Of Apartments and Residents

Jaibala/ May 3, 2016/ Musings/ 18 comments

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


  1. This is so true, and sometimes identifying these kinds is my favourite pass time. Lol…

    1. Haha true Ruchi, sometimes just observing their antics is so much fun 🙂

  2. Doesn’t need an apartment complex, Jb. Just a few flats is sufficient. At times, one flat in the apartment is enough to cover all the categories. 😛 They make for interesting observation, I suppose, if not helpful for anything else.
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    1. I truly wonder how that family might be living though. All of them in the same house will make for wonderful observations.

  3. You got to meet my neighbour. She has this problem with my plants 😐 Droplets of water will fall in her balcony while I am watering them and she will raise such a hue and cry 🙁
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    1. Plants! Really. Wow. I wonder what your poor plants have done to her. I will come see this species of person someday.

  4. Ha Ha ..SO true Jaibala
    New to your Blog but loving it reading more and more. “Complainers” kind of people are most irritating.

    1. A very warm welcome to My School of Thought, Upasna. Thank You foryour kind works. Yes the complainers are very irritating, I actually think that the Attention Seeking complainers are the most dangerous.

  5. That’s funny… But yes apartment complexes have there set of complex people… It’s fun and a pain too at the same time…

    1. I agree everyone and so many interactions make the whole thing Fin and painful depending on who you are dealing with. So nice to see you here Ramya, welcome to My School of Thought 🙂

  6. LOL. Fun read, and a pretty honest reflection of the people found in apartment complexes. Having grown up in Mumbai, I can vouch for how much fun living in apartments can be. And while these characters can be annoying and frustrating for adults to deal with it, as kids – we enjoyed the variety and their crazy quirks. Made for some interesting conspiracy theories. 😛

    1. Haha. I agree on the conspiracy theories, Oh we have had many too. I think if you live in Apartment Complexes is fun all the year round and never leaves you lonely.

  7. This was a fun post. I guess every apartment complex has these. And some more 😉
    Humour may yet not have deserted you, Jai

    1. Yes some more surely exist. And when you say Humour may yet not have deserted me, I will believe that. I know you don’t take your humour lightly. Thank You so much Sid

  8. Ha ha! That was fun to read. You are right about the kind of people in an apartment complex. I don’t stay in one but I have heard this from my peers on how some just highlight issues and never propose a solution. 😉
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    1. Thank You Parul. This may or may not be based on true events. But I will say I have had enough run-ins with these characters.

  9. How will the world survive without its party poopers!? 😀
    Some people are habitual Sadu. 😛

    1. Haha. Habitual Sadu. I know a few friends who will have a great laugh at this. But, Seriously all the poopers do be the thorn on everyone’s side.Lovely to see you here 🙂

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