“A guest is a god“, aldus onze sociale en hulpvaardige chauffeur Santosh, die al sinds 1992 reizigers door India rijdt. Geboren in een eenvoudige Brahmin-familie vlakbij Jaipur heeft de de jonge Santosh zonder opleiding toch een baan in het toerisme gevonden. Daarmee onderhoudt hij nu zijn familie.
Santosh vertelt: “Because guests spend a long time in the car with me, I explain some basic rules of driving in India to them right in the beginning. They go like this: a) You need good brakes, b) you need a good horn and c) you need good luck! Driving in India is very different than in western countries. Honking your horn is nót a rude gesture, but an absolute essential. A cautious driver in India will not drive when his car horn does not work!
After that the trip can start. I want to present my culture and my country to the guests like an ambassador of India. What I notice is that guests are often delighted to see things that seem minor to us; a peacock strutting over an old monument, a lone birds’ nest on a roadside tree or people working in the fields. These small everyday things for us Indians delight them as much as major tourist sights.”