That Delhi autowallahs are incorrigible is too well known to be elaborated here (meter not working, choosy about destinations and the like). Here is my suggestion (read trick) on how to get them to say yes over small distances.
In JNU campus when you ask them to go to Munirka (more than 2 kms away) they’ll either say ‘No’ or ask 30 Rupees (even the charge by meter is about 16 Rupees)! 🙁
So, you tell them that you have to go some place distant (such as Janpath) and when you reach Munirka you get yourself a fake call on your phone and tell him that you will have to cut short your journey because your friend is calling! He will agree for 20 Rupees easily (or even less if the meter was on) under this circumstance. I did it successfully but only once. You can tell him that you have changed your mind without pretending to receive any call but that will be slightly rude. So you sugarcoat it for him to make him feel less unfortunate. 🙂
Also you can complain on helpline 011-42 400 400; I have complained twice but did not follow it, it works though. I often threaten autowallahs with this no. (most of them are unfazed). Once I even shot a photo of the offending driver but he was still unmoved!
JNUites can share an auto when waiting for bus in Munirka. I once suggested a JNU girl (unknown to me) on Munirka bus stop to share an auto to JNU (50:50) because the route no. 615 bus was making us wait like anything. She did not agree to it!
If you note the autorickshaw’s registration no. in a notebook, it may carry more weight (because the Indian psyche may not fear gadgets like a digital camera but it still fears paper/paperwork). Try all this. Good luck.
What’s the catch? The trick suggested above may be useful but it is unethical and tantamount to lying. Ask your conscience before employing it.
P.S.: I have made my post (My new year vows) private. A friend was reading it yesterday (and laughing simultaneously) and I did not feel good about it. I will post less of personal info now (though the diary entry will continue).