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A day in the life of a Rickshawalla Driver - Have you ever wondered what life is like in India for the thousands of Indians that make their living on a rickshaw? Well wander no longer .........

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A day in the life of a Rickshawalla Driver Have you ever wondered what life is like in India for the thousands of Indians that make their living on a rickshaw? Well wander no longer ......... Pandian is an auto-driver from Chennai, India, and he says.... "I remember how fascinated I was when we first came to this city". My family and I had left our native village in Tanjore and come to earn a better living. It was my uncle who first introduced me to driving. You see, he was an auto-driver too. At that time, only rich people could afford autos, so my profession was a privileged one. ...read more.

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Instead, they argue about the rate and call us thieves. When inflation is all around, how can the fare alone remain the same? Then comes the question of tips. At hotels you give the guy who opens your car door and parks your car around Rs.5. Yet when we ask for a little extra, people always grumble. The pollution levels have tremendously increased and as we are mostly on the streets, we are greatly affected. Respiratory diseases thrive amongst us auto-drivers. Some policemen are nice to us, but the rotten apples are there too. To these disgraceful people, we have to give a commission or 'mamul' whenever they ask us or we get booked. ...read more.

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A tiresome ordeal indeed! I have been taking this opportunity to highlight all the difficulties auto-drivers encounter. Sometimes I feel very bitter about my job but then I remember all those school children and really grateful passengers that I have taken to their destination. I then feel much better because I have been useful. I love driving, I love this city - even with all it's faults ... indeed it offers a better home than most other cities. If only people would treat us as humans with hearts who are merely earning a living like everyone else, life would be a pleasure indeed!" A picture of the pleasure and satisfaction you can get in being a Rickshawalla Driver. By Anjana Patel English Coursework ...read more.

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