Arré Checklist: Ola Drivers, Here’s How to Talk in Australian

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Arré Checklist: Ola Drivers, Here’s How to Talk in Australian

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

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t seems just like yesterday that Ola was just a fledgling rideshare app, fighting Uber tooth and nail for every new download and customer. Now our baby national treasure is all grown up and ready to leave the nest, and they’ve decided to expand to Australia. “Straya” has a thriving Indian diaspora, who make up a chunk of the taxi-driving population in major cities like Melbourne and Sydney, so Ola should be a natural fit despite Uber’s current domination of the market.

Still, desi drivers don’t always know how to deal with Aussie passengers. While we Indians prefer to ride in silence with nothing but a tinny radio version of “Sweety Tera Drama” to block out the blaring car horns, Australians expect to have a proper conversation. Will our drivers be up to the task? Not to worry. Here, we’ve compiled a list of handy tips on how to talk to Aussies, mate!

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