Shrikant Singh, a manager working in Bengaluru, had an encounter with a man he describes as ‘one of the most inspiring’ he has ever met.
Mr Singh’s story details a chance conversation with a cab driver he met when he booked a taxi home from work late one night. Anand ji was fluent in English and didn’t quite seem like regular taxi drivers – this became clear when he asked Mr Singh what he thought about the ‘ecommerce bubble.’
Surprised, Mr Singh asked Anand ji about himself. Turns out Anand ji graduated from IIT Kanpur in 1986. “I was working out of the US and India for the past 30 years and I gave it all up to do my own entrepreneurial stuff. I now have 50 cars plying with Uber and I have a couple of strawberry farms in Mysore,” he told Mr Singh.
You probably have the exact thought that crossed Mr Singh’s mind when given the information. Why would this man be driving a cab?
The answer brought tears to Mr Singh’s eyes and will probably have the same effect on you. But we’ll let you read the post in its entirety to find out Anand ji‘s story further.
It’s said every person has a story. And this one is definitely not one that should be missed. Take a look:
While returning late from office yesterday, I had an encounter with one of the most inspiring men I have ever met.
Anandji (my uber driver) : “Hi, how was your day?” (in superbly fluent English)
Me: (slightly stunned) : “I am good, thank you Sir..”
Post a couple of office calls, I settle down for the long ride home
Anandji :”So how long do you think this ecommerce bubble will last? ”
Me: (more stunned)” dunno Sir, I have my own issues to worry about than this”
Me: “Sir, what’s your deal.. You don’t seem to be the average uber driver”
Anandji: “Ohh I am an IIT K graduate from 1986. I was working out of the US and India for the past 30 years and I gave it all up to do my own entrepreneurial stuff. I now have 50 cars plying with Uber and I have a couple of strawberry farms in Mysore”
Me:”So then why are you yourself driving this car around ”
Anandji :” Ohh this car met with an accident a few days back and my uber driver died. His family is too proud to take money, so I figured the only way I can help is to drive the car on his behalf and let the income from Uber keep flowing. And I feel happy doing this”
I don’t feel ashamed saying I cried a little..