to learn marathi. so that i can parlay as a local and be told the right price rather than be quoted extra (sometimes exorbitant) sums thinking i can be taken for a ride. its a running joke that when a policeman stops you, he charges rs100 from the English speaking, rs50 from the Hindi speaking and rs20 from the Marathi speaking!
this morning, had to take the daughter for skating classes to school. so, we rushed to the rickshaw stand, where the lone rickshaw driver said he'll take us all the way only for rs100. i told him it was ridiculous because i do this stint at least twice a week because that's how many times we miss one of the school buses in a good week.
this man refused to budge. luckily, an empty rickshaw was passing by and we hailed it and thankfully he remembered me from the umpteen trips to school in his rickshaw. we reached acceptably late, but were told at the school gate that the kids had been notified of the cancellation of today's skating classes.
the confusion was cleared when i figured out that the daughter's class teacher had been on leave yesterday. hence, the kids in her class were not properly notified, that is written in school diaries and signed by the teacher!
well, then we had to walk half a kilometre to the nearest rickshaw stand (can't believe that the lack of traffic nearby was one of the pluses i found in the school), where i was quoted rs100 again. this time i did not have the will to fight, though i did tell him it was not right. he had the decency (really?) to charge an extra ten bucks.
pointless. pointless, this morning, yaar. i am going to order pizza tonight and drown my moroseness in cranberry or whatever breezers. happy weekend to you all.
opposite the shop where we buy chicken
this happened in Navi Mumbai.