Guwahati Adda: How fancy is your number?

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Guwahati Adda: How fancy is your number?

Sidharth Bedi Varma | January 13, 2018 18:00 hrs


Rahul: So the DTO may have revised the rates for fancy numbers. But what’s fancy to you might not be fancy for me right? Personal choice?

 

Dinesh: (from the background): For me 6969 can always be fancy.

 

Rahul: So what they should’ve done is, made availing any number of personal choice a paid feature. For example I wanted a 66-67-68-69 series in my cars, because I have 4 cars, but I can’t pick anything by choice except 66, because DTO has defined only that as fancy. I mean, I should bloody be able to choose any number I want because I am willing to pay for it. And I can!

 

John: So what’s the problem here?

 

Rahul: Well for starters, all the numbers are computer generated and the DTO only let’s me pick what they think is fancy. It’s like the DTO is picking my superstitions, keeping track of my shani and mangals.

 

 Dinesh: I mean, I know people who will only go for 786 numbers on their number plates whether it’s 0786 or 7860, but now they can’t book this can they? Hmm, barring religious freedom, maybe some TV channel will blow this out of proportion soon.

 

Rahul: Religion consecutively manages to fudge everything up, even when you’re taking non-consecutive number for your vehicles. I believe the case was the same with telecom numbers. I know a guy, who knows a guy, who in also knows a guy with 00000s in his phone number. When I was in telecom, we used to charge Rs. 50000 for five zeroes.

 

John: That’s a lot of money for a whole lot of zeroes.

 

Rahul: I think it’s because zero is the number that makes every other number bigger. Anyway, once upon a time when Reliance was reliable before Jio, my first number had 12345 in it, and then I was known as the bad boy of Guwahati.... What do I do, I abused my power.

 

Dinesh: Hmm, I wonder if Himanta felt the same with his recent tweet.

 

(silence falls in the room)

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