Tyreship Enterprise: Stills from Tyretrek

It was during one of my trips to Rajasthan’s rural outback (travelling in one of the crowdiest of local trains) that I took these pictures with my sexy little Sony Ericsson mobile phone. It was a god forbidden nondescript little place, a halt rather, in the middle of nowhere, where the train took a little breather before resuming it’s tiring haul across the unforgiving desert landscape.

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Pic. 1. – A 10 seater Mahindra jeep is the only available transport for ferrying (those who alighted) to nearby villages and dhanis (hamlets)


Pic. 2. – Newton’s Laws of Motion (read this for an interesting interpretation) find practical application as people jostle with each other in equal numbers and in opposite directions at the doors of the coaches.


Pic. 3. – More and more passengers finally touchdown and rush towards the waiting jeep. A couple of women do a spectacular pile vault and disappear inside in a pile. Only if  Elena Isinbaeva had seen that!


Pic. 4. – Elite common-dudes of the Gujjar Regiment secure the roof in a jiffy.


Pic. 5. – The jeep now begins to look more and more like Tyreship Enterprise from the movie Tyretrek.


Pic. 6. – Its a display of raw skill as another common-dude hoists himself onto the roof. We never knew Mahindra makes such crash proof roofs!


Pic. 7. – Interim head count: eight on the roof, at least eighteen inside and another fourteen or so looking forward to getting accommodated. The ones on the roof each takes out a jar of Fevicol …


Pic. 8. – The driver (who somehow manages to drive expertly by sitting entirely outside) starts the jeep. Suddenly there’s a mad rush. Somehow all forty people find footholds.


Pic. 9. – They’re off. Forty of them. In one jeep. Sixteen in the back. Six in the front seat. Four on the bonnet. Eight on the roof. And six clinging on to the sides.

The train shudders and jerks forward. I settle back into my seat, take a deep breath and make a mental note of putting the pics on my blog.

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  1. doctoratlarge August 19, 2009 at 11:40 pm -

    Amazing pictures. This looks just like the fevicol advertisement. Now if you had only patented these pictures earlier and sold them to Fevicol inc., we could have taken off on our long-planned Swiss trip, possibly with Shikha in tow, sans boyfriend of course.

    • Rofl Indian August 19, 2009 at 11:52 pm -

      Ah Doctoratlarge…I’m now kicking myself at my pathetic lack of foresight. We could have taken Susie too. She’s so fond of Swiss chocolates.

  2. spikeace August 20, 2009 at 1:24 am -

    and to think army regiments across the world spend so much time n money in creating records for the most people in a 4 wheeled vehicle!
    This is an ORDINARY jeep – completely unmodified in any way. Gives the expression lock, stock and 2 smoking barrels a whole new meaning! (the jeep has just 1 exhaust)

    I also wonder if the guy had a hummer!!!! It would take on a 100 people + another hundred for the maintenance of the hummer!!!

    • Rofl Indian August 20, 2009 at 9:42 am -

      and all this jeep needs is a strike or two of the hammer here or there, that too just occasionally!

  3. couchpapaya August 20, 2009 at 4:34 am -

    reminds me of one of those guiness book of records things … how many train passengers can you pile into a car ? amazing pic account 🙂 how did u know to start clicking?

    • Rofl Indian August 20, 2009 at 9:43 am -

      I am a frequent flyer on the said route 😀

  4. tarun goel August 20, 2009 at 7:18 am -

    lolzzzz, whereever you go you make us ROFL+LOL+LMAO
    You rock, rofl 🙂

    • Rofl Indian August 20, 2009 at 9:45 am -

      Thanks Tarun. 🙂

  5. Aditya August 20, 2009 at 10:18 am -

    Doc !

    Now let me tell u dat i have been thru such an experience in maharashtra and it was fun….but that time i was wafer-thin ! Gone are the days

    …at present, i dont even take mumbai local trains !


    • Rofl Indian August 21, 2009 at 1:26 am -

      Welcome aboard Adi. Great to have you here 🙂
      I haven’t yet been on any of Mumbai’s locals. Do I look forward to such an experience? Absolutely yes 🙂

      • Aditya August 21, 2009 at 10:15 am -

        u shud catch a Virar Fast local or a karjat fast local in the evening ! each and every part of ur body will be massaged, u wud enjoy a steam bath, fully clothed with dozens of men around you…wud be once in a life time experience !!

  6. ~uh~™ August 20, 2009 at 11:10 am -

    This was like a blowjob to mind. I mean mindblowing job there !
    This is India, the real India. The India of Jugaads, the India of Ghaslet, the India that refuses to give up. Everything goes in. Everyone has a place.
    Loved the pictorial account.
    Other than fevicol ad it also reminds me another true story.
    Such a Jeep was taken in custody by the police and taken to the thana while the bada-saab was not there. When he came he saw a old jeep on the compound and atleast 40 people loitering around. On inquiry, he learnt that all of them were travelling on the jeep. he did not believe it and said he will set them free if they can demonstrate how they did it. Within no time they did exactly what you have described.
    Obviously, the bada saab had to let them go. Legendary stuff.
    Btw, you seem to know doc@large ? 😉

    • Rofl Indian August 21, 2009 at 1:21 am -

      I was fortunate enough to have this cam phone handy for the job 🙂 Unfortunately only the rear end of the jeep was exposed to me. I’d have loved to take a sideways shot to capture the awesome pile in its entirity, but the jeep was too far off. My co passengers were quite curious and eyed me with great amusement as I clicked the pics.
      The jeep story sounds awesome!

  7. perplexed August 20, 2009 at 1:33 pm -

    wowowow! defying all laws of physics there! nice!

    • Rofl Indian August 21, 2009 at 1:11 am -

      Had Newton seen the spectacle, he’d have rewritten his laws from scratch 🙂

  8. whatsinaname August 20, 2009 at 2:55 pm -

    ha ha
    What a TYREsome journey that would have been. And surely gem of a satTYRE!
    I think we did manage to stuff in some 10 of us inside an Ambassador long time back. but nothing to beat THIS.
    The TYRE seem very strong like those around our waist 🙁

    • Rofl Indian August 21, 2009 at 1:07 am -

      Those who’ve developed a TYRE around their waists should reTYRE immediately 😀
      10 inside an ambassador? Still quite roomy I’d say!

  9. cutting_chai August 20, 2009 at 5:52 pm -

    Interesting pix. One has to know basic gymnastics to be able to travel, what?

    • Rofl Indian August 21, 2009 at 1:04 am -

      Quite! Rather a mix of gymnastics and ‘gym antics’ 😀

  10. Abha August 20, 2009 at 7:11 pm -

    awesome!! 🙂 for a while i was seriously thinking there is no jeep!! he is just kidding!

    god bless cam phones and imaginative minds! 😀


    • Rofl Indian August 21, 2009 at 1:01 am -

      Thanks. That’s precisely why I absolutely love my Ericsson 😀

  11. witsnnuts August 20, 2009 at 9:46 pm -

    Wow… Be it bike or cars or any form of transport … we can always do the unimaginable .. 🙂 Nice find.
    Offtopic but related: You really got to see this video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lP8CoaIfRc

    • Rofl Indian August 21, 2009 at 12:57 am -

      That was simbply an awesome video! 🙂 If balakrishnan could move a train with just his forefinger, I would assume he would have the power to screw the whole universe with his middle one 😀

  12. Ms Taggart August 21, 2009 at 12:34 pm -

    Seriously amazing photos.. You captured the essence of the moment. And this surely is an advertisement for the Mahindra jeeps if they intend to use it.. and Fevicol will say proudly that they were right!

    RI: So I should be forwarding the link to Anand Mahindra….who knows they might give me an entry into their advertisement team! 🙂

  13. Shanu August 29, 2009 at 3:41 am -

    Wow..that was awesome..and gr8 that u had the presence of mind to click these pics!

    RI: Thanks Fullon 🙂 You are becoming a rarer element with each passing day 🙂

  14. kritika September 14, 2009 at 2:06 pm -

    You saw Rajasthan na…i have seen the same na ive seen worse in MP. there peoples weights and body masses magically become equal to those of piegeons when they travel in mahindra jeeps…. or matador buses!

    RI: True. And thats the picture almost everywhere in India