Profile: My Friend Parthi

Parthi, the best auto driver in Madurai


My auto driver Parthi has become one of my best friends. He knows Madurai better than just about anyone. He’s also apparently immune to greed because, when I first got here, he gave me the right fare without bargaining (in full view of my white skin).

Here’s a little snapshot of the man who has become my thambi, my younger brother.

Favorite Actor?
Ajith Kumar

Favorite Movies?
Billa, Avatar, Titanic



What is your favorite restaurant in Madurai, and what is your favorite dish there?
The mutton biriyani at Amma Mess

What do you like to do in your downtime?
Play Cricket, watch movies, go to a bar with friends

Speaking of bars…. What is your favorite drink?
Bacardi Rum with cold water and lemon juice

Madurai gets so hot. Any tips for staying cool in the heat?
Drink 4 to 6 liters of water per day

Best place to relax in Madurai?

What is your favorite song?
All songs by A.R.Rahman

How would you describe Brian and Ted?
My best friends!

For as long he can remember, Brian has wanted to make the world a better place. This led him to become a Math teacher, a yoga teacher, and a Peace Corps Volunteer. While teaching Math and Physics at a small village high school in rural Kenya, he picked up Swahili, started a chess club, and discovered his true passion‰ÛÓhuman rights and international development. Upon returning to the U.S., Brian pursued a law degree and spent three years studying international law and human rights. Having seen the power of education to transform lives, he also raised money to send his former Kenyan students to college. Since graduating from Penn Law School in 2010, Brian has been clerking in the Superior Court of Vermont, researching legal issues for judges in the Criminal, Civil, and Family Courts. He is excited to work in the field of human rights in India, a country that has long fascinated him.

You Might Also Like

2 thoughts on “Profile: My Friend Parthi

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Join Us

Stay up to date on the latest news and help spread the word.


Privacy Policy

Get Involved

Our regional chapters let you bring the AIF community offline. Meet up and be a part of a chapter near you.

Join a Chapter