"Why do women who are willing to go to travel to foreign lands on their own need someone to accompany them to some place within the city"? This is the generalized form of a question posed by a stand-up comedian when talking about his daughters who are willing to travel to Dubai to listen to a rock star while they need him to escort them to some suburb of Mumbai. Well, being men, there is one thing they do not understand. It is much safer to travel on one's own in other countries than when one is exposed to gender based harassment on the streets of one's own country. (Am not negating other kinds of attacks in other countries, but those can be avoided to a large extent). However, life has changed even within the last 5 years! For the better. Jai Google maps. It was with tremendous confidence that I was able to travel in cabs and auto rickshaws when I visited Chennai a few months ago - something I would never have dreamed of before that marvel of technology entered our lives. I love it when I turn on the voice which gives directions. The driver can also benefit while being perfectly aware of the fact that I know exactly where he is headed! There is just one small problem. The woman who gives directions often decides to take me to the place by the longest route available. Of course, I don't care if the fare is prefixed. That is another benefit if one is travelling by prepaid cab/auto. Paying by wallet ensures I don't get ripped off on every ride of change which the driver never 'has' and which I may or may not have and I don't have to get into a haggling match with him. So much stress avoidance! That was my today's ode to technology.