As I work away from my home, my brother gets to be with me a few times in a couple of months, so I see no point in disagreeing to his request to go to mall for a movie. Once we were late for our pre-timed movie but anyhow we got tickets for a late show, timed two hours later. So, we decided to window shop and we slid here and there and gave nod to few gadgets and clothes that happened to get our attention.

By this time, our stomach started growling for some food so we marched into the Food Court, paid for a prepaid card and started deciding on what to have for our poor stomach. We decided upon few items and started the countdown for it to arrive to us. One could see the overcrowded dwellings of Kathmandu and its denizens moving hurriedly towards their destination. We were in no hurry, for we were enjoying our pizza and espresso. Was it an unusual combination! I don’t know, we had it anyhow.


We still had some time for the movie so we decided to stay in the lobby for a while. And there we were, in the lobby standing and waiting. One could see people arriving and leaving the lobby in escalators. I happened to notice how people react to riding an escalator. Their expressions, enthusiasm, behavior were different from one to another. I told this to my brother who by now was more interested, in using the Wi-Fi in his cell phone than listening to my insight. I was having a rigorous look into how the people acted towards riding the escalator. I came up with the fact that it could be divided into three phases:

1. Before riding the escalator
2. Riding the escalator
3. Stepping out from the escalator.
Let’s talk on these phases before we miss our ride:
Before riding the escalator:
Well it certainly is a huge decision for the first timers, as they see a whole steel stair moving up in a continuous motion, a stair that emerges from nowhere in the ground and carries people to next levels whoa! What an invention!! Some just stare it amazingly; I could see it in their expression, their hand folded backwards with a silent whisper to their companion reflecting a humble thought, dissatisfaction for an immediate move. In this phase I happened to sort out that most children love to step-jump into the first stair, adults take a good thoughtful step in, and those who hesitate but somehow step in tend to display more of Newton’s third law by slightly swinging their head back as if they are about to fall. Okay now the second phase.

IN THE MEMORY OF MY GRANDPA
I KNOW IT HURT YOU
IT HURT ME TOO
THOUGH YOU ARE GONE
AND I STILL MISS YOU

I MIGHT BE BAD
BUT I WISH YOU WERE HERE
OR YOU HAD STAYED
FOR MANY MORE YEARS

THE DAY YOU LEFT
WAS THE SADDEST DAY OF MY LIFE
I REMEMBER SITTING AT HOME
AND CRYING ALL DAY AND NIGHT


YOU WERE THERE FOR SHORT
I NEVER THOUGHT YOU WOULD LEAVE
I THOUGHT YOU HAD ANOTHER YEAR TO LIVE
AND I HAD BEEN LEFT WITH MANY THINGS TO SHARE

THE DAY YOU DIED
EVERYONE CRIED
BECAUSE YOU WERE THE BEST PERSON
I EVER HAD IN MY LIFE

I KNOW YOU LOVE ME
AND I STILL LOVE YOU
SO I TEND TO FOLLOW YOU
IN EVERYTHING I DO


GRAND’MA SAY YOU’RE NOW A STAR
PLEASE LOOK UPON AND SEE
YOUR GRAND DAUGHTER HAS BECOME THE ONE
THE WAY YOU WANTED HER TO BE

Sunam Pokharel
Chelsea International Academy
Class – 8


Riding the escalator:
Now the decision has been made, they are in the escalator riding it. This phase has more fun in it as you can notice, different people act differently in their ride till their final destination that merely would take around 10 seconds. (Author Warning! The one I was watching had this timing. It may vary differently on different locations!).
Some enjoy the ride with their helmets on!! I don’t know it is if they don’t trust their escalator ride or they just forgot to take it down. Consider yourself lucky if you see someone itch his head with his helmet still on or even try to answer the phone. LOL!!
Some put their foot a stair above, proud with their head high, chin up, one hand on the hand support, back straight as if a Maharaja is arriving at the scene.


Some grasp the hand support with both their hands. Seems they are still into their fear as if the escalator is going to catapult them!


Some people pose for a shot. They want to make their ride a memorable one digitally! Or share it in one of their social networking websites.


Well you can’t miss out the couples. If you watch closely you might be able to read their moods. It is fun. If the girl friend is turning away then she must have waited him for a long time in the sun or he forgot to mention how beautiful she looked today or guesses.. They will start to throng in your mind. If you are lucky then you could even see, the boy will be trying to put his arms around her and she’d just throw it away shrinking her brows to the middle of her forehead. Funny isn’t it?


Don’t forget the newlyweds. I just giggled to myself when I saw must of these newlywed girls would just lock their arms around her hubby‘s arm and won’t let go of it from the beginning of the ride. As if someone’s going to pop right out there and take him.


Then come these fashion conscious models like girls in their twenty’s or may be still in their teens with plenty of hairdo and makeup and dresses you can’t stop admiring. They are throwing away smile and taking a look here and there as if some celebrity is about to land off or chattering themselves and giggling to their gossips and flaunting their looks.
Some make it to the top with hands inside their pocket, displaying their coolness with the situation.


You could see some serious thinkers as well; those with their heads facing down or staring some place continually till they reach the top.
Time to get off!


Stepping out from the escalator:
Now the ride may have been fun for the first timers, getting off the escalator is one big move, more of a tricky one or I’d say a good timing! Yeah a precise one.


The newbie just hold tightly to the person accompanying them and make them puzzle too. The grin in their face remarks an accomplishment.


Small kids repeat the same process as they did while stepping in. They take a small step-jump with hands held by their guardian.


Regular ones take a cool step out, without any hesitation.


So, I was lost watching people coming by every second, people of different kinds, brought up by the humble escalator without any hesitation, without any discrimination. My brother poked me and told it was time for us to check in at the theatre gate. I had fun to take notice of such a regular instance deeply and write down a summary note for how I felt about it. Enjoy your escalator ride!, someone’s always watching 8 ) .