For years we have been reading that the lifestyle of the West is so much more stressful. Relatives from abroad would visit and tut tut about the hectic pace of life. Your correspondent would like to offer a fresh poser — life is far more stressful for professionals in Indian cities.
For instance, just take the example of our transport systems. One has travelled by train in Mumbai and the Metro in Delhi and can assure you that it can be an ordeal.
In comparison, the London ones are a delight. Then, there is the maddening bit about our cities wherein queues don't exist. Things are always on the edge not so much because of the crowd, but rather because one always has to be alert lest somebody wrests one's spot; after all first-come-first-served is just a notion. The constant hurry and struggle has become a way of life for your reporter.
Just how irritating and draining it really is has only started becoming apparent in London where people actually respect your space. One does not get room to chill during a multi-sport event like the Olympics but things are so much easier when the unnecessary irritants -- like having to stand at the back of the line all over just because you forgot to pick a packet of crisps -- disappear.
Etiquette may be an English word but our culture preach-ed the ill effects of maya when the forefathers of the English were still running around in animal skins. How did India's evolved philosophical thought and decency towards others devolve to the way we live our lives? Amazing.