Dec 15, 2011

Mumbai Autorickshaws

A - it's just the start
ए तो शुरूवात है ...

If you are Mangloo, he's looking out for you.
एक मंगलु की तलाश

Remember the Bam-bam Maharaj & Babuji joke?
ओढली चुनरिया विंध्याचल की
जय जय बोलो बंबाजी की!

Dec 7, 2011

Marathi accent

On a truck
नशिब अपना अपना

Nov 19, 2011

Unusual combination

A cop, disciple of Shri Swami Samarth of Akkalkot and a fan of President Barack Obama.

Oct 23, 2011

Loaded today. Empty tomorrow.

एक फूल दो माली - The most recurring theme in the Chopda-Johad camp films.

एक फूल दो माली आज भरी कल खाली

Oct 20, 2011

Dutch Graffiti

A beautifully done wall in Utrecht, Netherlands.
Ubiquitous bicycles and an Indian Restaurant named (what else but) Taj Mahal.

Modern technology owes ecology an apology

Oct 14, 2011

Angry Motorcycle

An extra K always helps.

According to urbandictionary, Terrarist is a person who commits terrorist acts in the name of preventing widespread environmental damage.

Oct 1, 2011

Mumbai King

The expression - Shorgasm (shooting orgasm).
Mumbai King

Notice the line below the bumper.

Yellow dress and a red lipstick. Oooooh Raveena.
Made for each other

Sep 25, 2011

हम भी तो यूसुफ़ होते

Spotted this Auto in May 2011. Popular stars on the Auto rickshaw circuit are Salman and SanjooBaba. This guy however is a huge Yusuf fan.

The small strip below the bumper is the place to look out for some interesting messages.
ना... मुन्ना ... ना
Here's picture I took December 2008 . This has to be the most creative and brilliant casting combination idea ever (Notice that it's the same auto rickshaw).

Sep 1, 2011

Red Chilli

लाल मिरची हिर्व (हिरवं)
आठवन (आठवण) झाली पुन्हा भेट!

Aug 22, 2011

Krishna Nee begane baro

This one reminded me of the song by Colonial Cousins.

अंधार झाला आता दिवा पाहिजे,
महाराष्ट्राच्या मातीला पुन्हा
जिजाऊचा शिवा पाहिजे

Jul 30, 2011

When the money runs out

"What happens when the money from the land you just sold runs out?" he asks his elder brother.

A friend spotted this auto rickshaw in Dombivali. A common story on the outskirts of Mumbai where land (mostly agricultural) is making way for the housing needs of a rapidly growing city.

जागेचे पैसे संपल्यावर दादा करशिल काय?

Jun 29, 2011

Pedal Power - 4

Pedal powered temple and behind it is a temple-bullock-cart. Bringing gods to your doorstep.

Pedal Power - 3

Pedal powered advertising hoarding. This one is equipped with a battery to light up the display.

Pedal Power - 2

Pedal powered knife sharpener. Knives, scissors sharpened at your door step. The bicycle is equipped with a display shelf too.

Notice the red string that transmits power from the wheel to grinder.

Pedal Power - 1

Pedal powered goods carrier. This one has a payload of about 100Kgs.

Jun 16, 2011

Punjab to Kashmir

Apart from the main message, there's also one in black paint (the badly painted letters)
तोता उड़ा पंजाब से, जा पहुँचा कश्मीर!
मिलने को दिल करता है मिलने न देती तकदीर।

प्यार करने वालो कि किस्मत बुरी होती (है)
हर मुलाकात से जुदाई जुडी होती (है)
वक्‍त मिले तो पढ लेना दोस्ती कि किताब
दोस्ती हर मुआयने मे मुहब्बत से बडी होती है

May 21, 2011

One truck, 4 messages

This truck had many messages. This one highlights the importance of money and love for businesses (start-ups) and newly-weds.
गाडी वही जो नोट कमाए, दुल्हन वही जो पिया मन भाए
The correct way for overtaking (A gentle/genteel reminder to drivers and also blog readers)
राईट से निकलने वाले को नमस्कार
Another general message
मेरी चलती है तो तरी क्यों जलती है
I haven't been able to figure out the exact idea behind this one. Any guesses?
बाबुजी गई थी उडाके आगई

May 11, 2011

Life away from home

In a foreign country with an oppressive regime.  
लिखा परदेश किस्मत में, वतन को याद क्या करना
जहाँ बेदर्द हाकिम हो, वहाँ फरीयाद क्या करना

May 8, 2011

Crazy over hair

Trucker on life and romance
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तेरी ज़ुल्फो को देख कर दिवाना हो गया
प्यार किया किसी से किसी और का हो गया

May 2, 2011

A Fan (?)

Clicked this a few weeks ago. He insisted I take the photo of the auto along with him. Seemed like a big fan.
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Apr 27, 2011

Another Evil Eye

This trucker seems to be bored of the routine face blackening business.
Another trucker seen earlier was also bored of the face blackening method but was angrier.

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बुरी नज़र वाले
तेरा भी हो भला

Apr 22, 2011

One life

A road safety message

करू नको घाई, हा जन्म पुन्हा नाही

Apr 17, 2011

Any time

Another film buff
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Chulbul Pandey
Kabhi Bhi Kahi Bhi

Apr 14, 2011

A trucker's invitation

To visit his (or her) village
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कुँईयाँ का ठंडा पानी, पीपल की छाँव मे, सुबह चले आना, परदेसिया मोरे गाँव में।

Apr 1, 2011

Who will win?

For a change it's not about cricket.

[Click on the image to view the crazy expressions]

कौन जीतेगा रिक्शा रेस

Mar 12, 2011

Wanted: Gabbar

Back in the heydays of the dot-com boom (2000), Cash2Cash and even Bombay2Goa could have been business models for dot-com companies. With cool shortened versions like C2C/B2G and some luck, perhaps they could've even struck a pot of VC gold too.

Mar 7, 2011

We meet again 'n again

The auto-rickshaw in this post suggested that those in a hurry were all gone. While this auto reveals where they  might have gone.

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धिरे-धिरे चलोगे तो बार-बार मिलोगे
तेज चलोगे तो हरिद्वार मिलोगे

What would be the equivalent of Haridwar for other religions?

Mar 3, 2011

On life and death

Words of wisdom from a trucker.

Feb 27, 2011

Hindi translations

For some commonly used words/terms.

Keen observers must have noted the minor typo above. It should be "अन्तर्वस्त्रों".

Feb 24, 2011

Gender misunderstanding

While the previous truck was feminine, this truck clarifies gender and declares that he wants to be your lover.

Feb 22, 2011

She'll be back

The boss better be ready with the goods.

Feb 12, 2011

Tough divorce settlement

तलाक दे रहे हो बडे गुरूर के साथमेरा मेहेर भी लौटा दो मेरे शबाब के साथ

Feb 1, 2011

They're all gone

Most of us believe that Auto rickshaw drivers/owners don't care too much about road safety. This guy seems to be an exception. Mainly because the message is unique and it's hand-painted unlike those printed stickers which are carried by Autos only because some RTOs force them to.

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Jan 22, 2011


What's your favourite book?

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Jan 10, 2011

Water supply

Hand-drawn tankers that supply water in swanky South Mumbai. The street side food stalls are their main customers.

This one's got nice art-work on it.