The Autowallah Who Takes Cancer for a Ride

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The Autowallah Who Takes Cancer for a Ride

Illustration: Juergen Dsouza

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omashekhara Chari used to be a regular auto driver. Every day would bring the same nagging passengers, the same petty, meaningless fights with them. Sometimes he would refuse to drop anyone outside of Tippasandra, the area he used to live in in Bangalore.

For the last 17 years, however, Chari has been involved in a real labour of love. He has only driven a special kind of passenger – and in doing thus, has become a special driver himself.

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