Did anyone get stuck in a gargantuan traffic jam in Vile Parle/ Andheri/ Jogeshwari/ Malad earlier this week? Yes, yes, I know that’s roz ka jhamela in aamchi Mumbai. But this was like the baap of all traffic snarls. Your vella bloggy-reporter takes you straight to the scene of the crime…errr, traffic jam.

In that dirty, dingy gulli called Andheri subway, an autowalla seemed to have been trying some stunts. Okay, not auto but what do you call those auto-looking things that carry goods instead of passengers? Going by the way the autowallas drive, I don’t think they know the difference but anyway…

This vehicle was stuck in the most extraordinary position of all – nose up in the air and forehead (!) caught in the roof of the subway. A couple of workers were perched up there hammering away in a bid to get it unstuck. Wheels up in the air, my first thought was,

Was that an auto-wheelie gone wrong??


Perhaps he skid. After all Andheri subway is a messy puddle even in the height of summer and we’ve been facing lagataar baarish for a week now. It wasn’t till evening when someone suggested the most probable reason. The back was probably overloaded and it just unbalanced, right under the subway. Kya timing, boss.

As far as I can see, there were no casualties. Except for oh, about two hours of everyone’s time in the peripheral areas. Yeh Mumbai ka traffic, na


8 thoughts on “Auto-wheelie

  1. Ah, fun (not really, I know).

    What seems to have happened (from what I can make from the photos) is that the thing overbalanced as he was coming out – where there’s that little slope upwards. So as the front got higher, the (heavier) back was at a lower centre-of-gravity and just tilted over.

    …look at the nerd in me.

  2. Reminds me of the forward we all got many times of the cart and donkey. The cart is so heavy that the donkey has all four legs in the air. Perhaps the donkey was also trying a wheeeelleee (I like the sound of the word, else I would have called it leggy) πŸ˜‰

    Isn’t it called a “tempo”?

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  3. Now I am sure they did try to unload the vehicle so that it got lighter and it would fall back to the road! Did you see any of that happening? Or were the idiots trying to ‘unhook’ the auto with the stuff still inside?

  4. nice post. bombay sounds a lot like colombo,which is where i’m from.

    even though i don’t speak hindi years of watching (sometimes mindless) hindi films made it possible for me to understand the hindi phrases you used here and there. (i’m not really sure why i put that there πŸ˜† )

  5. @ ??!: We need some more of that at this blog plizzz. Not high on intelligence here.

    @ Amey: Crazy ideas beget crazier ideas! :mrgreen:

    @ Rada: Oooh, thengyu, thengyu!!!

    @ Cynic: Egad, no. 😯

    @ Brad: I didn’t see that. Actually I didn’t even think of it then. What, you expect me to walk, take photographs, dream up a post and THINK too??!

    @ pissu perera: Welcome to The Idea-smithy! I’ve never been to Colombo but I’d like to. You didn’t leave a URL behind but if you do, I’d love to come visiting.

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