Aug 17, 2010
For those of us who are used to traveling in an autorickshaw, we all must have felt a myriad of emotions while dealing with auto drivers at different times. The autorickshaw serves as the perfect vehicle for transport for those who cannot afford a vehicle of their own and yet long to avoid the mad rush of trains and buses. However, not all interactions/experiences with an auto driver go as per our desire.
Given below is a compilation of five types of auto drivers that you would definitely not want to meet on any given day, especially during the monsoon season. The intention here is to look at these situations that we all experience with a dose of humour. I am sure the readers would be able to relate to these characters.
First, the Interviewer: A typical conversation with him will go like this:
You: bhaisab Goregaon jaoge?
Driver: East ya West
Driver: Station ya Gokuldham?
Driver: Kidhar se jaoge, Link Road ya Aarey Colony?
Driver: Kyun……Aarey ka rasta kharab hai…
The conversation with him continues like this and even after answering his seemingly endless series of questions he may refuse to ferry you if he is not satisfied with all your answers.
Second, the Refuser: Imagine a scenario. At 8.30 in the morning there are four to five people waiting for an auto, eager to pounce on any empty one that comes their way.
Exactly at that juncture an empty auto emerges, much to the excitement of the waiting group.
First person (with hope and enthusiasm in his voice): Seepz…….
Auto driver: Flashes a smile and says ‘Nahi, Seepz nahi jayenge’
The second person feels that this is his divine opportunity and screams with ecstasy: Kanjurmarg!
But his joy is also short-lived as the driver refuses him as well.
In this way the driver refuses everyone, irrespective of the direction and distance of the journey. At the end of it all one is left to wonder whether the auto driver intended to ferry passengers at all or was he out on a joy ride all by himself?
Third, the ‘Move on Guy’: He is a refuser with a difference. Typically when he approaches a customer he slows down his auto and gives the impression that he is keen to take you to your destination.
But the moment you spell out your desired location, he simply turns his shoulder, picks up speed and goes away. Just like that, no verbal refusal, nothing.
If you are new to the city you may feel that you have unintentionally uttered a word that has a very grave consequence in the local language. In fact, the word is so bad that the driver, in all his wisdom, decides that it should be downright ignored in the best interest of mankind. But as you gradually get used to the city you will realize that it is just a special way that the auto driver uses to refuse the passenger.
Fourth, the Chatter Box: He is the over-enthusiastic and over-friendly driver you are likely to meet on your way home on a day when you are particularly tired and intend to take a nap during the ride back home.
The topic can be anything: from Rahul Gandhi’s adventure in Mumbai locals to the driver’s heroics in Aarey Colony (where he must have tamed a few demons at the dead of night) or may be his own son’s stupendous performance in college.
Whatever may be the issue you can be rest assured that you will not have any of your coveted sleep all the way home.
Fifth, the ‘Engaged’: It is not enough to find an empty auto, it is equally important that it happens to be ‘single’ if you want to harbour any hope of catching it.
It may so happen that during a spell of monsoon you might get drenched from top to bottom but an auto that has parked itself right in front of you simply refuses to acknowledge your existence. The official reason being that the driver is already ‘engaged’ to a customer who may come any time soon.
You would wait for more than an hour in that rain but this driver will not budge an inch as he remains firmly committed to that elusive customer. As you make some alternate arrangement to go back home you are left wondering how the divorce lawyers would have felt if married couples had shown even half the commitment that this driver displayed.
So - which kind of autorickshaw driver did you meet today?
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