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 .

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5 Responses to “Art of living from auto drivers….”

  1. niks December 24, 2009 at 7:51 pm #

    Just proves that they are humans too and some of them are amazing, humane and have a storehouse of experiences to share. Thanks for sharing this Neela

  2. dinu December 29, 2009 at 11:35 pm #

    good stories about Bangalore auto drivers ??? really ?

  3. aditya December 30, 2009 at 5:02 am #

    I live in Bangalore and i have had many, many such conversations. I think the auto drivers in Bangalore have their share of problems and people do not think about those, or maybe can’t think of those, when the criticize these auto wallas. Some are indeed nasty at times but many are those who trust their customers and even if ask for some extra money, often, it is indeed a rational demand which we customers can’t see.

  4. Ram March 21, 2010 at 9:59 pm #

    awesome. it is good to identify and recognize honest auto drivers there.

  5. praneshachar July 8, 2010 at 3:50 pm #

    Wow This art of living is simply superb. what most of passengers experience will be different, but u r lucky to have got good samaritans from whom we can learn art of living without spending time and money gr8 job kudos both the drivers and ofcourse bluewheel for bringing this here

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