Today’s post brings to you about my learning from an Auto Rikshaw Driver in India. Let me tell you my friends, when one particular person from a group does a mistake then knowingly or unknowingly we all tend to generalise the mistake to the entire group…..In the same way in Indian cities where Auto Rikshaws are widely preferred for travelling there are auto drivers who are bad and who are really good too…but because of those few bad ones entire Auto rikshaw drivers get blamed. I was one person who used rikshaw extensively to travel everywhere and have encountered rikshaw drivers demanding more money, some abusing drivers, few cheating on auto meters & many such unpleasant travelling experiences. In all such times I have talked and shared my opinion about these exploiting drivers with my people …in the same way when there is a pleasant and good experience of learning from a Rikshaw driver why should I not tell you ? Here it is ……
There is a bus stop which is almost 1km far from my house and for that short distance auto rikshaws are mostly preferred and as these auto drivers know that there is no bus facility for this short distance they charge rates as per their wish and it used to be at least 10 rupees( 10 INR) extra on the actual meter rate….as it was my routine to travel in this route i had got habituated to give 10rs extra by default as not even one single auto driver ever agreed to drop passengers as per meter rates….
But one day when it was almost as late as 9 PM where auto drivers by default charge extra (one and a half in their language) i got into an auto from the same bus stop spot …and safely got down near my house and as a routine practice i paid him 10rs extra and this Gentleman replied to me ” Why is this extra 10 Rupees given, i shall just take as per meter rate” I replied to him ” Sir it is a usual practice isn’t it that you people charge extra in this place? ” he said humbly ” Madam i believe that i should be paid for what i deserve and nothing more than that… anything extra is not good for my conscience”
Believe me i was so happy to find that one person in that entire group to be so truthful to his duty and to his conscience. I couldn’t stop appreciating him for his attitude as in 3 years of my travelling there he was the only person who took the right meter rate.
I have this practice of addressing people as Sir/Madam irrespective of their social/work classes in society. For all my friends who asked me why I address even Auto drivers as “Sir” , I would like to tell you that I don’t want to miss an opportunity to give respect to such honest and humble people just like this Auto Driver i mentioned above…He really deserves our respect
Auto Driver Sir – You are Simple Yet Splendid
I learnt from his right conscience did you ?