Awesome Humans : Darshan Kumar – The Cab Driver

We found this conversation posted on facebook, originally said to be written by Dipesh Karki via The Analytical Indian. We felt this is a must share post. You will understand once you read the same.

Darshan Kumar

Name : Darshan Kumar.
Age: 75
Occupation : Cab Driver.

“I, along with my friend, got down at Sion station and started looking for black and yellow cabs to IMAX Wadala to watch Avengers. But none of the cabs was ready to go. And then came this old man who agreed to take us along. As soon as I got in, I noticed that he was very old, shaky hands, stammering voice. I was really surprised to see how this old Grandpa was driving this black and yellow cab and why was he driving it? I couldn’t hold myself from getting into a conversation with him.

(He first took another unfamiliar road, so I immediately asked.)
Me:” Ji, why are we going this way? Isn’t Wadala the opposite way?”
He: I’m using a shortcut and if you think I should go by the other way, you can tell me.
Me: No, it’s okay.
(after a while…)
Me: “Ji, how old are you?”
He(Grandpa): “Beta (Son), I am 75.”

Me: “Why are you driving at THIS age? Is it because of your passion or compulsion?”
He: “Beta, I don’t have any helping hands. My children are good for nothing. I have to earn my living BUT begging is beyond my attitude. So, you may call it a compulsion but I am doing it for myself.”
(I was like “RESPECT YOU SIR” from inside, mute for a moment.)
Me: “How long have you been in this profession?”
He:”Since last 50 years.”
Kunal(My friend): “So can you see clearly?”
He:”You observe it yourself beta, I am driving smooth and like a gentleman.”
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(All of us laughed at this.)
He:”Thanks to good Lord that unlike many old people of my age, I am physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually fit. I will continue with my service as long as I live. But I will never beg.”
Kunal:”Where are you originally from?”
He:”I am from Punjab.”
Me:”We both did our engineering from Kurukshetra, so we are quite acquainted with Haryana and Punjab.”

He:”My eldest son, he is in Panipat, doing some business of motor part and earning in crores. But he doesn’t want me. I have a daughter who is married to a rich guy in Delhi and they also have their own business. She doesn’t want me either. My youngest son is an officer in some good bank. He kept me with him for about three months, used to give me Rs. 1500/- as monthly expenses. But the other two didn’t like it and were constantly taunting him about this. I didn’t feel good about it so left them with their lives and came to Mumbai to earn my living.”

(We were speechless…)
Me:”So where is your wife?”
He:”She passed away.”
Me:”So you live alone here?”
He:”Yes beta, I live nearby Parle in a rented room. I pay Rs. 2500 as rent, have my own kitchen and cook my own food. I go home and wash this cloth immediately and wear it tomorrow AGAIN. During the day, I drive. That simply sums up my life here. But I am positive. I don’t count days, I work to make each day fruitful.”
Me:”I really appreciate your enthusiasm. In this country where there are beggars turned to billionaires, you are proudly struggling to earn your life. We are really inspired by your enthusiasm and we respect you for that.”

(He felt good about it and smiled back.)
By then we had reached IMax Wadala and surprisingly the fare was approximately Rs. 10/- less than my usual routes.
I gave him hundred rupees and said,” Sir, please keep the change. Consider it as a small token of respect from us for your honesty and positivity towards life.”
He really felt very happy and said “Thank you beta.”
I then asked him “Can I take a picture of you? I wish to share your thoughts and ideas on the Internet. Your work can inspire many people out there. Also, after seeing you, if any Mumbaikar noticed you on the internet and found you on road driving, they would ALWAYS choose your cab over others.
He,” Ha-ha, sure beta.”

I clicked his picture, shook hands with him and bid farewell. I really felt so glad to have met him.
Darshan Kumar’s story deserves a share, so please share this guy’s story and motivate the generation.”


Credits and Courtesy : Dipesh Karki via The Analytical Indian


Know : Countries with Capitals which is not their Largest City

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Country Capital Largest city
 Australia Canberra Sydney
 Belize Belmopan Belize City
 Benin Porto-Novo Cotonou
 Bolivia Sucre Santa Cruz de la Sierra
 Brazil Brasília São Paulo
 Cameroon Yaoundé Douala
 Canada Ottawa Toronto
 People’s Republic of China Beijing Shanghai
 Republic of China(Taiwan) Taipei New Taipei
 Côte d’Ivoire Yamoussoukro Abidjan
 Ecuador Quito Guayaquil
 India New Delhi Mumbai
 Kazakhstan Astana Almaty
 Liechtenstein Vaduz Schaan
 Malta Valletta Birkirkara
 Federated States of Micronesia Palikir Weno
 Monaco Monaco (Monaco-Ville) Monte Carlo
 Morocco Rabat Casablanca
 Myanmar Naypyidaw Yangon
 New Zealand Wellington Auckland
 Nigeria Abuja Lagos
 Pakistan Islamabad Karachi
 Palau Ngerulmud Koror
 Philippines Manila Quezon City
 San Marino San Marino Serravalle
 South Africa Pretoria Johannesburg
 Sudan Khartoum Omdurman
 Sri Lanka Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte Colombo
  Switzerland Bern Zürich
 Syria Damascus Aleppo
 Tanzania Dodoma Dar es Salaam
 Trinidad and Tobago Port of Spain Chaguanas
 Turkey Ankara Istanbul
 United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi Dubai
 United States Washington, D.C. New York City
 Vietnam Hanoi Ho Chi Minh City

Kudos : Inspirational Story of a Girl Born in Red Light Area

Shweta KattiFor every bad thing that happens in one part of the world, there is a beautiful thing happening somewhere else.

Shweta Katti was born in Mumbai’s Kamathipura red light district. Today, the 19 year old is one of only 6 recipients to receive the United Nations Youth Courage Awards for 2014.

Growing up in a poor family, in the lofts of a brothel, she often snuck into the rooms to watch Bollywood movies. Her story is nothing short of a movie script.

As a child, she saw hard days especially with a violent step father. Growing up in a brothel can hardly be good for any child, but she recounts how the sex workers were always protective of her, and how she celebrated all the festivals with them. It hurt when she walked on the roads, and got jeered and called names like “black dung” because of her skin colour. She says it’s probably why she became a more reserved person and suffered from low self esteem.

Then she began studying in an NGO, Kranti, and last year got global attention when she gained a full scholarship in Bard’s College in USA.

In March, she delivered a TEDX talk to a massive crowd in India on empowerment issues, and later Newsweek declared her as one of their “25 Under-25 Young Women to Watch” a list that also included Malala Yousufzai. This, for her heroic efforts to break the social stigma associated with Dalits, a sub-caste considered “untouchable” in India, and to not only pursue an education abroad, but also become a representative of a repressed community.

In Sep 2014, Shweta went up on stage to receive the prestigious UN Youth Courage Awards from former UK PM Gordon Brown, to a standing ovation and resounding applause from the crowd.

Shweta, all of 19, is still studying at Bard’s College. Her closest friends are two girls from Bangladesh and Tibet. Not only does she make the two of them watch Bollywood movies, but has herself joined Bard’s College Bollywood Dance Club.

We are proud of you, Shweta. Stay happy.


Source & Credits : Facebook

Documentary : Urbanized

Urbanized is a feature-length documentary about the design of cities, which looks at the issues and strategies behind urban design and features some of the world’s foremost architects, planners, policy makers, builders, and thinkers.

Transgenders Create Awareness about Road Safety

This video is an effort to increase awareness of the importance of seat belts while driving.

Transgenders rock by creating awareness about road safety. The video has been shot at a traffic signal in Mumbai, where a group of Transgenders explain the importance of wearing seatbelts, in a typical Air Hostess Style but surely with Transgenders’ cute expressions.

 Kudos to this Initiative by Seatbelt crewRyan Mendonca, a creative from Mumbai who uploaded this video on Youtube.