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Old 20th September 2012, 22:30   #76
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2 incidents that I can write about here.

1. This was probably around 2 years back. It was a Saturday, and I was out in the city on my scooter for customary weekend chores like going to the bank, etc. While coming back home at around 12 noon, I saw an aged lady asking for a lift. This was less than a km from my house. I stopped, and she looked very thankful just for stopping. She asked me where I was going. When I told her, she asked me to drop her just at the 4-roads near my house. While approaching the junction, I asked her where she was going. She said she wanted to go to Bank of Maharashtra, which was half a km ahead of where I live. I thought it's hardly a big deal for me, maybe an additional 5 mins. But it would save the old lady a lot of trouble, since she may have to wait for a bus to get there, or worse, walk. I told her that I would be dropping her to her destination. She seemed a little surprised, and very very thankful. When I dropped her, she blessed me so many times. And I, for one, find that when elderly people bless you, they are genuine and they mean it with all their heart. It was an extremely happy moment for me.

2. This was 2-3 months back. Again a Saturday, I was running errands for mom. She had sent me to a friend of hers to give her some delicacies that she had cooked at home. I was in the Captiva this time. It was drizzling.

While coming back, I could see a small boy, maybe aged around 10, about 100 metres ahead, trying to get a lift from 2-wheelers passing by. However, nobody was stopping. I slowed down when I came near him, thinking that I would stop if he flagged me down. However, he did not even lift his hand on seeing the car. I thought seeing the SUV he had no hopes that it would stop. So, I drove past.

But going ahead, I kinda felt bad for not stopping on my own, and pulled over to the left. Then I leaned out of the window, and gestured to him to come to the car. He walked over reluctantly, and I asked him where he wanted to go. He told me the place, which was a little over 1 km ahead of my house. I asked him to get in.

While driving, I noticed that he was in a school uniform, and asked him whether he was walking back home from school. He said that he walked everyday, but since it was drizzling today, he wanted a lift. A point to mention here. The spot I picked him up from, was around 3 km from the school. This means he walks almost 5 km one way, twice a day, everyday. I felt really bad for him.

When we approached the junction near his house, he asked me to drop him there. I asked him how much further it was. He said it was 2 mins to walk. I insisted that I drop him home. He was hesitant, but agreed. I think he was conscious about what his folks might think if they saw him getting out of a big car.

On reaching the place, he got off the car, mumbled a thanks, and ran straight off. I saw that the house was one of those what we call "jhopdis", standing among many others, in a field with wild vegetation around. Judging by the looks of the locality, it probably housed daily wage laborers and the kind.

I felt really sad for this boy who was taking all these hardships year after year, in pursuit of just basic education. At the same time, I felt extremely happy about having done someone a good turn, and wished that he and his family may see better times in life.
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Old 20th September 2012, 22:45   #77
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This is about a lift my and my friends got from a stranger, in a strange country(not any longer) at a strange time.

Me and my 2 friends came to USA in 2007. It was just a couple of days and we were staying in an apartment close to our University. Since we didn't have any transportation, we had to walk 2 miles one way to get groceries.

While we were getting to know each other, one of the guy casually said that its his birthday the next day. We were like, this calls for celebration and so at 10.30 pm we started walking towards Safeway (a grocery store) to get cakes and other stuff. While going it was fun and fast.

While returning, we had 2 big cakes, 4 (2-liter bottles of coke and pepsi) and chips and stuff. We could barely walk and were discussing how will we reach before 12 am as we had invited other friends too for celebration.

So we were walking on the pavement when a car pulls up and a lady rolls down window and says - 'Good God, where you guys going with this much stuff'. I told the lady that we are going to our apt and that its like 1.5 miles further ahead. The lady said she and her husband were observing for sometime how we are struggling with all this stuff in hand so they decided to give us a ride home. We were very thankful and gladly got in without a second thought.

Along the way we chatted and it was very nice talking to them. Deep down we had a feeling of what this strangers were capable of in a strange country. Our fears were wiped away when they pulled up in front of our apts and we got out. We thanked them profusely and invited for birthday celebration. They declined saying they had some things to take care of and they were on their way. This shows that humanity still exist in the world.

Fast forward to 2010 and i graduated, had a car but still stayed in the apts near to university.

Many times while returning from work, i would see students(from all over the world) struggle to walk with grocery bags. This reminded me of my old days and so I would give them lift by asking where they lived. 90% of them stayed in same apts as mine so I would just ask them to get in and ride them home. The others would be a couple of blocks ahead which i don't mind dropping them off and coming back. I made many friends while doing this and we still hang out a lot.

The happy, thankful faces would make my stressful day much much better.
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2 incidents that I can write about here.
I felt really sad for this boy who was taking all these hardships year after year, in pursuit of just basic education. At the same time, I felt extremely happy about having done someone a good turn, and wished that he and his family may see better times in life.
That's of too good in you.
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This was about a year back. We had just purchased the Manza and I had gone for a morning drive on the new car as well as complete my 1000 kms. I went up to Atibele where under a flyover I took a u-turn to head back home. Just at the Atibele bus stand there were police barricades and one of them stopped me. I thought routine checks but actually he was flagging me down to ask for a lift for his colleauge, i readily agreed as it was getting boring. We had a nice chat in his broken Hindi and my broken Kannada. He seemed so happy that he urged me to take the BETL and I didn't even had to pay the toll as he just informed the toll attended that this car is on police duty
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This happened about 6 months ago in Pune. I was waiting for my take-away meal outside a restaurant. It was about 9.45 pm. I noticed an old couple walk out of the same restaurant, trying to hail an auto-rickshaw, to get home. Now auto-drivers in Pune (or for that matter anywhere) are quite notorious for refusing to ply, indiscriminately. This old couple was having a really tough time getting an auto for almost 15 minutes with every auto driver turning them down. Just then, my take-away meal was ready. I swiftly went over to my car, and rolled down the windows and requested them to get in so that I could drop them. They seemed a little surprised first, and politely refused. But when I insisted, they got in. Turned out, they stayed about 3 kilometers away, and although it was not exactly on the way to my house, I had made up my mind to drop them to their destination regardless. I also realized on talking to them that it was the Mister's birthday that day and they were returning from an evening at the movies and dinner. They thanked me profusely for this good deed and I still feel a million bucks when I recollect what I did.
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