Blacktop waystation


A trio of traffic-light colored clothing hooks are repurposed into an integral part of this minimalist Buddha alter in this cycle-rickshaw rest stop. Used to hang jasmine, it is understood that the first rickshaw pilot of the day to nab a fare buys the flowers, bringing merit (and hopefully customers) to all the other cycle-rickshaws in the booth.


Usually forced from congregating around high-traffic areas due to objections over their craft clogging up the works, rickshaw rest stops are important for the city-traversing rickshaw pilots, whether they seek shelter from the rain, something cool to drink, or simply some conversation and familiar faces. Not limited to booths such as that shown here, such way stations can often be an as simple as an agreed upon overhanging balcony under which is placed a water dispenser and a few chairs to sit on to get out from under a sudden downpour. Oftentimes an established hierarchy is in place at each station, with the order of arrival of a rickshaw determining the order that they are assigned to fares, and the most senior rickshaw pilot (usually one roughly considered the “boss” of the rest stop) determining the appropriate fare for each customer to pay, with all the  rickshaw pilots at a given rest stop forming an informal and momentary sort of union as they collectively refuse to carry a passenger for less than the price determined by the “boss”.

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