Auto Plight


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I would like to thank NIKITA for this piece. I had been bugging her for a while and she finally caved in to my pleas. I could say I love you, but my bones are in the right place right now, and I like it that way!


I got up from the bed after hearing the commotion outside my house. What a sight. I saw some hundred men gathered in the middle of the road. After a good look, I discovered that they were the Auto drivers. As I approached them, I was told that I had a task. Bewildered, I needed an explanation about the task. To my ultimate delight, I was informed that I was, supposed to push the auto walas in front of a moving vehicle one by one! I jumped with sheer delight and started to push them. It seemed that I was allowed to commit one mass murder… I felt exhilarated as I did my TASK. Suddenly I heard a voice calling my name in a rather angry manner. Sounded like my mom’s .I got a nice jolt on my shoulder and was disheartened to realize that she woke me up from my beautiful dream. ….


The cause of the dream was not baseless. The thoughts, which gave birth to this dream, have been churning in my head from quiet some time now.

My sheer hatred towards Bangalore autowalas is palpable I guess. Frankly I believe that only 1 out of 10 autowalas in Bangalore can be compared to a human being! Ok . that’s the maximum I can brag about their GOODNESS.

I stay some 2kms from my office and in recent past, it has become an impossible task for me to find an auto back and forth my office. These autowalas seem to have an imaginary boisterous aura around them. This prevents them from taking short trips, which will fetch them a min fare of 12 bucks. I feel we do a favor by paying 12 bucks for distance worth 4 bucks!

If the distance is too short, they will not take you.

If it is too far they will not take you.

At rush hour, they are not ready to go to travel.

If it is an empty road then they might not have the MOOD to travel.

The attitude in their tone when they say a NO makes you feel as if you committed a sin by asking for a ride. If you wake them up from their siesta (so what if its 11:00 a.m. in the morning) and ask for a ride, to a place which they do not feel like going… just leave the conversation and run ASAP. You really don want to hear the fancy word shower on you. I feel you are lucky if you get in an auto, which is farley new. The auto wala is new to all the gimmicks, tricks and tips. Hence it becomes less agonizing.




Few interesting observations:

According to autowalas, four people cannot sit in an auto. Else, a cop might catch them and hence they are not ready to accommodate. However, (surprisingly) if you pay them 10 bucks extra, they are ready to make adjustments. So logically, if we pay the autowala 10 bucks more, the cops will not catch them! Huh! What a crappy logic.

ImageShackThey conveniently refuse to tender exact change but will never take a penny less.. Why? Cause apparently the entire world is richer than they are. So what if they have expensive mobile phones (blame it on service providers for such low tariffs) and fancy autos.

If you come out from a mall and ask for a ride, be prepared to hear some exuberant fare. As you walk away trying to ask another auto, you get the looks…go-ask-anyone-the-fare-remains-the-same.

If you want to go some place situated at x, degree latitude and y degree longitude make sure there is no change of even a minute in the location. Otherwise apart from the fare meter, the crib meter also starts!

Some times, they simply say NO. In that case do not dare ask the reason…

Once I asked an auto fellow for a ride from Urvashi theatre to jayanagar. That fellow stopped his auto, thought for two minutes, and then said a NO… I wonder what mind boggling thoughts he had..


When one has to face such situations every day, it becomes a tedious task of even thinking about traveling in an auto. So there is no doubt that this article is direct Dil Se….


7 Responses to “Auto Plight”

  1. snehaNo Gravatar says:

    i like the second half of this entry. it is too familiar.

  2. RichaNo Gravatar says:

    U just summed up everything i hated about autowalas. Well,, there isnt much u can do sadly. RTO says in this internet age, it is exceedingly easy to write using snail mail u know, to RTO stating the exact time, place, name of the autowala, his number plate, reason for grouse, what action you expect to be taken against him. And at the end of it, you dont even knw what happens to your request. Maybe we could just boycott them all for 2-3 days. Then, perhaps they ll come to theri senses.

  3. ArchanaNo Gravatar says:

    There is a girl in my office, a Maadu..
    and u know these auto walas ..

    This girl accompnaied by 2 others gals of my gang went to someone s treat. The auto wala asked 20 ( for a min fare which was 12 that time ) and finally came to 15 after series of arguments.
    so the other two girls got in fed up of arguing with them
    But this lady was still fighting.

    Best Dialogue ” do rupaiah mein kya banglaow banaoge madam ”

    While getting down she slipped and fell down, he goes “aisa hi hoga agar sab se ladayi karoge toh”

    angry reply comes “Aap zara tameez se baat keejiye ”

    we still laugh mimicking the conversation.

  4. PratsNo Gravatar says:

    Simply love this post and so true… I hate Auto’s. You know what if you want to see the National Integrity go and see Auto Wallas across India they are same B*****DS all the way irrespective of cast creed and region. huh

  5. VaishnaviNo Gravatar says:

    I simply cannot bring myself to pay these auto fellows.I d rather walk a mile than see those ungrateful faces..
    Real Story:I walked a distance of 5 kms coz i was in extreme anti-autowaala

  6. meghanaNo Gravatar says:

    lol,me n my mother r called rickshaw ranis of blore,we depend on autos all the time.

    My mom recalls the days when the minimum fare was a measly 5 bucks :) today it is 14 bucks,n with the old meters still running on 12 bucks,they take us for a gala ride with their fake meter charts :(

    **** em

  7. HarsheyNo Gravatar says:

    Pune is the same or… worse. Its a sad experience..most of them are out there to loot you. At times you get a better one - I travelled in one auto which took me just 3 kms and charged by the meter. HE was an old Muslim fella, very calm and well spoken…but thats a rarity

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