It was an unbelievably hot day in the city without a cloud in sight.
V3 had fun in the sun but were suffering the aftereffect of their
“Gosh, I feel so... thirsty!” gasped Ruwi.
Shaz who was fanning herself with her hand was too tired to answer
her other than with a nod. Sachi directed their attention to a cool spot
at the other side of the road.
“Great idea,” Shaz exclaimed, having found her voice at last and
suddenly took off with speed, leaving Ruwi and Sachi tagging along.
“Look, she is even stopping traffic in her haste. She was already
over at the other side and we are still stuck here,” Sachi had groaned
he waited for the traffic light to turn red.
Ruwi and Sachi got to the other end with the rest of the patient
pedestrians, they saw Shaz gingerly standing at the other end.
“Cheeya. See there is a rubbish heap on the pavement. The dogs had
been at it and stewed the rubbish all over the road,” she said while
screwing her face in distaste.
“Littering had become a major problem these days. I wonder where this
all started. Many people in other areas of the country complain that
there is garbage dumping in their compound,” Ruwi joined in, frowning at
the rubbish dump as V3 do our best to walk on tip toes across the
garbage infested area.
Unexpectedly, Shaz stepped on a slimy greenish patch and she squealed
in dismay. An old tom cat who had been feasting on the leftovers of a
lunch packet, perked his head up and gave a blatant ‘meow!’
“Did you see how many polythene bags there were at that dump site?
Polythene is a menace as it isn’t biodegradable,” Ruwi said as she
glanced at the stinking heap over her shoulders.
Sachi added his opinion: “They don’t even bother to dump the garbage
into the bins. I went to Sri Pada some months back and noted that
rubbish was heaped on the floor next to the trashcans.”
“Both the educated and uneducated crowd in cities do not bother to
follow the rules. They take the easy way out in most things including
dumping garbage,” Shaz complained as V3 strode to a cool spot.
V3 headed to the juice bar and Shaz decided on a ‘Tropical cocktail’
while Ruwi orders a ‘Vege Booster’. After changing his mind several
times, Sachi finally settled on an Avocado Blush. After getting their
hands on the much awaited goodies, they were content and resumed their
“What I hate most is people chewing betel leaves and spitting it all
over the place. The stains are very difficult to wash off and it makes
the pavements look very untidy.”
Shaz who had been immersed in her drink pipes: “I used to think it
was people having nose bleeds or bloody wounds but it’s pathetic that
betel chewing hasn’t been addressed as you can get oral cancer with the
“The same goes for chewing gum. Some countries like UK think that
they have a high level of ‘garbage discipline’ but they themselves
litter secretly. The streets are quite dirty before the sweepers take
over,” Sachi added.
“Some places have introduced the S5 system and even though some of
the dustbins are labeled ‘glass’, ‘polythene’, ‘paper’ and ‘recyclable
stuff’, people take no notice and dump the paper and polythene they wrap
their plastic lunch packets into any bin,” Ruwi sighed as she got hold
of her paper napkin which been blown by a sudden gust of wind of the
“Some people chuck their ticket as soon as they get off the bus. I
end up with my pockets full of tickets when I get home and my mother
dumps them out from the pocket,” Shaz giggled.
“She is keeping track of all your whereabouts,” Ruwi grinned as she
at least five to eight bus tickets from her handbag when she gets to
“That sounds alright but I dispose nearly 20 tickets from mine when I
do my monthly purse ‘spring cleaning’,” Sachi joined in the laughter.
As V3 were about the leave the shop, a boy, barely in his teens aimed
a balled paper napkin at a trash can concealed near the entrance. It
missed the target and fell on the floor. Without a fraction of
hesitation, Sachi bent and picked it up and dumped it inside the bin
before joining his mates on the road. It’s tough when you have a V3 job
of cleaning the trash up!