Riding an auto rickshaw is halfway between the terror of riding a car and riding a scooter and riding a bus and walking – in Indian traffic. There appears to be no method to the madness, as dozens of vehicles rush by each other without regard to speed, proximity, lanes, lights or any other controls. And yet somehow, like a wild river rushing over rocks and crevasses and more rocks, the metal and the soft tissue of humans manage to slide and slither by each other at high speeds without touching. (Actually, India does have a high rate of accidents, but it’s amazing there are not more.)
OK, ready for a sample of this terrible ride? Grip your seat and share this evening’s ride with me in the back of an auto-rickshaw.