One day while traveling to work for Underwood Sampson in a limousine, Changez notices a jeepney (a kind of public bus) driver staring at him angrily . Changez can't figure out whether the man seems angry at him for personal reasons, because he’s jealous of Changez’s suit and limousine, or because he hates Americans. After the staring match is over, Changez looks at his blonde Underwood Samson colleagues and is struck by their foreignness, and feels suddenly closer to the driver than to his colleagues. This incident is a first step in Changez's increasing alienation from the United States.
The timeline below shows where the character Jeepney driver appears in The Reluctant Fundamentalist. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.