I wonder if you have ever traveled by an auto with the driver completely sozzled?
Well, when my husband and I recently did, the 10minute ride was quite an earful fit for the corporation officials and politicians to take Notice and Act, which is a million dollar wish.
Even as we got into the three wheeler, we had requested the driver to drive slowly to prevent recurring of my back ache.
He obliged us and suddenly broke into a song in Tamil which had lyrics of his own —“Nan eppo mellama otre, aana road mattum sari illa (I always drive slowly but the roads are bad).
Then followed another song, again one of his own creation —‘enna akshi vandal enna, engalku onnu prayojanam ille (whatever party comes to power, it will not benefit us). ‘ akshi kar than saapduvanga’( the people in power will build their own coffers)
When we were thinking as what issue he would take up for his next song, he turned around to face us (only then I noticed his blood shot eyes and felt the whiff of alcohol) and went into an autobiographical mode. But all the while only his speech fumbled sparing us the risk of his three wheeler colliding into other vehicular traffic!
As we were approaching our destination, my husband pointed to a dentist’s board and asked him to stop there.
He had one look at the distant board and said in Tamil ‘ange kuppe thotti than thriyadu, pallu theriyale(I see only a dustbin, but no teeth).
As he came nearer the board he said, ‘ippo rendu veru theriyadu’ (I can see two roots now).
Do you want me to wait here? I don’t mind dropping you back, he had offered while we alighted.
Please spare me his monologue , I whispered to my husband.
n.meera raghavendra rao