The Rickshaw blog made it to the March edition of Spider (Pakistan's Internet magazine)

This blog collects the poetry, phrases, expressions, and words found on the back of Rickshaws.

The Rickshaws (auto-rickshaws, cycle rickshaws, jinrikshaws), minibuses, trucks and other commercial vehicles of South Asia are moving works of art. Much has been made of the colorful paint jobs they sport. The poetry that decorates them has often been collected. But the inscriptions on the back of Rickshaws are also an expression of the uncensored id of South Asia.

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~ Monday, November 20, 2006
 
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(clue: say it out loud in Urdu/Hindi/etc.)

~ Tuesday, August 22, 2006
 
The Indian Autorickshaw Challenge

~ Friday, July 21, 2006
~ Thursday, February 23, 2006
 
From the Karachi Photo Blog:




"Personality"

~ Saturday, April 09, 2005
 
Khurcha sada
Nukhrey lokan day

~ Tuesday, March 29, 2005
 
main bara ho kar Corolla banoon ga
~ Friday, March 25, 2005
 
kali nagan
 
zakhmi nigahain
 
meray peechay awen zara soch key
 
awan gi hawa ban key
jawan gi tang ker key

 
koi jal gaya kisi ney dua di
jalnay walay tera moon kala

 
mast nigahon ko salam
 
ay adhmi haram khana chor dey
tyre mehngay hain race lagana chor dey

 
himmath hay tho pass kar, warna bardashth kar
 
Khwaja ki Diwani
 
na cher malanga noon
pay jayega panga noon

 
Main bare hokar truck bannu ga
~ Wednesday, January 26, 2005
 
From Bombay, a real race for rickshaw drivers:
Shell Dhoom Macha De Auto rickshaw race!
(Google it; apparently, it's part of the Mumbai Festival.)

~ Saturday, November 06, 2004
 
In Punjabi, from Lahore:
Jinnay apni maa noo sataya
Onay saree umar ricksha hee chalaya

~ Thursday, September 02, 2004
 
na dar baadh-e-mukhalif say aay aqaab
yeh tho chalthee hai tujhay ooncha uranay kay liya

(Iqbal is very commonly quoted)
 
Parwana (common nome de plume for rickshaw-walas)
 
horn day ker paas kerain
 
jaanay walay ho sakay to lot kay aana
 
Zakhmee Parindah
 
Ziddi Saudagar
 
Unmole Paree
 
A collection of rickshaw photos.
 
From Lucknow and Delhi
jagah milnay per pass diya jayayga (this one is ubiquitous)
 
From Lucknow and Delhi
maalik ki gaadi driver ka paseena
chalti hai road par ban kar haseena

 
From Lucknow and Delhi
sharaabi kay do hi thikaanay
thekay jayay ya thaanay

~ Tuesday, August 31, 2004
 
From Hyderabad - Deccan
Link to Rickshaw Pictures
 
From Hyderabad - Deccan
Ammi ki duaaiin
 
From Hyderabad - Deccan
Jaa Nasheen
 
From Hyderabad - Deccan
mohabattain
 
From Hyderabad - Deccan
Ziddi
 
From Hyderabad - Deccan
tere naam
 
From Hyderabad - Deccan
H K G N (hint)
 
From Hyderabad - Deccan
Khan's (One of the most popular)
 
From India:
Jai Mata Di
 
From India:
mera Bharat mahan (lekin janta pareshan)
 
From India:
buri nazar wale, tera moonh kala
 
tau lang ja sadi kher aye
 
qismat aazma chuka, muqadar aazma raha hoon
Aik baywafa kay kahtir riksha chala raha hoon

 
chandni raat beeti jaa rahi hai
Ullu Ki Patthi, too ab a rahi hai

also

ufaq pay sitaroN koe neendh aa rahee hai
Ullu ki patthi, too ab a rahi hai
 
maaN ki duA jannat ki hawa
maaN ki bud-duA ja beta rickshaw chala

 
kabhee side say aatee ho kabhee peechay say aatee ho
meree jaan horn day day kar mujhay tum kyon satateey ho

 
sajan koi koi, dushman her koi!

 
Pappu yaar tang na ker!
 
mera sheher, Mansehra
 
Afridi Tayyara
 
Zehreeli Nagan

~ Tuesday, February 24, 2004
 
... and from India:
dulhan hi dahej hai
 
kabhi to aao na Sargodha, surmaa laga kai
 
mehnat kar, hasad na kar
 
koi jal gaya, kisi nai dua di
 
Quaid-e-Azam nay farmaya
tu chal, main aayaa

~ Sunday, February 22, 2004
 
main phir aaon ga
 
Akhri Goli
 
Daalar ki Talash
~ Friday, February 20, 2004
 
Bulbul ka Bachaa
submitted by: Kash
 
tapar hai to paar kar warna bardaasht kar
 
sirf tum
 
maaN ki duA, baap ka chapath

also

maaN ki duA, baap ka chamaat

 
dekH magar pyar se!
 
maaN ki duA, jannat ki huwaa
 
Khatharnaak Rambo
 
uff Baji, rickshaw gayee!