It’s not often that you come across stories in praise of taxi drivers. And it is not our fault, given that many incidents have made quite a few headlines in the past for the wrong reasons. But a Facebook user recently had a different story to tell. A rather positive one at that, too.
Anirban Banerjee wrote that he was startled when his driver, Vivek Kumar, got out of the car at a traffic signal, opened the rear door and asked Banerjee to move aside. He then took out a jacket from one of the compartments. Given the extreme cold weather that the capital is now dealing with, Banerjee made a comment, like anybody of us in his place would have: “kaafi thand ho gayi hai” (It has become really cold now). What the Uber driver did next absolutely moved him.
“Listen to this.
On my way back home, last Friday, my Uber driver, while we were waiting at a traffic signal, suddenly got out of the car and opened the rear door, where I was sitting. He asked me to shift to the other side and folded the seat to take out something. I was a bit alarmed at the very suddenness of his movement but as I saw him pull out a leather jacket, I thought I had understood the situation and went on to pass one of my usual useless comments – ”kaafi thand ho gayi hai”. Then, as the signal had turned green and Delhi, as per character, was blaring car horns at us, he got into his seat, rolled his window down and gave his leather jacket to a homeless man who was only wearing trousers.
”Sach me Sir, kaafi thand hai.”
I often rant about Uber drivers and co-passengers but this is not one of those. This man advised me to keep old clothes handy in my car or even give them to cab drivers like himself, who could then pass them on to those who definitely need them more.”
You don’t really need to be rich to help somebody. Rather, all you need is a heart that knows the travails that others go through.
When contacted by The Huffington Post, Kumar in all humility dismissed what he has done as not something great, and said more people should do this.
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