Archive | November, 2009

Art of living from auto drivers….

29 Nov

On a recent visit to Bengaluru, I got to travel a lot in autos.

The first memorable drive was with Narayana of Kumaraswamy layout. We were struck in a jam near BTM layout when he began his painful story.It seems he had just begun his day and became     a  victim to a superwoman. He had ferried her to some company. She offered to pay with 100 rupee note. He didnt have  the necessary change.Kind soul that he was offered to bring change for the note he possessed. By the time he came back, she was gone.The story began now. He was so dejected , he was going back home.He went on to tell me some incidents in which he had ferried people for free on being told of their problems.What amazed me was he told me that he would not lose faith in people just because he was  cheated by one.

On one another such journey, late in the evening , we travelled with a senior member of their  tribe. He asked us which route we preferred..we told him to choose -depending on traffic density.Just this little  trust in him made him happy. He talked about how honesty has helped him and his family. He narrated an incident where an unknown  passenger gave him a recommendation  letter to a  philanthropic hospital. This gift saved his son’s life.He said that if we  ever earned anything by dishonest methods the money would just go to medical expenses. This belief of his has kept him happy , healthy and content.

It was truly a learning  path that we travelled .