Waiting for a Ride

“Mommy why does it rain?”

“Because the sky wants us to have water.”

*** Silence ***

“Mommy why do we have to stand in a line?”

“Because the rickshaw wala will only allow the person who arrived first to get a seat first.”

*** Silence ***

“Mommyโ€ฆ”

“Shush… one more word from you and I’m going to make you sit on top of the rickshaw.”

“Ok”

*** In the Rickshaw ***

“Mommy why am I sitting on top of your lap and not on the auto’s roof?”


For those who aren’t familiar, an auto rickshaw (also either known as rickshaw or auto) is a 3-wheeled vehicle. Every morning you’ll have a line of people who wait for ‘share rickshaws’. These kind of rickshaws ply over a fixed distance at a fixed rate instead of using the metre. Passengers get off at the nearest spot to their destination.


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The photo prompt has been given by Na’ama Yehuda at the Friday Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.

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  1. It is hard to tackle a stream of โ€˜why daddy,โ€™ but I do love that children want to know. Even if sometimes I may tell the rickshaw driver, do leave the child with mummy.๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. Donโ€™t all children want cars, trains or rickshaws or at least drive them? Great story of an innocent view from a child, they take things on face value…until they realise it is not true.

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  2. I remember when a new outdoor mall opened years back the had rickshaws and the runners for people who had to park far away. We took them a few times. It was a fun experiences.

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  3. I’ve had many different experiences with rickshaws. Most drivers are okay but some are downright rude and refuse you unless you’re going a certain distance which isn’t supposed to be the way it goes here. I think my back was injured by them banging through potholes. A cute story, Bernadette. Well done. ๐Ÿ™‚ — Suzanne

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