5 stories of everyday kindness as witnessed on Indian roads
Let’s be honest – nearly no one looks forward to being out on the streets in India, especially during rush hour. Road rage, unrelenting traffic jams, crowded pavements, and the general impatience of a million people waiting to reach their destinations usually translates into a lot of bad humour. In fact, psychologists claim that commuting can often lead to stress, with people commonly experiencing boredom, anger, and frustration due to traffic or delays. In such situations, can one really find stories of hope and kindness amidst the chaos?
We invited readers from across the country to share positive incidents from their daily encounters on the streets, as part of the #MakeEveryDayGreat campaign by Maruti Suzuki Wagon R. Their moving responses prove how even the smallest act of kindness can transform an ordinary day into a great one.
A whimper for help
“I was on my way to work when I spotted a badly-injured dog on a busy highway. He had been hit by a car and from what I could tell – one leg was definitely broken. I tried to flag down an auto for the longest time but to no avail. After waiting for almost 45 minutes with that bleeding puppy in my arms, I noticed a car slowing down. To my surprise, it was my manager from work! He not only gave us a lift to the vet, but also stayed on till we had signed the necessary documents and gotten the puppy medical attention. Later on, I found out that he was actually en route to an important meeting, which he had to postpone due to this delay. (Turns out, he was a dog lover, too!) The puppy is fine now, and we even helped him find a home. And all because someone decided to go out of their way to help.”
- Asmita Biswas, marketing professional, Bengaluru
A flight to catch
“Around last Diwali, there was a major auto and cab strike in the state that continued for almost a week. Goa airport is fairly far from where we live, and there were no other public transport facilities that could enable my wife and me to reach in time for our flight. We spent the day pleading with cab owners, but most were afraid to take out their vehicles fearing agitation on the roads. Finally, when it seemed like there was no way we would make it, a white Wagon R pull up outside our house. Uday Vengurlekar, a taxi owner we had requested earlier in the day, decided to give us a ride despite the ongoing strike. It was big risk for him, but he ultimately made sure that we reached the airport on time. We couldn’t thank him enough – it was a much-awaited holiday for my wife and me, and it was only possible because of him.”
- Nigel Perreira, IT consultant, Panaji
Stranded with luggage
“While moving houses last year, my husband and I booked a transport service to ferry our belongings from the old place to the new—some 20 kms away. Unfortunately, our tempo refused to show up on the day, and arranging a replacement last minute was turning out to be ridiculously expensive. We were stranded with close to 25 cartons, all ready to be moved, and a landlord breathing down our necks. Right then, two neighbours walked over to us after seeing our hassled faces. Within minutes, they had arranged for six other vehicles from the society, and started packing our boxes into the trunks. Not only did these kind souls help us transport our stuff, they also stayed back and helped us unload and move our things in. What had started as a stressful morning eventually turned into a great day – and we made so many new friends, too!”
- Preeta Chatterjee, copy editor, Kolkata
On school duty
This is something that every parent goes through every day: getting their child ready for school in time to catch the bus. My 7-year old is no different. One such day, we missed the bus (again). I was in a fix this time, though, as I had to attend an important meeting in a completely different direction, and driving him to school would mean missing it. There was no way I was leaving him to public transport. Just then, Ms Pai, a senior Maths teacher at his school, stopped her car in front of us. “Missed the bus, ah? Come, come, don’t worry, we’ll drop him to school,” she said as she pointed to her daughter, who attended the same school. I didn’t even have to ask! It was so heartening to see that people are willing to pause their fast-paced life to be kind to others.
- Kanika Madnani-Sharma, interior designer, Mumbai
Noida is not exactly the world’s safest location, and yet, 4 of us friends found ourselves stranded here after a careless flat tyre incident. To make matters worse, we had no spares either. It was fairly late and isolated in those parts, and just as we were wondering what to do, a car full of strangers approached us. Having heard horror stories from the neighbourhood, we feared the worst. On hearing our plight, they ominously suggested that one of us could accompany them to their village and bring back a spare tyre. One friend bravely volunteered and set off with the motley crowd. The wait for him was a terrifying nightmare I never want to relive again. Miraculously, the car returned, with my friend as well as a spare. Apparently, the village folk had been very kind; they even woke up the mechanic and made him open his shop, just so we could get a tyre. This humbling experience taught us that kindness could be found in the most unexpected places.
- Dilip Sahni, Master’s student, New Delhi
More often than not, it only takes a small act of kindness to restore our faith in humanity. The Maruti Suzuki Wagon R defines greatness as little acts of goodness done every day, something that is also a natural extension of its owner’s personality. Join the movement and #MakeEveryDayGreat with India’s favourite tall boy car Wagon R –one of the market leader, reliable, and trustworthy wagon.