How to Cope With Peeping Toms?

October 3, 2020

“We've become a race of Peeping Toms. What people oughta do is get outside their own house and look in for a change.”- John Michael Hayes, US Actor (1928- 2014).

I think what actor Hayes had relevance in the last century and urban America where the dress codes did not allow anyone in underwear in public spaces. But he could not have foreseen developments worldwide, including the so-called “poor” India. I have a bunch of media coverage from India and abroad on subject. It traces the explosion of peeping tomism, including from space.

“Barkis is willing” is traced to Charles Dicken’s David Copperfield, and is often used by shirkers to justify inaction – despite professed intention. In my case it is a health setback.

So, all the bunch of press cutting goes to the dustbin. Then why not take rest? A restless mind is a disease by itself.

Besides, there is a bond between a columnist and his readers. Sustaining it is important - and also to justify Daiji’s trust and generosity.

The subject is open to many views? What are yours?



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Comment on this article

  • Rohan, Mangalore

    Sun, Oct 04 2020

    Dear sir,
    I am humbled... You are 41 years ahead of me... You have lived 4 decades more... Strived for social causes... If we could do a little its worth a life!
    I guess you miss the laughter club meetings... My aunt who shares her birthday and year with you also misses the laughter club meetings...
    Back to the topic:
    The peeping toms are always a nuisance... Specially the ones in the close circles... They snoop on us and our families... Vent venom... One thing I practise is to stay away from both the high tech artificial intelligence internet peeping toms as well as the local rough rugged ones...
    I am happy that divine providence also guides each one of us to pen down our thoughts and connects us through universal consciousness... Sharing is caring and you are doing it rightly through your writing in this column...
    Thanks and grateful...

  • Prescilla Fernandes, Mangalore

    Sun, Oct 04 2020

    Sir, your article though short, conveys a long story. Your articles keep my mind occupied. I wish you good health . Get well soon.

  • John B. Monteiro, Bondel Mangalore

    Sun, Oct 04 2020

    Thanks Divine Providence. Your letter provoked uninduced tears. I am on way to recovery.

  • Rohan, Mangalore

    Sat, Oct 03 2020

    Dear Sir.,
    Somehow divine providence gives me an opportunity to be the first one to comment here. Maybe I associate myself with Barkis. Inaction is action is what I believe in this crazy world which believes movement is progress. I can only laugh at their ignorance.
    Coming back to the peeping its a very serious subject and everyone is affected. People share personal details on all kinds of social media as well as so many social groups. They are logged in all the time giving information to remote servers on their lines of action and choices. This succepts them to artificial intelligence which drives their choices without their knowledge. So much of surveillance in this age and it is not possible to live a private life. We have to be careful at all times.
    May God give you youthful days sir, and your bond with your readers is as strong as ever... So don't take the liberty to rest we need all that decades of wisdom flow...
    Thank you as always...

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