"He's a rickshaw-puller sir. He's got no time to name me."

While hand-pulled rickshaws are only seen now in Kolkata (Calcutta), cycle-rickshaws are still common.

cycle rickshaw
Creative Commons Attributioncycle rickshaw - Credit: Steve Evans
Rickshaw pulling is hard, physical work, and poorly rewarded, with rickshaws often rented for high prices rather than owned by their pullers. The sight of a thin, shoeless puller sleeping in their rickshaw on a roadside is a common one in India.