Auto rides in Delhi have great potential to be interesting and amusing. It all depends on if your driver’s feeling chatty. Recently in an auto with a chatty driver:
Driver: Which country?
Me: I’m from America
(even though the US is not the only country in the Americas, I’ve found this the easiest way to convey “USA” to most Indians)
Driver: South America (not a question)
Me: No, no. U.S.A
Driver: Ooooooh (understanding lighting his face) MAIN America.
Me: Uhhhhm… well… no…
This picture (stolen from a friend’s facebook page) might help clarify exactly what that auto driver was thinking…