IST stands for Indian Stretchable Time and not Indian Standard Time
We say that we value time; but do we do so in reality. We make it convenient to adjust timings as per our convenience and do not think about the philosophy of time at that moment. Let us start following time strictly instead of stretching it to our convenience without any regard for the valuable time of others. Join this discussion and give out your serious thoughts about the issue in addition to your own experiences.
I am sure most of you must have seen, heard or even experienced the following situations around you-
When a person is late to office and his boss calls him up, he replies "I got stuck up in some urgency, so will be there in another 10 mins". While reality is that he is well aware that he is not going to reach office before 30 to 45 mins. Similarly you are waiting for doctor's appointment and doctor does not turn up on time. You go and ask the attendant and he says " Doctor is stuck in traffic, he will be here in another 15 mins". You are relaxed and wait only to find that doctor comes in after one hour. There are many more similar situations happening around us and we, as Indians, are more or less now accustomed to it and I guess also very well known for this.
All this makes me wonder why on earth we are not transparent when we talk about timings. Does IST stand for indian standard time or india stretchable time? If it is going to take half an hour we know then why do we say 5 mins or 10 mins? Why can't we straightaway say half an hour? Are we afraid to say the real time thinking that how person at opposite end may react? Or have we got into habit of this? Or we do not value the time? Sometimes this habit may misguide others who are not very used to so called IST.
I do not say everyone is like that but still I observe that as Indians, this is very common among us. IST being so popular many people have already formed their own mathematics as to how to interpret time in Indian context. Mathematics is like below:
5 mins = 30 mins
15 mins = 1 hour
1 hour = 2 hours
So I have seen people extending the time as per their own calculations over the time they are told. Assumption is that things are always going to start late than mentioned timings. If function is to begin at 5 PM time given will be 4 or 4:30 PM keeping in mind people's mentality to follow IST.
It is said that "Time and tide waits for none". Time is precious, let us value and give respect to it. It would be indeed nice if people get into habit of mentioning near to real time estimate rather than loosely speaking any time figure that comes in their mind. Also it would be great if people start taking time seriously and do things as per mentioned timings rather than stretching the time as per their own calculations and mathematics.
Let us see if we ever get to see a day when IST will again stand for "Indian Standard Time" rather than "Indian Stretchable Time".