There is this new campaign on TV , which airs public interest messages to urge people to do their bit in stopping domestic violence , by simply ringing the doorbell on any excuse just to make sure the offender gets the message.
The particular ad that caught my attention was of Boman Irani walking up to the door and ring the bell to say
" kya main ek phone kar sakta hoon? (Can I make a phone call?) "
and immediately his cell phone rings in his pocket and he answers to say
"Haan? maine hi phone kiya tha (yeah I had called) "
I was damn impressed by that one.
Most of the people don't make an effort to stop domestic violence when its happening somewhere near them. I know people of both the following examples-
50% of the women out their go on and on and on....about how men are bad, men are that , men are this...blah blah blah. Finally, when there is a wife-beater around, she wants her own man to sit at home and mind his own business than to go over and and put an end to it.
Men either don't want to cross their wives/mums, or they simply don't want to do anything about it themselves.
"It's their personal issues - we can't do anything "
Yes you can...ring the bell.
So simple. You don't have to say anything...just Ring.The.Bell.
Or knock the door. You don't need to get involved in their personal issues.
You just need an excuse and I thought of some (first two are from the ads) to add the insane touch to this post.
The top 10 Ring-The-Bell excuses are...
1)Can I make a phone call?
2)Can I borrow milk?
3)Can you turn down the volume of your TV? I don't like movies with brutality.
4)My son needs help with his homework - what is the spelling for 'police' ?
5)Do you have a hot girl in there by any chance? (Joey Tribbiani from F.R.I.E.N.D.S )
6)I am here to repair your toaster...what?...oh sorry, it says #420, I just assumed its your place, my mistake.
7)Can I use your bathroom?
8)Hey wanna come for a jog? Oh, you don't jog at midnight eh? ok - suit yourself.
9)I was just wondering and I wanted to know, who is our 3rd Prime Minister?
10)Can I play with your dog?
And if he is a really big guy, remember to scram immediately!
Ring the bell - and be a guardian angel!