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A Stint with Tint
By Richie John Pais

August 1, 2012

When I had gone to a showroom to buy a new car a few weeks back, I wanted to get the maximum discount possible. I compared it with other dealer’s quotations and decided to buy the car since there could not be any better discount. But I wanted to push the showroom Manager to the wall. So before writing the cheque, I asked if he could give me anything free. He said they have given everything possible needed for a car. But seeing me unhappy he offered to tint my car free of cost. “Sir, we will tint your car and will also give you extra twenty films. Whenever you feel your tint is old you can replace.” I thought I was the luckiest guy on earth. I liked his generosity.

I drove happily for a few weeks. One fine day I learnt that all the tints from the cars will be taken out as per the Supreme Court's order.The  fine is only hundred rupees if caught for the first time. The next time it is one thousand rupees. But  after paying the fine, one fine day the tint has to removed. All glasses will look transparent. Then there will not be any crime in the car. Whole nation will be declared Transparent Car India. Of course, crimes in other places will continue because it is India.

I knew the policemen cannot catch all the cars in a single day. It will take time. Sometimes when you are lucky you are never spotted. I had driven my bike without helmet and ‘without getting caught’ for months. Even if I am caught now, I can walk out with a hundred rupees fine. Next ‘catch’ may come after months or never. Or the Government may say tint is legal as someone or the other will go to court against the order. These politicians need tint more than us especially during elections to hide their gunny bags with bucks. Other time when the quantity is small they hide it under the seat. I wanted to enjoy my tint..Enjoy my drive..Cool..Cool..Cool.

Everything is legal until you are caught, they say. One needs to be extremely lucky not to be caught by our policemen. I had seen so many people removing their tints with fear of being caught. I had seen policemen removing tints. But somehow luck favoured me for a few days.

On an unfortunate evening, I was stopped by a fat police traffic cop. All of them are fat anyway

“Sir, everything is Ok. But you need to pay Rs 100 and remove the tint right now in front of me. Or I will be forced to remove” He said

“Why should I? “ I asked with light anger. I acted as if I did not know anything about tint ” what is your problem if my car is tinted? I am not a tainted man like politicians and… and… and…” I wanted to name the fraternity of policemen after my ‘and’. But I could not continue.

“But Sir, it is Supreme Court’s order”

“Do you have the copy of that order?”

“Sir, We cannot carry all orders from all the courts. Every judgment is bulky. We may need a truck to carry all these orders. We only carry receipt books”

“ But why should I remove the tint right now?”

“Because it is Supreme Court order”

“Supreme Court interprets law... It does not make legislation. The car dealer tinted my car. Go and catch him. It is hot here”

“It’s hot for everybody not only you. If you keep on arguing I will book you for some other offenses”

“What offense? My car is new. You cannot find anything wrong in my car”

“I am a policeman. I have been trained to find fault in anything and everything. Normally we book people first and then find the faults. We do not arrest people first after finding faults as you people think”

“But I can only pay you a fine take a receipt and go. To remove the tint you need to produce Supreme Court order”

“Sir, please do not keep on insisting for the court order. Nobody has seen it. Only orders are passed. We get the copies after months”

“But Supreme Court has given orders on so many things. You people fail to contain crime and fail to maintain law and order. Do you know how many orders have been given to protect the innocent? Now it’s easier for you to harass people like this”

“Ok Sir. I cannot argue with you. Let me book you for over speeding, or for hit and run or so many other offenses you may not have committed. But would have committed”

“Your statement is very complicated. You cannot arrest me with assumptions”

“Sir, I will arrest you for wearing tinted cooling glasses “. Yes I was wearing sunglasses because it was hot. Cooling glasses in ordinary language means sun glasses.

“But the Supreme Court has not ordered it”

“But as per penal code, a person who hides the eyes with a tinted glasses from a policeman can be a criminal. We can prove it in the court. Since this is the first such case, the Supreme Court may ban tinted sunglasses also”. I did not understand which penal code he was talking about.

I suddenly realised that I was into silly arguments which was taking my time.

As a smart Indian I pulled a fifty rupees note from my pocket and said “Dear officer…. This is fifty percent of the fine. Sorry for arguments. I need to go. Bye”

He just snatched the note, smiled and said “Sir, if me or anybody catches you again please do not argue. Law is very strict. You know about it now.”

“Yes .. Supreme Court order” I said and sped off. I passed by car showroom. I felt like killing the Manager there for being so generous with so many films. He must have given them on the day the order was passed as nobody else would take them. But I do not want to argue with him and waste time. Instead I will ask my wife to paste those films on our window glasses. Until a new court order comes we are safe.

 

 

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Gladys Mudarth, MangaloreMonday, August 13, 2012
Richie dear
My son driving a contessa in the wrong lane at Flora Fountain in Mumbai asked me to bribe the cop.
I gave him a brand new ten rupee note and the guy in a hurry only saw the colour and not the number.
so keep some new notes handy. Thank you for giving me a ride in the new car to church.
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Fr. Willy Pereira, Fathimapur Parish BelurMonday, August 13, 2012
My friend i read the article that u wrote... it is really interesting and true also.....
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jossie Crasta, abu dhabiSunday, August 12, 2012

Nice one Richie.......thoroughly enjoyed it... keep writing....
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Ivan Pereira, ChikmagalurWednesday, August 08, 2012
Fascinating story,enjoyed reading this, many more expecting

Ivan
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G.W.Carlo, HassanSunday, August 05, 2012
Nice one Richie. Your punches are more vicious in English gloves compared to Konkani!
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varun, mississaugaFriday, August 03, 2012
what i find very amusing. is the pride we take in bribing,how we can brag about it.whom did he fool or cheat,himself or the government
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Tufail, DubaiFriday, August 03, 2012
Superb... :)
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U.M.SHETYY, BANGALOREFriday, August 03, 2012
NIce one , time passing write up
enjoyed ..
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Christopher D' Cunha, M'lore/AUHFriday, August 03, 2012
Good one Richie....
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Mario, GoaThursday, August 02, 2012
Good one and true too.
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Rolphy Almeida, Udupi/BangaloreThursday, August 02, 2012
I feel the argument with law enforcing agent was unnecessary, because they are not in a position to answer your questions. However, you managed to expose their authoritative and threatening attitude. Finally you also joined the same category by becoming a smart Indian. He did not demand but you encouraged it, and this is also called breaking the law.
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Vijay, BangaloreThursday, August 02, 2012
Nice RJP. Keep writing.
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JOCY, SIDDAKATTEThursday, August 02, 2012
VERY FUNNY...GUD WRITE UP RICHIE.
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Dev, MangaloreThursday, August 02, 2012
The order only pinches middle class!
Those cars which come out with factory fitted glasses with tint as original accessories is legal!
The tint in them is far more greater I feel as we cannot see their interiors from outside.
That means rich people who can afford cars ranging from 8 lakh upward cannot be criminals, but those who buy lesser cars are more likely to commit crimes by latest Supreme Court Order, which needs further re-look. otherwise it cannot be IMPARTIAL.
Richie Pais I enjoyed your light hearted narration.
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arthurdsouza, mangaloreWednesday, August 01, 2012
its humuor my dear tony mangaluru depicting indian corruption.do not tell what should have been the end. its not moral story but a commentory on what is truth in india.it is saving 50 %. ha ha
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Preetham Kirem, Kirem-SharjahWednesday, August 01, 2012
Dear RJP
Too good and quite interesting.
Many more please...!
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Gregory Fernandes, Pernankila/BangaloreWednesday, August 01, 2012
Richi, nice entertainment while reading. Keep it up.
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Tony , MangaloreWednesday, August 01, 2012
Liked the article, except the last part of it, viz. bribing the Policeman and getting away with half the fine for the offence, he had committed, whatever it was, and in the process he was promoting the culture of bribing instead of curbing. If he felt so strongly that he did not commit any offence, he should have paid the full fine of Rs.100 and insisted on getting an official receipt for it, and later on he could have settled the matter through the judicial process.
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Rudolf D'Souza, KinnigoliWednesday, August 01, 2012
Enjoyed reading this...
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Donald Roche, Mangalore/RuzaiWednesday, August 01, 2012
It reminds a quote by Alexander Pope , (English Poet)"Praise undeserved is Satire in disguise" . Nice write up by Riche John Pais. Read 'Kolovari' collection of Konkani satire articles by the same author.
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CGS, MangaloreWednesday, August 01, 2012
A Stint with Tint is as good as a
King Fisher Pint or tasty Mint! Cheers,RJP!!
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Dr Edward Nazareth, MangaloreWednesday, August 01, 2012
Richie John Pais(RJP) is a good satire writer of Konkani. This write up is nice to read..
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R.Bhandarkar., MWednesday, August 01, 2012
To get the 'full hint'
Read with a bit of pint....
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Jimmy Noronha, Bellore, LucknowWednesday, August 01, 2012
Quite witty, humorous and happy that time is well spent reading something that is sensible and realistic. Clever manager: took you to ride hey???
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Eric, MangaloreWednesday, August 01, 2012
Nice, Real, Funny write up.
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