Arré Checklist: Humans of Housing Society

Social Commentary

Arré Checklist: Humans of Housing Society

Illustration: Akshita Monga


adam abhi ek hafta flush mein paani nahi ayega,” exclaimed my housing society watchman one Saturday morning. Turned out some super responsible family in my building had left its washroom tap on, in the excitement to head to Europe for a vacation. Before I could yell, a ear-splitting squeal of a drilling machine hit me. Civil work in the flat above mine had begun, as had my nightmarish weekend.

If you’ve lived in a typical housing society in Mumbai, you already know that none of the characters that occupy it are anything like those that populate shows like Taarak Mehta Ka Oolta Chasma. In Mumbai, nobody is THAT full of sunshine and rainbows unless they’re on Prozac. In addition to the watchman – who is always the bearer of bad news – here are the other characters you can look forward to.