Of Apartments and Residents

Jaibala/ May 3, 2016/ Musings

Staying in apartment complexes is so much fun.

You always have people around you, your children always have friends and it is like living inside one big festival, all year long. It’s a place where people are always singing the song “Hum Hain Rahi Pyaar Ke” for the most part. People just need a reason to get together and celebrate, so they celebrate in style. Every festival is made an occasion and sometimes even a normal day is turned into a festival, just because there is so much of fun and togetherness going around.

This is what I have observed at my apartment complex gatherings every single time.

For anything to work there have to be people willing to take the lead and, come up with ideas, plan and execute them. They work hard to bring people together and ensure the smooth running and make sure that people have a great time. And others will also pitch in, however they can, whatever they can.

But all such complexes also have characters that not only like to spoil others’ fun, but also have a problem living by the rules and living together with others. With varying degrees of negativity, these people can be mildly annoying to catastrophically merriment-halting.

The Unhappies:

These are the ones who are always unhappy, whether they chose to be or just don’t know how to be happy is a point to debate on another post, but they are the ones who are not happy about any festivities, or the joy that people share. Even in a crowd of people you can recognise them easily, because they are always the cheerless ones.

The Complainers:

These are the people who come, have fun, and still end up having loads of complaints. They will be the first to sit to eat and the last to finish and yet complain about the food. The ones who spend the most time on the dance floor, but still complain about the DJ and his crappy music.  These people have a one point agenda and that is to complain to anyone who will listen.

The Naysayers:

They have the same one word one syllable answer for anything you ask them. And that answer is NO. Can we play here?  NO. You cannot walk here, Park here, eat here. Basically if they had their way – no one would be ever doing anything, because they couldn’t.  They are the ones who don’t participate, because of course they are consistent about saying no, even to themselves. They are the first people to support The Problem Causers and the first people to run away when the problem is caused.

The Problem Causers:

They are the Ones who “think everything is my property “. So, basically you will find them, banging up cars, dashing into bikes, causing flat tyres and threatening to kill people sometimes all in one night. Everything is a problem for them and they have cops on speed dial to lodge false complaints. They have done this so many times that every police person wants to put their number on the auto reject list of the police station phone.


While there are many who want to just chill and have fun, there are a few whose motto in life is “We don’t have fun and don’t let others have any”.


The idea to live together is to understand that these few whatever they do, cannot destroy the power and togetherness of many. Negativity should not stop you from living in harmony, having fun and just finding reasons to be together as neighbours, as friends and as unit.

About Jaibala

Academically a Microbiologist, I am a Web Columnist for popular magazines and websites, Freelance Writer and a Blogger. Words define me and writing and reading compete to be the love of my life. My biggest belief is that there is something good in everything and I always looks to highlight the best in things. Creative writing is my forte.You can reach me by dropping a mail at contact@jaibalarao.com