I was so surprised on my walk this morning to run into a female auto-taxi driver, the only one I have ever seen, AND the same woman who gave me a ride five years ago in another part of the city. “Autos” are open air chairs pulled by a motorcycle. We recognized each other immediately and had a nice chat. Very few women drive these taxis, but this strong, tough woman does. She has two kids, she said, and was very proud that one of her sons was going to college. These autos drivers don’t make much money- although here in the smaller city of Madurai Uber has not yet appeared so the “auto” (open air scooters) still have work.
We agreed it is a “chinna woolahum”. (A small World!)