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Inspiring Story of Sandeep Bachhe

This the second autorickshaw  driver who has made vast social impact, the first being Uncle Kittu’s story.

(via an Exact Narration by Suvendu Roy of Titan Industries), who shares his inspirational encounter with a rickshaw driver in Mumbai:

Last Sunday, my wife, kid, and I had to travel to Andheri from Bandra. When I waved at a passing auto rickshaw, little did I expect that this ride would be any different…

As we set off, my eyes fell on a few magazines (kept in an aircraft style pouch) behind the driver’s back rest. I looked in front and there was a small TV. The driver had put on the Doordarshan channel.

My wife and I looked at each other with disbelief and amusement. In front of me was a small first-aid box with cotton, dettol and some medicines. This was enough for me to realise that I was in a special vehicle. Then I looked round again, and discovered more – there was a radio, fire extinguisher, wall clock, calendar, and pictures and symbols of all faiths – from Islam and Christianity to  Buddhism, Hinduism and Sikhism.

There were also pictures of the heroes of 26/11- Kamte, Salaskar, Karkare and Unnikrishnan. I realised that not only my vehicle, but also my driver was special.

I started chatting with him and the initial sense of ridicule and disbelief gradually diminished. I gathered that he had been driving an auto rickshaw for the past 8-9 years; he had lost his job when his employer’s plastic company was shut down.
He had two school-going children, and he drove from 8 in the morning till 10 at night. No break unless he was unwell.  “Sahab, ghar mein baith ke T.V dekh kar kya faida? Do paisa income karega toh future mein kaam aayega.”

We realised that we had come across a man who represents Mumbai – the spirit of work, the spirit of travel and the spirit of excelling in life. I asked him whether he does anything else as I figured that he did not have too much spare time. He said that he goes to an old age home for women in Andheri once a week or whenever he has some extra income, where he donates tooth  brushes, toothpaste, soap,  hair oil, and other items of daily use. He pointed out to a painted message below the meter that read: “25 per cent discount on metered fare for the handicapped.

Free rides for blind passengers up to Rs. 50.

My wife and I were struck with awe. The man was a HERO! A hero who deserves all our respect!!! Our journey came to an end; 45 minutes of a lesson in humility, selflessness, and of a hero-worshipping Mumbai, my temporary home.

We disembarked, and all I could do was to pay him a tip that would hardly cover a
free ride for a blind man.

I hope, one day, you too have a chance to meet Mr Sandeep Bachhe in his auto rickshaw: MH-02-Z-8508.

6 thoughts on “Inspiring Story of Sandeep Bachhe”

  1. it is really appreciable a person like him is taking care of all..then aperson with all d availble things around him he should really think and take little efforts to compite with shri. sandeep . to honour state govt., municiple should do something for him . may god give him more n more strenth for his consistency

  2. nice! I’d seen a picture of one such Rickshaw in some online pub / blog. Glad to know you actually got to ride in one!

  3. Well, this seems to be a good business strategy and it makes lot of business sense to publicize his good behavior. The probability that he picks the same passenger is less than 1%, which means 99% of his passengers would tip him to support a free trip for a blind…and he may pick up hardly one blind person per week, and he is still honest.

  4. Meet this great man today. We at our office are planning to get him for a Driver R&R. He is a great inspiration to many.

  5. Hi! I am a resident of Chennai. Would love to use SanMr Sandeep Bachhe’s services in Bombay. Please mail me his cell numberand.or landline number.
    In addition I contribute to the media. I would love to do a chat with him as an example for our Chennai auto drivers.
    Thank uou

    Neel

  6. Hi,
    Itsa really an motivation to know such person… I in person would also to meet him to chat with him more. Can i get his contact details.
    I am currently working for building Mindsets of people towards the society and self.

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