Every day, my morning is almost ruined even before i reach office. This is because i have to take an autorickshaw to reach office.

First is the wait. Even though my house is on the main road, you have to be pretty lucky to spot an empty rick in rush hour. The moment you see one, you start praying that the driver will agree to take you. Now most drivers have a very irritating habit. If they dont want to take you, they will just turn their face and drive…Grrrrr…that act itself makes my blood boil…and sometimes makes me even want to shoot them…but well…

Well, today was one of those better days. I found an autorickshaw almost instantaneously. And to my pleasant surprise…he agreed to charge me by the meter.( Most days, i have to pay a flat fare of 30 bucks when the metered fare works out to be around 15)…

His act of charging me by the meter put me in such a good mood that i didnt even feel like a smoke( i tell you smoking is 99.999999% psychological)…

Anyways, i reached office and the metered fare turned out to be 20 rupees. When i was paying him, he politely asked me for 5 rupees extra as he would have to go back empty. Since i didnt have change and only had a 10-rupee note, i asked him if he had change for 5 rupees.

He didnt have it. Then i did something incredibly stupid. Even though in my head, i felt i should give him the 10 rupees( and make his day like he had made mine), i told him the fare was ok and just walked off. It left me with a very uneasly feeling and i couldnt even bring myself to look into his eyes….

“Bastard, what a miser. Works in such a big company but cant even give 10 rupees”…Maybe this was the thought that would have popped up in his head (atleast it would have popped into mine)…or maybe not…

i wonder how he would have felt if i had given him 10 rupees extra? Would it have made his day? Would it have made him a better driver and more polite with his customers? Or would it develop a habit of asking for a tip every time he took people by the meter??

I dont know the answers…but i wish i had given him the extra 10 bucks…and made his day( or morning atleast)…and lived with a hope that maybe, my 10 bucks had played a hand in improving atleast one auto rickshaw driver’ ‘manners'( i cant really find a better word 🙁 )