I live in Mumbai and travel on work. I was recently had two interesting conversations with drivers of hired cars both employed with the same agency – one in Kolkatta and one in Mumbai.
The Mumbai driver proudly told us how he now owned the Chevrolet – he had bought it from the agency and had leased it back. He talked of his plans of buying another car in a year from his earnings and perhaps setting up his own business. Two other drivers from the same agency had also bought their cars and had leased it back. Happy entreprenuers !
On a trip to Kolkatta I was picked up by a car from the same agency. I naturally asked the driver whether he owned the car. He almost lost control of the steering wheel and looked at me amazed as if I was an idiot asking the most ridiculous question. His response – “How can a driver own a car ? That isn’t even possible. “
Two people. Same employer. Two ends of India. One confident.One trapped. It was a similar sentiment across Kolkatta. The poor / service class had decided that they couldnt change their life . What makes people so different in the same country ? Is it the general fabric of a city that changes people or is the culture of the community that one comes from that writes ambition and progress into your genes ? Look forward to comments !