŸ™‚
      Now, thank you so much for letting me know you liked it πŸ˜€ It is heartening to see that a real runner could relate to it πŸ™‚
      Looking forward to share your experiences!

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      • isra7726 June 24, 2015 / 5:13 am

        oh yes πŸ™‚ back after a good break, alls well with me. Enjoying the monsoon here πŸ™‚

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  18. milliethom June 22, 2015 / 8:29 pm

    Well, Prateek, you seem to have encountered a nice wide range of character types in your park. I’ve also come across women who can’t stop talking and men who just want to run away and hide. Your athlete, with his attraction to the lovely ladies sounds familiar, too. I particularly like the comparison of his heightened sexual attraction to excited elecrons. Wonderful. As for laughter therapy…! Perhaps that’s true. Most old people I see look pretty glum nowadays – until they get a few whiskies down their throats. Me…? I don’t like whisky, and don’t need alcohol to be happy. My husband has bottles of the stuff, given as gifts, but it just sits there, looking pretty.
    I had a good laugh at you descriptions too. Most of the parks close to me are usually full of dog walkers, or children playing football, cricket or just hide and seek. Some people go to feed the ducks and swans. Very few go to run or jog, unless it’s very early in the morning. I’ll keep my eyes open, next time I go.
    I enjoyed reading your piece and appreciated the humour instilled into it. πŸ™‚

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    • Prateek Kohli June 22, 2015 / 8:45 pm

      After reading your comment, I am reminded of the Scottish saying, “we are all Jock Thompsons bairns” πŸ˜€
      Even continents apart, the people remain the people πŸ™‚
      And it is really exhilarating to know that you don’t like alcohol. The reason being that here it is common to hear that alcohol is a must for colder countries in Europe so one must be used to it if living a corporate life that needs travel.
      I’ll quote you the next time I find myself in a condition where its difficult to avoid alcohol. πŸ™‚
      Thank you once again for all the love you have showered on my humble blog today πŸ™‚

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      • milliethom June 22, 2015 / 8:49 pm

        It’s true that the culture in Northern Europe revolves around alcohol – and is a big health problem. Obesity and liver problems to name but a few, It really isn’t worth it! I like orange juice, anyway!

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      • Prateek Kohli June 22, 2015 / 8:55 pm

        Orange juice for me, as well. πŸ™‚ A *virtual high 5* πŸ˜€

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    • Prateek Kohli June 23, 2015 / 8:48 pm

      Thank you so much! I am glad you found the wit delicious. Hope to keep adding more flavors in the words πŸ˜€


  19. maryam191 June 26, 2015 / 11:38 am

    The picture says you go to the park early morning. I mean very EARLY !! Good work dude.
    When did physics categorise husband’s velocity wrt sound? Lol πŸ™‚ That means wife’s voice must me used for communication in space , it’ll reach faster πŸ™‚

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    • Prateek Kohli June 28, 2015 / 6:31 pm

      Thank you so much. These words coming from an amazing author like you mean a lot πŸ™‚


  20. luckyjc007 June 28, 2015 / 7:31 pm

    Wow! Such a nice compliment, and greatly appreciated.


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