Saturday, March 17, 2007

manual auto!!!

I know hardly anyone is going to believe this. But this incident actually happened. Now why such amusing incidents keep on happening only in my life, is a topic that needs a discussion some other day. But one thing is certain, I have a few very unusual anecdotes to narrate, and I will be using this platform to share them with you all.

Someday when I am in my sixties, and my grand children are after me for a bedtime story, I know where I have to look for. No need to stretch my memory then! My only worry is, with the kind of lifestyle we have now, what would happen after say 20 years. Would bedtime stories still exist? And would the siblings fight for a place next to their granny, to listen to a story?

This one goes back to sometime in the early 2001, I was on a routine sales visit to ahmedabad. I had to visit the Lawrence and mayo office near parimal gardens. From baroda I traveled by a bus, got off at geeta mandir bus depot, and from there, hired a three wheeler, an ‘auto’ as it is popularly known in Gujarat, to go to parimal gardens. Just as we were crossing ellisbridge, one of the 7 bridges that ahmedabad city has, to traverse the sabarmati river, the auto driver suddenly took his vehicle to the left and halted. The clutch wire was broken he said. I was a bit upset, as I would lose time. But the auto driver was a lively character. He said he didn’t carry a spare wire, but he did have a trick up his sleeve, and said he would manage.

So he pulled the clutch wire, and tied one end to one of the bars, which are there in front of the passenger to hold, while sitting in a 3 wheeler. We were on road within 5 minutes, it was a funny site, with the driver holding the handle with his right hand, to control the accelerator, and with the left handle he was holding the clutch wire, pressing it, when he wanted to operate the clutch. I smiled to myself, admiring his resourcefulness, and his knack. As we continued our journey, some thing unimaginable happened, just after we had crossed the NID building. The accelerator wire broke too!! I started to laugh!! The auto driver too, though a bit embarrassed, couldn’t hold a smile back. I then asked him, if he ties the accelerator wire too on the other side of the bar, and then holds both the wires with both his hands, then who will hold the steering handle??? This was hilarious, and we both had a good laugh. But then the driver was a smart guy, he told me, he still had a solution, and he will see to it that in the same auto he will reach me to my destination.

Then he pulled, and tied the accelerator wire to some support down below, so that he could press this wire with his right foot. I asked him what about the rear brake? And he asked me not to worry, he would go slow, and use the front brake.
And of we went once again, this guy pressing the clutch and accelerator with a left hand-right foot combination, but we did safely reach the L&M office. I then asked him to wait for a few mins, called my friend devang vyas outside, who worked with L&M, as I wanted him to see the whole set up. He couldn’t believe what he saw! The three of us then had a ‘chai’ at the nearby tea stall, and I thanked the auto driver, who departed with a smile on his face. I thought to myself, this amazing guy was one step ahead of what amitabh bachchan did in ‘roti kapda aur makaan’ !

13 comments:

Geevarghese said...

Hi inktank

very interesting one. enjoyed .thnx

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sammywhammy said...

You sure have some real funny anecdotes, the auto driver was indeed very resourceful. Another beautifully written blog.

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SAWALGURU said...

hi inktank,

real resourceful auto-driver.

i like your writing style..


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lalli said...

hey inkie very interesting!!!another excellent blog from you!!

J.KANNAN said...

Dear Anand Bai,
A great auto driver with higher sense of responsibility-why b'cause in the normal course, the auto driver could hv left you at the spot where the vehicle had broken down causing considerable amount of inconvenience and embarrasment where as he has taken it as challange to keep the auto moving and freached you to your destination. Its not only the auto driver was great but also the traveller was also Great that's why you have reached your place without hurdles. Its neither a joke nor words of flattery, think you will agree with me.

Now coming to the caption on your photograph in the blog, I cannot resist my comments.

Those who looks like thinking do not think and those who doesn't look like thinking do think. You come under the latter category. Every one cannot identify by the look of the person whether he thinks or not and what he think and what for he thinks etc.

Incidently I hv given ur blog id to Aditi, she too left ibibo and quite a few are leaving ibibo and to become Powerful,it looks like.

All the best tio you.
With Love JK

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