Returning from Tughlaqabad along the Mehrauli – Badarpur road, Toshi and I moved to the pace of Delhi traffic and soon found ourselves behind a Vikram as most 3-Wheeler passenger auto rickshaws ferrying passengers about town are known as in some regions north of India.
On the back, the Vikram sported in Hindi a common refrain around marriage that men will sometimes good humouredly tease their wives with, raising laughs in gatherings and eliciting matching verse from other men and before you can say ‘Hello’ a full fledged mehfil is likely underway as each married gent tries to outdo the other. If they’re lucky the womenfolk will join in notwithstanding the potshots that men aim at them with their verses, mostly good-naturedly. Sometimes not.
While he advertised “Eco Friendly Service” prominently on the back, the two pierced hearts lent urgency to the lines between them, a sentiment that likely elicited smiles, even if weary at the thought, in those following behind him.
Jab Se Hui Hai Shaadi
Aasu Baha Raha Hun,
Aafat Galey Padi Hai
Vikram Chala Raha Hun
Since the Time I Got Married
I’ve been Shedding Tears,
A Millstone hangs by my Neck
And I ride a Vikram Now.
Museebat in Hindi translates to 'Trouble'. If you were to find yourself in traditional neighbourhoods where the lingo is not tempered by urban political correctness, retaining shades of rural ethos, don’t bat an eyelid if the elderly gentleman you’ve known for long welcomes you warmly into his home while calling out to his wife of many years: “Museebat, dekho kaun aaya hai.” (Museebat, see who’s here.)
Note: The lines on the back of the Vikram are drawn from the opening lyrics of the song Jab Se Hui Hai Shaadi from the 1990 Sanjay Dutt – Madhuri Dixit starrer ‘Thanedaar’, except for the last line Vikram Chala Raha Hun which the rickshaw driver modified to reflect his vocation.
The original song shows a harassed and ‘tattered’ Sanjay Dutt lamenting having to do all the chores since the time he got married while his wife, Madhuri Dixit, merrily pampers herself, living the good life at his expense!
Such is life (with a museebat wife)!
Note: Vikram is the brand name of the 3-Wheeler product range manufactured by Scooters India Ltd. based out of Lucknow and formerly known for their 2-Wheelers - Vijai Super and Lambretta. Vikram 750D, Vikram 600G, Vikram 450D, Vikram 410G, and Vikram EV are among their key models in the 3-Wheeler range.