Sunday, June 8, 2014

Good Samaritans Still Exist

I was browsing through some Indian newspapers online.  I read a very interesting article.  Following is the link:
 
 
In case you don't have time to read the above link, here is a summary:
 
In 1990, 2 young women boarded a first class compartment (Delhi to Ahmedabad) without any reservation.  The TTE asked them to sit in a coupe till he can find some berths for them.  The coupe was already occupied by 2 guys.  The TTE could not find any berth for them.  The 2 guys said they can stay in their coupe.  All 4 of them had excellent conversation.  One of the guys paid for everyone’s dinner.  When time to sleep, the guys spread a cloth on the floor and went to sleep.  These 2 young women slept in the berths.  The next morning, when the train arrived in Ahmedabad, one of the young women asked their names.  Their names are Shankersinh Vaghela and Narendra Modi.
 
We all think important people are arrogant and self centered.  But there are some nice important people also in this world.  On our way back from Tirupathi, here is what happened.
 
It was already late when we left Tirupathi toward Chennai.  It was around 1:30 am and we were near to Tiruthani.  All of a sudden the car got stuck and stopped. It was pitch dark.  No building.  No people.  We were stuck in the middle of nowhere.  3 adults and 2 kids in the car.  There is nothing we could do.  There were no cell phones those days.  We were just sitting in the car for about 45 minutes discussing what we should do.  Kids were restless.  Thiruthani to Chennai is 107 kms (67 miles).
 
All of a sudden a car came and stopped behind our car.  A guy got out of the car and asked us what happened.  We told him the car got stuck and we have to go to Chennai.  He immediately said: 
 
My home is only 10 minutes away from here.  I will go home and send my car back here to take you to Chennai.  Also, please give me your car keys and address. I will get it repaired in the morning and have someone drive it back to your home.  Until my car comes back, I will have one of my servants wait here with you because it is unsafe to be here at this hour with a lady.
 
We thanked him profusely.  He showed an expression as if it is no big deal.
 
His car came back in 30 minutes.  The driver took us to Chennai and dropped us there.  While driving, we were chatting with the driver.  He said his boss is kind of a big shot in this area and everyone is afraid of him. Alluded that he is kind of a Mafioso.  His 20 year old son died 10 days ago and tomorrow is the 10th day ceremony (some religious ceremony for the departed soul). I think in the Northern part of India it is done on the 13th day (Teravih).  We felt sorry for him and at the same time admired his helping us.
 
When we reached Chennai, we offered some money to the driver.  He said “vendaam. Ayyavukku therinja konnu potturuvaar ennai”. (Please don’t give me any money.  If my master comes to know I accepted money, he would kill me on the spot.)
 
Next morning we got a call from someone.  He said the car is fixed and someone will drive the car back to our home in Chennai.  He would not tell us how much it cost to repair.  The car was delivered and the driver left.  This guy also would not accept any money either.
 
We still talk about his generosity (at a very difficult time in his life).

22 comments:

  1. The second instance of kindness is quite rare.Lucky you have been as it is a kind of miracle.

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  2. Thanks for your comments Mr. KP. Yep, we were lucky. May be he saw us in his most vulnerable time. (His 20 year old son died only 10 days ago.)

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  3. wow those are really genuine acts. It's nice to know that [ep[;e still care. Thank you for sharing the story with us :)

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  4. Thank God for such good people around us, who with their kind and selfless acts, add smiles and cheer and make a difference in other people lives. Your personal experience with that gentleman is commendable, especially, since that man was going through such a sad and a devastating time, himself!

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  5. Good to know the Modi's story.

    The second one is really a miracle. Nobody does it. Thank god, he was there to help you at a crucial time He must be a great soul.

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  6. Thanks for your comments Rajlakshmi. Yes, those people still exist.

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  7. Thanks for your comments Shilpa. Yes, his act was commendable while he was going through devastating time in his life.

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  8. Thanks for your comments Sandhya. The Mody story is great.

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  9. I am very impressed. It is really hard to find genuinely good people. I have only met a handful though my life.

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  10. I can't believe the second story is true. It's nice to know that such people still exist. And it was nice to know about the Modi's incident too.

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  11. Thanks for your comments Lady Lilith. Yes, it is hard to find genuinely good people.

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  12. Thanks for your comments Ash. We could not believe ourselves. When his car stopped behind us, we thought he is going to give us a ride to the nearest hotel.

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  13. That is the beauty of life, it sure surprises you when you least expect it. Most of the time it is someone who is already in some pain who empathizes more. Might be the fruits of your Tirupathi visit that you were so lucky SG :)

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  14. Thanks for your comments Reshma. May be it is the "Tirupathi" effect. As they say, Dheivam Manushya Roopena (God in the form of a human being).

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  15. I maybe wrong, but I think, people are generous and more willing to help during difficult times. That's one of the reasons why difficult times are planted in all our lives strategically. Just my opinion...

    Destination Infinity

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  16. Thanks for your comments Rajesh. It is very rare I agree with you. This time I agree with you 100%. Thanks for the good point.

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  17. There are all kinds of people which makes this world

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  18. Unbelievable! Very hard to digest SG! Read even Leena Sharma's article. May God Always Bless Such Kind People!

    Thanks for sharing your own experience... Just reading about kindness gives us a lot of strength.

    TC! Keep smiling :)

    Regards,
    Sindhu
    Tantu
    The Arts & Me

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  19. Wow!
    Both the stories tell us that there are some good people still around in this world.
    We have also had such experience in our lives. Thanks for sharing it here. It is really unbelievable sometimes.

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  20. Wow!
    Both the stories tell us that there are some good people still around in this world.
    We have also had such experience in our lives. Thanks for sharing it here. It is really unbelievable sometimes.

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  21. I always tell people, the world is full of good people with exceptions or the world is full of bad people with exceptions. It all depends on how we see it!

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  22. forget abbout helping so much, people dont even stop cars even we wave them to stop during emergency! that guy was surely an angel who came to ur rescue!

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