Saturday, April 26, 2008

Nonsense, Smith Style

Those of you who know our family know that we have an ability to create and enjoy endless amounts of nonsense. We love nonsense. Don't knock it, nonsense appeals to us for for two big reasons. One, it's entertaining and two, it's usually free. Since we have been here rickshaws, both the auto and the bicycle versions, have been the focus of a lot of our silly jokes and crazy ideas. The following are a few of my favorites.


Pimp My Rickshaw: Much like the MTV show Pimp My Ride, Pimp My Rickshaw would surprise rickshaw drivers with tricked out versions of their old vehicles. Along with a few things that are cool and helpful would be a bunch of ridiculous things that would only manage to make the rickshaw less useful. Here is our first try. As you can see it started out extremely old and worn out. After a few days at Mumbai Auto (our garage of choice for custom jobs) it came out with a new super cool look.


True, it won't keep you dry in the rain and it won't shield you from the sun, but you will be the coolest driver on the road. If you get bored while waiting for a customer you no longer have to choose between napping and staring! You can watch a movie on one of your three fold down TV screens or play video games on the Wii system we hooked up in the trunk! (I hope the artist, Jitish Kallat, doesn't mind me using a picture of this piece.)



One Month: We would have called it 30 Days, but the very smart people at FX already thought of that for their show with Super Size Me documentary maker, Morgan Spurlock. In One Month our Number One Son would spend a month as a bicycle rickshaw driver and (here is the fun part) live off of what he makes!


Before you get upset with me and start telling me what a bad parent I am I would like to state that this was his idea. Plus, I promise not to let him starve to death. Other than that, I see this as a win win situation. First, he is out of the house for a month. Second, when he comes back he will be far more grateful to me for all the things I do for him. See? I win twice! That isn't what a win win situation is? Are you sure? Hmm.


The Price Is Right, For You: In this fun new game show, everyday we send out a first time American tourist to ride an auto rickshaw from New Friends Colony to the American Embassy. The viewers at home will text (standard text messaging rates apply) us the amount they think the passenger is going to be over charged. Then we all get to sit back and enjoy the looks of terror on the passenger's face as the auto makes it's way through Delhi. Finally, at the end of the show, when the price is announced by that day's unscrupulous driver, we will send all of the viewers who guessed correctly a toy rickshaw of their very own!

6 comments:

Toni said...

How about some kind of India-napolis rickshaw race?

I'm not sure if I would want to ride in one of those things. Maybe at the end of the day when I would be exhausted and just don't care anymore.

SuburbanCorrespondent said...

Oooh, toni, a pun!

Funny, we never seem to come up with any rickshaw jokes around here...

Aunt Carol said...

Dennis and I wouldn't fit in those and #1 son would have to pedal REAL hard. hahaha

sandsrandomramblings said...

Mrs. Smith, happened to reach your blog from another blog I follow. Was very interesting to read about what is home to me from a place that is home for you. I currently live in Arizona. Will now be following your blog for a different perspective:)

Aunt Carol said...

Dear Sandsrandomramblings please take time, if you haven't already, to go back and read Mrs. Smith's other posts on this blog. They are so cute. Could be I am partcial to her blog (Aunt Carol) but my friends that have read it and had lived in India love it.

Rachel said...

Posts like these make it very evident that this, along with your other observations, would make a book you write very enjoyable to read. We all could stand to learn a thing or two about India.