I am back in town. No trip home is complete without a gory fight with the auto dude. Yesterday in Ernakulam:
Auto dude(AD): That was Rs 25.
My aunt: But the meter has only 14.
AD: I told you it will be 25 and you said yes.
Moi: Well no. You said 25 and then you said that's what the meter we will show. We said let's see. Your meter now says 14.
AD: No no. Its 1.5 times the meter charge.
Moi: At 1 in the afternoon?
AD: Yes yes. I told you that already.
My mom: No, you did not. This is a rip-off.
AD: No, no. You pay me 25 now.
Moi: Why do you even have a meter then? Amma, get him 20, that's enough.
AD: You be happy that we don't rip you off like you people do in your place TamilNadu and give me Rs 25.
Moi: Oh, I see. You have just gifted Trivandrum to TamilNadu. That's interesting.
AD: Whatever. All I am telling you is that we don't rip you like you people do. Give me Rs 25 now.
Moi: Amma, no. Here, give me 15. Here. I will not give you a paisa above 15. Lets just say that I am ripping you off like I have been taught to do.
AD: You cannot do that. You give me 25 now.
Moi: Ofcourse I can. I have a reputation to maintain. How can I go back home and tell people that I did not rip off unsuspecting Mallu auto driver? Here's your 15. If you have a problem, go complain to the police. We will be in this store for the next couple of hours.