Cimplicityrockss 7 – I would have become a thief today if my dad had not walked with me that day 🙂 i know this title is very big to fit in but it is not just a title ………………..it is a fact
It was almost 8 PM on a weekday and on the main busy street of Majestic bus stop in Bangalore i walked holding my dad’s hand to visit our family doctor…this happened some years back. Those who have visited this oldest business center of Bangalore can actually get a clear picture of what am talking…..
The street was filled with darkness as it was 8PM but had enough light for all the road side businesses ….Just to give a glimpse of how this street looks i have to tell you that this place is one of the very oldest business center with lakhs of people earning their food be it in big shops or on the corner of the road…..plenty of carts, plenty of buses, groups of people sitting on the road and selling different things…..hmmmm It is in this place you can actually see different faces of our life 🙂
I walked on this road holding my dad’s right hand and my right hand was waiting to do something mischievous. When my dad’s eyes were busy looking straight and ensuring safety while walking my eyes noticed a heap of peanuts on a cart . The cart owner stood behind the heap and was looking for customers. I was a small girl (mostly 8 years old )and went unnoticed to the seller..this became an advantage for me and within no seconds i lifted one hand full of peanuts without giving any clue………and walked happily with dad…
It was only after walking 15 minutes away from the cart i showed my dad the stolen peanuts with a face filled with sense of smartness. My dad immediately stopped me and asked “where did you pick this from ?”and i replied smilingly thinking that he will be happy seeing my cleverness but he immediately held my hand much tighter and took me back to the same cart and asked me to drop all the peanuts which i had stolen. The peanut seller was watching me and my dad and dad smiled at him and we walked our way back…..Am sure the seller had understood what had happened…:-)
Friends here i have to tell you that i was just a kid and my dad could have done any of these below listed options
My dad could have thought that i was a kid and just laughed and continued walking
My dad could have hit me for stealing
My dad could have thought that it was 15 minutes far and does not make sense to walk back all the way to that cart
My dad could have thought that the peanut seller might fight with us for stealing and it would be wise not to go back
My dad did not do any of these and instead chose to walk with me straight back to the seller and teach me a lesson….I would have become a thief today if my dad had not walked with me that day 🙂
I learnt a beautiful lesson from my dad long back 🙂 Did you ?
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