Yellow blood corpuscles of Chennai.
Trrrr!!……Thhh..Thh..Thhh……Tttrrrrrrrr!! Yes!! The Auto rickshaws.
Active 24*7, Low class people wishes to use it , Middle class people cries after using it only because auto rickshaws has the power to explode your heart in pieces.Wanna bet..??
“How much from Gopalapuram to Gemini flyover..??”
“Just 100 Rs !!”
See I told you so. This was the situation for a very long time. People were fed up with this. Everyday they bargain and if you are missing a train in half an hour, only God must mercifully feed you for the rest of the month.
Do a mistake, people call it as mistake but do it for next 50 years people call it as ‘The Unwritten Law’ that must be followed.
All of a sudden there was a revolution. Auto Rickshaws with a symbol of ‘NAMMA AUTO’ which was considered as ‘HOPE’ in Chennai started saving the Chennaites. Namma Auto has a power of Digital meter with an inbuilt GPS and a printed bill service.
Within few months there was a catastrophic change. Auto rickshaws were ordered to use the meter and with the minimum charge of rupees 30. Police charged Auto rickshaws without proper meter. Finally I thought Chennai is saved.
Few days later, I had to travel back to my native and I preferred bus to train. Koyembedu was my destination. I waved my hand, auto stopped in front of me.
“Koyembedu bus stand” I said
” It will be 250rs”
“Heavy traffic sir, 250rs”
“I will come only if you use the meter” I raised my voice.
He just drove the Auto without looking at my face and I was like a dumb standing and staring at the road. Again I waved my hand and no one is willing to use the meter. Finally I hired an Auto who was willing to use the meter and I reached Koyembedu at 120 rs. This history repeated for few times.
After few weeks, I wanted to leave Chennai again so I called for an auto to Koyembedu. I started losing lot of autos and patience with the meter thingy. I checked at the time and I was already running late. I had no other choice. Either take the auto or fight for the Law.
Taking the auto will be good I guessed.
” Koyembedu busstand, will u use the meter..??” I asked.
” Heavy traffic sir, and lots of one ways and blah blah blahs…”
Time is running. I thought to giving another try so I said
“Will you use the meter please…??”
“Okay, I’ll use the meter and only if you agree that you will pay me 50 rs/- extra”
I calculated in my mind. Without the meter I have to pay 250 rs but with the meter I will pay 120 rs + 50 rs which is 170 rs. Sounds good to me so I replied.
” Ok, I agree with that but on one condition. Take me to Koyembedu without crossing 100rs. I’ll pay you extra 50 as you asked.”
I heard my devil laughing inside me because I have gone koyembedu few times with meter indicating 120 rs. He agreed with the challenge and we geared to Koyembedu.
We had lot of conversations and he took lots and lots of left and right which was really confusing. I started hearing my gut murmuring “YOU ARE BEING KIDNAPPED !! YOU ARE BEING KIDNAPPED !!”
At last the meter stopped at 97rs. I lift my head and I am at the Koyembedu bus stand.
“Sir, We reached” he said.
“And it is 97rs which means I won the bet ” He said.
I was speechless. I paid 170rs and saved the balance.
“Thanks bro!!” he said with a smiling face.
I started walking with a question in my mind.
“Did I win or lose…??”