Tuesday, March 15, 2005

All the fat

I didn't think that I would have a justified occasion to write about the Chungking lifts so soon after last time but I do.

For the last week, the lift for all the even floors in our block has been closed for repair. It will be closed for another week in what the management are calling a routine servicing.

As a result, we have to take the odd floor lift and walk up from the 15th floor. This isn't too much of an inconvenience.

What is an inconvenience is the huge queue for the odd floor lift. The wait can take up to twenty minutes and it is causing a lot of tension. Frequent arguments are erupting in which mothers cover their children's ears and I learn a lot of bad language in Hindi. Most of it involves 'your mothers' and 'your sisters'.

But even worse than this, the odd floor lift is struggling to cope with the added strain and is breaking down on a daily basis. Once last week, seven huge men all rushed in on the ground floor. The doors shut and the lift sunk half a metre without going anywhere. After some time, a security guard came with a lift repair man to force the doors open. As the men burst out of the lift the security guard counted, 'One, two, three, four, five, six, seven. All the fat!'.

With another week of stair walking to go, it's going to be hard for anyone in E-block to be the fat for much longer!

1 comment:

dsd said...

oh goodness! Yeah, i remember the whole lift drama when i was there.