India, March 10 -- The unmissable sight of two dozen keys bunched together in a black metallic loop carried by parking attendant Ravinder Kumar is not reassuring for the owner of a Toyota Corolla to trust him with his own. Kumar knows the reason for the distrust. "I have heard of parking attendants taking imprints of car keys and preparing duplicates".

While Ravinder is used to 'suspicion and abuse' in a city where more than three million registered cars, and many from other NCR towns, jostle for space, people like him are a key to finding a parking spot.

The parking attendants battle the notoriety of being rash drivers and rude. They face allegations of leaving dents in cars, and eating and relaxing in parked air-conditioned vehicles. ...