Note - The name has been changed for privacy reasons. He also did not want his picture to be taken. This was the best shot I had, so you have to excuse the quality of it. Quotes have been translated from Hindi
I remember that as soon as I got into the cab, I sensed that Ashok would be a prime target to talk to.
Within the first few seconds he had asked me about my night, and seemed friendly enough, but I could also sense that he was one of those drivers who took a lot of pride in his profession. There would be no messing about in his cab.
Luckily for him, he had me.
I was on my way back from a night out, and was more tired than anything else. I couldn't wait to get home, but this guy was a real chatterbox. I embraced it and went ahead and chatted to him about the usual stuff - how long his day had been, what his plans were after etcetera.
As we turned onto the main street, I heard him scoff. I looked around and saw a smallish sedan that had been absolutely battered from the back. Next to it, was a small crowd, and a few meters ahead was a BMW with its blinkers on.
I was able to clock what happened easily, and sure enough, so had Ashok.
"These rich cunts, driving around in their fancy cars think they own the streets." he said.
I mirrored his sentiment, but didn't say anything.
"Why they feel like they have to drive their cars after getting sloshed is beyond me." he continued. "What the fuck do they think cabs are for anyway?"
"You know how it is, man. They just want to feel like they own this city." I said.
"And they look down at the rest of us. Fucking cunts." he spat.
I asked him about the times he's had one of these people as his customers.
"No, I've never had one of them. Firstly, because they don't think they need us, but when they do they're always so fucked up drunk that I refuse to take them. I don't want to have to take care of some drunk bitch on the side of the road."
Fair enough, I thought.
He ranted on a bit more, but slowly he tailed away. I was glad I had him as my driver. It made the ride home seem like a fast one.
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