Can shoes be the reason for a better tomorrow!

Shoes in their racks

When I was a kid, we did not have that luxury to choose from many pairs of shoes. We only had one pair of shoes at a time. We had to live with that one, until it gets damaged or stolen by someone. So you could realize what would be the value of a pair of new shoes for us in those days. During those days, Even when we were praying to god inside a temple, with our new pair of shoes outside the temple; the first thing we were praying, “Please God! keep an eye on our shoes lying outside your temple, and do not let a thief to take it away from us and after that our prayer used to start”. So although now I have many pairs of shoes, still I value shoes as much as I used to value them during my childhood days.

So from past few years, a new trend which started made me think. It made me think to such an extent that it gave birth to an Oscar winning post like this one. (I know Oscar people do not give awards to posts, but it sounds good to ears).  It’s a trend of throwing shoes at politician in order to protest. I am not going to get in to the argument, if it’s the right or wrong way to protest.  Neither have I ever thrown a shoe at any one nor got hit by one, so I will prefer to take the neutral side. Although in my point of view, in today’s time if I would be a politician I would prefer a shoe to be thrown at me than a stone or something else.

As long as I remember, this trend started on 14th December 2008, on the same day when my sister was born with only the difference in the year. Let me tell you she has nothing to do with the start of this trend. She loves her shoes a lot and I am sure she would not prefer it to throw at any one and at any cost. Then this trend continued and got spread like bird flu to different parts of world. An event which occurred in Iraq for the first time, took place in different countries like Europe, North America, India, China, Hongkong, Iran, Turkey and Australia with the change of characters within few years of time. I am not sure how many times the shoe hit the target and how many shoes got returned to their respective owners.

I am not aware why these events of “shoe throwing” took place in other countries, but in my country the frustration of some people against the corruption and bad governance came out in form of a shoe. It may not be a healthy trend, but it is something growing with time. When I was a kid, I learned that, “Pen is the biggest weapon in the world” and “words have enough power to bring a change”. But now Keyboard replaced pen as the biggest weapon. And I hope our next generations are not going to learn that, “Shoes have enough power to bring a change to this world”.

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The list of politicians in India who became target of that flying shoe in last couple of years is too long. So now a days the politicians in this part of the world, who think that the probability of them getting hit by a shoe that to be in a public place & infront of the eyes of cameras, is on higher side for them are taking all the necessary steps as precautions.

I know you people are thinking that, they must be wearing helmets during public rallies and press conferences. But you all wonderfoolful people they are more intelligent than us; that’s why they are leading us. They do not want to hide their face under the helmet, as they believe only through some innocent & fake expression and little bit aggression they can fool, the beautifoolful & wonderfoolful people of the world. So what these politicians of my country, oops I forgot to add the adjective of “intelligent” before their category. So here I go again, these intelligent politicians of my country decided that, the people who would sit in the front rows must keep their shows outside. I hope now you can realize, how much intelligent our leaders are. There new slogans are, “Keep your shoes outside, we will let you come inside” and one more “No shoe no tension”.

We all learned an idiom in our childhood- “Without the Bamboo, the flute can never be played”. We read it, our politicians applied it.

Yes, it’s good solution for sure. But is it an intelligent one? That’s the biggest question. They think that, to avoid this kind of situation again, they must cut the root. But does the root lies at the shoe. I do not think so. The root lies in much depth. This kind of decisions shows the narrow vision of our politicians. Rather than analyzing, why someone threw a shoe at one among them, even though he knew what would be the result of that event and what the person would have to go throw after that; and try to find a valid solution to that problem or to apologize for the mistake they made; they chose to target all the shoes, those innocent & gentle people of the front rows wearing. Here, I am not trying to justify this kind of event of throwing shoes at someone else in a civil society that to be in 21st century. But as I have said before I would prefer a shoe to be thrown at me than a stone.

I do not go to public rallies of politicians who are afraid of hitting by a shoe thrown at them. The simple reason for that, since my childhood I do not like to enter any place except temples, keeping my shoes outside. After all my shoes also have some self respect.

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I strongly believe that, rather than compelling others to keep their shoes outside while they come to meet these politicians; it would be much better for the politicians to keep the ego, the corruption, the wrong intentions and the narrow vision outside of their minds & offices. I am sure by doing that, they do not have to worry about the shoes of others.  

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40 thoughts on “Can shoes be the reason for a better tomorrow!

  1. Now this post has given me the urge to throw a shoe at ever person in my list of “Ppl Who hate me,” but then there wouldn’t be those many shoes :( plus, It would hurt me to hurt them this way….. Oh I meant hurting the shoe by throwing them on ppl. Haha.

    I love my flip flops. Infact I am a flip flop addict. The first thing I see in market is a flip flop and everytime I go to a market I have got to get them.

    Loved your post. Gave me a lot of giggles. So thanks for that

    1. Hey Aisha this was not the message I wanted to pass through this post, “to throw a shoe at every person who hates you. ” I just want the politicians to realize that why someone is throwing a shoe at them, instead of the other millions of politicians of the world. :)
      I am glad that, this post gave you giggles Aisha. :) So thanks a lot for the visit and taking your time to share your thoughts here. I really appreciate it. :)

  2. Hi Arindam, one reason why I enjoy your blog is that you take the time to ponder questions such as this, “…I would be a politician I would prefer a shoe to be thrown at me than a stone or something else.” I can honestly say I’ve never even thought about that! And I like how you wove it together with the current affairs of your government. Is that true? People really need to remove their shoes to keep the officials “safe?”

    1. Hi Melissa,
      Yes, this happened many times in my country in last few years. But it happened with few politicians, who are afraid of getting hit by a shoe coming their way. I was planning to write this post since a long time, but as I was busy I could not able to do so. but may be today was my day. At last I wrote something that was in my thought since a long time.
      I am really glad to hear that you enjoy my blog. It really made my day. :) Thanks a lot for these kind words Melissa. :)

  3. Hi,
    I suppose some people just get that frustrated with their Governments that they just feel like throwing something at them in this case shoes. I didn’t realize this happened all that much, so I have learned something new.
    Yes there was one incident in Australia of someone throwing a shoe at our former Prime Minister, but the shoe missed it’s target, and the person was arrested.

    1. Hi Mags,
      The same thing happened in my country also. The shoe always misses the target and the person go to the police custody. But what it does, it raises the issue for which the person throws the shoe, via media. And some how in order to prove they are honest the politicians take necessary steps to get rid of that issue. I am not trying to justify those people who throw the shoes. But the somehow I realized that, there is no other way those people can bring those issues in front of 1.2 billion people of my country.

  4. First off, it is almost a blessing to have a challenging childhood (to a point), because it teaches us as adults, to value things in general. I know a lot of people that take simple things for granted, myself included. As far as the Politicians go, I’d like to throw more than shoes at the majority of our leaders here in America. To be honest, I’d like to throw some of THEM into jail, then throw away the key, for their betrayal of our Nation. I think people world wide are fed up with the obvious corruption that keeps the Nations in tension. Without the Government’s interference, I suspect the people of the varying Nations would all live in peace. This is a wonderfully though provoking post, Arindam. Thanks for sharing. We all need to be talking to each other. ;)

    1. Yes Orples, a challenging childhood teaches us lots of good things, specially it teaches us to value everything. And, all over the world, people are really frustrated with the corruption and bad governance. The biggest reason behind this one is, not many young people want to enter the field of politics. And if some are entering, they slowly become part of this corrupted system. Let’s hope both the people & the politicians will realize their responsibility one day.
      Thanks a lot for taking your time to read this post and sharing your thought. I am glad you liked it.
      Best wishes to you. :)

  5. This really is an award worthy post :) nothing less than the Oscar
    I also grew with one shoe at a time … So I know how to value them … Now I have quite a few pairs but I’ll never throw them at a politician. It will be an insult to the shoe :D

    1. Wow! Thanks a lot Amira. It was one of the best comment I could ever get for any of my post. :)
      The last line of your comment made me laugh out really laud. :) Thanks a lot for taking the time to read this post and for sharing these kind words through your comment.

    2. LOL
      I came back with the Oscar (had to go hunting for it) … and I see you have already replied to my comment :)

      here it is…
      your shoe post has made me really stop and READ some of your posts. AND I find them all to be awesome.
      So with the power vested in me by Elyas & Sunshine , I nominate you for the
      Awesome Blog Content Award :)
      Follow the link for more info

      1. Thanks a lot Amira. Your comment means more than Oscar. :) Still thank you for the Oscar.
        I am glad to hear that, my shoe post has made you read some of my old posts. And thanks for the nod. I really appreciate it. Best wishes to you too.

    1. Thanks a lot. It was surely a challenging post for me. But at last I am glad that I could come up with this kind of a post. :) I hope I can come up with something good very soon. Thanks a lot as always for your kind support. Comments like yours, inspire me to come up with something different & new.

  6. Nice post, Arindam! I vaguely remember the first shoe being thrown, and there was a reason it was a shoe and not something else. But apparently that distinction wasn’t enough for me to remember why!

    1. Thanks a lot. :) To be honest I am not even sure if it’s a healthy tradition or not. But I am just having a feeling that, this tradition is spreading across the world day by day. May be it’s due to the communication gap between the politicians and people. Now a days it’s really difficult for people to communicate directly with politicians. I hope the politicians will realize their responsibility very soon and the people of various part of the word act intelligently to this kind of situation. :)

  7. Politicians around the world are out of control. Maybe we should ‘nail theirs to the floor’ so to speak, instead of throwing our shoes at them, and send them walking. Great post!

  8. Thanks a lot Renee. Your comment really made me laugh. :) I can tell you, now the frustration of people is above the safety level. Now all the politicians across the world need to realize this. :)

  9. Terrific topic with tons of implications. I love shoes and would never throw them but I know its considered a great insult in the Middle East to do so and there are other matter you covered on this subject in your post… Lots of thought provoking information here. :-)

  10. Thanks a lot Elizabeth for taking your time to read this post. I am glad to hear that, you would never throw your shoes. :) Actually this tradition of throwing shoe at someone is not healthy by any means, but then the people who represents us or lead us must not test the tolerance of common people. We all can hope each one of us will realize our responsibility either as a politician or a common man. :)

  11. …it would be much better for the politicians to keep the ego, the corruption, the wrong intentions and the narrow vision outside of their minds & offices.

    I couldn’t agree more, Arindam. Our leaders are supposed to be honest, have character and integrity.

    Blessings – Maxi

    1. Thanks a lot Maxi for taking the time to read this one. I am glad you agree to what ever I wrote. At the end of the day, each one of us hope & expect our leaders to be honest and intelligent. I just wish someday some people will enter to this field of politics by realizing the responsibilities of a politician.

  12. Great post Arindam The part about having to leave your shoes outside the temple and praying for their safety made me smile, although I know you speak the truth. I liked Amira’s comment that she wouldn’t throw her shoes as it would be an insult to the shoes. Nicely written Arindam.

    Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving comments! I really appreciate it. I am off to explore your space here.

    Really like your byline by the way!

    1. Yes It was true. Thinking about these things still bring smiles on my face. And I am really happy to hear that, just like Amira you would not through your shoes at anyone. :) Thanks a lot for visiting my blog and leaving a really nice comment. I hope you enjoyed your stay in my blog :)
      You really have a wonderful blog. Looking forward to visit your blog again and again. Best wishes to you and your blog. :)

  13. Hi Arindam,
    You wanted me to come back and read another one of your posts, but you didn’t mention which one so I chose this one. And discovered we were thinking of the same thing…
    When I was driving earlier today I noticed shoes hanging across the road at several different intersections. I have no idea why they are hanging there – I’ve never heard of Americans throwing shoes at politicians.

    1. I am really sorry to mention you the name of that post; it was actually a post called “I too had a love story”. It was a fiction. So I wanted to know your feedback on that. :)
      But I am glad that you read this post and discovered that we were thinking of the same thing. Shoes were hanging across the road that to be in USA. I hope it’s something quite unusual. :)

    1. Thanks a lot for the visit. I am glad to see you here. Yes I think now a days no one wants to read something serious; so I just try to add little bit humor to it while keeping the message which I want to pass on with the post. :)

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