Our friend, an american who is travelling in india, was getting desperate that he could not find an auto back to Mahablipuram from near VGP (on ECR) at 1:00 in the morning. After some heavy partying and splashing in the pool, everyone was quite tired. Finally a share-auto gets stopped., and the other indian friend who was accompanying him to find him an auto., talks to the auto-driver in a broken tamil-malayalam mix about the destination. Auto driver takes one look at our passenger, and proposes Rs.600. Our american-friend instantly responds, "600?? You got it. Deal.. lets go.". Our indian-friend has not yet recovered from the shock of the proposal.
Auto driver chucks two passengers in the auto out to accomodate our american guy. Indian-friend finally wakes out of his shock and tries arguing with the auto driver. Auto driver turns to american-friend with one baby face explains about kids education, baby food for his newborn, his weakening eye-sight, bad roads, poor condition of auto, raise in petrol prices, retirment plans, etc.. Our indian-friend is more shocked and rooted to the ground speechless. American-friend says 'go' to the auto-driver. Auto driver silently curses himself that he did not ask for a 1000.
Next day at office everyone hears of this., one minute of eerie silence because of shock., then broke into peals of laughter literally rolling on the floor.