In my opinion, the best time to take your car out and drive civilized on Bombay roads is when there is a rickshaw strike!
For those of you who are reading this blog and have no idea what I’m talking about here’s a background:
“An Auto Rickshaw is a three-wheeled annoying vehicle that has a capacity for 3 passengers. It is the main cause to the traffic problem in Bombay and does everything it can to contribute more in ruining the traffic situation even on highways. Because of its front wheel, it has the annoying edge in being able to maneuver through traffic, breaking all the traffic laws. The Auto-Rickshaws in Bombay….. (wait for it) have now made the traffic laws. If you ain’t driving like an auto rickshaw-walla, you haven’t learnt how to drive”
With my definition complete, here are my top reasons (of my infinite list) to hate rickshaw-wallas and their annoying 3 wheelers.
- They cause traffic jams
- They fiddle with their meters to increase fares
- They try to squeeze into spaces they can’t fit into, causing more traffic jams.
- They break the laws
- They drive on the wrong side of the roads!
- There are no laws with them
- They DO NOT GIVE DRIVING TESTS and are given licenses in masses.
- Some ricks even cause pollution.
- Some ricks have annoying horns, some even sound like trucks – to scare you to make you believe there is a very irritated truck driver honking at you to make you hurry up.
- They pullover for passengers without giving any signals. For that matter, they never use their signals ever!
- They go on strike quite often just to throw stupid tantrums about how they are so unhappy about so many things. If they do bring their ricks out during a strike, they charge you exorbitant fares.
- With the meter down halfway:
And I had to get out of the rick and get another one!
Here is my latest story with a rick, so that by the end of this post, my reader hates ricks as much as I do, joining hands with me to fight this cause.
So, on my way to work, there is just this one signal at a round-about, which is a pretty long wait if you miss the green light. As we approach the signal, which to my relief was green (which meant there would be no 10 mins wait here), to my horror, the ricksha- walla stops the rick!Me: Challoooo!!!!!
Rick: (Very calmly replies) Signal dekho Madamjee
Me: Kya!? Signal green hai! Red matlab stop, Green matlab Go!
Rick: Arre Madamjee! Abhi Red hoga!
So we waited for the signal to turn from ‘green’ to ‘red‘, then ‘green’ again, to start moving.
Before I end, I must tell you.. I do not own my vehicle. Sad but true, I travel by rickshaw to work. But my motto everyday is to teach the rickshaw-walla who I travel with for 10 mins on my way to work, is one new traffic rule.
But I believe that through this, I will change the world – One Rickshaw-walla at a time!