Jun 28, 2010

**.ID-Card Power.**

   There are different types of ID-Cards; there is the amazingly useless Voter’s ID card, the driver’s license, the ID card few of us had in school and college and the most amazing of them all, the corporate ID-Card – The one given to us by our employers.

   Till the end of college, none of us liked the ID card, people forced us to wear it. The HOD and teachers used to drive us crazy if we fail to wear it. It was like dog-collar for all of us; but things radically changed after we finished college and entered the corporate jungle.

   The dog-collar soon became a privilege, now we have to be forced to remove it. People wear it with pride and happiness wherever they go. In a city like Chennai or Bangalore, it is very common to see people wearing their shiny ID card with colorful tags in shopping malls, restaurants, multiplexes, road-side eateries, buses, autos and even in public rest rooms. They associate such a degree of pride to it that they are very reluctant to part with it even for a single moment. They wear it while traveling, shopping, eating, drinking and god knows when else.

   It is not entirely their mistake, people wearing ID-Cards or so called professionals are always treated in a ‘special’ manner. The ‘special’ here includes high auto fares, impeccably high prices in grocery shops and zero chance for bargaining. They don’t mind these as these things come with ‘real’ privileges like being addressed as ‘sir’ by everyone, no more ‘what-is-he-doing-here’ look in theatres or malls. They even get away from TTR if they travel without a ticket. Coz, 'people wearing ID-Cards never do a mistake on purpose'.

   Everybody who is wearing the ID-Card does not enjoy the privilege. This is only limited to people living in big cities and people working in big companies(not necessarily IT). The Id-Card alone does not have any power, it must be combined with an attitude to make it work. The ID-Card + attitude + branded clothing gives anyone the privilege of being fooled by auto people while falsely being treated with great respect.

   Enjoy ID-Card Power, to read about a privilege i enjoyed recently, read my previous blog - Test-Drove the chevy to the levy.


9 comments:

Chiju said...

Ya. They call it the power of ID. Can't agree more to the amazingly useless Voter ID. :)

I always thgt ID card in your place was a threat to getting mugged! Careful dude! :)

$ph!nX said...

HA! Red ID cards worn in madurai attract muggers, chain snatchers and kidnappers + unwitting car salesmen..
:P

And if wearing an ID card plus other mentioned accessories are the only way to garner respect...hmm...

ash G said...

Chiju, aneesh - i totally agree with you guys.

KD said...

nice observation ashwin :) nice read....

ash G said...

thanks dude

Anonymous said...

hi da ... vasanth here .. your blog is very diff and interesting :) ... the messy sketch is becoming kind of trend i guess .... well had a hearty laugh after reading this ... esp this was the highlight !! ""They even get away from TTR if they travel without a ticket. Coz, 'people wearing ID-Cards never do a mistake on purpose'."" -- good keep going :) !!

Manoj Vasanth Ram said...

hi da ... vasanth here .. your blog is very diff and interesting :) ... the messy sketch is becoming kind of trend i guess .... well had a hearty laugh after reading this ... esp this was the highlight !! ""They even get away from TTR if they travel without a ticket. Coz, 'people wearing ID-Cards never do a mistake on purpose'."" -- good keep going :) !!

meera said...

So the main purpose of this post is to market your other post and make people read "Test-Drove the chevy to the levy." :D :P

ash G said...

@meera - yup.. you could say that