Dia and Sameer were poring over Dia’s smartphone looking at a map. They were at CST and wanted to go to Churchgate station in Mumbai. For those who have lived in Mumbai, know that it is a short walk across two open grounds or ‘maidans’ as they are known (shown by red line in the map). There are no road signs.
‘Sameer, the map says 1.9 km. That’s quite far. I am not going to walk,’ said Dia.
‘No, no, there must be some mistake. My cousin said, it is less than 10 minutes of walking,’ said Sameer.
‘Look at the map.’
‘Why don’t we ask someone? Or we can just follow these people. So many of them are walking towards the direction of Churchgate.’
‘I can’t trust them. I will follow the map.’
‘Ok. Lets give it a try. We’ll follow these folks for sometime, if it doesn’t work, we will take a cab.’
And they followed the groups of people. Soon they reached a maidan and there was a walkway to walk across. Then they were onto another maidan and in less than a few minutes, they were right outside Churchgate station.
‘Phew! That was easy,’ said Dia, ‘I am not going to trust these maps anymore for local travel.’
‘Yes Dia. Sometimes, technology is over-engineered,’ said a smiling Sameer.
***This has been written for the A to Z Challenge 2015. My theme is A to Z in the life of Dia and Sameer, a geek and non-geek couple. Short stories on their approach to daily life. Do you know people like them? Do share the stories with me. ***