*Puncturist = A person who gets his tyre punctured. My voluntary contribution to English 🙂
Since I visit various tourist spots on my two-wheeler/bike, I am always worried about what to do, if my bike tyre gets punctured in some remote area, where there is no tyre shop?? You know what – It never happens!!!
Before a few years, when I was driving through the Sathyam theater road in Chennai, my tyre suddenly got punctured. Just as I was about to exclaim, ‘Oh no, what do I do?’, I saw 2-3 persons who were calling me to their (respective!!) puncture shops! I thought, ‘Wow, this is my lucky day – there are so many puncture shops right next to the spot!’
After I reached office, people told me, ‘Aren’t you aware? That road is famous for bike punctures!! Ha ha ha…’ Yeah, maybe they could include all this info in the driving licence examination test – so that, all of us can become aware of such things in advance!!
When I was in Coimbatore, there were two roads that led to the main road from my home. My bike tyre got frequently punctured while taking one of them, but when I took the other road it never got punctured at all! Then I discovered that there were two tyre puncture shops on the first road and none, on the other. Since bike tyres are generally loyal to its owners, perhaps it gets punctured only where help is nearby??
Back in Chennai, once my tyre got punctured on a flyover. Guess what I found when I got down – A bike puncture guy right on the bottom of that flyover!! Talk about LUCK.
My luckiest stint happened before a couple of days when my bike tyre got punctured on the highway. It was also raining and hence I thought I had finally run out of all my puncture-luck. No. There were two people standing (with umbrellas) at the corner of the nearby road and were signalling the direction of the puncture shop, which was right opposite to that road!!!
This reminds me of a conversation in a (music) TV dial-in show –
“Hello, what do you do?”
“I run a tyre puncture shop”
“At what distance (from your shop) do you place the nail?”
“Ha ha ha ha”
“Ha ha ha ha”
Business Lesson for those without MBA#~: When there is no demand, create it!!