|January 25, 2022||Posted by Prasant under Foursquare|
|Cartoon by Phil|
When I landed for the first time in Pune for my further studies, I knew nothing about the town nor the college where it was based. All I had was a four line address. We Indians take pride in the fact that even an one word address can be decoded! Our secret to this confidence relies on the locating skills of the auto rickshaw drivers and paan shopkeepers. I got into an auto rickshaw and showed him the address. “No worries sir we will find your address with the help of local people/pan walla bhaiyas and bit of my location sense” was his smiling reply. 2 hours, few halts, some round trips and eventually I was standing before my college. The good thing was that I managed to reach my destination in a new city in India but the bad thing was that it took me 2 hours of roaming in the heat and dust. To add to the ordeal it also created a huge dent in my pocket!
Few years later I tried the same thing in London and it backfired. You don’t have paan shops at each and every corner in London and Londoners prefer to keep a distance from strangers. I had to find my way somehow so I started ‘googling’ and the first match landed me to Google Maps and I learnt how GPS helps me to locate myself anywhere on this planet. The idea was basic and it caught on brilliantly as all a user had to do, was to type in his to and fro and the route is displayed on his GPS mobile phone/device at once.
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