Elderly Rescuer of Mumbai: From engineering to driving

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Published on 7 Feb 2016 12:35 PM GMT

Elderly Rescuer of Mumbai: From engineering to driving
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Mumbai: If we get our eyes off the corrupt politicians for a while and look at the greener side of the society, we may find score of people who are driven by unflinching faith in humanity and sense of service to people. Unfortunately, many such persons fail to hog the limelight as their generous stories lack the X-factor and never turn out to be breaking news.

Lately, 'newstrack.com' has come across a true human's story and we could not stop ourselves sharing it with our readers to throw some light on humanity which is often remained in the dark.

A page on the social networking site, Facebook named 'Humans of Bombay' (HoB) has shared a heart-warming story of an elderly engineer-turned-taxi-driver on Sunday and it has reached over 59 thousand likes and over 12 thousand shares in just six hours.

The post by HoB tells a story of a Mumbai based elderly man ( not even interested to disclose his name) who gave up his career as an engineer and started driving taxi. It was one odd event which changed his life for ever. On one fateful night many years ago, he was unable to find a taxi to take her pregnant wife to the hospital which resulted into the miscarriage. That particular incident frustrated the man so much that he stopped working as an engineer in 'Larsen and Toubro' and began to drive a taxi, free of cost to anyone who needs to reach the hospital in an emergency.

The post partially read, "An incident that pushes me to keep doing this service is one that happened a few months ago. At around 2 in the morning, I saw 2 men on the road frantically waving for a cab. I obviously stopped for them and realized that they had a woman with them who had suffered 75 per cent burns to her body. Many cab drivers before me had refused to take her in their vehicles because of this and that made my heart sink. I gave them a blanket which I keep in my car, asked them to cover her and drove like a maniac to get her to the nearest hospital. For the next few days, I kept checking to know if she had survived -- and by God's grace, she did. We are friends now, and she still thanks me for that night. Whether the July 26 floods, or the night of 26/11, I have made sure to reach locations where people need me. I believe that everything is not about money. I was earning Rs 65,000 per month at my previous job, but I've never been happier than I am today."

About the rescuer:-

  • The 74-year-old rescuer's monthly income as a taxi driver is Rs 10,000 while he used to earn Rs 65,000 per month as an engineer.
  • He never charges from needy people for his services.
  • He speaks 11 languages and has children who are well qualified and work for private equity firms.
  • He has transported more than 500 emergency cases to hospitals in his career of a taxi-driver.
  • He believes that everything is not about money and was earning way more money in his previous job but he was never happier than he says he is today.
  • He says that the highlight of his life is to have saved as many lives as he could and for that, if he is forever called an ordinary taxi-driver, he gladly and proudly accept.

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