I was at Null Bazaar and I saw a taxi with bold blue letters that said ‘Time is Money’. This was Subash Chand’s taxi. It was getting to be evening and by the time we arrived, it was dark. He turned on his fluorescent blue ceiling light and I took his photo. He is the first driver I have talked to that had neither land back home nor a wife. He tells us his story about a hard arrival in Bombay as a 23 year old, staying on the footpath of Grant Road, a seth that helped him off the footpath and his wish to go to Saudi to make more money. He doesn’t see a future in taxi driving. Click on the player icon below to listen to the podcast. Scroll down and click on the player icons below his photo to hear the outtakes.
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During the ride from Null Bazaar we took the Tulsi Pipe Road flyovers. I usually always take the train. When I go on the flyovers after a stretch of time has passed, I am always amazed at the changes seen to the skyline in that area from the raised flyover. This short outtake is our conversation about the changes, and the flyovers. He, along with all the previous drivers, likes the VT flyover. (25 sec.)
Subash Chand says that all kaali-peeli will be gone by 2010. Nothing to do with his taxi but sell it at Chor Bazaar where they cut it apart and pay by the pound for the steel. He describes this here (1 min 20 sec)
Subash Chand told me two stories, both having to do with a woman passenger and beer and a proposition. It is interesting how he doesn’t quite say what he means, and the long pauses. The stories of these ‘chokri’ are quite long. (3 min 47 sec)
Even Subash Chand has been robbed at knife point, twice. He describes it in this outtake. (1 min 21 sec)
As you can see, the blog is also now in Hindi. The translation of this English blog into Hindi is again the wonderful work of VS Rawat of Indore. If you would like to write him, you can leave a comment or send him an email at vsrawat (at) gmail (dot) com
I thank him over and over
The intro music in the podcast is the song Boombai Nagari from the movie Taxi 9211, sung by Bappa Lahiri, Merriene, Nisha and Vishal Dadlani.
Music by Vishal Dadlani and Shekar, lyrics by Vishal Dadlani and Dev Kohli.