Aato!

on Monday, 14 July 2008

The city of Bangaluru(hope I got the spelling right) has taught me a lot of things. But the most important lesson I have learnt so far is the versatility of the auto rickshaw or as our brothers,the south Indians, would call it - the aato. Move over Ferraris and Lambhorghinis, the aato is here to take over the world!

I have found the following to be true about them :

1. the fastest way out of a traffic jam is traveling in an auto (of course, the fastest way to get anywhere in Bengaluru is to walk :|)

2. on the rare occasion of finding a traffic-free road, the auto-driver will provide an adventurous, nerve -jarring,life-threatening, back-breaking, high-speed ride. Well, if all you wanted was a safe ride home....u MORON!why did you get into it?!

3. The battle of wits. Yes, it is a battle of wits, and the opponent is worthy. The auto-diver is a master of psychology and can sense levels of weakness, tiredness etc. and after complex calculations, will come up with a sure way to rid you of a lot of money.

4. lastly, who can ever do that(see pic) with any other vehicle on earth?!

I was traveling in the auto when it ran out of fuel and the driver flagged down another auto and towed it to the nearest petrol bunk, which was a good 2 kms away with his FOOT!


8 Comments:

kinni said...

i did get the spelling wrong. its bengalooru/bengaluru :|

Utsav said...

lol..that must have been quite an experience!

Janani said...

Hehe. True. :)

Radha said...

ask me! i will tell u!
blore traffic moves @ 10km/hr! the opportunistic crowd! u'll even understand market dynamics but never can u understand dynamics of blore traffic! ah! dynamic!oops, sorry , it is most of the times static :P but babe! take it from me! u r a goner if u r in koramangala area!traffic is terrible! tatz the one major thing tat'll put u off about blore!

jyothi said...

hehe, mera bharat is always mahaan, loved the photo[:)]

Twilightgirl said...

hehe. just the other day a friend of mine from bombay was commenting on autowalas in Ahmadabad.

looks like autowalas are the only ppl who can find all sorts of tasks for their feet. apparently ahmadabad auto walas make leg signals for left-right etc, and its totally acceptable and not odd at all.

so yeah very definitely, saare jahaan se achcha it is.

shveta said...

hehe... quite true.. and the pic was really good! :)

Saba said...

nice photo...