Thursday, February 05, 2009

Wisdom of a Trishaw driver

Had to ride in to work in a trishaw since my Dream Machine has been sent in for a bit of a makeover.

As we turned out of our lane the driver we ran into a long line of traffic and the driver exclaimed (in English) "Oh My God". Now I have heard a lot of things from trishaw drivers but never that particular phrase, which was amusing because its seemed so incongruous.

Later on in the drive, whilst dodging more jams he remarked (in Sinhala) on catching sight of the latest election posters: "Yuddhaya hondata Vikunanawa Ne", meaning the war is being well sold. Again not something that I expected to hear.

12 comments:

gutterflower said...

Ever heard a trishaw driver exclaim 'Oh my goodness!'?

I almost fell out of the tuk-tuk in surprise.
:)

Lady divine said...

oohhh that's a first for me....
nice! posh ne..;)

DeeCee said...

now now..let's not underestimate our fellow tuk tuk men..

Jack Point said...

heh heh Gutter, if I had heard that I think I would have definitely fallen out of it.

I wonder where they pick it up? Television?

TheWhacksteR said...

Dude, one chap once practically gave me a lesson in micro political economics! they are a strange and intriguing lot all right :)

aufidius said...

agree with Whacko, so are Barbers,,some are quite insightful :)

Serendib_Isle said...

There’s a metered trisaw opposite St Peters, on Galle Road. Costs 1/3 for a ride to Bamba Junc. Asked him why he runs the meter and he says, “to be fair.”
I actually wanted to worship the guy!

Jack Point said...

Well, Dee Cee suggests maybe there is more to Trishaw drivers than meets the eye, :)

N said...

There most definitely is more to these trishaw guys...in between them offering me drugs, guns and whores I have had a few extremely interesting political/economic conversations wiht them...

JP said...

Mr point...They , I feel are, Sri lankan's answer to NY Cabbies....And one or twoo reading your blog or having a blog of their own is also a possibility

Naughty Nibras said...

Tuk Tuk men are a great source of inspiration for me :-) Everytime I want to do some market research on something, I approach them first..... :-) You get unbiased insights !!!!!!!

Jack Point said...

Nibras, they give you a good cross section of the views of a man in the street I guess.