If you were to ask me what my most memorable childhood memory is – it would have to be the long auto rides I used to take to reach school during my primary school days. I lived in a place where autorickshaws were the most convenient way of getting to school for those who couldn’t or weren’t old enough to cycle. The Morning rides were boring but evenings were super fun. In the evenings, after school, I would wait till the second trip of the auto and go for a ride with about 20+ kids crammed in, dropping everyone at their homes and get off last almost an hour later. Most people would dread that considering the fact that my house was only 15 minutes away from the school but it was a lot of fun for me. A group of us would sing made up songs, play anthakshari, poke fun at the driver, swap stories and at times I would teach a Marathi girl (later my best friend) to speak in Tamil.
Thinking back, I am now really surprised that my parents didnt object to me being out for so long as a with people I hardly knew, considering that my parents were/are very protective of me. Remember, this is way back in the early 90’s when phones were just a novelty. I am thankful that they let me do that for it was my one chance at (good) social interaction and having fun as I was a sick child with hardly any friends.
With technology’s help, now people are in touch with each other all the time but it unthinkable with our cities and towns becoming extremely unsafe for women and children. People dont look out for others as they would for their own anymore. I do dread auto rides in the city now due to my bad back but they are and they will always remain one of my favourite childhood memories.
Naturally I was delighted when I received Fourseven’s Indian Masala charm shaped like an autorickshaw for review. In pure silver with a cubic zirconia stone for the headlight, its the cutest thing I have ever seen. Its strong, surprisingly sturdy and comes with a locking clip just perfect for attaching to a charm bracelet or necklace. You could even add it to your key ring or use it as fancy zip puller for your LV’s and Chanels.