I went downstairs to buy some bananas in the afternoon. The fruit stand next door ran out of bananas so I went across the street to get it from a woman with a wooden-cart full of bananas. She doesn't speak English nor I Marathi so after a bit of pointing and gesturing, she figured out what I want. As she was cutting up a bunch of bananas with a paring knife, she accidentally made a litte cut on her finger. It was a very small cut but her blood smeared onto the bananas and the plastic bag. I paid for my purchase.
As I walked back to the office, I couldn't help but stare at the little dot of red on the bag. All that I could think of was risk of sickness transmitted through blood. I grew more paranoid with every step I took and kept on checking if I have any open wounds on my own hands. I just couldn't stand this paranoia anymore so I put the entire bag into a garbage can before I got to the office.
While I scrubbed my hands with soap and water. I couldn't help but to feel ashame of my own paranoia. I know that I did a sensible thing but at the same time, it could easily just be an over-reaction.
Would I react differently if this happen in a differnt country to a different person with a different skin colour? I think not but would I experience the same degree of paranoia? What would you do in my place?