Hi ,

I am currently in Switzerland in a small town outside of Zurich. Am here with my family for a holiday and am currently staying at my wife's aunt's house. The aunt is Swiss and quite elderly. One morning she decided to take my wife and kids to a near by farm to buy some fresh vegetables and flowers for the house. The children were excited and happy.

When they reached there, it was a lovely farm, only thing was that the farmer was not present. Instead, fresh vegetables were neatly piled up, their prices mentioned. All we had to do was weigh what we wanted and put the appropriate amount in an envelope. As for the flowers, there were shears left outside. We had to go into the fields and cut fresh flowers for ourselves and again put the money in an envelope. Was the most amazing display of trust that I have seen a business person display ... BUT , this story is not about him .

When this story was narrated to me by my wife and kids I was also amazed. But something was really bothering me, so I went to the Aunt and asked her ..``WHAT IF SOMEONE DID NOT PAY ?' ... and she very simply without hesitation replied : ``BUT WHY WOULD SOMEONE NOT PAY ??' 

Our children are like this aunt .. they only possess the truth within . Somewhere along the way, either we or the environment fucks up our natural way of being and changes us ... The lesson here is simple, the problem is , that how do we unfuck ourselves and sociey ...??

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Comment by Adith Podhar on June 22, 2012 at 4:50pm

Its not just poverty..its upbringing. During Tsunami in 2011, people in Japan lost their homes and everything they had, but yet there were no instances of shop-lifting, rioting, etc or jumping the line (where food was distributed). We need to inculcate such qualities in our kids and give them the strength to stick to it irrespective of the environment around which is a big challenge!

Comment by Nishant Agrawal on June 22, 2012 at 4:39pm

Rightly said, Adith. I've heard so much about Japanese people's honesty and politeness. Can't wait to visit 'em!

Around here, people steal the lid off manholes! But one can't really blame them. Poverty is a curse. People in Switzerland or Japan wouldn't know about it.

Comment by Adith Podhar on June 22, 2012 at 4:28pm

Similar culture exists in Japan, which I strongly recommend everyone on rodinhoods to visit, if you ever get a chance. Lost ipads, cellphones and purses are couriered back with everything intact or can be collected from the 'lost & found' section at public places across the city.

Comment by Anamika Joshi on June 22, 2012 at 3:20pm

i just hope we could teach our children to trust like this...instead of trying hard to let them be oversmart..

Comment by Deepak Sharma on June 22, 2012 at 3:00pm

Wow, Just Wow... That's Swiss honesty is the only reason why we trust them with our money too...

Comment by Vijay Khubchandani on June 21, 2012 at 3:16pm

Paawan, I got the opportunity to experience this TRUST factor that operates in Swiss a couple of years back and for a while it made me feel that I was living in an Inferior environment in India.. I don't have any Kids yet, but I thought to myself that this would be like the Best place to educate my would be children..

As I started to give it a more detailed & serious thought, I realized that our Indian system of Education, Society, Values, Traditions etc. may seem Inferior but they actually Test you in most Harsh and at the same time the Best of ways.. It brings out a much more Capable & Responsible person in you.. However I also agree that there are these "FUCK" aspects that interfere with the natural thought process of our loved ones (in this case Children)..

Perhaps, the only way to prevent that is that we become their CONDOMS (which I believe every parent is)..

Comment by asha chaudhry on June 20, 2012 at 3:27pm

paawan... your description of the small town made me want to go there like RIGHT NOW!!! thank u for sending us all in la la land, even though for a few moments through this read...

p.s: i don't think anyone's created an unfuck button yet :((((( 


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