Monday, 4 June 2012

Petrol Crisis!

It was Monday. I hope you get it when I say I hate Mondays. I’ve always been this person who hates the start of a week. Grudgingly I got up & decided to get ready. I looked at the watch & rolled my eyes. I was late. Again!!
I hurriedly got ready, combed my rather stubborn (read curly) hair carelessly & started my Scooty all set to go. As I rode on, I realised that the fuel tank was indicating that it was near empty. Blow!  I realised that I had to stop by the nearest Petrol Pump or my Scooty won’t co- operate with me. Considering that I had to reach a place which is at a 14 km distance from my home, gave me reasons to frown. The more the delay, more late I would be & the more ticking off I would get from the people I was supposed to meet. 
That wasn’t the problem though. I am kind of used to being in trouble anyway. As Harry (Potter) says in one of his books, “I don’t go finding for trouble. Trouble usually finds me” That, my friends is exactly the quote I would like to put here.
The problem was money for the petrol. After reaching the petrol pump, after lining up for it, I started searching for my wallet in my bag. I couldn’t find it. After calmly searching for it twice, I panicked. I started removing all the contents in my bag in search of the wallet. The petrol pump wallas started giving me looks. Few of them were trying to control their laughter. But I wasn’t bothered. I was damned late & I couldn’t find my wallet.
There were no pockets in my churidar-kurta, so no chance it would have been there. As a last resort I decided to open the backseat of my vehicle to check. Lo & behold, there it was, lying inside! Cursing myself for my weak memory, I moved ahead in the line. I was relieved!!

 As he filled the petrol for me, the man smirked at me and said “Pune petrol ke bina nahi chalta aur petrol paise ke bina nahi milta” (Pune doesn’t run without petrol & you don’t get petrol without money) I didn’t know what to reply, I already had made myself a clown courtesy my panic reactions while searching for my wallet. So I merely nodded.
That was in the month of April. As I write this now, I can’t help but wonder how right that man was. A simple but true sentence. 
Our petrol woes are something which will continue. I hope that the new government will take steps towards reducing the petrol prices as soon as possible. 

 All I know is we normal people find it difficult to travel when the price of petrol has started creating big holes in our pockets. If you live in a city like Pune, you would know that personal two wheeler or four wheeler is the most convenient mode of transport in the city, thanks to the much higher rates of the rickshawallas & not to forget their attitude which says “ I own the city, I go wherever I please & I refuse fares when I feel  like.” & also due to the poor public transport, the buses  being scarce in number & hardly ever on time. 

Mumbai is better off in that aspect owing to the local train transport & the fairly good service provided by the B.E.S.T buses. Even Bangalore for that matter. Puneites bear the brunt of the petrol price hike the most I guess along with other cities who don't have good public transport.
The public transport is such a deep issue that it will need a separate blog post for itself! lol

As a middle class girl, all I can do is write this article on petrol on my blog, and read the angry or taunting or funny SMSes & facebook statuses on petrol, by my equally frustrated friends………..Let's go retro now! Time to get back to the bicycle!

Dream. Imagine. Be Crazy. Be You.

Au Revoir!

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