Very few vehicles travelled through this road. I could see from far, cars were being stopped by a group of men in white dress. .
Their demand was ₹10 per vehicle. .
I was second in the line now and I could see those red faces inside the car in front of me. They were reluctant to give the money. Four of them from inside the car were arguing in four different direction now. .
It seemed as if I was the only one running out of time there. Situation got worse. Noise got louder. .
I honked, twice, everyone looked at me. I took out a ₹20 note and mimed as if I would pay for them too. They let the car go and now they were blocking me.. . "Is this the way to Mecheri?" I asked. Everyone seemed a bit surprised. "Aren't you going to Hoganekkal?" One of them asked. "No, I am going to Mecheri." "Then you don't need to pay." He said. "It's ok. Keep it. For the car?" I replied. .
Now they looked confused. No one was sure if they should take money for someone who has gone to Hoganekkal from someone who is not going to Hoganekkal. They looked at each other and let me go. . .