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Auto driver’s happiness

1 February 2008 15 Comments

What comes to your mind when you think of an auto driver.
A lazy guy dressed in kaakhi brown. He has no respect for age or money! Always asking for 20 rupees extra. Always having a sad look on his face!
Yes! You got it right! Most of the auto drivers are like this only.

But have you ever seen an auto guy who takes school kids to and fro daily?
In fact I have traveled in one such auto when I went to school.

He safely transports the innocent kids between home and school!
He always has a smile on his face when he picks up the kid!
And if a child offers toffees for his birthday, Mr. Auto driver will be super happy.
He will be so proud, as though he was given Padma Vibhushan.

And why shouldnt he be happy…

For the kids, he is more than “Just another Auto Driver”.
He is their king. He drives their chariot.
The kids tell him about the fight they had, the new friend they found, the marks the got etc. He is “the man” for them.

He is the first to receive the news from the kids. He is so proud about their marks!
He is so proud, that he boasts about it. He thinks it is his marks and feels extremely happy about it! πŸ™‚

It is the auto driver, who teaches them to share. To share the seat with 10 other kids in a jam packed “Chariot!”
He is the guy, to whom the kids show their new colour pencils and crayons.
He is also the judge who solves all their fights!
Indeed, he is more than an auto driver!!

I am sure he wont be earning a lot! Probably he is suffering from shortage of money!
But when he wakes up, he will wake up thinking about the bright and shining
faces of the his innocent looking kids. He wakes up, thinking about his own “band!”.

He wakes up in the morning excited about his work!

Do you wake up in the morning excited about your work?

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  • beyond the sky said:

    u seem to have pleasant experiences of the auto driver who rode you to school… I dont! :(… my auto driver was xruel an used to hit kids!
    neways… secondly am excited abt my work every morning πŸ™‚
    and yeah…. congrats for the 200th post!

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  • Sundar Rajan G S said:

    @ beyond the sky,

    1. Yeah.. i had a very pleasant experience with my auto driver..

    2. Good that you r excited about your work.. great!! πŸ™‚

    3. Thank you Thank you

  • | Balu | said:

    Thanks u reminded me of my childhood.. when I had to travel to school by auto! =)

  • Vinodh said:


  • the rain god said:

    i too had a not so great experience with my auto driver.

    pondering over the reason, I only have one possible reason: It probably arises when there are mischievous kids in the lot. The driver wields his power/anger on them and eventually, the kids start hating the driver because the good kids don’t get any incentive for being good. But its often true that the drivers talk well to kids. I learnt a lot of communalism from my auto-driver because he was the leader of the auto sangam that was affiliated to CITU (or whatever). Uninfluenced by his “thoughts” on communalism, I eventually understood that communalism is a crap (yes i m a capitalist).

  • Chethan said:

    Memories coming back…not of auto but of the citi-bus where i always used to travel back from BASE to Home in the last seat…..

    Gud one.. though never travelled by auto to school, remembered my school days.

    Though gud, but still a long way behind the “bus stop” post.

  • Sundar Rajan G S said:

    @ balu,
    Thanks.. I am happy that you liked it!

    @ vinodh,

    @ rain god,
    nice interpreation.. u think too much.. πŸ™‚

    @ chethan,
    Thanks for the comment! I am happy that it got good old memories..

    I will try to raise my standards to reach the “bus stop” post.. πŸ™‚

  • Manu said:

    My auto driver in primary school was no where near to nice. He was a very dishonest, impunctual fellow and a rogue. Many times he used to come late for pick-ups and we used to get scolded for going late to class. Sometimes when he didn’t used to come, I’d to walk to my school :-(.
    (Imagine a 7Β½-year old kid walking for 2 kms) Worse, he used to keep yelling at us for petty things.
    Good to know you’d a good auto driver so that you can remember those days of your child-hood!
    I wish I’d such a guy.

  • me said:

    so had only one autodriver.. ulucky u .. he was good!!! i have had both bad n good experiences… but yeah.. coz v “were” small n innocent.. most of the times they are good to us..

    1 flaw;) i don understand y a king shud drive his chariot!!!;)

  • Sundar Rajan G S said:

    @ manu,
    I understand your situation.. Cant do much now.. πŸ™‚

    That flaw is specifically meant for you to debug.. πŸ™‚

  • P.S said:

    Way to go Sundar. Keep up the good work

  • me said:

    wattt??? for me to debugggg????

  • Sundar Rajan G S said:

    @ ps, Thanks…

    @ me, just to test your awareness level.. πŸ™‚

  • me said: