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Uber, Amazon are transforming the way we live. But is it for the better?

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06.12.2019

“Haldi stains on a curry-cook’s sleeves
Are all the stains splashed curries leave

F-words in the room suspended
Mark the place where a quarrel ended

Lying prophecies were the bane
Of him who defended Dunsinane…”
From Proverbs of Kala Kela by Bachchoo

At the end of a meeting of the trustees of a renowned national theatre venue in West London, I tried to figure out how to get to my next appointment in the southwest of our great and good city. I summoned the London Underground map on my mobile phone, fully aware that there were no underground stations near where I wanted to go.

My colleagues saw me perusing the map and muttering about my frustration at not being able to see connecting bus routes on the same map.

Several tech-savvy persons standing around said they would check on their own phones and soon there were five people around me clicking the apps on their mobiles to assist.

“Get off the tube at Putney and then you’ll have to change buses twice,” said the quickest.

“Take an Uber for God’s sake,” said another. “It’s not the South Pole you’re going to.”

“Of course,” I said. “Why didn’t I think of it in the first place?”

And, gentle reader, it wasn’t my way of pretending that I didn’t want to spend money on the Uber fare. It genuinely hadn’t occurred to me as the obvious way to........

© The Asian Age