Thursday, November 28, 2013

Don't forget the good people out there.

I feel like crying when I read the news everyday. Was I just unaware of all these things before or has it just started recently. The news on assault on women, corruption, farmers killing themselves and not to mention countries in which people are being killed by the government for silly reasons. I wonder what has happened to the civilized people of the world. 
I have personally experienced a lot of unkindness. Like the auto driver who asks for 60 rs for a 20 rs ride. The women who pushed me aside from a queue to get to the ATM machine before me and smiles at her achievement. The guy who almost made me drop my phone by hitting on my hand while I was speaking on the phone. The guy who gets in front of me in a queue in supermarket because hey, he is the one and only person in this world who is in a hurry. And you can't even argue with these people. They have this disregard for all the other people and that is what their kids will inherit from them. Not to mention the people who throw plastic water bottles on the road from their Mercedes or BMW s. Is this how civilized people are supposed to act ?
You see the neighbors who get up early in the morning to dump their house waste on the road and go to work in big MNC s later in the day. In this category I even include the people who give money to beggars. Those able bodied beggars who can easily earn a living but prefer to beg, because hey, the roads are filled with people who want to feel good about themselves by giving the beggar 5 rs. To be kind in this world filled with so much of unkindness and people who always jeopardize you on their way to make their lives easier is really an achievement. 
But, don't forget the good people out there. Yes, there are a few. There are people who are on TV and the news papers and there are the few whom you encounter everyday. Let me make you a list of some of them from personal experience.

1) I had some work in office and I left late. I was stranded in an unknown bus stop with very few people. I took the next bus out of there and came to an even deserted bus stop where there was not even a single soul. I switched on GPS and decided that I was supposed to wait on the other side of the road. I crossed and came to a stop where I was the only girl and the time was 8.45 pm. I decided to take an auto but none of the auto drivers were ready to take me to my destination. That is when a middle aged man came to my rescue. He started asking me to which stop I wanted to go. He stopped a few autos and asked them on my behalf and even gave a few directions. But still no one was willing to go. He also, asked another person in the bus stop about how to get to my stop and which bus to take and told me to wait for the bus on the other side of the road. I crossed the road again and got the bus in 10 minutes. 

2) I wanted to take a auto to the bus station and I had these 2 hefty bags. One auto driver stopped and asked where I wanted to go. I told him the place and he told me that his home was in the other direction and he could not go. I was finding it difficult, with two hefty bags, to hail autos and run to them, only to get answered in no and a firm negative shake of the head. This guy, who was still waiting for a passenger saw my problem and he stopped a lot of autos and finally got me an auto by convincing the fellow auto driver. I thanked him and got on the auto.

3) When I went to pick up my friend from the bus stop near my house. I saw this beggar with no legs. A guy bought idlis from a nearby hotel and gave those to the beggar instead of money. The hotel being one of those costly ones. I was filled with admiration for this person.

4) A lady vegetable vendor told me that she will return my 3 rs when I buy something there the next time. I realized this was a tactic to make me pay more and on asking for the amount next time would be a waste of time because she wont remember it. So, as soon as I reached home I forgot about it. After a few days I went there again and the lady took 3 rs less. When I pointed it out to her, she told that she had to give 3 rs the other day.

5) When my sister came to meet me in my rented house, it had slipped my mind to tell them that parking a car is difficult near the house. After they arrived, I went to my house owner and asked her to suggest a place nearby to park their car. She offered her own garage which already had a car. As it was very big. But the road was small and maneuvering the car to the garage was getting a tad bit difficult with all the bikes parked on the street. My house owner went and asked everyone to kindly place their bike a little away and some three people came out, removed their bikes and helped my brother-in-law park the car inside the garage by telling when to stop and when to move.

It need not be a big thing. You need not start being kind and civilized by joining a charity or giving away loads of money. By helping a single person or helping make the world a better place to live by keeping your own neighborhood clean also helps. You show a person that you have some good in you and that person will try to show it to someone else. Be a good and civilized person and try to be on someone else's list like this. I know I am trying. :) :)



37 comments:

  1. This post certainly made my day!!!

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    1. Really ??
      Thank you.. :) :)

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    2. yeah...a very positive vibe coming off this post....

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  2. This sure is an eye opening post. For many I'm sure. The newspapers and news do make me cringe, but I look around and see the amazing people around me and I know I do not have to worry about anything.

    The auto drivers are a big menace in Bangalore I agree, but once an auto driver dropped me to my destination free of cost, just because he did not have a change for 500 bucks. It cost 70 bucks and he let me go, saying that it was on the way to his house anyway. I was surprised :)

    Beggars its best to buy them food instead of giving them money. My husband and I always do that, since most of the beggars we encounter are kids. Its a sad feeling.

    My vegetable vendor is the sweetest lady ever. She makes me write down all the daily expenses in a book and collects money once a month. Mind you, she doesn't maintain the book, I do. How much I give she gladly takes and at times gives me fruits in return. Can you believe it?

    The world is filled with great people. That's why they blend in the background as they are one too many. Its the horrible ones that stand out and get noticed.

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    1. My cousin met an auto driver who bought breakfast for her because she reminded him of his sister who was very far away. There are a few people who are a real gem. Hope to find more people like this.
      Your comment just seems like an extension to the post. :)
      Thanks a lot for the comment.. :) :)

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  3. Random act of kindness is the simplest way to be a good human or to reach god if you believe in god. Only thing is people who do genuine help never seeks attention of others or want to advertise it. Luckily if someone get to watch those moments may share what they seen with others.

    You did that job really well and hope it inspires many to do behave with kindness and love to other humans. Thank you for sharing good thoughts with the world. Which will someday eventually overtake the hyping of bad stuffs. It is good to listen positive stuffs than murders and bad side of humans always. Keep writing.

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    1. You said it right. Genuine do gooders never seek for attention.
      Thank you for the lovely comment.. :) :)

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  4. very good post I would say..... super !!!
    we should celebrate the kindness of such people by being kind to others, the pain which we bear because of others, we should not pass it on to some others.......
    be nice and kind....that is the necessity of today's world !!!!

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    1. Yes, we should pass on kindness. It is better if more people realize this.
      Thanks a lot for the comment.. :) :)

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  5. Hi, very nice post...
    I too have had one such experience....
    http://gangsofedathua.wordpress.com/2013/11/09/rediscovering-her-dignity/

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    1. I read the post and left a comment.. Thanks for sharing it here.. :) :)

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  6. Very feel-good kinda post. Honestly, goodness in people is a rarity these days!

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    1. So true. Thanks for the comment.. :) :)

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  7. No matter how evil the world is, there are always people who are good, kind at heart. A great post!

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    1. Yes. There are always people who are good and kind at heart. :) :)
      Thank you dear... :)

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  8. This post brought a smile on my face. Yes, there are still good people around :)

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    1. Glad that you liked it.. :)
      Thanks for the comment.. :)

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  9. How can u forget ur cousin who gifted u for ur birthday...:D

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    1. Oh..!! Well thanks a lot for that.. :) :)

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  10. Loved reading this! Random acts of kindness are the best. When there's absolutely no reason for someone to go out of their way to help you out, yet they do it anyway! :)

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    1. I am glad you liked it.. :) Yes, so true..
      Thanks a lot for the comment.. :)

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  11. I'm feeling the positive vibes from this :) There are always both good and bad people you will encounter...I guess they balance out each other in a way...the bad people allow us to appreciate the good people even more:)

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    1. True. But nowadays there seems to be too much attention given to those bad people. The good people are not getting much coverage or they are dwindling. That's why the post.. :) :)
      Thanks for the comment.. :) :)

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  12. I feel the positive vibes from this :) .. there are always good and bad people out there, and I guess they balance each other out... the presence of the bad people allow us to appreciate and cherish the good people even more :)

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    1. ...as you see, I had some issues with my comment lol :P the first one didn't show any signs of going through, but I guess it did :)

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    2. I guessed that much.. :) :)

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  13. This post has been selected for the Spicy Saturday Picks this week. Thank You for an amazing post! Cheers! Keep Blogging :)

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  14. Finally, a ray of sunshine! What with being inundated by news reports of crime, it's very refreshing to read a post that's so positive. To be honest, my outlook towards life is generally pessimistic. This was a wonderful reminder to hold on to the good, however small it might be.

    Thank you for this post :)

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    1. You are welcome and thank you for the comment.. :) :)

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  15. Congrats on the Blogadda pick. This post comes as a warm ray of sunshine.

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  16. Nice post. So important for the newspapers to have some focus on highlighting such random acts of kindness as well.

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    1. I agree.. There should be a feel good column in news papers, or a page dedicated to random acts of kindness.. :)
      Thanks for the comment.. :)

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  17. you brought up little things that matter the most..loved reading it :)

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