A Journey Towards The Pink City - Jaipur Skip to main content

A Journey Towards The Pink City - Jaipur

"Beep! Beep! Beep!", I woke up to my alarm sound. It's 8:30 in the morning. Normally I do not wake up this early. But, today I need to travel to Jaipur. I have booked a car for my journey and I need to pick it up at 9 am. This is not a restricted time boundations booking. I can go and pick it up anytime after 9. I checked my mobile phone and see the location of the car has been shared with me. Great! I walk outside my flat in New Delhi at around 9:30. The destination is just 15 minutes away. Cool!



I took an auto to reach the destination as it was cheaper and faster. It is a really beautiful sunny day. The roads are as usual filled with cars in the capital. 12 minutes to the destination and I open my Zoomcar app once again. The location and the car details are gone now. They don't even show any upcoming bookings on the app. Could be a glitch, I thought and looked outside. People are rushing towards their offices this Friday. 4 more minutes to reach the destination. I think about the city I always wanted to go to. An ancient city of Kings. A city of forts. A city painted pink. Jaipur has always been into my diaries all along. Actually, the whole Rajasthan has been but for now, the capital city is what I aim for. "This is your destination brother", said the auto-rickshaw driver. Zoomcar Car Rentals said the big board outside of the open parking area on the left side of the main road. 10:00 am and I am bang on time. I will reach Jaipur by 4 pm at this rate and the whole plan will be executed as I have planned.






I searched for the car with the licence plate number I still remember. "Yes, do you have a booking?", asked a man whose stomach could touch his knees if he bends down. He was wearing a red polo t-shirt and had moustache without a beard. "Yes", I said while looking at the cars. "What is the number?" I told him the number with the model of the car. "Oh! That has not come yet", he said expecting a disappointing reaction from me. "Oh! Okay! Alright! When will he come?", I asked calmly since I had all the time to go to Jaipur. "I think you should talk to customer care regarding this because once he comes, the car will go to the maintenance station for cleaning and lubrication. This usually takes 2 hours." That was too much time and I really could not afford losing two hours on my trip. I dialled the customer care number but it was unreachable. I tried 20 more times. Same response. I used the most effective way to reach Indian companies then. I tweeted about my situation and they were really fast to reply. They asked my number and a lady called me. "Listen, I had a booking and the car is not available. I need to go to Jaipur and I need to reach as soon as possible. I cannot wait till 12 or 1.", "Yes Sir, I understand your problem and will definitely help you. Let me check.". She put my call on the hold and the agent raised his eyebrows asking me "hey! What happened?". "The call is on hold," I said. "Don't worry this happen many....", "Thank you for waiting sir.", the lady spoke in between and I listened to her. "The car will not be available today before 2 pm sir, but I can book another car for you without extra charges.". I did not have any problem with that. I just needed four wheels, a sound system and a roof. I conveyed my feelings to her. "Okay, what's the number?". "Sir, that car will be available at 12 pm.", I looked at my watch and it was around 10:30 to 10:45. It would be very difficult for me to wait for another two hours. "Sorry, that would not be possible. My plan will be ruined." "I understand sir, can I call you in 5 minutes?", "Okay". She cut the call and I told everything to the agent.


He was not interested. I turned around and looked for a car for which I can request. No luck though. My phone rings again. "Hello Sir, We can arrange a Hyundai Verna for you but it is at another location. We will reimburse the cab fare two-way for you." I just stopped listening after she said, Hyundai Verna. "Hyundai Verna?" "Yes Sir, but it is on another location." I don't care. Hyundai Verna. I can go anywhere for that car and I was not charged anything too. "Okay, I will pick up.".



I booked the cab and went in the direction of my new destination. The driver was not sincere though. Sometimes he would look outside the window. Sometimes he would turn on the music. Sometimes he would start operating his mobile phone. He was not focussed and that cost us both. 5 minutes into the ride, his phone rings. From his left hand, he picks up the phone and starts talking to the person on the other side. We stop at a red light. 2 seconds before the red light, he cuts his phone but starts doing something in it. As the light turns green, the people start honking and it is kind of a natural way to understand that light is green without looking at it. His mind said the same to him and he releases the clutch. Bam! The car collided with the car in the front. "No! Man!!", I said to myself. I am already late and on the top of it, these things are happening. The car to which he collided had an HR plate. I understood we have to wait now. Jaipur has to wait more. The driver got out. He was wearing a white uniform and was a very short guy. He came straight to me rather talking to the driver. He indicated to push down the window glass. "Boss! You book another cab. I won't be leaving him soon." He said to me in confidence. "But I have already paid for this cab." "Don't worry that will be reimbursed but you need to book another cab. I can't leave him without taking proper compensation."





I got down from the cab and booked another one. It was a lot of adventure in just 1 hour. I did not need anything else. The Jaipur trip had not started well. I was doubtful about the rest of the trip and especially the journey. I was thinking all this when the driver said, "Sir, we have arrived." Another Zoomcar Rental board was in front of me. I got down and wished this is one step closer to Jaipur. I went straight to the office and told them about the booking. "Wait in the office, I will ask the manager." said the worker who was cleaning a car. The manager came a few moments later and asked me, "What car have you booked sir?", "Hyundai Verna, the number is this this this."


"Sorry Sir, that car has not yet come." 

Comments

Popular Posts

A Day Before Long Nights - The Start || Part 1

I took my empty bag, I took my jacket, dressed in college uniform I started my ride. I was going to my college to give my final semester presentation for the project I had done in LTI, Mumbai . I was happy about the fact that after today, there will be no exams, no attendance and my college life would be over. I had my days planned. Since I had been on the flight from Mumbai to Delhi to come home, I had planned all my days. I wanted to learn driving at a driving school. I wanted to learn swimming. I wanted to go to the gym. I wanted to go on at least three trips in one month. I had all planned but I guess life had other plans for me.       I gave my presentation to a four-judge panel out of which three were ladies. They were chit-chatting and I don't remember any of them listening to me after I told them the company and brief of the project. My presentation was over as soon as they told me "Thank You". It was a moment of epiphany. My college was over with that s

Best Places To Visit in Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia is one of the most popular destinations for tourists all around the world. I have been a fan maybe because I live in Southeast Asia and have heard about these countries a lot more than those who live on the other side. But, Southeast Asia has a lot to offer. It might pop up in your mind as to why south Asia? What is there in it that is not on the other side? Well, I have brought you this special post to tell you the best places to visit in Southeast Asia region. Why Visit Southeast Asia? The following reasons work in strong favour of making Southeast Asia a must-visit part of the Earth. Affordable Trips Southeast Asia is feasible. I mean really pocket-friendly! Although the brand products stay at almost the same price with a small difference, self-made products like street food and the native product really blow your mind. A very delicious burger would cost just $0.20 in India, for instance. Arguably Best Food Southeast Asia brings out the best food in the world. Remembe

Plan A Trip To McLeod Ganj and Dharmshala - Complete Guide

Guide To Dharamshala and McLeodganj This post will guide you through your trip to Dharamshala and Mcleodganj. Mcleodganj McLeodganj is a beautiful small town situated in upper Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh. The place is called “Little Lhasa” because of its Tibetan population and the world’s spiritual leader His Holiness The Dalai Lama residence. Mcleodganj has scenic views of Dhauladhar ranges and Pir Panjal, a lot of green covers, breathtaking treks and tranquillity as well. Mcleodganj must be in everyone's bucket list. It is great for all friendly age groups, from individual travellers to family, couples and backpackers. Dharamshala Dharamshala is the district Headquarters of Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. It is the gateway of jaw-dropping mountain ranges Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal. Dharamshala is globally known for its World’s Highest Cricket Stadium HPCA. One who is in Dharamshala must definitely take a look at the stadium. Places To Visit in Dharamshala Dharamshala is ful

Countries With Visa On Arrival For Indians In Asia || Asia Travel

 From my experience and talks with my friends and travellers, I have concluded one thing for sure: Indians want to skip the visa process and are happy to visit the countries where visa on arrival facility for Indians is available. Money hardly matters in such cases, visa on arrival for Indians is all they would like to hear. In this post, on the same track, I will present you top five countries that are known for tourism and provides visa on arrival for Indians in Asia. Thailand A country known for its party culture and beaches, Indians are lucky to have visa on arrival in Thailand. There are no prior preparations needed, you can just book your tickets and reach the airport with your passport. The visa will be stamped in Thailand and for Indians as of writing this post, is free of cost. Some websites would list the price as 1000 baht or 2000 baht but I have travelled there and it is absolutely free for Indians.  Bhutan The world's happiest country, Bhutan, provides v

The Story Of The Butterfly Effect With A Stranger

Have you ever felt that every small decision that you take and every small change that happens around you, that could have happened, either way, can change the outcome of certain events? Have you ever experienced the butterfly effect in real life? I never did until something so coincidental happened to me, it urged me to write a post about it. Last summer I was travelling to Mumbai. I stayed in Zostel (Hostel) in the Andheri area. It had been a long time since I visited Mumbai and met my friends there. Seeing this, my schedule was totally booked. I was in a 6-bed room in the hostel.  I just checked-in, put my stuff in the locker and went out to meet my friends. I returned late in the night around 11 PM or 12 AM maybe. I freshened up and laid on my bed. Like everybody else these days, I turned to my mobile and replied to some messages, scrolled social media a bit for a few minutes and then put the phone aside after my eyes started to hurt. I was tired of all the travel I did that day. I

A Better Path To Satisfaction

On a Sunday morning, a very famous Indian actor Sushant Singh Rajput committed suicide in his flat in Bandra, Mumbai. Although there was no suicide note, a lot of theories have emerged regarding his attempt to end his life. I am tired of a new theory coming every day and reading them does not bring us to any conclusion. But the main essence of every theory is, "Sushan Singh Rajpur was lonely and under depression." Depression, a word that has taken a toll on a number of patients in the last decades. Except for the pockets of psychiatrists and hospital fund, depression is harmful. Loneliness and depression are often constituted together because of the relationship as the more lonely you are, the more you think and the more you get frustrated. During our evolution as human beings, we discovered that one man is easy prey, but 10 men are predators. This evolutionary process made us what we are today i.e. social animals. We are so social that the hardest punishment o

A DAY BEFORE LONG NIGHTS - THE LANDING || PART 10

As I mentioned earlier, I was seeing double from the first day till now. My eyes did not improve even a little for many days. Everything I used to see was double. Two doors, two mobile phones, two coffee cups everything. The doctor said my pupils are not moving synchronously as they should and hence you are seeing two images of everything. The images are seen separately by both the eyes but our brain combines it as one, while in your case it is still two images. But, you will be fine with time. With time. This is a very vague sentence. There is no specific maximum limit nor there is any medicine. You will see normally with time. Hence, I waited for " the time ". Two days after I came home after being discharged, I picked up my father's phone, opened chrome browser and typed, GB Syndrome patients case studies . I wanted to know how much time? How everyone else have managed and how much time they took. I needed to know. I needed to be prepared at least. I read three case

The Divided States Of India

As I landed in the city of Bangalore, a man is shouting just outside the airport. He is shouting something that I do not understand. Fortunately, he has learned 4 5 English words. After all, he is standing outside the airport. “ Where, ” he asks. “ Marathahalli ” I spoke. “ Bus 8 ”. He says one word and starts shouting again. He was a bus driver. But most importantly, a resident of Karnataka state in India. Yes, this place is in my country and we both cannot communicate. Many years back when I was in the eighth standard, my textbooks proudly and boldly highlighted the words, “ India is a diverse country ”. They would show the culture and folk dances of each state. Unique on its own. A moment to feel proud. You can never find a country as diverse as India, as culturally rich as India. That was just the textbook. My practical started almost 2 months ago. Soon when I reached my hotel I realized nobody in the hotel knows Hindi. Yes, Hindi. A language spoken in India.

Independence Day in India: Just A Holiday?

This 15th August, India celebrates its 74th Independence day as we complete 73 years of independence. A national holiday and the birth of a free and independent nation. Or is it? In this busy and self-centric world, as time has passed, people have started to shift their focus to things which are devastating culturally rather than positive changes that have taken place. " I know there are a lot of bad things happening all around the world, but there are more positive things happening which people overlook ", said The Dalai Lama in one of his speeches in front of thirty thousand people. That is indeed true in today's times!   As time has passed with we all standing here decades after that iconic "Tryst with Destiny" speech by Pandit Nehru, we have started to take this freedom too lightly and seeking freedom in things that are of very little relevance to us. It's like a caged parrot when freed is asking for the same level of resp

When The Desert Turned White - Rann Of Kutch (Rann Utsav)

In the darkroom and past midnight, I and my two friends decided to plan a trip. But the place should be something that does not dig deep into our pockets and gives a lifetime memorable experience as well. While my friend Harish (yeah! we share the same name, unfortunately) asked me, "Is there a place where you wanted to go?".  This question hit me with a place that I have been struggling to go for the past two years. A place which is as far as Indian borders could stretch, as colourful as a child's smile and as memorable as " once in a lifetime " place. I instantly said, " Let's go to Rann of Kutch to see Rann of Kutch Utsav ".  Not to my surprise, my other friend, Aminul said, "Where is this place?" and Harish added, "What is there to see?". I knew that pictures will speak louder than my words. I googled quickly, " Rann of Kutch Utsav " and showed them the images. I am quite sure I showed them this image:
Managed and maintained by Harish Rajora