Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Driving women nuts


Women who are alone while hiring taxis seem to face an awkward situation: The invasive glance through the front mirror and personal questions from the driver.
My wife takes out a book when she travels alone in a taxi, another friend brings out her make-up kit, my Lankan friend starts knitting, but many  newcomers learn to deal with the situation the hard way.
A comparatively new friend of mine hired a taxi last week. The moment she mentioned the destination and the vehicle started moving, the driver started asking personal questions.
“Are you alone? Where are you working? Is the salary enough?”
Her reply was just “Hmmm.,” to all the questions, but what she could not take was the last question.
“You are pretty. Will you marry me?”
“Are you going to stop the vehicle now or I ring up the police?” she asked in a tough tone.
The questions stopped.
But not all drivers behave in that disgraceful manner.
The same girl had a pleasant experience too. Seeing her in a distressed situation, a taxi driver enquired about her well-being.
When she said she was new to the country and had crushed her finger in a car door, he not only directed her to a doctor but also offered to skip her taxi fare. She insisted that he take the fare, after thanking him.
Oooff, what a world of contradictions.
   

20 comments:

  1. Yeah indeed full of contradictions. I keep myself away from chit chatting the drivers. One of my relatives' driver who temporarily fared me to office and home for say almost a week or two, started sending me stupid messages like you r so beautiful etc at late nights. I politely asked him not to disturb and switched my phone off for a week. Phew, thankfully he went away.
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  2. Still some good samaritans are there! Thank god!

    Interesting post, as usual, Ramesh!

    Happy Pongal to you and your family!

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  3. The world is indeed full of good and bad people. becomes difficult on who trust and who to not :(

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  4. What a stupid taxi driver. I normally avoid conversations with strangers.

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  5. it's better to keep to oneself than to talk to the driver. unsafe world and better to be safe than sorry..

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  6. Look around,there are good people still on this planet

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  7. Bhai, the outside world is so unpredictable, its a mixture and we should be ready for the best and the worst. Good example, thank you :)

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  8. Yes, world is unpredictable. Some good and some bad...

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  9. ..hmm lots of nice stories abt cabbies..I dint know drivers do all that questioning..
    In new York travelled couple of times but its jus total silence ..or jus news on radio.. may be laws are too hard ..or women are not beautiful ;)

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  10. World is full of bad people, but its the few worthy ones who ensure that life is better! Its not just the case with cab drivers, it can happen to anyone spcly in a new place alone.. If i'm on a cab, i'm usualy listening to songs or talking to someone over phone.. usualy try best to avoid those awkword conversations..

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  11. True, society is a mix of good and bad people

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  12. One needs to be always on the guard while travelling alone...Good and bad exists in equal proportions.

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  13. This explains a lot. A participant in an international youth evident taking place here in England, some of our overseas guests were horrified when, late at night, I travelled home alone in a taxi.

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  14. That's the point, we can never generalize and speak about people.

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  15. Indeed, its out of concern for the lonely woman. "Will you marry me", was a bit too much, although!

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  16. Different ppl different experiences

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  17. taxi drivers in the major cities are known to have very boring lives..it will be interesting to read their minds.wonder if there is a taxi driver blogger..pongal vaazhthukkal sir~

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  18. You only want a taxi ride; but the taxi driver takes you for a ride!

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  19. hiii

    yaa there are many such cheap and desperate guys out there who make society hellish for girls. Some of them come from very good families too...sad but true :(

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