Hi Friends,

Even as I launch this today ( my 80th Birthday ), I realize that there is yet so much to say and do.

There is just no time to look back, no time to wonder,"Will anyone read these pages?"

With regards,
Hemen Parekh
27 June 2013

Friday, 30 June 2017

An Instinct for Survival ?

You may also call it :  Competition ,  Oh What a Wonderful  Thing  !

Times of India ( 30 June 2017 ) carries a news report titled :

“ GPS-based fares to replace meters in all kaali-peelis soon “

Highlights :

·         Download the mobile app “ Aamchi Drive “

·         Enter the DROP LOCATION to get an estimate of how much the ride would COST and how LONG it would take for the cab to arrive

·         The GPS enables you to LOCATE taxis in the vicinity and once a cabbie confirms your ride, he will be provided only your name and contact number , not your DESTINATION

·         Once you get into the cab , the driver will get the DESTINATION and he will have to ACCEPT the ride

·         The trip will be MONITORED through a CENTRAL CONTROL ROOM over GPS, so there is NO CHANCE of METER TAMPERING

·         Even if you do not have the App, you can give your mobile number to the driver and register for a single ride , for which an E-RECEIPT is sent on your smartphone at the END OF THE TRIP

·         Unlike OLA and UBER , there will be NO SURGE PRICING ! The drivers will ply as per RTO-approved fares only

I am glad the owners of Kaali-peeli woke up in good time to read :




I believe , in Mumbai alone there are 38,000 Kaali Peeli taxies

All over the country , there could be LAKHS !

If ALL these LAKHS were to work under “ Aamchi Drive “ ( One Country , One App ? ), that could give OLA / UBER , a run for their money !

It could be END of SURGE PRICING !

I suppose the Kaali Peeli owners realized in good time that if they fail to “ reform and compete “ , they would meet the same fate as that of Air India !

01 July  2017