I thought I would begin this blog with the opening line that my family and I but then on second thoughts, I think (that’s a lot of thoughts) I can risk widening that circle to say quite a few Indians I know belong to an exclusive approach of life called the whatwillpeoplethinkology form of living.
I mean seriously give it a thought…..
Invited for an event you don’t really want to participate in…..you must attend just to keep up appearances else what would the host and the other guests think?
Having a party/ family occasion… intend to invite over just a small crowd of ten but forced to stretch and have a crowd of twenty instead? Well ofcourse if you don’t invite those ten extra satellite family and friends then…..what would people think?
Hate the sight of a certain so-n-so from your acquaintances? Well God forbid you just tell them so. Keep up the façade, grin and bear it please.
Feeling emotional but in the company of relative strangers…..choke on your tears. Please stiff upper lip and all…..no disgusting displays of snotty noses and teary eyes…. what would people think of such an emotional display? Actually no sorry the jury is still out on this one…….I know quite a few people who have no qualms whatsoever in a good ol’ over the top in your face emotion fest at every given opportunity.
Did you know that wikihow actually maps out a five point plan on how not to care about what people will think! Intriguing stuff! Absolutely beyond my limited capabilities at this point.
Little do they know that if you do manage to graduate from the whatwillpeoplethink class you get immediate access into the school of guilt should you so wish.
Yeah you know what I’m talking about. I can nearly feel you nod your head and think “oh yes that’s where I am”!
Guilt over any range of topics from the last extra mouthful of dessert to your parenting skills. Guilt over did I tip the waiter enough to, did I speak too harshly, should I have cooked something else, should I have called first…….
I mean if you are reading this and not getting any of what I write but thinking God what weird paranoia is this… my friend you are definitely not suited to enter the school of guilt and have obviously not even qualified to live the life style of whatwillpeoplethink.
With such folks I can only commiserate and say really don’t worry wearethinkingofyou.