You often come across unflappable people who may not have caused you any harm but still you don’t like them. Also, this may not emanate from some annoying act done by the person disliked by you, but then he has a kind of disposition to flaunt, as if the entire world is against him, and you are justified in not having him in any reckoning. I have some people in mind when I write this, but trust me I have nothing against them. Only their unintended, irritating looks or even wry smiles manifesting on their face like a smirk, put me off.
It may be possible that it’s only the looks of such persons that annoy you, but when they open their mouth, they say enough ear-pleasing things. And if they don’t, then God forbid you have encountered a Cassius having ‘lean and hungry looks’. In common parlance, we attribute an observation about them: “Uska moonh hi aisa hai (He dons a face like he does his deeds)”. It’s only about such people that there is a saying prevalent in Haryana, “If you can’t gift gud (jaggery) at least offer sweet and pleasing talk.”
Still dreadful is the company of people who neither annoy nor please, but bore you to death, either saying nothing, or saying things stale, bland, tasteless, irrelevant and repetitive. They may sit with you for hours without provoking anything in you. You can’t stand them a minute, while they could be there from morn till eve. Their contribution to your predicament, good, bad or ugly, is zero. Even in your doingnothing-times, you wouldn’t want them to give you company. Their walking away, or being called out by someone else and being taken away, is always welcome.
Such people have some common traits of treating you. Also, they have some common type of reactions to give. Even if you are hale and hearty, they will empathise, “You look quite run down, what’s eating you up?” If you say ‘no’ to any of their propositions, they will unsparingly quip, “I knew you would react this way. Try some stress-relieving meditation for some days.” Even if you oblige them with an undeserved favour, they come up saying, “So what! There is nothing so very special about it.” If you ask them, “How are you doing?” the answer could be, “Just surviving.”
If they come to know that you have gone weak in the eyes and have begun to wear spectacles, they will smile and comment, “So you too have begun to age.” Now this smile is no ordinary smile, but an uncontrollable expression of being happy at your loss. Another one from such type of people could be, “I can offer you this cake; otherwise too it had to be fed to the pets, being stale!”
A Haryanvi beggar can still be risky, almost threatening and intimidating, when he asks for alms in the street calling out to the lady in the house: “Aye ghallahi sai ak chaallun? (Do you offer alms or I should make a move?)”