Hundred Rupees and a snake

I live in colony where homes were bought by residents for amounts between Rs.2.5 million to Rs.8 million. The location of the colony can be described as, on the outskirts of Pune, India. 7 to 8 years back there were hardly any homes in this area; all one could see were fields where people grew vegetables or grain.

A couple of days back a snake was spotted in the colony in the evening ( us humans have encroached their homes!!) This is not an un common occurance. Now we have a system of calling a snake catcher; he usually arrives within 15 minutes. For catching snake, his service charges are Rs.100/ (ONE HUNDRED ONLY). Snake was spotted between two homes and a security guard arrived to help. He informed the residents that the snake catcher will handle the situation but he charges a small fee.

Now the interesting part.

There was a discussion between neighbours. Who will pay? After a long discussion it was concluded that unless people contribute, Rs.100/ cannot be raised. (Maybe too big an amount) End result nobody “contributed” and the snake moved back into his original dwelling in our colony and was saved a forced migration to snake catchers home.

Now the real point that I want to make.

  1. Nobody knew if the snake was poisonous. Snakes can go to any home irrespective of the fact if one contributes or not and if it were poisonous…..
  2. Was Rs.100/ really such a big amount to be discussed by people living in our colony?
  3. How to understand human nature ? When an event can affect your dear ones and still one does not take action because of Rs.100?
  4. I know that people living in my colony buy cars worth Rs.1 million or maybe more.
  5. They sometimes spend maybe Rs.10000/ for a dinner
  6. But why the same people could not give Rs.100/ to catch a dangerous snake?

Well probably this is human nature, the most complex thing in the universe.

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Author: panvalkarpramod

I am an engineer by training and run my own business. I like to blog but do not yet get enough time.

6 thoughts on “Hundred Rupees and a snake”

  1. This case is an instance of a larger problem facing the co-operative housing system. For one reason or the other, collective decision making process ends in a stalemate. That leaves the problem unattended, that then grows in scale and complexity.

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