Life is strange. I never know what will do or what will happen in a situation. I have often written about auto-rickshaw-wallahs and their wont. Just two days ago, I had written in response to @HariLakhera's thread about ONE good experience I had with an auto driver more than 3 decades ago. That driver offered me money to buy veggies because I had forgotten my purse. (No, I did not accept it!!! ) Today most auto drivers fight over 2 and 3 rupees. That brings out the ever principled Puneri in me. Nowadays I take Ola or Uber and pay with Ola money or PayTM. No chillar ka jhanjhat. So today I called an Ola auto to go for a meeting at the institute. I was not feeling good and was finding it hard to walk. The gate towards my end of the colony were shut and so I requested him to come through the gates at the other end. That is a good km or so. To his credit, he came and did not cancel the ride. However, the moment he arrived, he started grumbling. I explained to him that I was feeling unwell. He said okay and started - the auto as well as continued grumbling. Finally I got exasperated. I don't know what came over me. I told him, 'So what do you want to do? Would it make you feel any better if you could kill me for asking you to come around? Go ahead!" I could hear the silence. He did not say anything more. Probably thought it wiser to shut up than to talk to an insane woman? I told him the shortest route to go. While getting out I apologized to him for the inconvenience he had been put through and thanked him for coming around. For the effort I offered him Rs. 20/- more. He smiled and refused it!!! Which was a huge surprise coming from a Bangalore auto-wallah. So I gave him 5 stars and a 'polite and professional driver' comment on his Ola record. Gandhigiri works. Even today. Wonder what rating he gave me!!!