Strangers of the week.
One week. 4 strangers. Intriguing?
Context: I had to travel to xxx late at night, couldn’t find any share cab/auto, So decided to take a “normal” auto. After bargaining for over 20 mins, we both agreed on a particular price (because I am cheap like that.)
Me: Why is there no share ca/auto available right now?
Him: Rain na madam, that’s why , plus a lot of traffic
Me: Hmm. Okay.
Him: I was an “a share auto” driver before.
Me: So why did you quit?
Him: To be very honest, it was mainly because of the way the customers treated me.
Me: Oh. Like?
Him: They don’t even want to cross a road, it’s okay for them if I had to make a long U-turn and reach right at the pick up point. I just got tired of it.
Me: (Wondering if I had done that. Not really) Hmm.
Him: and it’s not even that we get paid like 30 bucks for attaining arrogant customers who travel long distance and pay meagerly. I used to pay over 1000s for petrol itself. I didn’t find the business worth it.
Me: (Questioning my decision of starting the conversation)
Him: Sorry madam, didn’t mean to offend you or something
Me: Ah. It’s okay. I never realised that side of the story.
Him: Arey madam, these people even fool you customers, they take like twice more than what I am charging you right now at peak timings for no apparent reasons.
In the morning they increase the price because people are in a hurry to reach office and so do they in the evening
Me: Realising the monopoly of the business, “what about the cab drivers who cancel your ride because you aren’t paying cash”.
Him: Madam. We are also looking for making money every day. It’s just that people have different work ethics.
I had reached my destination by then.
(This conversation kind of pissed me of for some reason, I realise their problems but at the same time drivers cancelling your ride for not paying in cash is not justified)
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Context: I was working late at office (for me late is post 6.30. Hehe.) There was another person who had to go to the same place so we decided a share a cab. After a brief introduction we had a little chat.
Me: So is this your first job?
Her: No. I was interning at xxx before this.
Me: Okay, then why did you not continue there? I suppose it’s a great company to work for.
Her: Yeah. That’s what everyone thinks.
Me: Oh, so was it the work or did these people promise you a better pay?
Her: Nah. It’s almost the same. The problem was with the work culture. I was interning there for over 6 months and I saw only a little progress. I was just working, wasn’t learning anything.
Her: Actually, there were a bunch of FTEs(Full time employee) I knew. One of them after an year of working in his team got 4% hike and the other person who had joined at the same time was to get 14% hike in a few months. That kind of scared me.
Me: Well that’s a chance you would have to take , right?
Her: I don’t know. I thought there was a lot of pressure. I kinda didn’t like it.
Me: How about here. Good enough?
Her: I think I took the right decision, maybe this organization isn’t as big as xxx but they are paying me well and people I work with seem to be great. Can’t complain.
Me: That’s great. I guess bigger the organization, bigger the problems?
Her: You know what, you can’t say anything about what might happen to you. If you are in a good team, good for you. If you’re not, suck it up and show up everyday.
Me: What about startups? They pay you well and it’s a small group, so it could be different right ?
Her: Yeah, it could be. But they pay you like an insane amount
Me: Even more than what a person’s skills are worth?
Her: Yep. That’s right. One of my friend has somehow ended up into managerial positions within just 2 years without a degree in management.
Me: What could go wrong with that?
Her: Anyone outside of his org. would never pay him that good without a legitimate management degree.
Me: Wow. That’s crazy. Interesting how educational degrees have become a means of employability.
Her: I am not sure what would have I done with my degree either if it weren’t for a job
Me: Yeah. Same.
The ride was finished by then.
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Burger King (Yes, I skip healthy food and resort to junk)
Context: I was late from work, didn’t want to have amazingly mediocre food from pg. Hence, Burger King.
Him: Can I sit here?
Me: Um. Yeah sure.
After munching like a cow for quite a while(I hate people who don’t know how to eat)
Him: Hi, XXX.
Me: Yep. You guessed it right.
Him: Haha. Same.
Me: Looking at the sister who just walked by
Him: Don’t fancy religion?
Me: Not a fan
Him: So do you believe in the spirit living inside your body ?
Me: um. Imagine meeting a stranger and the very first he asks you is about spirits .
Him: haha. I am sorry. Perhaps I should you some ID to prove my legitimacy.
Me: Not really. But I think there’s someone there outside guiding and looking over me.
Him: Okay. That’s interesting.
Me: Yeah. I built that belief when I was going through a rough part of life.
Him: Sorry to bring that up.
Me: Nah. It’s long gone. I am doing better.
Him: so let’s say, you are creating a human from the very beginning.
You’ve taken out all his skin and bone, what would remain?
Him: let’s say I take that out too
Me: oh. We forgot the muscles.
Him: Haha okay. And then?
Me: Probably nothing.
Him: Then what about the spirit? Aatma is what we like to call it.
Me: Hmm. (Actual trying to process all the things I have read about aatmas so far, yeah I read weird things. Hehe)
Him: I know right.
Me: Maybe it’s a hypothetical concept which has been passed on to generations and so on, maybe now people think of conscience as their spirit’s call
Him: you really think so? How can a thing exist and not be in a physical form?
Me: Just human feelings do. They are expressed, you can believe that they exist but there’s no physical existence to it. You can’t touch but it’s there.
Him: That’s a different way of looking at it.
Him: Well, btw I am a freelance writer and took up the task of writing about the human body spirit
Me: Oh so you’re looking for content and you generate it with human interactions?
Him: um. Not really. You make it sound really shallow.
Me: No. No. That’s not what I meant. I mean. Yeah. Whatever.
Him: actually people don’t answer your question if you ask them in a straightforward manner. They become reclusive
Me: Maybe. Yeah.
Him: I stop if I sense a bit of sentimental hurt in their response but your response actually would be something putting down.
Me: Okay. This is going to make me sleep like a baby tonight.
Him: You can stop too.
Me: Haha. Gotta go.
I just left.
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Context: I was in the locker room, changing up to leave. So one of the girl comes by and starts talking.
Her: You work?
Her: Same. It’s kinda hectic right? Gym after work
Me: Not really, I am kind of relaxed after Gym. It’s refreshing to be honest.
Her: Yeah. Especially when you have back to back reviews.
Me: LOL. Been there!
Her: Haha. How long have you been coming here for?
Me: Approx. 2 months.
Her: Great. Any progress?
Me: Mentally? Yeah. Physically? I am trying. Hehe
Her: Yeah that’s great.
Me: Hmm. (slowly walking out)
Her: Hey so where do you live?
Me: just around the corner near so and so place
Her: Ah I live there too. We can go together, if you don’t mind.
Me: yeah sure!
Her: So I am kinda new here. You?
Me: Same. Just about 4 months.
Her: Okay. It kinda gets boring sometimes so I thought maybe I could go to gym
Me: Yeah. That’s a good reason to go to gym.
Her: and I kinda wanted to move on too
Her: Yeah. You know people don’t realize the kind of effect exercise has on your brain. Like you said right, mentally you’ve made progress. Gym is sometimes the only good thing I do in a day.
Me: I know. I don’t skip gym on my not so good days!
Her: I wish they had an outdoor gym sort of thing here. Would’ve loved that.
Me: In a weather like this, wouldn’t have mind.
Her: I wish to go swimming classes though
Me: Oh my God. The primary reason I go to gym is to lose weight so I can go swimming
Her: hahaha! Same girl. Same.
Her: wait do you take any protein or supplements for that matter?
Me: I don’t. But I have realized that I should. I recently got a chance to meet a health consultant. She helped me figure that out.
Her: oh that’s great. But aren’t these proteins and supplements for that matter synthetic and harmful in the longer run
Me: I don’t really have the exact knowledge to justify my answer but I don’t really believe so. I have started reading this book by a renowned physician, what your doctor doesn’t know might be killing you and it has been quite informative and has actually changed my views on supplements too.
Her: oh is it.
Me: I could actually forward you that book
Her: yes you should
Me: okay, see ya! Nice to meet you!
Her: Yeah! See you tomorrow!