I have always enjoyed the messages on the backs of the Bangalore Autos. It is as if the auto drivers want to have their own fantasy about the vehicles they are driving. The vehicles are painted with messages, names of dear ones, some have a “Hi!” message on them, and there is such an enormous variety of artwork on them, too.

I decided to snap a few of the autos, without which we cannot live, and with which we sometimes cannot live!

Many autos carry advertisements all over, like this Aristocrat Premium Auto:

Auto Aristocrat Premium, Kannada flag

Note, also, the Kannada flag at the side.

I don’t know if the picture size will allow one to read the messages clearly…..they are written on the back of the autos, on the right nand side, near the tail light.

Some autos come with messages written at the back. Here is the Classice Auto:

auto Classice

Some have the year written at the back, like this “2006” model:

Auto 2006 small

This one is from 2005; I liked it because it also has “Nisarga” (Nature) written across its back window:

Auto 2005 -Nisarga

Here’s one from 2004…this has, very intriguingly, “Devil” written across its rear window!

auto Devil 2004

Some of them have abstract art across their rear windows, like this one:

Auto Abstract Art

Some identify their engines as well above an auto engine; here’s one that says, “1000 cc”!

auto Cielo 1000cc

That one also marks another very common are identified with various makes of cars. The one above is marked as a Cielo.

Here’s a Volvo:

Auto Volvo

And to top it all, here’s nothing less than a Benz!

Auto ...8888...Benz!

The number plate on this auto has also been specially bought; it’s 8888!

Here is another Benz on the road:

auto Benz

No, I never saw any Rolls-Royces yet on Bangalore roads…yet!

As you can see, I snapped all these while riding in an auto…and never thought to see what message, art or id that particular one was carrying!

So look around at the autos on Bangalore roads…instead of being sources of annoyance, they will be sources of entertainment!

18 Comments so far

  1. psj (unregistered) on May 12th, 2007 @ 11:50 pm

    You have not come across the ones which print rude messages???
    i have read one which said Never trust a women and another like..Women are like snake or something..

  2. Ravi (unregistered) on May 13th, 2007 @ 12:13 am

    Well, I hear that a new Rolls Royce car has been purchased by a Bangalore hotelier. If you want to see it, visit the Royal Orchid Hotel on Airport Road.

  3. Rao (unregistered) on May 13th, 2007 @ 12:17 am

    Good snaps.
    The abstract one is not so abstract at all. I see a partiotic auto who has accomodated the colours of our National Flag and Karnataka Flag in the little space at the rear of the vehicle.

    I have also come across a few autos who may be doing social service with messages such as “Free ride for pregnant women” who are on their way to the hospital.
    I don’t know if they really do offer it, but the message is printed though.

  4. Rao (unregistered) on May 13th, 2007 @ 12:19 am

    Sorry about the typo. I meant “patriotic” in my comment.

  5. lavannya (unregistered) on May 13th, 2007 @ 11:02 am

    That “aristocrat premium” fellow must be making loads and loads of money for that advertisement for the alcohol companies!

  6. A (unregistered) on May 14th, 2007 @ 10:14 am

    Madam, it is KARNATAKA flag and not KANNADA flag!

  7. blr bytes (unregistered) on May 14th, 2007 @ 11:59 am

    Here’s a blog that follows such art…

  8. anonymous (unregistered) on May 14th, 2007 @ 1:24 pm

    >>Madam, it is KARNATAKA flag and not KANNADA flag!
    Karnataka doesnt have an official state FLAG.Its not KARANATAKA flag.

  9. anonymous (unregistered) on May 14th, 2007 @ 1:26 pm

    Karnataka doesnt have an official state FLAG.Its not KARANATAKA flag.

    typo KARNATAKA.

  10. Naren - * Commentor (unregistered) on May 14th, 2007 @ 2:39 pm

    Only “Anonymous” People will say “Karnataka doesnt have an official state FLAG”

    It is Karnataka Flag. Sometimes it is called as Kannada Flag.

    Karnataka Flag ge Proof Beka..

    Innu Beka..??

    Go to Google and Type “karnataka flag” And u will get 326,000 Results.

    and for Kannada flag its 266,000.

    So, Many People refer it as Karnataka Flag.

  11. Naren - * Commentor (unregistered) on May 14th, 2007 @ 2:47 pm

    In the very first Pic The Karnataka flag is Up Side Down. It has been up side down for not tieing Properly. The Pic has to be Removed ASAP.

    It has not been observed By the Blogger. No more comments Cozz if i speak truth they will delete my comment. Thats the Price Paying by The Bangalooru Hudga….

  12. anonymous (unregistered) on May 14th, 2007 @ 3:47 pm

    Indian states OFFICIALLY do not have flags of their own, except for Jammu and Kashmir.
    and by the way,wikipedia is not always reliable.

  13. SHADOW (unregistered) on May 14th, 2007 @ 4:28 pm

    Accept the fact,Nothing harm in accepting the truth, Yavagalu nin mugina nerakke nedebeda.Nan already e vishayda bagge detail age tilkondine, As per the rule no indian state has it own flag, The Yellow & Red is a Kannada flag and not Karnataka flag, Also dont show wiki as proof as i too can add my own finding in wiki without any research.

    See my previos post on kannada flag here

  14. Naren (unregistered) on May 14th, 2007 @ 5:31 pm

    Shadow Ur reply seems to be in person!! Before accepting the fact always look for Proof. if there is no proof Dont accept it! iddana H. Narasimhaiah navaru Helirodhu. Avaru yaaru antha Gothalla. I hav seen ur Previous Post. Nobody hav Provided the Evidence for Constitution Having Such a Rule. Just Giv me the Sections. U may be True.. I hav done my research. Will look further and Get back. More over Kannada or Karnataka Flag have Been accepted by the People.

    Kindly Remove the 1st Post which shows the flag Up-side down.

  15. januM (unregistered) on May 14th, 2007 @ 6:03 pm

    Hey.. good write-up!
    nice pics :)

  16. januM (unregistered) on May 14th, 2007 @ 6:05 pm

    Hey.. good write-up!
    nice pics :)

  17. Kishor (unregistered) on May 14th, 2007 @ 8:39 pm

    Nice post, some of these auto guys are quite creative.

  18. SIG (unregistered) on May 19th, 2007 @ 2:48 pm

    Reminds me of a song by Thermal and a Quarter called “Chainese Item”. The song starts with an audio clip at a Chainese stall / restaurant. The guy rattls very quickly, “Chilli chicken, chicken mancharee, gobi mancharee, chow mein, lo mein, Mrikan chopsoi, hakka noodal, veg noodal…Yuvverithing is thar sar, vatyuvant ?”

    The auto painters probably ask their proud new auto owners, “Ceilo, Volvo, Benz, 500cc, 1000cc, 5000cc, all cars & all cc’s are thare sar, vatyuvant ?”

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