….. is cleaner toilets and heightened common sense according to me, among many other things that are pressing our Nation. My blog posts are usually the reflection of my boring life in the form of day-to-day happenings. I seldom write about anything social or of national interest. But these few days, a lot happened around this personal hygiene piece which happens to be a major issue that I couldn’t stop myself from writing it here.
Now some of these may be very disgusting, but I still am writing about it – as it needs to be brought out. If people (well educated) can do these kind of things, I feel there is nothing disgusting in my just sharing them here.
In a country where a lot of people don’t even have toilet facility, I know I shouldn’t crib about unclean toilets. But I am not taking about just the public ones in the bus/railway stations. I am talking about the restrooms in big shopping malls, corporate offices and the ones in the toll booths. In all these places, as far as I know educated and civilized people are the sole users. Agree? Ok.
Let me begin with some horrendous experiences I had in my own office. Fine morning. I am in the best of my mood. I decide to take a break. Go to the restroom, find the first one empty, finish my job, reach out to the health wash. Something sticks on my hand. I try to see what it is, before I know both my hands are victims of someone’s poo. I am not at all exaggerating here. Not knowing how to react, I run out and wash my hands atleast ten times. But the disgusting feeling isnt going away from head, until now. How can a person do this or be unaware of it? You come in, do your job and then, forget that others might use the restroom too.
More often than not, I find tissue papers in the toilet bowl. Then there are cases of not properly flushed toilets. The major issue of sanitary napkins being put in regular dustbins (without even being wrapped) instead of the specially designed bins. Wouldn’t all these people look for a good restroom first before using one? Then why cant they leave it clean for others to use it? No number of sign boards or notices can change these people. They remain oblivious to everything around them and continue to do what they do.
Another incident – One dull afternoon, just after lunch – I go into the restroom to be welcomed by a wash basin full of puke. Doesn’t it make you sick all over again? The whole place is stinking and I guess the person who ever did this thought its not her job to clean her puke. She decided to leave a little surprise to people like us, immediately after lunch.
I don’t understand this attitude at all. If you cant clean your own sh*t, what makes you think that the appointed help ladies would do that for you? The company might be paying them, and they can come and clean the restrooms every hour but that doesn’t mean that you should leave them with enough work for them everytime. They are human beings too, after all.
Then there are malls. You are busy shopping and then the nature calls you. You have no option but to use the public restroom. In one you find tissues, in the next there are used sanitary pads, the other one has undies (best!) and in another, a mom is making her kid pee on the floor. What do you do?
Arent all these people educated and civilized? Where has their common sense gone? Will they do the same in their own house? If not, what makes them do it in a public restroom – I fail to understand.
We crib endlessly that no public restroom is clean, but isnt it our job to leave it clean when we have used it? If everyone thinks and does the same, I guess even public toilets would be cleaner, just like our homes.
But this is just one side of the story right? Can we all really ensure cleanliness in public toilets without the basic requirement? You know what brings a smile to my face, after using a public toilet? Water. The tap instead of only gushing out air, if it can give some water, I smile for the fact that I can leave it clean for the next one to use, especially in the bus/railway stations. It means a lot to the 3rs/5rs or even 10rs I pay to the greedy and creepy guy outside.
This would be a never ending topic for me, given the fact that I am a frequent traveller and user of public toilets. I am not even talking about the so called toilet wall, where the bus stops at mid night so that men can pee/smoke while women can practice bladder control exercises.