We watch people around us every day. Most people grow from childhood to adulthood and their behaviour and actions are quite predictable. We form our own opinion about them based on their behaviours and generally it is quite as expected. But, sometimes people change and this change is unbelievable. We sometimes feel that even animals are more predictable than human beings. I would like to share some examples from my life to illustrate this better.
We had a driver in Bangalore. He was very sincere and committed to work. He was a bachelor and was quite self disciplined. I even enabled him to buy a motorcycle by helping him with a vehicle loan from a bank. He continued to work well . He was an occasional smoker and may be had an occasional drink too. But, all of a sudden he changed. He went home for a vacation and when he returned, he turned to alchohol and his behaviour turned from bad to worse. He started absenting frequently and became less disciplined at work. I moved to another location and hence he started working with someone else. But, after he moved away from me he stopped repaying the auto loan and his life became quite a mess. I could not believe such a young and committed boy transforming himself in such a dramatic way.
We had a servant cum cook at home. She was very honest and hard working. She had a smiling face and was punctual and dedicated to her work. She supported my wife almost on everything in my house. She was married and her husband worked as a Gardner in our own campus. Both their children studied well and we were happy to support them in their education. But, suddenly one day when my wife and me had gone on a vacation, she ended up stealing some ornaments and when confronted denied doing so. Further, she deserted her husband and eloped with someone else and this again was unbelievable. By the grace of God, her husband continued to be honest and dedicated and she returned to him after her paramour ditched her after some months.
In the third instance, we had a colleague who was quite close to us. Our families were close friends and we visited each other almost every weekend. All of a sudden he stopped talking to us . He avoided us and would not visit us on weekends. He had advised his wife and daughter not to talk to us or visit us. We found it strange since there was no conflict between us nor any misunderstanding. I tried to talk to him to sort out any wrong notions but he ignored all my efforts in this direction. It was unbelievable but true. It took years for him to realize that there was nothing wrong between us and today he has started talking to us again after almost a decade.
So, life is unpredictable and sometimes people around you go through a sea change. Many a time, you can never understand why this happens. It is very difficult to accept it as a reality. All your efforts to get to the root cause gives you no clue. You then leave it to time to heal itself. Sometimes it works and at other times it does not. But, it is intriguing and unpredictable.
This is life and we have to take it as it comes.
S Ramesh Shankar