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When in Shillong, don’t miss travelling in a local cab because, then and only then will you learn the art of adjusting.

  1. THE POWER GEAR

Neutral gear

Yes, we know the price of petrol is peaking steadily. For a solution, we have our drivers. The Great Indian Neutral Gear! This is something that comes inborn to our drivers here. Start…shift..switch off…enjoy the ride. So, a trip from New Colony to NEEPCO which is a big slope, is made without a drop of fuel burnt! Smart isn’t it?

  1. HUMAN TRANSPORTERS

Seating capacity

Shillong cabbies have a tendency to squeeze passengers more than the seating capacity. Who has come up with this seating plan? If you ever laughed at chickens being transported in a small box, the ultimate joke falls on you. The most unlucky spot? That’s the tiny seat where you have the gear between your legs..howsoever inappropriate…the rates are not discounted.

  1. FREEDOM

Taxi

There is a total mockery of administration, rules and etiquette when it comes to the famed ‘black and yellow’ honeybee styled cabs ‘buzzing’ busily throughout the day. They have the undefined authority to suddenly slam on the brakes, signal the indicators and wait for a passenger to hop in.

  1. NO TARIFF

Taxi no tariff

The pleas to have a tariff card has fallen on deaf years…perhaps to them, it’s an entire different meaning of have having ‘rates displayed’ in their profession. Who wants to be labelled? Shillong drivers make their own assumptions of how much we should pay them based on their calculation and of course based on their mood which swells up when they are in anger.

  1. NO UNIFORM

Taxi uniform

(Image: wagle.com.np)

Since it doesn’t fall under the exact provisions of the Motor Vehicles Act, uniforms are a strict no no! Many a times this issue was raised in order to instil some discipline but it has fallen on deaf ears. The explanation, “It will hit the exchequer hard”. Now keep guessing if he is /was a licensed driver!

6. AWESOME MUSIC

Well, if you ever wondered as to why the rates from Laitumkhrah to Police Bazaar is sometimes Rs. 20 or even Rs. 30, then lets accept it that the awesome music in many local cabbies in Shillong help you pass your frustrating time in Traffic congestion with ease!

7. HOSPITALITY

No wonder most cabbies will ignore you and not even blink an eye as they pass by you screaming the destination at the top of your lungs, once you get inside, the Kwai (betelnut) offered by many will calm you down that makes up for a friendly ambiance.

PC: National Geographic

TNT Desk

 

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