The Watchman

8 Feb

The “Watchman” and his family are a common feature of any house that is under construction. Usually it is a family that the building contractor places onsite to keep an eye on things and help with odd jobs during construction.

If there is someone who truly sees your house literally rise from nothing into all its splendorous delight it is the good old watchman. Yet when the building is done, the first thing that happens before the house warming is they are moved elsewhere on the property (other than the main house).. suddenly their “value” decreases because now there are locks and bolts in the new house. The same thing happened when I built my house as well. So this is not a discourse, just an observation.

All these memories got jogged last evening during my walk when I passed next to a  just completed house and the watchman’s family was “packing up” to move out of the house. I overheard the contractor telling the watchman.. “No you can’t stay in the Garage, the Owner needs to park his car here for the next couple of days”… sigh…

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14 Responses to “The Watchman”

  1. praneshachar February 8, 2007 at 11:41 pm #

    very true vijay
    we both me and my wife met the watchmen who was doing honours during construction
    last week he came and talked to us enquired about us like that we also did and asked where he is now he said he is doing this work now in a big building under construction in yelahanka. this guy was very nice and was also doing labour work whenever required
    he had met with a small accident during our house construction thank god not much damage and only some injurys
    nice remembering the people who have seen your house coming up right from scratch
    nice of you vijay

  2. M O H A N February 9, 2007 at 5:04 am #

    Yes vijay,
    My heart got wrenched out seeing him being evicted from the place he guarded.

    One more very interesting and sad thing here is these labourours build houses for the millions but dont have a single roof on head or a land below their feet!!! What an irony.

    But god has his own ways of doing things

  3. decemberstud February 9, 2007 at 7:46 am #

    ….and on a completley different note Vijay….why did you why did you why did you change the layout ?

  4. Veena February 9, 2007 at 7:50 am #

    Its the way GOD has designed to work.. If everybody starts owning the companies, who will code & who will test & who will exectute projects.
    Our watchman still visits us & just forget about watchman.. even those bridge construction workers where my dad used to work in a north karanataka state attended my wedding… She said that she had seen my brother when I he was born & she displayed the gratitude so nice…. her name is timmi, we still remember her & her brother Ranga… They still call my dad saahebru.. & our house as saahebru mane..!

    Those contractors are wreckless… some really lack manners! forget about with the watchman even with the owners, I find it so difficult to speak with ..! they really need some behavioural trainings we give it here.

    Vijay, evening walk nalli enella nodtheera and over hear maadtheera ? Does madam accompany there, I guess she should otherwise devare gathi 😉

  5. Vijay February 9, 2007 at 7:51 am #

    DS: Who cares about layout… YOU ARE BACK !!!!!!! :-).. Yeeeeah.. How are you my friend?

  6. Vijay February 9, 2007 at 8:20 am #

    Veena: I dont go eves dropping on other people’s conversations.. but if someone is talking loud enough to be heard in the next town, then I can help but overhear.. but yes I observe things as I walk… material beku reeeee

  7. Veena February 9, 2007 at 11:28 am #

    I dont know whether it happens to you or not.. when ever I see something interesting, I feel like taking a picture. Prashanth utters, oh ninna blog gaa ? It has just become a important part of our daily routine!!
    aaytu.. accepted… 🙂

  8. Vijay February 9, 2007 at 11:43 am #

    Now with Mobile Blogging, I can even file it immediately…

  9. Veena February 9, 2007 at 11:50 am #

    What is this mobile blogging ? Do you carry blackberry & you connect & upload it… Too much…!

  10. Vijay February 9, 2007 at 12:00 pm #

    Veena: I have a Nokia 6600 and a GPRS connection…on that I have my Office Mail, Gmail, WordPress Editor etc 🙂

  11. decemberstud February 9, 2007 at 6:05 pm #

    Honestly Vijay, that one sentence from you made my day 🙂 Thank you !!!

    Under the circumstances, I guess I am doing OK…..should be better very soon….

  12. Shashi Prasad February 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm #

    Eventhough I am a fun loving person, I was just moved by your observation. This reminds of all those cleaners in hotels, who are always close to some nice food and never get the chance of having them. (I meant the first hand food:()

  13. Vijay February 11, 2007 at 2:12 am #

    Shashi: Good points… as Mohan said above,these guys build all these houses yet they have no permanancy…

  14. Mysorean February 11, 2007 at 6:10 pm #

    Great observation Vijay! 🙂

    I think these watchmen are the best example for what’s called “Detached attachment”! Everybody’s dying to practice it and here we have someone who’s profession requires him to be in that mode forever!

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