I stop by to help people in distress, even though my friends mock at my behaviour and caution me against it. They would not take the risk. Growing up in this selfish world, people remember to be smart but forget the childhood moral lessons, unless they go through an unforgettable experience such as the one I had about 10 years ago.
I was then a child travelling from Patiala to Paonta Sahib (industrial town in Sirmour district of Himachal Pradesh) with my family. We damaged our car in an accident 10 km before the destination, near a village named Misarwal. It was afternoon and there was no mechanic nearby, so my father went off to bring one from the town. The repairman came over and took away the radiator with him. There was no sign of him until 10pm, when he came back with a tow car. At 10.30pm, our car was fixed but it had to be driven slowly to prevent the engine from heating up.
Dad decided to now start for Patiala, in the night itself. We would have driven for just about an hour when the engine heated up and ceased. Now we were stuck at Khirjabar. We could see a toll barrier and one or two teashops that were closed. Other than that, there was just forest.
Darkness was overwhelming, and strange, frightening noises from the woods were scaring us. The toll inspector spotted us from his cottage and came over to see what the matter was. He tried to restart the car, but it didn’t work. Seeing the scared little children as we were then, he offered dad his own car to drive us home. He kept our car with him that night, got it repaired the next day, and drove it to our home in Patiala; and for all this help, he didn’t accept any money from my dad.
He didn’t even tell us his name. He came in like an angel, helped us, and disappeared. We went back to the toll barrier after a few days but couldn’t find him. I was never able to know his name but will always remain grateful to him.
That angel in the disguise of a man taught me a great lesson — to live a true life, be kind, and help others selflessly.
So as Salman Khan also says in the movie ‘Jai Ho’, I try to repay my angel for his kindness by being kind to others. Imagine if we all helped others and they extended this chain, what a beautiful world it would be to inhabit.