JournalismPakistan.com November 1, 2013
Just because you are in your festive mood doesn't mean you have to love the guy next door.
My friend is fighting with his neighbors. Fighting with neighbors is big business especially if you live in blocks of flats with six inches of space between each other and start off your relationship on the boil. Expats have this tendency to come so close to each other till they literally live off each other. Then the kids fight, the wives have a misunderstanding, the husbands come home after being slagged off by the boss and now they have to take sides and the frost settles in.
Love thy neighbor, they said. A neighbor is a golden gift. Helloooo, where do you live..in the North Pole?
Seeing as how there is hardly any space about in the first place you’d think people would be smart and not crowd each other on day-to-day basis but they do. Kids spending the whole time together, the wives becoming inseparable, the husbands catching up at night, they share parties, gossip and things from the kitchen, all of these a recipe for disaster.
You share things from the kitchen you can bet dollars to cabooses that trouble will rear its little ugly head.
Neighbors are made to annoy you. That’s their job. Like dripping washing from above or slop water trickling onto your balcony and will you please stop that thumping sound before we come up and discuss this, flipping neighbors, no civic sense at all.
No common sense either. Throwing their rubbish out of the window onto our ledge. Having parties and not inviting us. Playing music loudly, you there, lower the volume of your TV set. Releasing their kids into the corridors on a holiday afternoon, screaming, ill-behaved little devils. Some of them even have dogs and cats and there should be laws against that, barking at 4 in the morning, wish I had a weapon.
And then there is this guy who is everyone’s neighbor who never respects your car park space, your potted plants or your privacy. Even his guests park in your space and if you complain he asks you to take it easy.
How can anyone take it easy if he has you as a neighbor, mister?
(The writer is a Senior Editorial Advisor of Khaleej Times and the paper’s former Editor. He has also been the Editor of Gulf News, Gulf Today, Emirates Today and Bahrain Tribune)
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