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Old 22nd June 2019, 01:51   #31
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I posted this in an another thread as well, but sometimes asking a stranger for a lift can leave you with the most beautiful of stories.

https://www.amazon.in/Wasted-Hour-Je.../dp/B075MBVCSG

This (free) short story by Jeffrey Archer might warm your heart up, in all this cynicism.
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Old 22nd June 2019, 11:47   #32
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I posted this in an another thread as well, but sometimes asking a stranger for a lift can leave you with the most beautiful of stories.

https://www.amazon.in/Wasted-Hour-Je.../dp/B075MBVCSG

This (free) short story by Jeffrey Archer might warm your heart up, in all this cynicism.
In this case, the tendency to look through rose coloured glasses is highly inadvisable, because the consequences are too dire, either in India or abroad.

A case of a person who did something no localite would do was when an ex-pat professor of a prestigious university in Bangalore continued his regimen of going cycling every morning, on the state highway. Sadly, his family had to be informed of his being mowed down by a bus.
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This thread brings one funny slightly off topic thought to my head.

How boring and non existent would the Jack Reacher book series be if no-one gave him a lift !!
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The trick is to make contact with someone who knows the landscape, has years of experience in the situation and tap into that experience.

During a recent holiday, we went to the Bouqueria Market in Barcelona with a friend. After drooling over all the expensive fruit, we returned to his flat where he brought out trays of cherries (the size of golf balls!) and peaches (like Dwayne Johnson’s fists!), all bought from the friendly neighbourhood Pakistani grocer, at throw away prices. The tip? They are all past expiry date! Have you tasted cherries and peaches over ripe? Like my personal fruit supplier in Lucknow used to say, “Amrut! Nectar! Food of the gods!”

Next, in Paris, we were lined up outside a Vietnamese restaurant for lunch, when a Frenchman, on a bicycle, waved us over to another queue, saying, in English (!): “This one is better!” He was right.

So it is not about strangers, per se. It is about the wisdom of assessing the situation, about not being clueless. Don’t ask me about the horrific experiences of road rage in the US! Hint: they involve guns...

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Just providence. But, this is today's article on NDTV - https://www.ndtv.com/world-news/us-w...-lateststories
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