The omni-present rickshaw

I was recently thinking of writing up something on the rickshaw experience i’ve had lately but then i came across this n decided to cross post on it. Mr. Owais Mughal wrote this amazing guest post on the All Things Pakistan blog run by Adil Najam. The story was so good that i think it deserves a mention here on KMB. A must read for all karachities (ex and current).. its at the same time an introduction to the rickshaw itself, as well as to its technical aspects and the unique culture which has risen up around it. Written with a bit of humour dosed in, the whole article is a delight to read. I’ll excerpt some here.

A rickshaw is a perfect example of a compact automobile design. The driver practically sits on a bench seat which is strategically placed on top of the engine. This causes inductive heat transfer between man and machine and keeps the engine cool. The same however, cannot be said for the driver’s butt. The presence of a hot engine underneath, keeps a driver cozy during winters and boiling during summers. It is literally one heck of a hot seat to sit on.

Other posts on rickshaws on karachi metblogs can be found here.

5 Comments so far

  1. sooban (unregistered) on July 22nd, 2006 @ 12:51 am

    they ll be gone next yr.

  2. hoorain (unregistered) on July 22nd, 2006 @ 2:51 am

    well i dun know why u choose this rickshaw for topic. but i just wana say one thing i realy hate rickshaw its noise the black smoke coming from it ufff my GOd . if u sit on it then u can digest every thing what u ate before. anger panjer hil jata hay

  3. yo yo (unregistered) on July 22nd, 2006 @ 6:35 am

    I have found that females find Rickshaws more safer than taxis and buses. So I think they should continue. For pollution they just have to change their muffelers regularly.

  4. mansoor (unregistered) on July 22nd, 2006 @ 10:33 am

    sooban: you know something we dont?

    hoorain: LoL at anger panjer!! ur right abt that.. but if you drive a mehran.. then riding a rickshaw isnt that bad… LoL

    yo yo: yes, they are much more safer.. AND cleaner! And i’ve heard that the newer CNG rickshaws dont even make the sounds…

  5. Tee Emm (unregistered) on July 22nd, 2006 @ 12:58 pm

    Feel like reading a rickshaw but not on a Karachi road? Thanks to Sabahat Ashraf of CA, you can do so now online at:

    P.S: PSO once published a book named ‘Pappoo Yar Tang Na Kar’. It was a collection of ‘public-auto-prose-and-poetry’. I wish I had a copy of the same. Anyone with contacts in PSO PR/Marketing guys?

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