Is Uber safe for women passengers in India?Hope, my travel blog answers this question.
As a foreign woman traveller coming to India, you would be wondering whether Uber in India is a safe and convenient mode of travel, isn’t it? Well, let me share some of my experiences with you as a Uber business partner.
I became a Uber Business Partner several months ago when a friend of mine suggested me to become one. And , since then, it has been one hell of an experience.
The Girl With The Wedding Cards
She was sure an attractive lady when I first saw her get into my car. Thank you lord, I murmured in anticipation of a good day ahead. I was driving back to my home after work and had set my Uber app online.She had hailed me through the app and after a couple of minutes' drive, I had found her waiting at the exit of her office. You do not seem to be a regular driver, she said to me . No, I am not.., I replied, I am a regular employee like you. The words came in English and sure, she was impressed.Trust, as they say, comes packaged in English. Let us call the lady, Madam X. I will further shorten her nomenclature to X, for simplicity sake. X was carrying a large plastic bag, apart from her laptop case. I offered to help her lift it up. No, thanks, she said, all the bag carries is wedding cards. Wedding cards, I wondered aloud, are you a printer of cards? No, I am getting married next month, so I am going to my friends to personally invite them for my shadi. Shadi is Hindi for wedding. But, you could have sent them cards electronically or could have whatsapped them, I gently asked as we navigated through the super lousy Gurgaon traffic. Yes, I could have, she replied patiently. But, you see wedding invitations require a bit of personal attention and I want all my friends to feel special about it ! So, how many cards are you carrying in your bag? 100. So, you will be going all these 100 people. I asked incredulously. Yes, why not, all these guys are people whom I value! In the meantime, she fished out a phone and started calling up her friends to check on them. I balked. So, here she was, a modern young woman working as an HR Manager in a global beverages company and still sticking to some time honoured Indian traditions.I could only marvel at the contradictions in our society. We talked. I was full of questions and she answered each one of them patiently. Do you find Uber safe in the evenings? Yes, why not, she replied, I often take it when I have to go to multiple places. The amorphous Gurgaon traffic melted away as we conversed. Uber had just helped me understand the world from another angle.