An Auto Rickshaw Ride

When was the last time a stranger did something particularly kind, generous, or selfless for you? Tell us what happened!


In today’s world, kindness is rarely heard of. And in a metropolitan city like Mumbai with everyone as strangers it is much more rare. People rarely do anything except their work and partying with friends.

The most kind thing a stranger will do to you is tell directions to a specific place if you don’t know. But after all it is Mumbai, sometimes people have fun telling you the wrong directions and you end up at a completely different place.

I remember one day when an auto rickshaw driver did me a favour. While returning from college, I was walking from the bus stop to my house. The walk is approximately 2 km and has a bridge to cross. As soon as I start walking from the bus stop, the bridge starts. I ascended the bridge in 2 minutes and was walking along the top flat part of the bridge when an auto rickshaw stopped beside me and told me to get in. My first thought was, “Is he kidnapping me a little too politely?”

Then he continued, “I’ll drop you at the bottom of the bridge.”

“Okay”, I said and boarded. In less than 30 seconds we reached the bottom. I alighted, said “Thank you” and we both headed our own ways.

This is the only favour I remember.

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7 thoughts on “An Auto Rickshaw Ride

  1. An auto rickshaw driver did me a favour once, too. I was late for my painting class that day, and I boarded the rickshaw without realising I had forgotten my purse at home! When we reached, surely, I realised I didn’t have any money on
    me. So I told him to take a U turn and drop me home again – so that I could get my purse to pay him.

    But he just told me it’s okay if I don’t pay. I looked hesitant but he persistently told it was okay and didn’t turn the rickshaw.

    I thanked him and headed towards my classes – perfectly on time.

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