A Good Man

People who make a difference….

I came across this one accidently.But this one was an eye opener for me.I earn much more than him but I feel guilty that I didn’t even do half of it for helping others.Check it out for yourself.

Exact Narration by Suvendu Roy of Titan Industries, who shares his
encounter with a rickshaw driver in Mumbai:
Last 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
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 realise that I was in a special vehicle.
Then 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..
There were also pictures of the heroes of 26/11- Kamte, Salaskar, Karkare
and Unnikrishnan.
I realised 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 information from him that he had driven an auto rickshaw for the 
past 8-9 years;he 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 realised 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
when he has some extra income, where he donates tooth brushes,
toothpaste, soap, hair oil, and other items of daily use.
He pointed out to a painted message below the meter that read:
"25 per cent discount on metered fare for the handicapped. 
Free 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,
my temporary 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.


I wish to meet him and let him know my respects.


15 thoughts on “A Good Man

  1. That was an amazing post. Yes, while the rich and richer are hard pressed to donate a few rupees, it is the common man like him who are the real heroes — making a difference in someone’s life!

  2. Thanks for sharing this inspiring piece of what a true Bharat citizen is expected to emulated. Such people are gems and are examples for ordinary citizens to try and practice in real life.

  3. unbelievable! while so many of us are beating ourself up for tryin to be bigger or better, this guy is excelling in being human. inspirational.

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