Last week I was returned back to Bangalore after my friend’s wedding. The lagguage was pretty heavy with all the stuffs I had carried home. So, I and my friend decided to take Uber on the way to PG. Coincidentally, Uber had sent me a 50% off offer and we decided it was a good time to utilise it. We booked a cab, it arrived and we got into it. No, this isn’t an advertisement for Uber. The story starts now.
My friend is a curious cat. He has to know everything. So instead of acknowledging that I am exhausted and sleepy, he decided to have a chat with the driver. He wanted to know how Uber compensated drivers on discounted rides. The driver was a talkative one. He was keen on sharing the knowledge. He gave us a detailed description of how Uber works, how they pay the drivers, how giving offers works for them, so on and so forth. He also told us that there is some scheme where drivers are paid incentives twice a week for completing so many rides. And it was as good as 3600 bucks for 40 odd trips. This, apart from the money they make from trips. I did mental math and was amazed!
I refrained myself from asking him what was running in my mind but my friend has foot-in-mouth disease. So, he had to ask “How much do you earn per month?” I had done some math but I wasn’t expecting the driver to say he earned around 80,000/- per month! Shocked, I and my friend exchanged looks. We both were thinking the same thing. When we finish our degree in few months and go for a job, we would hardly get 30,000/- per month. And this person was earning more than twice that amount.
Apparently the driver wasn’t done. He was enjoying our reactions. He went on telling us including his personal expenses and diesel charge, he would spend 30,000/- per month and save the rest 50,000/- If you think this is what the whole post is about, you are wrong. Because the punch line is still remaining.
Enjoying our reactions too much, he said “What is the use in taking so much loan and studying so much? You will end up with a job that will stress you so much. Neither you get leaves nor you get peace. We are illiterates. But we are our own boss. I take out the car when I wish and take leaves when I want. Reading too much is of no use sir”
I am sure he noticed our mouths hanging open! I quickly recovered and gave a look to my friend asking if he wanted to listen to this. Embarrassed as he was, he turned away, pretending nothing happened. As for the driver, he had stolen the show!