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Roshni B.. (For justice and dignity)     06 August 2011

This auto-rickshaw driver proves humanity is still alive..



Exact Narration by an auto-rickshaw passenger

Suvendu Roy of Titan Industries
, who shares his inspirational encounter with a rickshaw driver in Mumbai:

One Sunday, my wife, kid, and I had to travel to Andheri from Bandra.
When I waved at a passing auto rickshaw, little did I expect that this
 ride would be any different...

As we set off, my eyes fell on a few
 magazines (kept in an aircraft style pouch) behind the driver's back rest.

I looked in front and there was a small TV. The driver had put on the
 Doordarshan channel.

My wife and I looked at each other with disbelief and amusement. In
 front of me was a small first-aid box with cotton, dettol and some medicines.
This was enough for me to realize that I was in a special vehicle. 
 I looked round again, and discovered more - there was a radio, fire extinguisher, wall clock, calendar, and pictures and symbols of all faiths
- from Islam and Christianity to Buddhism, Hinduism and Sikhism. 
 were also pictures of the heroes of 26/11- Kamte, Salaskar, Karkare and Unnikrishnan. 
I realized that not only my vehicle, but also my
 driver was special.

I started chatting with him and the initial sense of ridicule and
 disbelief gradually diminished. 
I gathered that he had been driving an
 auto rickshaw for the past 8-9 years; he had lost his job when his employer's plastic company was shut down. 
He had two school-going
 children, and he drove from 8 in the morning till 10 at night. 
No break
 unless he was unwell. "Sahab, ghar mein baith ke T.V dekh kar kya faida? Do paisa income karega toh future mein kaam aayega."

We realized that we had come across a man who represents Mumbai 
 the spirit of work, the spirit of travel and the spirit of excelling in life.
I asked him whether he does anything else as I figured that he did not
 have too much spare time. 
He said that he goes to an old age home for
 women in Andheri once a week or whenever he has some extra income, where he donates tooth brushes, toothpastes, soap, hair oil, and other itemsof daily use. 
He pointed out to a painted message below the meter that
 read: "25 per cent discount on metered fare for the handicapped. 
 rides for blind passengers up to Rs. 50.

My wife and I were struck with awe. The man was a HERO! 

A hero who
 deserves all our respect!!! 

Our journey came to an end; 

45 minutes of a
 lesson in humility, selflessness, and of a hero-worshipping Mumbai, mytemporary home. 

We disembarked, and all I could do was 
to pay him a tip
 that would hardly cover a 
free ride for a blind man.

I hope, one day, you too have a chance to meet Mr Sandeep Bachhe in his
 auto rickshaw: MH-02-Z-8508.


 1 Replies



To,Roshni,To uss Auto Rickshaw me Digital Auto Rickshaw Meter nahi he ?;)(It remind me the old episode.Anaway watch out the old epidsode : Kapil as Auto rickshaw


He is Extraordinary Indian   Great!


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