Call Vavei any day, any time
4 May, 2021, 9:00 pm
PEOPLE in Wainibokasi, Rewa and Tailevu will give you a puzzled look if you ask for Sunil Dutt Krishna.
But mention the name Vavei and everyone will know who you are talking about.
Mr Krishna, a popular taxidriver, was christened Vavei because that’s the greeting he uses to anyone and everyone who flags a ride in his cab.
Mr Krishna said circumstances forced him to begin working as a taxidriver when he was 16 years old.
“My dad got sick and he couldn’t continue driving so I had to step in. At that time he was driving for Gaunavou Cabs,” the 55-year-old said.
Based at the Wainibokasi Hospital, Mr Krishna said he had seen his fair share of ups and downs over the years.
For the past 39 years, despite the economic challenges and windfalls, the Rewa Delta man said he loved the way he got to interact with people on a daily basis.
“I just love my job, I have come to know so many people and I have developed a good relationship with my customers.”
Mr Krishna said the secret to his longevity in the competitive taxi industry was the way he treated his customers.
“Over the past 39 years, my customers call me anytime from Nasali in Rewa and the whole of Tokatoka, Vuci Village, Vanuadina and Nabitu area, they know I will be there.”
Mr Krishna said his taxi was a jack of all trades because it was used as a multipurpose vehicle.
“Customers book me if they need to go to hospital or to a function in the Suva-Nausori corridor. “Some call me to take their pregnant wives to the Nausori Maternity Hospital.
“If they need something in Wainibokasi, they call me, I go and buy it for them and they pay me and my taxi fare.
“I am like part of the family.”
Mr Krishna said the COVID-19 curfew was a good thing because it allowed him to get some rest.
“Before the curfew, I was always busy providing service to my customers.
“The number of calls I would receive was so much that sometimes I would call other taxi operators or relatives to help meet the needs of my customers.”