Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Native language trick!!!

There is a specific stretch of road on the Bangalore - Pondicherry route which is yet to be called a 'road' in all senses.....You would never believe it is part of one of the Bangalore highways. So many speed bumps, so uneven, so dark are few points I can recall because, I cross this stretch usually just after mid-night and after this point, I lose my sleep usually...

With nothing better to do, most of the passengers would just close tired eyes and try to sleep, which is what I was doing during my last Friday night's journey too....this state is when you know what is happening around you but you are not completely awake and you hate to be disturbed.. at least , with me it is like this....

Suddenly my bus comes to a jolty stop and I woke up with a start, so did most others... Looking out of the window we could see a truck parked in a very unlikely angle from the road and was headed in a direction opposite to ours.. More heads peered out of the windows to clearly see that it was not an accident. The truck driver was blocking our way.

The truck was seemingly trying to park in a 'Truck Lay-by' area and did not notice our bus. When he did, he was trying to avoid a major accident... Our driver knew only Kannada and the Truck driver knew only Tamil. The cleaner of the truck took this opportunity to have fun in the middle of the night. His point is that our bus has to back its way from the route and give way to the truck which carried important goods. The driver's take was that his bus was loaded with people and people are more important than the materialistic stuff...

Like this the conversation went on and on and finally after about 20 minutes, a guy in the bus who was not aware of this story, walked out of the bus in a disturbed mood.... saying... "Ego clash in the middle of the night!!!!!"

While the cleaner of the truck and the driver of the bus were busy arguing whose vehicle was carrying more important load, this guy walks up to the driver and talks in Kannada and then walks over to the truck and speaks to the truck guy in Tamil and solves the issue in minutes....
:)

You should have seen the magic of language in the middle of no-where at that hour of the night..
:) In minutes the bus was back on the track heading to Pondicherry and the truck was backing off its way to the 'Truck layby' area.

Later when asked the guy told us.. I just told them both in their own languages " Take it easy boss, leave way please "... :) and it solved the problem in seconds...

1 comment:

vasudha said...

hahaha...that was interesting...love the new layout

Slow Down...

Slow down.... Once in a while, Slow down a bit... In the heavy traffic, to let a fellow on the road take over you. Once in a while, Sl...