Three wheels, three stories: star rickshawallahs

  • Subuhi Parvez, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jun 25, 2014 10:35 IST
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With road transport ­minister Nitin Gadkari now assuring that battery-operated e-rickshaws would not be banned in Delhi, their drivers are in a happy place. They’re not only relieved for having to drive the battery-run vehicles without any hassles, but also trying to make the city proud. We met some of the most inspiring lot.



POOR MAN'S FRIEND

Rajesh Gujarati, 28



Rajesh is making a name for his community. When he saw autorickshaw drivers giving a hard time to the public, he decidhttp://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2014/6/Rajesh-Gujarati.jpged to offer social service of sorts. "If somebody doesn’t have the money, I drop them free of cost. There’s a blind school right opposite our stand. I collected `10 from each passenger for the school. The key to make passengers happy is to never say no," he said. WONDER WOMAN

Kusum, 30



Probably the only woman to be ­driving an e-rick, this admirable lady is setting examples. Kusum is often referred as the woman of substance by her fellow drivers. "I used to work in a factory, but wasn’t able to make good money. I like driving the battery rick because it requires lesser effort. I feel liberated. I am independent in a lot of ways," she said.http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2014/6/Kusum.jpg DESIGNER DREAMS

Sambhu Masa, 22



Having caught twice by the police for driving his e-rick, Sambhu had almost decided to give up on his career. "I wasn’t happy with the ­government putting pressure on us. But by God’s grace, happy days are back. I want to bring a change in the society by making it safe for women. I, also, feel there should be something to decorate theshttp://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2014/6/Sambhu-Masa.jpge vehicles, just like we see on trucks," he said.





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