Stories of Kindness from Around the World

Lift To An Anonymous Old Man

--by msanjay75, posted Sep 20, 2007
Since we don’t know the way, we have to ask for directions every two minutes. Instead of mapquest-dot-com, India relies on human beings. That’s bad in some ways, that’s inefficient in certain other ways, but it’s heartwarming in few very important ways. - Nipun

And so it was that an elderly man asked me directions for some Nirmala Convent in Malleswaram.

It was a few days ago, I was just leaving the hospital to visit home after having spent the morning with my new born son. I was just starting my scooter, when he approached me. I had no idea about the location, but I knew a Cluny Convent school since I’d studied there and guessing by other details he’d said, I felt it might be somewhere around. I was just about to leave, but he looked tired, so I offered him a lift. I was wondering if he’d manage to sit on the rather lofty seat of my Kinetic Blaze, but he was up to it.

As I drove slowly, he told his story, that he based in Chennai, had visited the ISCKON temple here in Bangalore and had missed finding his way back to his place. We reached Cluny Convent in a couple of minutes, and then found that we still had no idea where his place was. He had a phone number and wanted to call from some booth. He kept asking me to carry on, and I was about to leave him but somehow offerred him my mobile. With some reluctance he made the call, and sure enough it turned out to be a bit further ahead. So I took the directions from the recepient of the call, and then dropped him off at his place.

He was kind of apologetic for having troubled me, though I was really happy that I was able to have been useful to someone (for a change ;) )

I was really glad I hadn’t just given him directions and left, because it had turned out to be quite a distance, and not very easy to locate either. Just 10 minutes of time from me, reduced probably a half a day of exhausting walking around in the morning son for an elderly gentleman.

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Readers Comments

JuneBug wrote: How nice of you to do what you did for the stranger! And congrates on the new baby as well! He has a wonderful mother!
smoothsugardoll wrote: May God bless you richly for helping that elderly man.
RMysore wrote: What a beautiful story !
And an age and a time when most people thing the cost of indulging with a stranger of "being taken for a ride" (pun unintended) outweighs the benfit of helping one in distress, Im glad you bore the cost of spending a few minutes.
Shirley wrote: Nice story. I love how you admit that you hesitated first. What a wonderful outcome for him and you. Thank you for brightening an old man's day. I'm sure he will return the favor to someone else.
AURELIA wrote: Congratulations on the birth of your son. He will learn beautiful lessons from you. Giving of your time to the elderly man was an unselfish act. I'm laughing a the sight in my mind of him riding on the back of your scooter! God Bless. Smile, it's contagious. ~Aurelia
msanjay75 wrote: wow Thank you Aurelia :)
brighteyes wrote: You are my kindness hero of the day..thank you for sharing your story, your time and yourself with us all...quite a gift.
Congrats on the birth of your son. He is already blessed with special parents and I am sure he will take after you.
I jotted down your quote about asking directions in India and I liked it very much...had me this high tech. world, human interaction lessens and is our loss...isn't that one reason we are here besides learning our life lessons to be of assistance, to share, to grow and to love....
Namaste, Brighteyes ;)
msanjay75 wrote: Namaste Brighteyes... thank you for your kind wishes! Yeah that's truly a good reason to be here! :)

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