Elevator Enlightenment: The Many Wonders of the Indian Lift

Social Commentary

Elevator Enlightenment: The Many Wonders of the Indian Lift

Illustration: Akshita Monga/Arré


ou would make a poor learner if you failed to draw lessons from the innocuous elevator. The lift is a microcosm, however imperfect, of the lives and minds of the Indian Homo sapien. From cultural existence to social milieu, from economics to leadership — how much there is to discover and discern! What’s more is that it is free and you don’t even have to submit to a hairy messenger of God for a piece of this enlightenment.

Thanks to the lift, I now find greater acceptance among peers. It all started when a woman colleague huffed and puffed her way to the seat adjacent to mine one day. Apparently, she had had a rather harrowing journey from the ground floor to the eighth. Trapped in a claustrophobic chamber, she had to deftly balance on one leg while using all her grey cells to differentiate between deviant behaviour and the science of volume. Being an expert in lift psychology, it was a cakewalk to quell any suspicions about the numerous “body touches” she seemed to have suffered.