Livelihoods: Driving others

When preconceptions are broken by realities

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Every now and then, a glimpse into lives very different from our own, brings us up sharply against alternate realities.

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I am used to the notion of auto drivers as rough, rude people who will generally not co-operate with passengers. This preconception got a jolt when I noticed this man driving his autorickshaw in the traffic.

 

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It cannot be an easy life when your own mobility depends on a pair of crutches. I realized that this man, and many others like him, battle many disadvantages to earn their living. I have learnt to try and remove my prejudices, and look afresh at my ideas about my fellow-citizens.


Deepa Mohan
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Deepa Mohan is a freelance writer and avid naturalist.