Features Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 05:30
For Riddhi Maniar Doda, a Marketing Communications Specialist in Bengaluru, April 14 started as just another mundane weekday.She had to leave for work and yet the thought of hiring a cab or an auto to work and negotiating with the driver, like she did often, only seemed to upset her. But Tuesday turned out to be a very different experience for Riddhi. A ride with Deepak S, a driver with TaxiForSure, changed her perception about cab drivers to a large extent. She was so moved by his story that she decided to share her experience on Facebook. While reports of commuters being harassed by auto and cab drivers in Bengaluru are common, this story is set to inspire. The News Minute is reproducing Riddhi’s post with her permission "I didn't know what I was in for when we booked the cab to go to work today. I was feeling all grumpy as our newly booked car was yet to arrive and TaxiForSure was becoming more of an everyday thing. The first thing that struck as odd was when we received a call from the taxi driver who spoke in amazingly fluent English... we thought it was a call from their Corporate Office. When we sat in the cab, after the customary starting of the fare counter, he asked us, "Which tracks would you like me to play? I have Honey Singh." I couldn't hold my curiosity and asked him, "How do you speak such good English?" His reply: "Well, I have worked with HP for 8 years. I found the corporate life too messy. I wanted to serve others and was also inspired by the words of NaMo to do something for the country. I researched a lot and decided to quit my job. I decided to drive a cab to meet people from all strata of society. I also groom other taxi drivers to behave well with customers, keep the car clean and more. In my own way, I am improving the experience for people." A lot of HR professionals that he has driven around have offered him jobs with hefty packages at MNCs but he's refused. In his words,"Just like Steve Jobs said - the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. I feel very satisfied doing this." I mentioned that he was writing a new chapter to encourage dignity of labour in India. He said, "A lot of neighbours look down upon me whereas their own sons are working at petrol pumps or waiting tables in U.S.A. and France." On asking if his story had been published in any media, he said, "I don't want any publicity. I have a few passengers taking selfies and uploading on Facebook, which is fine." As I reached my destination, he obliged me with a selfie and reminded that he did not want any media coverage - just Facebook is ok. I asked for his name and Facebook profile. He said, "It's Deepak S." He made sure that he went to some shops to get the change of Rs. 500 unlike any other cab or auto driver in Bangalore. Deepak shook hands with me and parted with "Bye Buddy." I reached office with a lot more sunshine in my heart and renewed faith in ‪#‎humanity‬. (I could not find him on Facebook but with these photos, I hope that many of my friends get a chance to journey in his cab and get ‪#‎inspired‬.)‪#‎humansofbangalore‬" I didn't know what I was in for when we booked the cab to go to work today. I was feeling all grumpy as our newly booked... Posted by Riddhi Maniar Doda on Tuesday, 14 April 2015 The News Minute contacted him for his comments and this is what he had to say, "Please thank all the people who shared and liked the story on my behalf." 
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