Trinny in Jozi

Friendly conversation XLVI

with 7 comments

T: No, I don´t live at The Address, I´ve just been at an iftar.
Taxi driver:  Oh, are you muslim?
T: No, I´m not.
Taxi driver: So, it wasn´t a proper iftar then.
T: No, not really.
Taxi driver: So are you christian or buddhist?
T: Christian*.
Taxi driver: So you also have  a book. Good.
T: Yes, we do.
Taxi driver: Muslims, christians, books, good; Buddhists, Hindus, no books, bad**.

Now, I´m all for literature, but not specifically in religous instances. In fact, specifically not in religious instances. I was silent though, because I really can´t be bothered to get into unnecessary arguments with taxi drivers when all I want to do is get from A to B.

* Atheist doesn´t cut it in this part of the world. I was tempted to say buddhist, but thought it would complicate matters.

** At this point I thought it prudent not to mention that Jews also have a book, although I would´ve loved to have discovered what Mr Taxi Driver made of this.

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Written by Trinny

September 7, 2009 at 22.45

7 Responses

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  1. Hectic!

    Al

    September 8, 2009 at 01.31

  2. This is awesome.

    M-squeeze

    September 8, 2009 at 17.34

  3. Oh my god ^^
    If I was in that taxi nothing could stop me arguing… I am so happy that I wasn’t there

    Luki

    September 8, 2009 at 19.08

  4. Lol! Yeah, here in the Middle East they will rather accept you saying that you believe in the “incorrect” God, than to say there is no God at all.

    SA Expats

    September 9, 2009 at 17.12

  5. @Al and @M-Squeeze: I know it´s hectic, but not sure about awesome!

    Trinny

    September 12, 2009 at 18.48

  6. @Luki Ja, it´s prolly a good thing that you weren´t with me, although I do miss you 😉

    Trinny

    September 12, 2009 at 18.48

  7. @SA Expats Agreed, although now that I think about it, this phenomenon isn´t unique to the Middle East. Do you know how few US Senators have come out as atheists?! (Can´t remember the exact figure, but being a non-believer is not gonna get you far in US politics!)

    Trinny

    September 12, 2009 at 18.50


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