Yesterday I took an auto-rickshaw and stumbled upon this.
Any Bangalorean will tell you that autos are often a pain… yet we still take them. But this auto driver wasn’t just interested in taking me to church street, he propagated a message in his own humble way…
There were pamphlets about common misconceptions about Islam, how it empowers women (actually) etc. I was so taken aback (in a good way) that I asked the driver if I could take a picture. I saw him smile through the rear-view mirror before saying in Hindi “yes please do!” He even followed up by asking me about my camera’s mega-pixels [probably just to impress] to which I replied in whatever broken Hindi I knew “it’s a good camera, that’s all I know!”
I read as many pamphlets as I could while being tossed from lane to lane in that tiny little three-wheeler. They were actually well substantiated with historical events and analogies to other religions. I was quite impressed.
It was the first time that I went from feeling indifferent about an auto ride to actually enjoying it.
I’ll have you know that auto rickshaws are notorious for bargaining and arguing every last penny out of you let alone providing any reading material in the form of distractions to the innumerable honks and what not. So as you can imagine, I was pleasantly surprised. The funny part of this whole experience was that I did a project about auto rickshaws and Indian tourism in which I suggested PAMPHLETS about the city to be put in front of the seat. I couldn’t believe it. If that’s not coincidental I don’t know what is! © 2015 Pia Krishnankutty & springtidevoice. wordpress.com All Rights Reserved