I was heading out and asked amma if she needed anything from anywhere and amma asked me if I could pick some Gulab Jamun's for her as she felt like eating them. I told her "sure, of course."
I got around half the city picking things here and dropping things there and it was already 7.30pm. I remembered about the Gulab Jamuns and I told myself, "No matter what, I will pick up some jamuns for amma." And just then I saw a sweet shop at the intersection of Anna Nagar Main Road and Chintamani (I think that area is/was called Trinity). I parked quickly, got out of the car and picked up some G.Jamun's and also some other chakna for dad and I was walking out.
I saw a white Maruthi 800 getting hitched to a tow truck. I thought to myself, poor idiot, someone's car is going to the pound and my eyes slowly drifted to the license plate. It took me a second to realize that it was MY car! I ran down the steps fast and saw a cop sitting at the passenger side of the tow truck. I went up to him and told him, "Sir, that is my car."
"Good, now that you are here pay the challan and take your car. Will save me time too," was his response.
"But sir, I parked there only for two minutes."
"Yup. But you parked in a no parking area."
"But for two minutes."
"You are educated?"
"Then read that board."
"Oh damn. I could not see that from where I parked."
"Of course you drove past it and chose to ignore to read the board."
"Fine. I am sorry. What can I do?"
"Challan. Pay it. Rs. 300."
"What? that is way expensive. I went into buy sweets, not gold. I don't carry that kind of cash on me."
"So tell me, what does your father do."
"Nope, he owns a small business. He is a consultant."
"Good. Nothing in the government. Do you know anyone?"
"Ya I do, but it is too late for me to disturb them to get my car. You know?"
"Ok how much do you have?"
"Give that to me."
"Then what will I get petrol for my car with? How will I go home?"
"That is not my problem right?"
"No. But you are bargaining with a girl for money sir?"
"Well, then pay the challan. We know to do things the right way too you know?"
"Gosh. Can I give you Rs. 50?"
"Thanks and please let go of my car gently. It is the only thing I got."
"You girls know how to drive a bargain." He said as the car was gently placed back on the ground and I waited before saying...
"Well, if we do not then how can we escape from people like you." He stared with an open mouth and I smiled at him while walking away.
This cop was a young guy and so I could talk back like this and he took it in good spirits...but imagine if I had to deal with one of those big bellied bullies...
Of course darlings, if you know Tamil it will be better because this whole conversation took place in part Tamil and English and people from Chennai can completely relate to it because I am assuming things have not changed and if you own a car or a bike, you would have definitely had a similar experience. Write them down.
And yes, hence then I think twice before saying, "NO MATTER WHAT...!!!"