Will you go to Hotel Ashok on Kumar krupa road?
10 rupees extra sir
Can you go by meter?
---after the auto starts and in motion---
You will have to pay rupees 30
I will pay by meter, if you dont want it then please stop the auto and I will get down
---reach a traffic signal, a beggar comes on the side
I dont have a rupee, can you give him a rupee?
Even I dont have a rupee
See sir, a truck struck me from front and i have almost lost a eye, thanks to god that I have survived, since then I earn and eat well but also give needy when ever I can.
---i check for money but the least amount that comes out is 10, he takes the 10 and obtains a change of 5 from beggar and puts it back into my hand, the signal becomes green
sirr, do you know kannada?
How long you have been here?
---then he starts teaching me kannada, the below in double quotes is in kannada
next time when you meet a auto driver tell him "I am kannadiga, dont cheat me"
-- i try to repeat that but its hard, he is patient and keeps repeating till i get it right
"I will not give extra, put meter and go"
"If you dont go I will do police complaint"
--By then the hotel comes and I have to get down for NASSCOM product conclave 2010.
For a rare time in life I had shared a good laugh with auto driver in Bangalore.
Did you ever shared a lighter moment with a auto driver in Bangalore?