Guwahati Adda : Hitchhiking in Guwahati

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Guwahati Adda : Hitchhiking in Guwahati

Sidharth Bedi Varma | September 18, 2018 11:41 hrs

Conversation from a 1.5 km long journey from point A to B which, in peak Guwahati traffic, takes 20 minutes to cover on a two wheeler


Biraj: Dada, lift dibo niki? Can you please drop me to the SBI nearby? 


Me: Sure! 


Biraj: Thanks. I need to get to the bank. My salary has not been credited yet.


Me: Umm, why? Half the month is already gone.


Biraj: Well, they have mandated that I must have an Aadhaar card, otherwise they will not credit my salary.


Me: Hey, I don’t think that it allowed. Or is it?


Biraj: Frankly, I don’t really care. Pata nahi from where they keep bringing out these damn rules. 


Also, from whatever little knowledge I have, I think citizens of Jammu & Kashmir, Assam and Meghalaya have 3 more months until this becomes mandatory. But because I work in a fancy company, they call the shots and I obey. 


Me: Hmm. Well, I don’t think we can really do much about it, might as well just sign up. Aadhaar started with government subsidies, then loans, tax returns and now salaries. I think everyone is living with borrowed time when we’re talking about linking everything with Aadhaar. It’s like we’re living on udhaari ka time, and the government expects us to be aabhaari about introducing biometrics.


Biraj: I am not amused with your sense of humour, but at least your word play is more honest than acche din. Hey look, we’ve reached the destination. I’ll get down here. Thanks


<We spot some construction work on the footpath with some new tiles and designs>


Me: Well, at least something good is happening?


Biraj: Yes, it’s a great initiative for the hawkers and vegetable vendors. The administration never managed to allocate vending zones, so they might as well succumb to pressure and make fancy new footpaths for them to let business run as usual.


<As Biraj got down from the bike, jaywalked gloriously across to the bank, a bike drives on to the footpath, parks itself there. I drove away, without my helmet on thinking about how we continue to be one of the best symbiotic ironies in existence>

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