Rickshaw Driver in India

How Much Would You Pay This Rickshaw Driver In India?

Derek India, Perspectives 150 Comments

Rickshaw Driver in India

It’s not a quiz. It’s not a contest. I’m genuinely interested in learning how you would handle the following situation.

Three days ago, I spent two hours in the heart of Old Delhi with a friend of mine who happened to be in the city as well. We wandered through the lanes of Chandni Chowk market, listened to the music inside of a Sikh temple and ate lunch at my favorite parantha-wallah. It was my typical routine. Every time I return to India, this is what I do on my first day in order to get re-adjusted to being back in this country. After lunch, I normally head back to my hotel for an afternoon rest as this is about the time when the long flight and time zone change start catching up with me.

The distance between the part of Chandni Chowk market where we finished wandering the other day and Paharganj, the area where each of our hotels were located, is about 4 kilometers (2.4 miles), and while I’ve walked that route on dozens of occasions, sometimes I just feel like taking a bicycle rickshaw. On this particular day, that was the case.

I went up to a rickshaw driver and asked him how much the ride would cost. He told me 100 rupees, a fare that translates to about $1.60 USD. And even though I knew perfectly well that a local Indian would probably pay a lower fare than this, I accepted his rate anyway. I personally don’t like to bargain when the difference I’m bargaining for would be around 50 cents or less.

The ride back to Paharganj began, and within minutes we were stuck in that famous Delhi traffic consisting of cars, trucks, buses, motorcycles, bicycles, bicycle rickshaws, auto rickshaws, pedestrians, bull carts and plenty of other vehicles that fill the streets. And I don’t know if you’ve ever seen how a bicycle rickshaw works, but these poor quality contraptions are not easy to put into motion when you have two people sitting in the back. It takes some strength to pedal these rickety things out of a complete stop, especially considering that the driver is usually not very big or strong due to the difficulty of his job and lifestyle. And here we are in traffic, our driver having to stop and go hundreds of times, not to mention being banged into by rickshaws behind us every few seconds, being yelled at by other motorists and constantly having to swerve out of the way of larger vehicles honking their horns and driving dangerously fast down the road. There is also a never-ending stream of unavoidable potholes, protruding manhole covers and random debris that the driver must navigate as well, leading to plenty of rough bumps and metal-cracking jolts.

Our ride went on, slowly. Ten minutes, fifteen minutes, twenty minutes. Our driver pushed forward as best he could, his face dripping in sweat from the 30C heat as we inched along in the midst of that Delhi chaos.

Eventually, after forty minutes of struggling, our rickshaw driver arrived at a long vehicle bridge that stretches over the railway tracks, a bridge that would lead us to our destination. He began pedaling us up the bridge but after 200 meters the incline was too steep for him to cycle us any more and so, as is the norm, he jumped off his seat and pulled us up the rest of the way. Not only did he have to pull us up, but he still had to dodge the usual intense traffic at the same time. Then, once we reached the center point of the bridge, the driver climbed back onto his seat and started pedaling once again.

A few moments later we reached Paharganj, some fifty minutes after we had left Chandni Chowk. Normally, this ride takes about twenty minutes. My friend and I got out of the rickshaw and we handed over 100 rupees. The driver thanked us, smiled and wiped the sweat from his forehead. And then, just before I turned away, I noticed a helpless look in his eyes as he stared at the 100 rupee note in his hand. It was a look that seemed to say, “What a life I have. To work this hard for this amount of money.

I hesitated for a second before I walked away. For the next few hours though, I couldn’t get the look on this man’s face out of my head. And I felt quite terrible.

What an impossibly difficult ride he took us on, one that was far more difficult than any of us had anticipated. What an impossibly difficult life indeed.

View from Rickshaw in Delhi

Yes, it is his job to take us to our destination for the price he quoted. Yes, ending up in traffic for thirty minutes and working much harder than anticipated is a risk of that job. Yes, 100 rupees is likely too high of a price already, although definitely nothing to be considered a rip-off.

(I was recently told by a local in Delhi that a cycle rickshaw should cost around 15 rupees per distance that would take 10 minutes to walk. And since it would have taken us 1 hour to walk from Chandni Chowk to Paharganj, the correct price should be around 90 rupees, not much of a difference from what we paid.)

But regardless, I personally think he deserved more, at least from me. Bicycling my ass around for thirty more minutes than planned, in the absurd Delhi traffic, sucks, simple as that. Again, I know it’s his job but it still sucks, especially when the reward for that effort is $1.60.

Keep in mind that the $1.60 is not pure profit for this guy. Many bicycle rickshaw drivers earn less than 100 rupees per day but since many also can’t afford to own their rickshaw, they have to rent one, an expense that can eat up 50% of a day’s earnings. In addition, the remaining money is often sent to the driver’s wife and children back in their home village, leaving practically nothing for them to survive on. Hence the reason why so many drivers sleep in their rickshaws at night. They can’t afford to sleep anywhere else.

That’s why, after thinking about it, I reached the conclusion that I should have paid my rickshaw driver more the other day, maybe another 50 rupees or so. To me, that would have been right considering the situation.

He earned that money and he needs that money, far more than I do.

How would you handle this situation? Would you pay 100 rupees or would you pay more? Would you have negotiated the original price?

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Comments 150

  1. Lyyne

    I’m off to delhi in two weeks time. I’m travelling alone as a middle aged woman but going on an escorted tour. I hate the whole tipping process. It’s such a minefield. I don’t want to insult anyone because I haven’t tipped enough butvi don’t want to appear as if I am better than others because I tip to much. This trip is a holiday of a life time for me. I work two jobs. One 40 hours a week and the other at weekends. By no means am I wealthy. But judging by all the posts that have been written, then I would consider myself rich by poor rickshaw drivers. Pay the extra money and help make a difference to someone’s life.

  2. Charles Orth

    I would have probably given him an extra hundred rupees or so.

    I recently got back from a trip to Vietnam and Cambodia, and before I went, during my online research, I was bombarded with stories of people being overcharged and cheated. Most bloggers who had gone to Vietnam had said “I’ll never go back…I got overcharged on everything…Foreigners are nothing but a walking ATM there…” Going there, I expected the worse, and I admit, I was overcharged a little bit, but during seven days in the country, combined, I was overcharged maybe $20 max, probably a little bit less. Now if you are a foreigner living in the country making a local wage, I wouldn’t be overpaying like this, but if you’re on vacation, it won’t kill you.

    Here’s the thing: Morally, it isn’t right to overcharge foreigners, but that product people complain about being overcharged for, would cost twice as much in their own country. It might seem egregious to pay $2 for a snack instead of $0.50, but that same snack might have cost $4 in the traveler’s home country. With this story, how much would a twenty-minute taxi ride cost in the United States? At least ten dollars, probably closer to twenty. Even if this rickshaw driver received 200 rupees, it would still be about $3. And it’s not just local vendors and drivers overcharging. There are establishments all over the world that give discounts to residents of the state or country.

    Don’t get me wrong. There is a line between trying to make a little bit of extra money and excessively overcharging, but if you have to pay an extra fifty cents or dollar twenty times on a week-long trip, it’s not that big of a deal, especially considering the poverty of some of these countries, where a tourist frequently carries a month’s worth of wages for the local people in their wallet.

    1. Dale

      If you travel a lot you know the score. By some standard it’s “not right” to be charged for being a foreigner. When I was younger I defended myself against being taken advantage of. That ended somewhat for me when I was negotiating price for a nice stone carving in Africa once, which the man had actually carved himself. I beat him down real good I did. And when it was over and agreed, he asked me “Why do you need to do this? I am so poor that my children are hungry and you are rich. Why do you do this?” I was ashamed of myself.

      I haven’t stopped negotiating nor do I stand for serious overcharging abuse, but I stop bargaining in less than a minute over small stuff, and don’t sweat the skin tax I pay. We’re blessed enough to travel, rich by those local standards. Why not take it as opportunity to be kind? You won’t change anyone’s life, but you don’t have to add to their already difficult lives by effectively saying “I am not just richer than you are, I’ll also exert my power over you.” Do we really need to do that? Even when they are being dishonorable, which is annoyingly too often, why bother? God will judge us both.

  3. James P

    There is the price the driver wanted and then there’s the lower price we agreed on. If there’s no traffic I pay the agreed price, and if there’s a big delay I pay closer to the price the driver wanted. Typically I always want to pay the agreed price, because if you don’t what’s the point of setting a price? But I have to accept that traffic conditions are hurting the driver’s income, moreso than my need to stick to my principles.

  4. Ashley

    Prajna..Your comment makes me sick. I’m a westerner and been to India many times .
    Yes we do pay more for all services while in the country, that’s the norm , easy targets! Your government charges us more for entry to ancient monuments, because we can afford it compared to the average person in India , but even the rich Indian gets reduced tariff, should we all be means tested ? If you can afford to give these guys more, pay it, if you can’t don’t .Yes they are hard , but so would you be in that environment .
    These guys work their butts off for nothing. If a big incline is faced I always get off out of humane decency, have even helped if steep.I know if you show you’re soft it can lead to being stepped on, but just try and show some self respect to others , it will make you feel better about yourself .
    To conclude ….Yes I would have paid the guy extra pence .

  5. deedee

    When i was in india i could not believe how hard they worked.I always pay way more just to be a blessing.I could not understand how thier own people despised them.Here where i am from manypeople are not far from a few weeks pay and they become homeless..very interesting..how we can see the disgrace in another but not realize how close it could be for us to become them…

  6. Akanksha

    I am an Indian residing in New Delhi. Everytime I travel by cycle rickshaw I get this sympathy for the rickshaw puller. The ratio of the amount of hardwork they put in to the return they get is very less so I usually pay they like Rs 10-20 more as I feel they deserve that.
    But today I found myself contradicting this and also felt pretty sad. I go for my tuitions which is nearly 3 kms away from my house. I take rickshaw from there is my home everyday. The rate for this distance is Rs 40. I took the rickshaw and we agreed on 40. There wasn’t any traffic and travel was smooth. When we reached the destination, I gave him Rs 100(as I didn’t had any change) and I saw him take advantage of that. He started demanding Rs 20 more and I didn’t felt right with that. He then started saying that he just has Rs 40 with him to give me back so I should give him Rs 60 so in the end I had to give him that and move on.
    Now I have started carrying change with me so they don’t try to take advantage of the situation. Rickshaw pullers shouldn’t withdraw from the agreed deal.

    1. Chris

      If they take advantage of you, next time, try to make them pay off the advantage by force-bargaining to the lowest price they EVEN CAN. If you have a brother/sister, and he/she is on a budget, say “WAIT FOR MY BROTHER/SISTER. SHE WILL RIP YOU OFF!!!” Like just pay 40 rupees next time, and your brother/sister will pay EVEN LESS. It’s bad to take advantage of that, because they are just bankrupting everyone. If you even know that they should respect everyone, I think they SHOULDN’T BANKRUPT ANY PERSON. Like if you pay 100 rupee overtime like this, soon I think you’ll be BANKRUPT. To keep from going bankrupt, if a rickshaw with 1 seat left wants to go to your destination, try to JUMP to it. That way he will receive NOTHING. THAT will stop him from BANKRUPTING PEOPLE.

  7. Neena

    I am born and raised in India and I know how hard is the life for a rickshaw puller. Nowhere to sleep/rest, away from family just to earn enough for their families to eat. So I never bargain with rickshaw fellows and generally pay more than the ask for.

  8. rtt

    I knew how you feel, but too much sympathy put me in a harder predicament today.
    The cyclist ripped me off, 1,000 rp for a few hour tour of old delhi.
    I didn’t like being in trouble so I paid, cursed, and told him not to do the same thing to others because it does not do him good in the long run.
    I know I’m a moron, but I still do not know the answer to your question.

  9. Anshul

    Hi Earl,

    I totally get your sense of predicament. These rickshaw wallas are the hardest working guys and most abused and thrashed lot of all our so called public transport. Even when I have to take a rickshaw I never argue with them unless they are asking for double the money. Just so that you know, it’s normal to get out of the rickshaw at a steep incline. 🙂

  10. Brian Naghten

    I used to take the same rickshaw journey everyday in Jaipur, if I couldn’t be bothered to argue about the price I would walk as it was only about 10 minutes walk.

    In the end I came up with the best solution. I would just jump in a cycle rickshaw and name my destination and say 7 rupees (2 more than the regular local price at the time, as I was a “rich man”) If the driver took me without argument I would pay him 10 or 15 depending on how close he came to putting me under a Maruti people carrier on the way.

    One guy looked me up and down while he was peddling and said, you look like important man, but you don’t have watch (clearly one of his pricing standards). Why you don’t have watch? I said put it this way. I’m so important that if I am late, everyone will wait for me. He got the 15rs

    I was at the main bus depot in New Dehli with a ridiculous amount of luggage, my hotel was 200 yards away but I still needed a tuk tuk to get there. One enterprising Sikh tried to stiff me for 100rs. I said look I can see the hotel from here but I know you have waited for your turn so I will give you 20rs. He insisted “Hotel is very long way” and refused to admit he had lied. So I was left wondering how I was going to move all my stuff when another tuk tuk, obviously advised by the first, pulled up and named the hotel and the 20rs fare.

    I’m British by the way but I discovered that often well to do Indians were asked for higher prices than Westerners because they were more likely to pay a higher price as a means of sharing their good fortune with others than a Westerner being overly concerned about being “ripped off”. The wealthy Indian would be less likely to walk away from a high price he would just name what he was prepared to pay and be confident about it.

  11. Kanja

    Well Done, Ankur and Shouryamoy. I perhaps could not have been so direct but then it would not have the same effect either!

  12. Ankur

    So if a rich man drinks he is enjoying life and if a poor person drinks he is wasting money!!! what a pity & double standards!!

  13. Sandeep

    Hi Earl

    Don’t know how I reached this blog , your style of writing is amazing and compels me to come back for more. I have just spent last 30 mins reading it and intend to be a regular visitor here.

    Just wanted to mention on the specific topic above that may be it would have helped the rickshaw puller more , had you got down on the steep incline and then again got into once you were on the flat road. But then you might have been too tired to do it.

    1. Wandering Earl

      Hey Sandeep – Welcome to the site my friend! And thank you for your input. The thing is, the driver wouldn’t let us out to help him with the incline. I know this route very well and every time the driver refuses to let the passengers out because in the end, they are proud people and they are trying to provide a complete service. I would have gladly gotten out but I think it would have offended him more if I insisted. That’s how I interpreted it anyway.

  14. Nicola

    I travel in India frequently and when I am alone (not with my Indian friends) I use my own rules. If a porter, taxi or rickshaw driver tries to rip me off they get the agreed price and not a rupee more. If they come to my help (I am a grandmother) when I am being hassled by others or they carry my luggage they get a tip 10 or 20 rupees “for chai”. If they have a particularly difficult time for some reason like the one you have described I give them extra, perhaps as much as double the agreed price, but I fold it discretely and press it into their hand with a sincere thanks. It is still a small amount of money to me so I want them to know I am grateful for the service.

    1. Moritz Perk

      Hello Nicola,
      I spent around 5 months in India as a international student at IIT Bombay. I am a first time Asia traveler, so in the beginning it was more some kind of ego-thing for me to not be ripped off because I had the idea that everyone wants to cheat me because of my looks. Now I feel more comfortable giving a tip because I know the right prices. I like the way you handle these situations, saying that the the rupees are “for chai” or giving it to them discretely. Maybe I am a little weird on that but sometimes I have the feeling they feel uncomfortable getting tipped by a foreign guy like me (by the way, I look like I am 18yrs old but I am 25). It even happened that an older rickshaw driver refused to get tipped because he said it is hard and honest work. Of course this guy stood out of the crowd but it created the idea that there could be some kind of grief to get some little extra from a guy you know could easily spend five times the prices. Sometimes I don´t know if I tip because I want to help the people or because of a bad conscience.

  15. Vee

    I think we should give generously and freely. I believe in the power of one positive deed leading to another. The tiny amount of a dollar more we give to someone who needs it (especially for the blood sweet and tears they put in!!! Seriously they earn such a meagre amount), the greater benefits we will incur in our own lives.

    I’m an Indian living in the US and every time I go back, I scold my mother for bargaining.
    Forget it. That extra 10 rupees could be a man going hungry that night.

    And I’m not okay with that.

    Whatever you give will come back to you in multitudes. I don’t just say this from a “karmic” standpoint – I think it also teaches us a lesson in humility, in respecting people, in being generous, and also in never taking anything for granted.

    Good post. Cheers!

    1. Anays

      I totally agree with you on that one Vee.

      I grew up in a family of Holocaust survivors (hidden under false identity in France with no means to hold a”real” job, my grandfather worked all day only for the right for the family to sleep in a barn and my gm did odd jobs for them), and although we were “OK”- not rich not poor by French standards, my parents would outrageously tip everybody who acted tired, was working a physical job after the age of 40, or simply looked ” a little run down by life”.

      Several times I tried to show my parents they were being unreasonable, and they would look at me in a “disappointed” way. At one point my uncle visited, and he told me “when we were kids we used to beg on the market for the leftovers at the stalls, or I would carry the baskets of the buyers in exchange for an egg. Once we got a 10 francs gift, and we didn’t have to beg for a week”.

      I began tipping in earnest and have never stopped since. And like you Vee, I believe I have got the richer for it.

  16. Tim

    This is not easy, Earl.

    I can imagine, arriving to such a strange place like India, riding through tremendous traffic just to get a rest after hours of traveling it seems unlikely that I would have the wit to tip the driver – especially while being aware that the original fare was just a little too high.

    On the other hand I would have loved to do it. This poor fellow is just another human being and donating some extra money is a way to say “I appreciate that you did that work for me. I appreciate that you were here for me this time”. And maybe he would have remembered this stranger that he originally charged too much but who had the generosity to understand the hardship of life and his effort to ease it a bit.

    As said, I don’t think I would have done it but I’m sure the world would be a better place if we always keep in mind that we have the chance to help a lot without sacrificing much.

  17. Victoria

    When I went to India, I found it exciting and exhausting at the same time. One guy even said I was rude and disrespectful because I kept (politely I might add) refusing rides. My companion was a blond Swiss girl and as I speak German, we decided to travel a little together. Vehicles would screech to take a look at the two of us and we constantly got hassled by tuk-tuk and taxi drivers who would block our way as we liked to walk quite a lot!

    Having said that, I think a 100 extra rupees would have been in order and acceptable enough for you not to feel cheated, merely for the traffic situation, the drivers no-doubt mature age and the fact that his effort on the job more than made up for those pennies.

  18. Andrew

    Hey Earl, great post; really gives us something to think about. I think of it in the same way I do about tipping at restaurants. If I have received service beyond my expectations or if someone has gone out of their way to help me then I feel like they deserve a tip. Your rickshaw driver seemed to put in a LOT of effort into your ride and I would have given a tip. But, if the rickshaw driver was young and healthy and able to power up and over that bridge would I still do so? I don’t know.

  19. Megan C. Stroup

    Personally, I always tip when I travel abroad, even though I know that’s an “American” thing. So I would have tipped regardless, especially if the ride was that difficult. However, that’s not to say I think you should feel bad for not paying more; you agreed on a price and you paid it, and like you said, it was already higher than maybe it “should” have been. I think everyone will have a different response to this situation, and that’s okay! The fact that you’re even conscious of it and trying to start a discussion is amazing, in my opinion.

  20. Allison

    During my trip to India I had a lot of negative experiences with rickshaw drivers. Time after time I would be taken to the obvious wrong location, and then when I would tell them I was not at the right place, they would demand more money to take me to the right place. Four times in Chennai I was taken to “gift shops” (I’m assuming owned by someone they knew) as a pit stop before they would take me to my destination. I was also quoted prices, and then when I arrived they would demand 100-200 rupees more then the original price (which was already an elevated tourist price). I’m assuming that the fact that I was a young American girl traveling with other females might have had something to do with these issues. But if I would have had an experience like yours I would have most likely gave him a little extra.

  21. Maria

    I would have given an extra 100 Rupees. I went to India for three weeks and found myself “overtipping” and “overpaying” constantly. It didn’t bother me much, and I know that a little bit of extra money goes a long way for the locals. However, if I were going to be on a longer trip (3 months or more) I would be a bit more careful as I would be on more of a budget. Technically, you did negotiate the price, and you paid what you negotiated so I don’t think you need to feel too bad, though I can see where you are coming from!

    India was my first trip to Asia and I was a bit of an inexperienced traveller at the time so I was handing out extra tips and over paying for things constantly. I was very shocked by the poverty in India. I saved and saved for that 3 week trip and it felt good to spend my hard earned and hard saved money in the form of extra / above average tips.

    I am going on a one year trip in the Spring, and headed back to India for probably about a month or so. I will still tip but will need to hold back way more than last time as I wont have as much money to throw around! 🙂

  22. Anna

    Earl, I found your website just a few days ago and have been really enjoying reading your articles about the many places you have been. After reading this particular article I can tell that you have real compassion and empathy for others. The fact that this situation bothers you as it has tells me so. Many other tourists/tavellers would think little of it and just go on their merry way, but you didn’t do this. Instead you contemplate what could have been done differently. Please do not be hard on yourself over the situation which cannot be changed now. You did nothing wrong. Consider this though, since you do feel badly then should a similar situation arise again the future, you will probably do differently. 🙂

    1. Wandering Earl

      Thank you for the comment Anna and I understand that things can’t be changed. I also believe it is important to examine our decisions in life, even the small ones, so that we can continuously improve as a person.

  23. Shouryamoy

    Absolute BS.

    “Please do not drive up the prices for services/goods anymore.” You mean fellows who work their posteriors off all day do not deserve two full meals a day? If those pensioners cannot afford the rising cost of services they should learn to their laundry and cook their food rather than ripping the poor man off.

    How hypocritical that you find it okay that one section of the society lives off the hard work of another section of it.

    PS: I am an Indian and ashamed to know that you too are one.

  24. Tilly

    I would pay 5 euros/pounds for the journey. I am not rich and have been travelling the world for 1 year now living off 50 pounds a week, however I am lucky to have this opportunity to be able to travel the world and experience life. I believe any traveller can afford a little more than 1.60 USD. Why not make someones day and give the opportunity for someone less fortunate than you to make something of themselves…….. (maybe he might one day be able to fund enough to buy his own bike)

    “You have not lived today until you have done something for someone that can never repay you” John Bunyan

  25. Anja

    I would have negotiated more in the beginning, because when travelling for a while I begin to get fed up with being ripped of as a tourist more every day. But after the ride, in this situation, I would have given him at least 50 rupees extra. Maybe even a hundred.

  26. Armand

    My mother was born and raised in the Philippines. I was born and raised in the Philippines. Once, when we were in the Philippines together we ate a restaurant and my mother paid and tipped 20% (which is a good tip and not unusual in the US). My Filipino extended family told her that was too much and to tip less. My mother said that is what she tips in the US and it doesn’t make sense to tip the workers in the Philippines less (just because they are not lucky enough to be in the USA) especially when that money goes a lot further for them. This reasoning while not intuitive, I think makes the most sense.
    PS As a reply to the claim that tipping drivers will drive up prices is just not valid. If anything, people tipping more would just increase the amount of drivers available (over a substantial amount of time of course). The rickshaw drivers are not providing a scarce service, therefore the (potential) costumer still has the same negotiating power they did before.

  27. Prajna

    paying like 10% more wouldn’t hurt thou. Some incentive for the rick-puller for having spotted a foreigner 🙂 allowing an occasional smile on his face. If you pay more than that, he might go and have a drink rather than send the money home(not everybody though)

  28. Prajna

    My my… incredible were the comments. I am an Indian, I live in India.
    Dear foreigner/the wealthy Indian,
    Please do not drive up the prices for services/goods anymore.
    Actually I say this more to the wealthier Indians than to foreigners. The rickshaw puller does understand the difference in price of what a tourist can pay and what an Indian will pay for the same service. But when a rich Indian pays more, it hurts millions of us. That being said, analyze the situation and pay accordingly. There are many retired people here who cannot afford the rising prices of commodities/services. I wish to see the poor guy prosper a bit too… but we should think about the ripple effect it causes everywhere around. The economy is very much imbalanced. But driving the prices up is not gonna help anybody. It is a very very very complex thing to discuss in a paragraph.

    1. Ankur

      Of course Rickshaw puller understands a basic thing like paying capacity of an Indian vis-a-vis that of a foreigner (though he may not understand difference among foreigners, for him a white guy would be same irrespective of his nationality)- and there is no problem if you pay extra bucks there is no ripple effect, you must have done that, I always pay more and believe me sometimes these “poor” people even reject those extra bucks with a smile!!

      Now about 100 rupees which you paid- In 100 rupees you can get food for 3 people in Delhi (cheapest option available with bare minimum requirement)- so you can understand worth of 100 rupees here in India

      It would have been better if you had paid 50 or 100 extra rupees- it would have helped him to buy some extra bit of essentials for his family. It is very easy preaching others about ripple effect, bla- bla, it is however very difficult to put yourself in shoes of that poor man who has no house, lives in footpath and works tirelessly to earn 200 rupees per day, and out of that 100 rupees he pays to owner and rickshaw mafia who provides him that tricycle- so just imagine hardships of these people, and they have no holidays, they are forced to work 365 days, else there wont be any food to eat.

      I sincerely hope people in India and foreigners are more sensitive and helping- politicians of India are bunch of eunuchs who primarily are reason for such a sorry situation, and mind you some people in India are very rich even by global standards, thats the real shame!

    2. Ankur

      I sincerely hope someone in your family becomes a rickshaw puller and then lets talk with you- what a waste of life you are! shameless absolute shameless creature.

      1. shouryamoy

        Can’t agree more with you here Ankur. I do not want to single out Prajna, but such people are a disgrace to our country.

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