We went to a wedding at Park Sheraton the other day.
At the gates, our car was stopped, we were asked to open the boot, then the doors which they opened almost causing our kids hanging on that door to tumble out of the car and only then did they let us go.
The gifts were being collected at the door itself with a person manning it- carefully listing out the gifts collected. We were frisked at the entrance and come to think of it, the whole procedure made me feel better and safer, for whatever it was worth.
Earlier people used to take offence if they were frisked and checked at the gates of a wedding venue just because there is a person with high security needs attending the wedding. It was rare and occassional. Not something happening when ordinary folks like you and me are attending or conducting a party at a hotel.
But the situation has changed and like everything that evolves over a period of time, a security protocol has evolved to include stringent measures and we actually feel okay about it.
It's ok to not give in to the temptation of idling in front of a patch of lilies in a major IT park and just hurry past it now because the Security doing their job may just get suspicious and check upon you.
It's prudent of us to not go to a crowded marketplace during peak hours or before major festivals.
It's a way of life to be cautious, aware and vigilant...like our ancestors living in the wild.
The animal is different now.
PS: The food was lovely though and the fried fish was polished away real quick by the four of us.