The Best Things In Life
It was 12 a.m. I got into the Ola cab. It was the first time I was out this late in an alien city, away from family & friends. As usual, I was struck by my impulsive mind & had gone to watch a movie all alone at 10 p.m.
I asked for an aux cable from the driver. He couldn’t have been older than 25. His unshaved beard & unkempt hair lent him a silent brooding look.
“Please, my wings, fly me away,’’ Lene crooned, soothing my frayed nerves.
I let my eyes close for a minute before opening them with a startle realizing where I was. Looking outside the window, I realized that I was in an unfamiliar place. I couldn’t recognize the surroundings. The street appeared quite deserted & dark.
For a minute, panic kicked in my body as I realized that I was traveling alone in a cab with a stranger. But, I calmed down realizing that there wasn’t much I could do about it anyway. Even if I screamed, nobody would hear it. If he intended on do anything, he would definitely lock the car doors & windows, I reckoned. I could finally put my long sharp nails to good use.
I wasn’t scared. Life had stopped scaring me long back. What surprised me were the instances when I did feel anything at all. This was definitely one of them.
I decided to keep my calm until I could figure out what to do. After I had started thinking straight, I shared the cab details with a friend on Whatsapp. And, decided to fight after confirming my doubts about him. After ten minutes, however, I could see familiar territory. My heart started beating at its normal pace again. And, I realised my silliness for getting worked up over nothing.
But, was I really being silly? Can we really trust anyone these days? The best things in life come free, they said. How wrong they were, though! Trust, love, happiness, peace. They cost lives.
“Ma’am, we have reached Marble Road,” the driver said, interrupting my flow of thoughts.
“Huh? Yes, thanks!” I uttered with a weak guilty smile, ashamed for having doubted his intentions.
“You look pretty when you smile, ma’am!” he smiled back.
Surprised, I smiled genuinely this time & bid him good night.
Thereafter, I bid every cab driver with a smile & a ‘Good night’. Watching the surprised looks on their faces slowly transform into smiles makes me smile too. Trust, love, happiness, peace. The best things in life indeed come free.