“In conversation with” is a new category of our website, where we talk to people about current events and try to understand their views. Earlier in this category, we spoke to Shehzad Poonawalla.
This time we spoke to a cab driver, who drives in and around Mumbai. After taking his consent, we recorded a small audio clip of the talk so that our readers appreciate the genuineness of the conversation.
Our journalist, who is based in Mumbai, booked a cab from Chembur to Colaba. The driver, Mohammad (name changed for safety reasons), is from UP and has been driving cab in Mumbai from the past 2 years.
Heres the conversation between the driver and the journalist:
Driver: Sir, OTP?
HMP Journalist: 4786
Driver: Sir, Freeway se le lun?
HMP Journalist: Thoda ulta padega na?
Driver: But sir, fir zyada time lagega…sab jagah khuda hai
HMP Journalist: Haan khuda to har jagah hai…bas mann se dhoondo to milenge
Driver: Sir, mera matlab khudai chal rahi hai…
HMP Journalist: Arey haan…ok, Freeway se lelo
Driver: Ok, sir
HMP Journalist: Magar ye khudai kyon chalti rehti hai?
Driver: Haha sir, accha hai na…metro, flyover aa rahe hain
HMP Journalist: Haan dekho…kuch kaam to ho raha hai. Waise aap Mumbai se hi ho?
Driver: Nahi sir, UP se hun…2 saal pehle aaya
HMP Journalist: UP se? Kaisa chal raha wahan? Yogi ji to khabron me rehte hain bohot.
Driver: Arey, ab jo bhi hai…kar to rahe hain kuch
HMP Journalist: Kya kar rahe hain?
Driver: Sir, kisano ka karja maaf kar diye hain sab.
Here is the audio:
HMP Journalist: To sabhi kisano ka karja maaf kar diye?
Driver: Haan, Yogi ji zyada pooch-taach nahi kiye seedha khatam kar diye karja
HMP Journalist: Magar maine to news me dekha ki karja maaf ke naam par ek do rupaye ka cheque de rahe hain. Ye to gareeb ka mazak bana rahe
Driver: Haha…aisa nahi hai, sir. Ab kuch log khud apna karja bhar diye to unke account me ek do rupaye bache to computer me jaisa dikha utne ka cheque ban gaya.
HMP Journalist: Aisa bhi hota hai kya?
Driver: Arey, sir agar aap kabhi apne phone number band kardo…aur bill bhar diya ho to, bacha hua bill kitna aata hai? 50 paise tak aa sakta hai. Aur khabar dikhane walon ka kya…sab paisa le kar dikhate hain.
HMP Journalist: Chalo, ye bhi accha hai…
Note: Journalists who often quote drivers must know that even drivers dont trust them.
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