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Have you met the hand grabber auto drivers of Gurgaon?
While most of the urban crowd in Gurgaon have swanky cars to chauffeur them around, there are a fair amount of people who take the shared auto-rickshaws to and fro from work. It is not only cost effective, easily available but also sometimes the only way of travel in some routes of Gurgaon. Being a daily traveller, taking these autos every day all year round, one does get to notice a pattern in these drivers. For all those people who enjoy the morning newspapers in their chauffeur driven cars, here are some of the idiosyncrasies of Gurgaon auto drivers, which is hard to miss.

The break-neck- speed drivers - It might be the age or the fact that normally these drivers are first timers, who haven't lost their passion for driving. They are not quite out of the thrill of getting their own gadget to drive and haven't quite taken to the fact that it is a job. They are always on a high and drive their auto as if 50 dogs are chasing them, completely oblivious to the pains of the passengers. If you have seen Shahrukh Khan driving the cycle rickshaw in Main Hoon Na, then you probably get the feeling.

The rear-view-adjuster driver- These auto drivers comes in all shapes, size and age but one thing common with them is that they are finicky about their rear view mirror. It normally happens when a lady is travelling alone and they adjust the mirror atleast 25 times in a 40 minutes ride. Usually, they are not the one to be shy of even staring back if the lady in question decides to play it feisty. The best antidote is to ignore, as they are hardly interested in driving their vehicle and more interested in their rear view mirror.

The Honey Singh fan driver - These vehicles normally attract all the attention in a road whenever they are passing by. They announce their arrival with loud thumping music of Yo Yo Honey Singh in their vehicle and leave with a puff of dust. Beware, before trying to take a ride with them thinking that you would enjoy Honey Singh, because the songs these people choose are exclusive Honey Singh songs, which normally no one listens to. Accompanying the lyrics and the loud (oh so loud) music are blinkey blue red lights inside the vehicle. They not only look seedy but also tend to give a headache to passengers.

The Hand-grabber driver - They are the most normal drivers in Gurgaon. Normal speed, no lecherous behaviour while driving and usually overtly friendly. However, once you end the ride and hand them the fare , irrespective of the gender, they will grab your hand. And if you shout, some quickly leave, while others starts arguing. Remember their faces so the next time you leave the money next to his seat (clever huh?!)

The brake and speed driver -They are the most curious of the lot. It is as if they forget that they have passengers with them. If you have travelled the roads of Gurgaon, you would know there are a number of speed breakers. These drivers normally slow down, apply brakes when they approach a speed breaker but once the first wheel has crossed the bump, they put on a spurt of speed causing everyone in the passengers seat to roll about like a sack of potatoes. Believe me, even if you are in your prime age, your bones will rattle against each other.

I am sure my fellow travellers would have other kinds of drivers in their minds as well. However, there are the occasional polite driver, the chatter and smiler but they are so few and far in between that it is extremely difficult to group them. For people, who think I spoke gibberish here, you are alien to Gurgaon and would remain so if you don't take a ride in atleast one of these drivers' autos!

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