I have spent half a century on the planet so have a lot of friends, classmates, cousins, friends who have spent similar amounts of time on planet earth.
I have a lot of friends who are runners, and cyclists too.
A few days ago one young friend was cribbing about the price of petrol. I had no clue how to react, so ….
Well, well, I do own a car, but it is largely meant for my wife. She does some small time shopping (eeks! 5km rides max), and occasionally for some event where my parents want to go with us. I must hasten to add that in 4-5 years this car has done about 12000 km. Really a waste physically, and even emotionally. It is an Indica and owning this does nothing to ones ego or status – immaterial of what my wife thinks.
Given this background I met a young girl cribbing about the price of petrol – and I made some polite noises and said ‘you know I remember my dad saying petrol costs 0.60 Re a litre…and now it is Rs. 100…blah blah blah
I also knew that she travels to her office – about 1.8km from the house in a mid sized car. She actually need not have cribbed about petrol, but this car is surely a guzzler. I said ‘why do you not bike to work’….and she said the expected things:
a. Mumbai weather is too hot
b. What will I do during the Monsoon?
c. Can I really bike wearing formals and carrying my laptop?
d. You look cool wearing a helmet and flares…but u think it will be ok for me to bike?
e. And hey I do not have a bike!
I was wondering if I did sell of my CAR..and lived without it (I am NOT using it) …and I told my friends..
I DO NOT HAVE A CAR….
I am sure it would be greeted with “OMG!! You do not have a car?” – this is currently (in my circles at least) the equivalent of saying “Congress is not corrupt” or “BJP has clarity”. It will be greeted with complete disbelief.
However, I wonder how many times can I greet my friends with:
“OMG, you do not have a bike????” God what is wrong with you?
……well life is like that…
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