The other day we asked our cab driver to have a few letters couriered and he returned after nearly 15 minutes with a scowl. I said whether he had to wait for his turn to dispatch them and his reply amused me . ‘You know the despatcher had read the addresses on the nearly dozen covers and scoffed saying ,OH, THEY ARE ALL LOCAL and took his own time to make an entry. I got annoyed and told him he could send them to the U.S. and have them returned if he so wished’ .
My husband and I admired him for his ready wit and retort . Our admiration for him increased at what he said next, ‘ You know I pick up my foot ware from Saravana stores because the price is really reasonable and the salesman there treats all the customers with the same respect irrespective of our status’ .
I thought the attitude of the person counts as to how he /she treats the guest in today’s status ridden society .I once remember a famous author who had visited Chennai saying jocularly that people in Chennai first notice the type of car you are alighting from and you are welcomed accordingly. Do I have to say more about our chennaites! Let me add there are exceptions ofcourse to the rule!
n.meera raghavendra rao