Thursday, June 15, 2006
The auto driver license display system is useful. For the uninitiated, all autos in Bangalore are now supposed to have a blown up image of their license displayed, easy enough for the passengers to see. Good initiative, you know the driver has a license, you know its him not an imposter, any problem you face all you have to do is note down the license number and report. But more than that, this system has provided me the answer to the question that has baffled us all for ages. Why don't auto drivers agree to take you where you want to go? Especially in the late hours? For the answer, see the address column in the license. Every time an auto driver has agreed to take me home its only because he stays in or around that area. So if you are tired of being snubbed at by auto drivers and cant take the humiliation anymore, here's your chance to get back at them and give them a taste of their own medicine. Instead of asking "Xnagar bartira?" ("Will you come to Xnagar?") , ask them "Nimma mane yelli?" (Where is your house?").If its not where you want to go, look away and walk off with an air of dignity like its the most natural thing in the world to do. Hehe. I am going to do that tomorrow.