Monday, March 27, 2006

my experiment with truth

no! i'm not reviewing gandhi's writing. i had an accident in traffic this morning on the way to work.

something absolutely trivial. i stopped at a traffic light and the guy in the car behind me didn't stop fast enough. resulting in a broken helmet lock which was attached to the rear of my motorcycle.

going with the trend of traffic accidents on the roads in bombay, i guess the guy in the car was expecting an abusive altercation. he seemed very surprised, since i wasn't in the mood for one. i quietly parked the bike on the side of the road, walked up to his window and told him, "it's early in the morning and i'm getting late for work, and i'm sure you are too (considering the hurry you're in), so i don't want to get into a screaming match or a physical confrontation. and to top it all it's a monday morning and a fight would be the completely wrong way to start the week. the broken part costs 150 bucks, pay up and we'll be on our way."

well, he looked like he was having a bad day. he was in such a hurry that he left home without a wallet. the fellow looked truly upset and worked up. he asked me to exchange cellphone numbers, but i refused to call him for the money. i didn't have too much time to waste so i gave him my business card and told him to have the money sent over.

lets see if trust in human nature pays off. if it doesn't, i'll feel very upset that i didn't take the nice tie in his shirt pocket.


kumar said...

there's no way anyone's going to send you the money. especially for an accident on the roads of bombay. you should have taken his tie.

Carolyn said...
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Carolyn said...

Very glad you're okay! :)

nytyn said...

sorry to disappoint you kumar. i recieved a courier with the cash the very next day.