This guy is fancier than you and can even give you a complex. He wears a uniform different from the other autowallahs. His shirt and pants aren’t grey but sparkling white. He wears frameless spectacles and has a touchscreen phone which may even be better than yours! Sitting in his plush auto, you wonder why he’s driving this vehicle when he looks like he lives in a 3 BHK apartment. Speechless.
You know how we have friends who just crib about EVERYTHING. Well one such “friend” is the autowallah who cannot stop crying about everything. When you tell him where you want to go, his face drops and he looks like he’s about to burst into tears. You console him by telling him it’s not that far. Once he begrudgingly agrees, you ask him to start the meter. This leads to a fresh round of tantrums. Five minutes of consoling and cajoling later, you’re in his auto going to your destination, with the meter on and his continuous wailing for background music.
This autowallah is a rare find. Once you do spot him, DONOT let him go. He is the sweetest and most considerate man alive. He will understand if you’re a broke college student. He will say “jitna dete ho, dedo”. He will even put the meter on if you request him to do so. He might also engage in pleasant chit chat about life and/or the weather. It is guaranteed that you will reach your destination smiling and thanking him profusely.
Ugh. They are the most cringe-worthy type of autowallahs. They proudly display huge speakers in the back of their vehicle and blast sappy, cheesy songs the whole ride. You’re lucky if you’re wearing a scarf as you can use it to hide your face as passer bys stare at you. You cannot even tell him to turn it down or switch it off as he is clearly enjoying the music and even humming along to it. Worst is the scenario when he stops at a long red light and lets the music play for the full 130 seconds. Yes, humiliation just got a whole new meaning.
These autowallahs have been hurt by someone at least once in their life. Maybe a girl they loved rejected them or they had a fight with their best friend. They are outwardly mean and cruel. You’re standing on the road for a long time without any empty auto in sight. Suddenly in the far off distance you see a yellow and green vehicle approaching, you stick your hand out when you see it’s empty and then what happens? They look straight ahead and drive off leaving you shocked with a wave of rejection in your chest. Meanies.
A passionate writer, artist, movie buff and a hard core non vegetarian, she enjoys trying new and different things. Comedy and thriller movies are her sources of comfort. A student of psychology, she finds the subject fascinating and often incorporates it into the occasional fictional pieces she pens down.