A “life-changing movie” that a cabbie recommended

runlola_7403Everybody has their favorite cabby story and mine just happened a few weeks back. On my way from to office one morning I started chatting up with my middle-aged Indian cabby. Hearing about my company’s work, he pushed two fat books towards me. “I am learning coding and testing too” he said. It so turns out, he drives at day, learns coding at night and in between also runs a web design company. For the latter, he said, he had found inspiration from Malcolm Gladwell’s famous book ‘Outliers’ and was now looking for a “lucky break” which could take him to the other side. “Life can change in a second” he philosophized and then asked me to watch a movie that he swore would change my life too! Its apparently a German movie called ‘Run Lola run’ – an intense, fast paced action film with a rather simplistic plot and unexpectedly deeper philosophical implications about fate, chance, time, choice, and consequence. The movie is one of those underground pieces of art that only true connoisseurs are aware of and understand; to see a cabbie peddle it so fluidly and evocatively had me totally stumped. As I got down from his cab at the busy London Bridge intersection, I thanked him for a riveting conversation and hurried my steps to the office. There was a gazelle in town.