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A Kind Deed

by Vimala Ramu
(Bangalore)

Who says that Good Samaritans are scarce these days? Is it true that Pity, Compassion and Sympathy are out of fashion? The other day, we had a touching demonstration of all these qualities.


On that beautiful sunny morning, my husband had taken me to Command Hospital for some work by car. Though people had been advising him to hire a driver for these trips, he who had his reflexes still sharp and driving skill perfect till now, had refused to do so as he hated to see a stranger (mis) handling his vehicle.

Since our work at the Hospital was over soon, we were already on our way back by 9.15 am. Suddenly we heard a strange sound. Hoping against hope that the sound came from someone else’s car and not ours, Ramu got down slowly to check. Unfortunately, it was the front right wheel of our car (the one towards the road) that had had a puncture.

In the already relentless, non stop traffic of the morning rush hour, luckily we found an indentation in the side walk which acted as a parking bay for us.

The August sun was already blazing sharply. Ramu got the ‘stepney’ and the ‘jack’ out. It had been quite sometime since he had been required to change the tyre of the car himself. The jack also had not seen grease for quite some time. When he tried to sit down on his haunches to position the jack, he found that his joints were as rusty as that of the jack’s if not more. Changing the tyre is a totally different cup of tea than driving the car when one is in one’s mid 80’s. I sat in the car and watched him sweating, helplessly. Calling the Garage people for help would not be advisable as the time they take to arrive would be anybody’s guess. So, we ruled it out, wiser from a previous experience.

Even as the posh cars were whirring past without a sidelong glance, a rickety mini-truck painted red slowed down on its own and finally stopped in front of our car. The words ‘We repair bore wells’ was painted in big, prominent letters on its rear board. A well built, pleasant looking man got out. He approached Ramu, found out what the trouble was and got down to it. Within no time, he had changed the tyre and restored the punctured (tube in the) tyre and the jack to their place in the boot!

In sheer gratitude, Ramu offered him some money. But the great man refused it. He just bid us good bye, got into his mini-truck and drove off.

Marveling at the goodness of the man, we also set off home.

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Oct 17, 2011
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Well!
by: Geetashree Chatterjee

A rare, kind deed indeed!

Sep 23, 2011
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thanks
by: vimala

Thanks for visiting, Deepika

Sep 21, 2011
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Nice one
by: deepika

Hi Vimala ji.
Yes it's zara hatke tone.
Liked the kindness of that stranger.

Sep 19, 2011
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thanks
by: vimala ramu

Thank you Pankaja for everything.

Sep 18, 2011
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thanks
by: vimala

I agree with you Tanuja. But how often do we get to see such things in this highly commercialised life?

Sep 18, 2011
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Next time. . . .
by: Nuggehallipankaja

Goodness is innate in all human beings;It depends on our luck to come across; I am glad you were one of the chosen ones by God-perhaps it is because you are also of the same stuff. All is well that turns out well, next time you go out like this, please be careful

Sep 17, 2011
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Heaven on earth
by: Tanuja Chatterjee

It's very encouraging to read your experience. I always believe good and bad exist in all, without exception.When there is transformation of hearts for humanitarian causes, we can make heaven on earth...can't we Vimaladi!

Sep 16, 2011
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kind deed
by: vimala ramu

Yes, dear Isabel and Sneha, that's how I felt too.

Sep 15, 2011
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touching...
by: isabel


It was such a nice and warm feeling to be the recipient of the kindest of act. It's quite rare now a days or perhaps if you believe in miracles or divine intervention...then I would declare that it's an angel in disguised or maybe a Godsend.

Sep 15, 2011
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A Kind Deed
by: Sneha

I'm glad humanity is still alive in today's self centered world. God Bless the man.

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