Looking beyond life on four wheels

Insurance+Cabbie If you take a look at the cab aggregator market in India, drivers could have a challenging road ahead – with increased competition, narrowing margins, and work days that go into the wee hours of the night. (That’s if you only see yourself as a cabbie behind the wheel.)

The need to survive can sometimes lead to new ways of looking at the dashboard. Cabbies who are proactive and innovative manage to stay ahead of the race – the others fall by the wayside.

Not too long ago, I found a genuinely friendly person behind the wheel. He was armed with a flask of hot coffee, and the day’s newspapers which were tucked into a neat pouch behind the front seats.

In between sips of coffee and me catching up on the headlines, this chap managed to get through to me in an almost non-intrusive kind of way. And during the course of our conversation, he got to know everything about me. What I did for a living, what investments I had made over the years, and what I did with any surplus (if there was any.)

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Which way are you heading on your next holiday?

Club Mahindra Cherai Beach, near Cochin


The sparkling waters of the Cherai are a breathtaking confluence of lakes, lagoons and canals. Nestling between an idyllic beach and a lagoon, the resort is a magical destination for anyone looking for more than just a holiday on a calendar. That’s the place to go if you’re looking for nature’s green carpet as a setting and the calming therapeutics of Kerala’s backwaters. On the TripAdvisor website, 82% ranked this resort at #2 of 4 hotels in Cherai Beach.

For our Q&A of the month, we meet four young professionals who drove down to Cherai Beach and found the experience rejuvenating. We talk to hotelier Shashank Shetty from Kolhapur, chartered accountant Nischith Shetty from Dubai, Ulhaas Joseph who is a business analyst in Bangalore and Philip Joseph who works in the travel industry. These are old friends who got together after a long time and decided to catch up on their worlds at a setting that allowed them to do just that.

Read more about their experience at one of Mahindra’s
most popular resorts in the south.