Zee Media Bureau
Bengaluru: The world is full of stories and some of them are truly inspiring, like this one.
Here is a story of one Srikant Singh from Bengaluru who chanced upon to meet a cab driver whom he later described as one of the most inspiring men he had ever met. Singh thereafter shared his experience on social networking site Facebook and the story became an instant hit with over 80,000 likes and 12,000 shares.
According to Singh, as soon as he sat in the taxi, he didn't find the driver Ananji like an ordinary taxi driver. Soon his belief got stronger when the taxi driver asked his opinion about the “e-commerce bubble.”
Surprised at the question, Singh asked more of his details, and learned that Ananji was a graduate from IIT Kanpur in 1986.
Ananji later told him that he was working in the US for the last 30 years. However, he left the job and to begin with his own business. He now has 50 Uber cars and a couple of strawberry farms in Mysore.
This confused Singh all the more and who then asked him the actual reason behind him working as a taxi driver now.
Here is the complete story
While returning late from office yesterday, I had an encounter with one of the most inspiring men I have ever met.
Anandji (my uber driver) : "Hi, how was your day?" (in superbly fluent English)
Me: (slightly stunned) : "I am good, thank you Sir.."
Post a couple of office calls, I settle down for the long ride home
Anandji :"So how long do you think this ecommerce bubble will last? "
Me: (more stunned)" dunno Sir, I have my own issues to worry about than this"
Me: "Sir, what's your deal.. You don't seem to be the average uber driver"
Anandji: "Ohh I am an IIT K graduate from 1986. I was working out of the US and India for the past 30 years and I gave it all up to do my own entrepreneurial stuff. I now have 50 cars plying with Uber and I have a couple of strawberry farms in Mysore"
Me:"So then why are you yourself driving this car around "
Anandji :" Ohh this car met with an accident a few days back and my uber driver died. His family is too proud to take money, so I figured the only way I can help is to drive the car on his behalf and let the income from Uber keep flowing. And I feel happy doing this"
I don't feel ashamed saying I cried a little..
Undoubtedly, it's an inspiring story.