Mangalore: John Tauro’s Wonder Rickshaw ’Valerie’ gets a new look


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By Eugene Moodubelle
Bellevision Media Network

Mangalore, 01 July 2014: For a man who served for many years in aviation industry, that too in Kuwait, retirement has been a phase to enjoy life in many facets. This has been exactly the aim of John Valerian Tauro of Shivbagh, Bendur, Mangalore, who after retirement settled down in his peculiarly named ‘Budget House’ and has practically converted it in to a mini museum. Besides having a penchant for travelling and photography, John Tauro, the chief correspondent for Bellevision.com from Mangalore has been a lover of vintage vehicles.
 
With a  love for innovation and ‘doing something new and unique’, John Tauro has worked wonders with his favourite rickshaw which he has named as ‘Valerie’.   In 2010, he had purchased the original Bajaj Auto-rickshaw for about one lakh rupees was extensively modified as per his taste and requirements by Ganesh Auto Works at Pumpwell, Mangalore for which Tauro had to spend additional amount of Rs.80,000/-
 
During the first modification, ‘Valerie’,  a ‘mini house’ on three wheels looks fancy with small dish antennae and a red horn  on the roof-top and two large round lights and horns in front of the vehicle . The interior has a small LCD television, VCD and music player, electric plug point, air cooler, first aid kit, coffee vending machine, reading lamp, a small fan, luggage space, bedding, water heater and cutlery.

 


 
Tauro had designed ‘Valerie’ in 2010 prior to the Commonwealth Games at Delhi with a hope of driving the vehicle all the way to Delhi before the inauguration of the games on October 3, 2010. Tauro, joined by his friend, former Corporator Lancy Serrao ventured on his journey towards Delhi. However, after driving for about 200 kilometers, John Tauro and Lancy Serrao had to change their plans and return back to Mangalore due to bad condition of the roads and the fear of the breakdown of the three wheeler on the desolated roads.  Hence, his dream of driving ‘Valerie’ to the Commonwealth Games at Delhi in 2010 remained unfulfilled.

However, Tauro was not disappointed. The very fact that he could produce a unique vehicle that has been the talk of the town and extensive media coverage about his venture  including his interview on ‘Namma TV’ has given Tauro immense satisfaction that his efforts  and entrepreneurship has been recognized by the media and appreciated by the people.

Having not satisfied with the first modification, John Tauro has once again given a fresh and cute look to ‘Valerie’ with many changes, modifications and additions. The interior is elegantly decorated with many amenities and facilities. The driving portion of ‘Valerie’ looks like the mini-cockpit of an aeroplane. With Narendra Modi’s picture on the backside of the windshield, John Tauro seems to have set his eyes on driving ‘Valerie’ all the way to New Delhi to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The caption “To Delhi to meet Incredible India’s Prime Minister” seems to be quite appealing.

 

 

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Ronald Sabi, Moodubelle Thu, July-3-2014, 12:05
I really envy the driver seat...looks so comfi...! Keep it up John! you are a mighty person of imagination and making it a reality! You like it..we appreciate your passion!
Kunal Shetty, Bangalore Wed, July-2-2014, 11:22
Mr John congratulations for introducing this vehicle.U r really Amazing Person sir. also good Article by Mr Dr Eugene.
Pascal Fernandes, Kuwait Wed, July-2-2014, 5:59

Very cute three Wheller of Mr Tauro. Perfect to Mangalore’s congested roads. Can this vehicle be driven in Mangalore’s Thodss no road only thods you see mangalore during rainig any way Johns idea is great very creative person. keep itup sir.

Simon Lobo, Mysore Tue, July-1-2014, 10:36

Mr John you given a very realistic slogun to meet incredible India s Prime Minister in your spacialy designed three wheeler indeed it is worth visiting our prime minister at present and ex p m too. Excellent.

Dr. Phakre, Pune Maharastra Tue, July-1-2014, 10:19
Hello John you did not inform us your other activity, however we come to know that you are really creative person.What a wonderful three Weller it is exactly the same cockpit of Buddha Airline were we fad opportunity to visit the cockpit in spite of Mr john monterios comments it is not permitted to go to the cockpit this flight is exclusively mount Everest view flight. regards
V Moris Alva, Bristol U K Tue, July-1-2014, 2:23
Bravo john you are always a creative person. your life you are enjoying with care and comport i am proud of you please visit u k we will explore on country side there are many adventure places in u k and Europe wish you always best of luck
Ronald D, Udupi Tue, July-1-2014, 11:10
I like your creativity. Keep it up John!
Benedict Noronha, Udupi/India Tue, July-1-2014, 10:59
Very nice vehicle. where it will be available in Mangalore. I want have a ride in it. if it is close to Udupi mangalore bus route in mangalore city. Novel Idea. congratulations for introducing this vehicle . Good luck.
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