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Dial-an-Auto, With Aishwarya Raman [Video]

Posted: August 25, 2014

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How is a Dial-an-Auto business making the lives of auto-drivers and commuters a lot more easier? Aishwarya Raman, co-founder of Auto Raja, tells us all about this unique enterprise.

Does commuting by an auto rickshaw mean endless negotiations, constant arguing on what route to take and staring at that ticking meter (which seems to tick faster every time?) like a hawk?

It’s safe to say that at some point, all Indians have done at least one of the above during a rickshaw commute – if not all.

But have you ever stopped to wonder why these are characteristics of travelling by autos? Why sometimes a space mission might seem more doable – needless to say call for a lot less negotiating? Is it the auto driver’s gluttony that’s asking for that ’10 rupees extra’, or is it because he makes very little on a daily basis to begin with? You’re about to find out!

In this Chai with Lakshmi conversation you’ll discover how one business is helping make the commute a whole lot easier for the passenger, which in turn, helps the driver too! This business is Auto Raja. Aishwarya Raman, the Co-founder of Auto Raja, says, “Auto drivers don’t have sufficient income to support their families. As a result, a lot of them live in slums… they don’t have access to institutional credit, education or medical benefits.”

While we’ve all had to face our share of auto woes, this is a conversation that shows you the flip side to the problem, and what can be done to solve it. This is a conversation you don’t want to miss!

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