Few more traffic terms and observations since the last post.
What is a “hungry auto“? Its easy to find one. In fact, all three “types” of autos are easy to spot. ‘Stationary autos‘ are found near – usually right under – the ‘no parking’ signs (Find some proof right here). ‘Racing autos’ are around whenever you hear ear shattering Ptrrrr noises. But when you see a slow moving auto on the edge of the road, sshhhh, do not disturb, you found a hungry auto on the prowl, looking for passengers. They go as slow as the Bajaj 150 cc engine allows. Honks don’t bother them, in fact hungry autos are important members of the Indian traffic food chain as they discourage overtaking from left. Try passing slow moving trucks from left, more often than not, a hungry auto is likely to pour cold water over your efforts.
Now for some special types of bike and scooter riders.
Bent-head riders: If you watch one from behind, you would think the guy fell asleep on his ride! However, biking isn’t that boring an activity. These kanjoos riders cant afford a hands-free set. So while they ride, they carry on with mobile phone conversations by clutching the phone between their ear and shoulders. Naturally, they appear like sleeping over their own shoulders. I prefer to call them bent-head riders.
Hip-swaying bikers: These folks practice Bharatnatyam during their rides. Though the focus is on swaying the hips. One swing right, bike follows right, another swing left, bike falls in tune and turns left with them. Unfortunately, instead of appreciating their display of synchronized man machine dances, ordinary folks tag them as rash riders.
Amphibian bikers: These bikers can survive on roads as well as footpaths. They realize and make use of the fact that footpaths provide more open space than roads. While being regular on-road bikers when roads offer space, amphibians convert to motorized pedestrians the moment making any progress gets difficult.