What would you do? Which cab would YOU take?

You see a line of cabs parked at the end of a lane, the regular black and yellow ‘Premier Padminies’ (Fiats). (For all the non-bombayites, all cabs are the same fiat model). At the end of the row you see a black and yellow colored car, it’s a cab! But it’s not a Fiat. It’s a Hyundai Santro!

What would you do? Which one would you pick for your ride?

Over the last year, there have been a few of these Santro cabs that have been around Bombay. Whenever I see one, I get really excited and always run to get into one! It just seems like a fun thing to do. It’s a regular cab, same rate, just a Santro rather than a Fiat!

The fun is more with the kind of looks you get as you take your ride. Most people on the streets with expressions of… “Oh that looks different!” to “Do you think that might be costing her more!” to “Oh what’s that thing?” to “Oh what fun!”

When I was in one of these rides today I got thinking of how these simple things are somewhere connected to whether we see the different things that ‘pop up’ out of our otherwise routine canvas as “quaint” and “fun” or just “absurd” and “weird” ! Would you like random changes and take detours or just prefer routines?

Just in case any of you are thinking I am cooking up a baseless theory of ‘sameness’ and ‘difference’ based on a simple ‘cab ride choice’ I have evidence to back this! 🙂

To quote one of my friend with whom I did have this conversation, she told me she had left a Santro cab just last week cause she thought it looked ‘different’. So that at least makes the two of us, one on each side!

So what would you do? Big theories are always made of small gestures! I hope there were more random out of pattern cabs, buses, or thing we use everyday to choose from! Wouldn’t they add that random variety to life!

P.S: That reminds me of another random conversation I had with a group of friends a while ago, when the topic of discussion was, “Why does a refrigerator always have the freezer on top?” Given that actually we use the lower section more and keep bending down to get things. Wouldn’t it be more convenient to have the regular section on top, so things you use everyday will be at your regular height! None of us could really conclude whether this design was for any scientific logical reason or just a pattern we got habituated to. Not only as ‘users’ but as ‘designers’ would you defy a set pattern?

11 responses

  1. well there are bottom freezer refridgerators too!!! usability and convenience i think must dictate design more than anything else. and this might sometimes means defying or moving away from a set pattern.

    like i remember reading this article about winemakers ditching corks in favour of screw caps!!!

    my grater is made out of plastic and not the regular metal. (yes i can finely shred almost anything and everything from onions and carrots to cheese or make slices for potato chips) this means that i can grate quite quickly and absent mindedly, because there is no danger of hurting myself.

    August 2, 2007 at 10:05 am

  2. btw to answer your question, i’d take a santro – i love trying new “different” things 😀

    August 2, 2007 at 10:09 am

  3. Kashyap

    Why haven’t I ever seen one of these Santro cabs? You aren’t talking about those Radio Mirchi taxis are you?… Cause I believe they are more expensive than regular cabs.

    So I finally got onto QTOL… Good Stuff!… Wish I could write the way you do. Someone told me that I write a 25 page paper like I was chatting with someone on MSN.

    August 2, 2007 at 10:56 am

  4. Kashyap

    Oh btw.. you should definitely not do that.. cause otherwise these fine pieces of treasures would be littered with lols, hahas, good goods and bald men!

    August 2, 2007 at 10:59 am

  5. Neha

    Hey! thanks! n i am just talking about regular cabs not the radio mirchi ones…there is usually one santro cab always parked outside Mocambo.. n yeah the bald men and the drowning babies can be off from here! lol..

    August 2, 2007 at 11:18 am

  6. Meghana

    Hey Neha!! I too have seen a santro cab……..which also proudly proclaimed “Same Rate”!! And it had got me and my friend really excited…..however, in a vain attempt to lose weight, we had promised to walk down from the office dat day and therefore, could not hire it! 😦 Well, now that all attempts at losing weight have been dotched, i’ll def take the Santro one!! 🙂

    August 2, 2007 at 11:38 am

  7. I think I would have gone with the regular fiat!

    Anyway as for refrigerator on the top – there is a scientific explanation for older models atleast. You see, cool air is heavier. So if u keep the refrigerator (coolest part of the fridge) on the top, then cool air from that would descend to the bottom of the fridge. Thus the whole fridge will remain cool, while at the same time consuming less power. Remember there used to be a tray (for holding condensed water) b/w freezer and lower section in older models which we had to empty at regular intervals?!

    Anyway in newer models, there is good insulation b/w freezer and lower section. So now we have both top-freezer and bottom-freezer section. You can take your pick depending on which section you use more. (Some ppl do use freezer more!)

    August 2, 2007 at 5:09 pm

  8. Neha

    # meghana- yeah u must take the santro next time and have yr share of fun with the ‘looks’
    #Venkat- hmm…thanks for the explanation..ignorance does lead to random thinking…now atleast i am partly enlightenened..hehe

    August 3, 2007 at 4:44 am

  9. Hi neha,
    You know the refridgerators are designed for fat people like me to bend umpteen times in a day, so that we get some exercise!

    And for a cab I will go for a santro.I love trying new things and thats why you and I are here blogging!

    Keep writing. My best wishes.
    latha aunty.

    August 3, 2007 at 6:39 pm

  10. Bala

    Hi Neha,
    By the way, the Chinese have introduced referigerators with the freezer at the bottom.

    August 9, 2007 at 6:48 am

  11. Neha

    Hey! hello uncle! thank you! n yeah thats the fun thing about this…also learnt that a lot of other places have freezers at the bottom now…its fun to keep learning these small bits of new information!

    thank you for dropping by..

    August 9, 2007 at 6:52 am

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