Friday, August 8, 2008


For those of us living in sub-urban Mumbai, autorickshaw-travel is automatic, so to say. And, in my few years in this crazy city, I've had quite a few interesting conversations with autorickshaw-drivers.

One such memorable man had a book-shelf attached behind the driver's seat, displaying various booklets on religion and self-help by a charitable organisation called the Gayatri Sangathan. To cater to the multilingual client-base of his vehicle, the driver had thoughtfully arranged the booklets language-wise: English, Hindi, Marathi and Gujarati.

Impressed by his devotion (to religion and to books) as well as by his marketing initiative, I chatted with him about the organisation, to which he also belonged. And ended up paying four rupees over and above my fare for a copy (in English) of The Law of Karma.

Since most Mumbaikars, at least in my corner of the city, hardly regard reading as worthwhile karma (action), so this driver seemed to be an exception worth remembering.


Mystic Margarita said...

An interesting person for sure. Have been super busy - replied to your comment on the Ray post. In reality, I'm a bit awed by the fact a professor and a writer like you even deems my writing readable!

Sucharita Sarkar said...


No comments but HA, Ha, ha, ha...thank god for the invisibility of the net...I'm perhaps the least awe-inspiring prof ever....;)