NASA Robot Lands on Mars; Mumbai Rickshawallahs Still Say “No” to Andheri

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NASA Robot Lands on Mars; Mumbai Rickshawallahs Still Say “No” to Andheri

Illustration: Ahmed Sikander

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haiyya Andheri chaloge?” “No” came the immediate reply as the rickshawallah left faster than Mehul Choksi from India. But Chandini S, an office-goer is used to rejection from rickshawallahs in Mumbai. In fact, she once suffered from cardiac arrest when someone agreed on the first instance.

After 37 attempts, a rickshawallah (new to Mumbai) finally agreed and said “Chalunga Madam, par do sau lagega.” While showing Google Maps to the rickshawallah, she said, “Bhaiyya, mera office sirf teen kilometer door hai. Traffic bhi nahi hai. In 90 minutes we’ll reach easily, why are you asking for so much?”

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