Sunday, September 6, 2009

Alfredo the cabbie

Every once in a while you meet a person who really appeals to you from the way he / she talks and conducts himself/herself. We met such a person at Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas. As soon as we came ashore, we ran into a horde of cabby's all offering us a ride to the beaches and the world famous Atlantis hotel whose rooms were priced at an outrageous $25k a night. We walked through the horde and a little distance away stood a cabbie dressed as all cabby's were -- white bush shirt and a dark trouser. He came forward and said "Welcome to my country" The way he said that, mesmerised me and we did not even question the fare or the destination. We went with the flow. We got in and he started to give us a guided tour on the way to our destination. All through his monologue his genuineness came across loud and clear and we swallowed every word he told us. There was respect in his demeanour and when he dropped us off at our destination he advised us where we could get a ride back. To this day I kick myself for not taking a pic of him. He was by far the greatest cabbie I have had. If you happen to go to the Bahamas-- ask for Alfredo!


Lawrence said...

Alfredo the cabbie

Looks like a good movie title for next bollywood movie, starring Akshay Kumar.

Great experience, Neeraj. Sure, a person character reflects on his country. I will look for him when I go there.

Neeraj Tandon said...

I doubt you will find him , Lawrence-- I hope you do though. Just knowing that people like him are there makes this world a better place.