Friday, April 23, 2010

Why autorickshaws are so annoying

I was going to bed then I thought: Oh my god, I forgot my little blog and he must be so lonely in some server in the world :(. So now I'm back, I've been too busy in these days trying to finish my thesis so that is why... Ok, after the excuses I will talk about Autorickshaws.

Autorickshaws are small cars with three wheels. One in the front and two in the rear. We call them in Colombia "Mototaxis" and they are so cool. In Colombia you only find them in a small little town in the coast called Tolú.(Well, that's what I think, I have not been to many places in my own country, sad, I know). Ok, so when I first came to India and I saw an Autorickshaw I just wanted to ride it... then after few days it becomes boring and this is when the problems start.

The next graphic shows the level of satisfaction of riding a rickshaw since I'm in India:

where 100 means I would prefer to have an autorickshaw than a Ferrari, and 0 means if I had a gun in the moment I'm riding the auto I would kill the driver and then kill myself.

So why the 'autos' are so cool at the beginning and they turn so annoying a few weeks later:
  • When you are riding one you feel like if you were in a bumper car (carritos chocones) then you get used to and it's not fun anymore.
  • Every day the heat is more, so the first days were 26ºC, now inside an auto must be something like 40ºC because they have a black plastic cover.
  • The first days you are so excited then you don't hear any noise. A few days later you realise how the exhaust pipe sounds and the horn doesn't stop sounding.
  • They stop to the petrol station with you inside to fill the tank... yes sr. Dude, It's bloody hot and I don't want to wait!.

And the most important one:
  • Dealing and bargaining with the drivers is the most annoying thing in the world:
after a few days you learn how to do it, I will tell you in my next post...


  1. awesome dude ..just awesome..I have added you in my blogroll..check out my blog :)

  2. -I swear you will miss the "autos"! Even if now you are hating them.
    -The best part of this diary adventure is the bargaining. Next time they ask you for 500Rs tell them "1.000Rs is ok?" then you can enjoy with their faces...and for the end of the day, this is a great theraphy!!
    -Y finalmente mi querido Colombiano, te invito a conocer nuestro propio país!! Por aca te espero pa armarte muchos planes de puebliadas y miles de sitios espectaculares pa ir y conocer!!
    Keep writing :)