India in pictures
A laddoo for your time6:07 PM
The lifts in our building are both operational. This has been our building's massive upgrade of the year. They took down one lift at a time to upgrade them as much as they could considering the age of the building. A painstaking job that left dust and fumes in our hallways for weeks. They removed all that they could remove, repainted everything, gave us prettier elevator doors (the old style ones that look like a door because that is all we can have).
They started with one lift, then once they were done, tore down the second one. 4 months later, and it is all done.
Today, the second lift got its puja done. Blessing it for a long life and ensuring the safety of its passenger is one of these typically Indian things. In Europe we would probably cut a ribbon, make a speech and call it a day.
Not in India! The lift got a finally polishing this morning, and got decorated in flower garlands before its blessing. Once that was done, our society manager went door to door to hand over sweets to all the residents. A token of appreciation for our patience this past 4 long months of noise, paint fume and marble cutting dust.
I personally love the gesture. I really do. In Switzerland we would never even have had even a notice telling us the lift was back and operational, they would have waited for us to figure it out. I am not even sure a new lift would even have been cause for a celebration, or any inauguration really.
Here, I get a laddoo (make that two laddoos...manager's order) for my time and patience. You know, sometimes, it's those little things in life that matter. I'm glad it is still done in India and I hope it won't disappear.