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Tuk-tuk calling!

This guy’s going to be getting a lot of calls for sure.

Meet Samson, an auto driver from Chennai, who has his own website, and incredibly (yes, yes!) also turns on the meter!

When I think Chennai and auto driver, my mind wanders to a journey we undertook a few years ago – my sister and I. We were just visiting South India then and decided that Chennai would form a part of our tour plan. We made the mistake of trying to bargain with a auto driver who was intent on robbing us. We paid him a perfectly decent amount.

What he did next, left us scarred forever. Despite my ability to completely forget small details, I still remember this incident. He threw the money out of the rickshaw and abused us. I thank God that we didn’t understand a word of Tamil. Phew! After that, I approach all auto drivers in Chennai with some amount of fear.

Samson therefore comes as a breath of fresh air.

A Japanese tourist set up an email ID for him, a Brit tourist set up his website and a Dutch client gave him a laptop! Only going to prove that nice things happen to nice people!

Okay, so I know who I’m calling on my next visit to Chennai. Though I have a feeling Samson’s calendar might be a little full.

(And here’s another interesting auto driver from Mumbai via Twitter – he offers a 10% discount to newly married couples and has a first aid kit in his auto!).

I hope auto drivers in Bangalore, who don’t want to go anywhere (and I mean, anywhere except where you want to go) take a hint!


  1. @ devakishor: heh, not bad! but there’s not a mention of where his salon is located! πŸ™‚

    @ snippetsnscribbles: impressive yes! but not sure if they have twitter accounts!

  2. Wow, that is one smart Auto-dude.
    Definitely calling him up the next time I’m there. But I agree with you completely that Chennai autos are some of the worst in the country. I can bear even the Dilli-wallas in front of them. And this after knowing Tamil!

  3. seems like the tuktastic guy is doing his rounds on the www. I don’t know about the website and all that, but i sure would love an auto that runs by the meter in chennai!

  4. I hear that the CallAuto service that has been launched in Bangalore is reliable. Non-tampered digital meters I hear. Haven’t a first hand experience though.

  5. vasudevan says


    remember that blog about a place which dint serve you on time ???
    miller’s 46?

    i remembered that when i read about kiruba’s story.


  6. Loved his site–I’ll have to look out for him when I go to Chennai next month. πŸ™‚

    I’m planning my first trip to India to visit my parents who live in Bangalore and I’m thrilled to find your blog. How wonderful is the internet?

  7. this is fantastic! i wish i had a resource for a taxi though, with my 5 member family! any word on that? πŸ™‚

  8. Hi Anita, great info – and i am amazed – will surely contact Samson if i plan to tour chennai

  9. Praveen says

    Your blog rocks Anitaji. Really well written with a great positive vibe all around. And yes, nice things happen to nice people πŸ™‚

  10. really nice to hear this…keep going on…i to have started…but yours is rocking i think so while looking at the comments on your site…

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