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IN People ON 04 Oct, 2016
I have had hell lot of auto rickshaw rides since my childhood. I use to love that blowing wind in that open Auto, the blow horns, the way Autowallahs used to talk. The sound of Auto, of course, is difficult to describe in words as it's one of its kind. Autorickshaw is something you can associate with Indian culture and lifestyle as a means to travel comfortably in the crowded cities.
Even after growing up I feel nostalgic whenever I travel by Auto. Recently, I came across something that made me ponder over the way of seating of Autowallahs. It's just one simple question, "Why do Autowallahs sit on the edge of their seats while driving?"
Let's check it out!
Before cabs like Ola and Uber came into existence, there were auto rickshaws.
Cabs can never replace auto rickshaws, the cool breeze during the ride, bargaining with Autowallahs, and the joyful ride.
Unlike cabs they don't give a damn about the 5-star ratings and that is evident from the swag they have while talking to customers. You might be wondering if it's something to do with their style.
It's their habit rather than their style. When they learn to drive rickshaw there is someone who sits next to them, so they kind of get used to it.
The intense heat from the engine makes them adjust their seating positions. Unlike the older versions, the engine is located in the rear in new rickshaws. Seems like the auto wallas were unable to leave their habit of sitting like that.
Upon asking, some of the auto wallahs said that while travelling across the city, they almost often find a friend whom they give a ride. Since they already get comfortable sitting on the edge, they don't have to change their driving positions continuously.
The old rickshaws had those fancy hilariously sounding blow horns. Sitting on the edge made it easier for them to use it and often hop in the rickshaw unceremoniously.
Even Abhishek Bachchan pulled off some swag with one.