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Gratitude towards Strangers of Mumbai!

It was November 2015 a chilly morning my father wakes up with fever n weakness. There is an appointment can’t cancel, unfortunately he can’t drive, the driver takes an untimely leave on that day of all days. Gets late, to avoid traffic, decides not to take taxi n catches a train instead.

After boarding, the day kind of goes bizarre, dad only remembers strangers one by one playing a role to help him out.
It’s an hour journey, by now he feels weak enough to even register his surroundings:

Stranger 1:  
Offers his seat in the crowded train even though his station hasn’t arrived. In a Mumbai local offering a seat even if you aren’t getting off is most kindest thing of all (talk of simple things making a big difference).

My gratitude to this man, if he hadn’t, Dad could have felt more weak to even walk later, gave him some rest for a while.

Stranger 2:
Dad wants to type a text about being late, but can’t even see the letters, another stranger observes, offers to type it for him. Types, hands over the mobile.

My gratitude to this stranger for observing my father n being kind enough to text and letting someone know of his whereabouts. 

Strangers 3:
I am calling them stranger(s), as Dad doesn’t remember how he got off the train. My guess, when you are in a crowded train, you don’t get off by yourself, the crowd takes you along, either you get off or you get stuck in the train itself.

So my gratitude to these strangers, for the first time I am happy that Mumbai trains are crammed with travellers.

By now any sane person would know he is not in his best form and it’s better to head home, but for some reason he was reckless, instead feels hungry, goes to a nearby restaurant to eat and then decide where to head.

Stranger 4:
Observes Dad while eating, ask him, if he is alright. Dad mumbles something. Feels tired to finish, pays, starts moving but wobbles. The stranger comes up to him again
“I don’t think you are fine, it’s better you catch a cab and head back home, Where do you live?”
He holds him, heads towards the taxi stand. Asks the cab driver to take him home.

Do I even have to mention why do I feel any kind of gratitude for this stranger. It feels like he was an angel sent from heaven.

Stranger 5:
The Taxi driver takes him home. Parking at the front gates, carries Dad to our flat. Advices Mom to call a doctor immediately. When he is about to leave Mom ask him about the fare for the drive. He says it is nothing,
“I don’t need money, just call for a Doctor”. He leaves.

Even gratitude, appreciation, respect feels small, there is nothing I say will convey what one taxi driver who probably doesn’t even enjoy luxuries of life, did for me that day. Words fail for what I feel for this stranger.

For those who have read n are concerned for my father. He is fine today, we did call the doctor, he needed some rest n also realise he is not young anymore. I guess a lesson for me too.

The strangers, feel sad, can’t personally meet these people. Let alone me, Dad doesn’t remember their faces. There is no way we, in this lifetime will ever be able to repay their kindness only wish for their happiness. Another way I can think of is to carry forward their kindness to others, spread their goodness to others it sometimes just takes only seconds of your time to help a life.

There are times I have questioned if people even care for others, do they feel any kind of pain, empathy for others. People say big words but when it comes to action ‘Nothing’.

But thanks to these strangers, these heroes, there is genuine kindness in actions too without any expectations.
I have faith in goodness of people, I have faith in Humanity.

Happy Being Human!!!

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41 comments on “Gratitude towards Strangers of Mumbai!

  1. Karthik Pillai
    August 9, 2016

    Seriously so true about people. They help in the hour of need. I love being in Mumbai and it’s the best thing that I can ask from life. Amazing words.
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    Liked by 1 person

    • writeshefali
      August 9, 2016

      I am glad you love Mumbai :).. Thanks for visiting my page n will also check the link you sent 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  2. parijat shukla
    August 6, 2016

    A warm post 😊

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Talk about a day filled with favours😄

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  4. Nisthur Anadi
    August 1, 2016

    Strangers were nobody but messengers of god or who knows god himself.

    Can’t see the pain of gentle souls.

    Great write indeed. Real way to feel gratitude.

    Liked by 1 person

    • writeshefali
      August 1, 2016

      Ya who knows God himself… There are some really good people out there… Even today this episode looks so surreal, there had to be some way to show my appreciation, this forum was d best way for me 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      • Nisthur Anadi
        August 1, 2016

        Yeah this is sort of immortal way to express gratitude to those people who were strangers but very helpful indeed.

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    July 30, 2016

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  6. radhikasreflection
    July 28, 2016

    Glad to know that your dad is fine Shefali…..I guess a few good samaritans do the balancing act among all the horrific incidents we get to read about. Salute to such kind strangers…..restores our faith in humanity. 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

    • writeshefali
      July 28, 2016

      Sometimes I feel the media only focuses on negativity… of cource there is truth, but they tend to ignore the good positive aspects of humanity …. Anyways yes instances like these definitely brings us back… Thanks for taking the time to read my post 🙂

      Liked by 2 people

  7. IndiaBlog
    July 28, 2016

    Great message ! 👍👍 liked ur blog, check mine if u wish 2 follow/read

    Liked by 2 people

  8. pins & ashes
    July 28, 2016

    There are people like this, and when I tell my experiences to people, many think I’m making them up. You’ll believe when I say such now.

    Liked by 2 people

    • writeshefali
      July 28, 2016

      I always believe whatever you say in your blog… There is no reason not to 😊… But yes instances like these sometimes feel surreal… We feel they happen only in movies

      Liked by 1 person

  9. Belle Papillon 24/7
    July 28, 2016

    It’s good to know that your dad is fine now.
    Thanks for sharing. It’s good to share the good side of humanity when most of the stuff we read in the news is terrorism and violence.

    LIVE ❤ LAUGH … Belle Papillon

    Liked by 2 people

    • writeshefali
      July 28, 2016

      Can’t blame the news there are really some unfortunate things happening around us n I can’t blame people for loosing their faith in humanity…. I guess the only way to restore them is to spread the stories of act of kindness too… That’s the only way we can restore balance….
      Thank you for taking the time to read and commenting on my post 😊

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  10. kiranmag
    July 28, 2016

    Your gratitude has reached these humanitarian strangers by way of writing.

    I too had a fear phobia of metro city Mumbai and its residents but it reduced to nothing when i actually visted Mumbai.

    By the way you speak the local people judge you are an outsider and co-operate whole heartedly if you ask for assistance. I would like to express my gratitude for them here.

    Have a nice day Shefali ☺

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    • writeshefali
      July 28, 2016

      Aaah … Mumbai is a completely diff city you will find all kinds of people I just love everything about it… I have been born n bought up there so I can be bias in my opinion.. 🤔😉… N thanks for making me feel better that our grtatitude must have reached them by this post 😊

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    • writeshefali
      July 28, 2016

      You too have a nice day 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  11. fluffysteps
    July 27, 2016

    I’m so relieved that your father is okay and was so lucky to have encountered these kind people that helped him. Take care!

    Liked by 2 people

  12. prashantt
    July 27, 2016

    This is lovely post and that is why it is said not all fingers of hands are equal, we have kind one’s too among us only.This tells us to remember the humanity,yesterday i saw an old lady standing in front of guy who acts like a sleeping dead on place reserved for sr citizens in metro i felt bad but the other guy offered her seat with due respect so be a good human so that one moron will less fro world & yes,remember dad is getting old means we are grown up.☺🙏

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    • writeshefali
      July 27, 2016

      Ya there are times ppl really are selfish… But yes there good ppl too… But this incident was like a day of kindness visit 🙂 … Thanks a ton for taking the time to read my post… Always appreciate it 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      • prashantt
        July 27, 2016

        My pleasure & indeed a day of kindness but believe me at the end of the day good things happens to good people 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

  13. Lucarna
    July 27, 2016

    There’s nothing like being human. And humane.

    Liked by 2 people

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