Sep 3, 2007

People 8 :Magnanimity

Rush hour traffic. Zillion diversions. Buses that don’t stop for everyone. Share Autos to the rescue. He waits for one. Shifts his weight to his good leg. A blue ID tag dangles, from his white collar.

They whiz past him. The traffic police shoo them away. He holds his knee for support.
One crowded Auto stops for an extra ten rupees. He hops on beside the driver. Three of them perched on a seat for one.

He is not a local. Smiles make up for the lapses in language. He wants to get down mid-way. Another busy junction. The traffic constable brandishes his lathi. The auto driver mumbles his complaint.

He gets down and extends a ten-rupee note. A fare in excess of the distance he has traveled, but which the auto driver considers fair for the trouble caused. A Khaki coat’s righteous claim over the white collar.

He thanks the auto driver and limps across the busy road.

Yet another busy junction. The auto driver jumps down and runs behind his client. The auto stands idle, blocking the milling vehicles. The driver helps him cross and presses a 5-rupee coin in his hand.

Smiles cover up the lapses in language.

11 comments:

EnGeetham aka "My Song!" said...

Beautiful! One more instance that believing causes greater the oneself is always so special; even though its an impulse or an act in small measures...

Karthik said...

They actually make for great conversations. I have had some very "interesting" conversations with these share auto drivers on diverse subjects from tamilnadu politics to movies to his business to software industry everything !!

rsubras said...

nothing melodramatic..yet touches the heart...nice one suchiee [:)]

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~SuCh~ said...

@G : :)
@Karthick : I haggle with most of them.. never had the chance for anything else.. :)

@subbu : :)

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