I love Delhi auto-rickshaw drivers.
If you are a tourist to delhi, don’t waste your hard-earned money and get duped by the cheat tour conductors. Rely on the auto-rickshaw drivers for a nice detour.
I was in the national capital on Sunday for some official work. Although, I am no lover of a place with rude people all around, I was not averse to a sight seeing.
But then, I had no money or time to indulge in luxury.
I had to go to this famous grey market Palika Bazaar from Connaught Place, where my guest house was.
The auto driver agreed promptly, lowered the meter and started for the journey of my life.
We went through alleyways and treaded the six lane roads. We almost hit a motorcyle and escaped getting banged by a speeding bus.
I saw the Parliament at my left, and after sometime, at my right side. I saw a gang of children playing with red heart-shaped balloons in front of the famous India Gate. I saw them again -- now fighting pitched battle for the few remaining balloons, with their parents trying hard to pacify them.
In short I saw everything twice, thrice wih my driver telling me which is what.
"This is the backside of Jantar Mantar," he said.
"This is the entrance of Jantar Mantar," he guided me after half-an hour.
After about two hours, I landed at Palika Bazaar. The auto rickshaw guy charged me only Rs350 which I gladly shelled out.
After having my bag full of pirated softwares and computer games, which, if bought legally would cost me a fortune (NOOOOO, I will not name them, in case you go complain and burn my arse), I waited near the bazaar gate to get an auto. I asked a localite where do I get auto to go to my address at Conought Place.
He replied, “Venchod, dikh nahi raha hein woh tower?” (***** can’t you see the tower there?)
And so I walked home. Thanking my auto-rickshaw guy for showing me Delhi at a throwaway price.