I was in a hurry to meet someone, normally I would have walked the distance but yesterday I wanted to be there on time and decided to take an auto.
“50 rupees for one and a half kilometers?” The auto driver said
“What one to double?”
I shouted back
“I’ll find another”
After 5 minutes I found an auto rickshaw who agreed to drop me for 30 rupees. Well I couldn’t fight more for 5 rupees extra on the meter.
“Why don’t you follow the rules?” I blurted annoyed!
He started with briberies in all professions and unnecessarily started asking me why I don’t tell people to follow rules there.
He said “No one follows, why I should?”
By then I had realize it was no point talking to him and I was just hoping to reach the place soon.
Finally we reached the place. I paid him 30 rupees and he says
“Madam, You keep on talking about rules, first you learn to follow.”
I was very angry and shouted
“What did I do?” and the man says
“You are wearing jeans”
He started talking cheap about woman’ dressing sense, women going out with men and other things. I was wearing a jeans pants, a loose kurta and a sweater upon that and this cheap fellow says I should learn to dress up in a decent way.
I wanted to punch his face, slap him. Let him understand women are not meant to sit at home but all I did was to say
“Mind your own business!”
I felt like doing hundred other things to him and was afraid to do it. I was disappointed by the way I reacted. It wasn’t my mistake, I knew he was being senseless but I didn’t do anything to stand up for myself.
I still wonder what I could have done. A lot of thoughts go on my mind in retrospect but I don’t seem to find a solution. Sometimes I feel that I should have gone to the police station with it, sometimes I feel that I should have created a scene and gathered people around, I feel that I should have slapped him. Then I wonder if what I did was right. I agree that I was clueless but in retrospect I am clueless even now.
I don’t understand a few things with this world, I feel sorry that people still think this way, I wonder how best I could have reacted, maybe I should have said that I would go to the police and noted down his number and license calling it a verbal abuse!
Any thoughts as to what I could have done better?