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Changing the mindset

Updated on July 23, 2014
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Hi,welcome to my Hubpages profile. I am Arun Kanti Chatterjee and live in Kolkata. My mission is to share experiences etched on my memory.


Almost every mobile user has lost at least one or two sets in a life time. It is no news as it is normal. But when one gets back one’s set by luck it is definitely a news worth circulating to enthuse the would be sufferers not to lose patience so soon. I, for one, am such a fortunate person to have retrieved the missing set learning a hard lesson and let me tell you how.

I was coming back home in Kolkata from my place of posting in a very interior village of Bankura. I was then using two mobile sets one of which was provided by my office for giving me updated information and perhaps also to keep track of my movement. Once or twice in a month I could return home on a Saturday at night only to go back in the evening the next day. Despite such tedious trips I could manage not to be dispossessed of either of the sets.

But this time it was altogether different. I had to break my journey one Saturday at Raniganj, the nearest city to participate in a program called “CHANGE OF MINDSET”. I cannot say whether it had any effect on me but surely it affected my mobile set badly so much so that I am going to tell you soon.

As I alighted from the long distance bus and took a local bus for my destination near Dum dum Junction, I felt sleepy and do not remember much. But when I got down I sensed something missing. But alas! It was the official phone that was not found after a massive searching operation. After I regained my composure I swung into action and dialled the number of the missing set using my own phone only to hear a noise heard in a running bus. I was at least assured that the set was in my bus I was travelling in. After some time I could gather that an elderly person was directing other passengers to trace the set that was ringing. I tried again but to no avail. Repeatedly I kept on dialling when I could understand that the set had been found out and the said gentleman had been instructing the conductor to take possession of the same and hand over the machine to the rightful owner. Then no response from the holder of the set continued. I tried over and over again and got stuck with the idea at once that the conductor was in no mood to return the set. ‘’If you do not respond I shall report to the police. You are a thief”. I shouted repeatedly in a fit of rage. However, I imagined that the passengers in the crowded bus had been keeping close watch on the set and the conductor would relent and talk to me. The conductor said in a broken voice at long last “I would have rung you later, sir. You may collect your mobile set from Dakshineswar our last stop where it would be deposited with the time keepers” But still I had doubts about the integrity of the conductor who in all probability could not resist the temptation of the costly set-I thought.

Mind set changes

But better sense prevailed on me asking me to keep on trying. So changing dress at my house I again took another bus on the same route towards Dakshineswar. I met the time keeper after a long search and I was directed to provide my credentials and I soon got back my lost set along with a note in poor handwriting on a paper saying “Sir, please change your attitude. Poor we may be, but we are not thieves”. What the sponsored program euphemistically called Paradigm shift spending lavishly in a star hotel auditorium could not bring home to us was taught by the poor illiterate conductor with grimy clothes so vividly yet silently and gratis.

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      ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 4 years ago from KOLKATA

      @AliciaC- We have something in common in that I have a Science background but my interest has slowly drifted towards creative writing although I need to develop my skill a lot. Thanks for your visit and the input which has enriched my hub.

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for sharing this interesting story, Arun. It contains a very important message for us all!

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      ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 5 years ago from KOLKATA

      @midget38- I am reminded of a famous quote:

      The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man's determination.

      Thank you for your visit and such an apt comment.

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Wow, this proves determination saves the day! Thanks for sharing, Arun!

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      ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 5 years ago from KOLKATA

      @Rajan-Thank you for reading and commenting. Patience of people is wearing thin easily these days and getting rid of preconceived ideas is very difficult!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      That's a lesson cheaply learnt, my friend. Enjoyed your story.