The Real Hero – An Autorickshaw driver with a difference

Mr X of Titan Industries shares his inspirational encounter with a rickshaw driver in Mumbai:

The story goes as follows –

Last Sunday, my wife, kid, and I had to travel to Andheri from Bandra.When I waved at a passing auto rickshaw, little did I expect that this ride would be any different...

As we set off, my eyes fell on a few magazines (kept in an aircraft style pouch) behind the driver's back rest..


I looked in front and there was a small TV. The driver had put on the Doordarshan channel.


My wife and I looked at each other with disbelief and amusement. In front of me was a small first-aid box with cotton, dettol and some medicines. This was enough for me to realize that I was in a special vehicle.

Then I looked round again, and discovered more - there was a radio, fire extinguisher, wall clock, calendar, and pictures and symbols of all faiths - from Islam and Christianity to Buddhism, Hinduism and Sikhism.

There were also pictures of the heroes of 26/11- Kamte, Salaskar, Karkare and Unnikrishnan.

I realised that not only my vehicle, but also my driver was special.

I started chatting with him and the initial sense of ridicule and disbelief gradually diminished.

I gathered that he had been driving an auto rickshaw for the past 8-9 years; he had lost his job when his employer's plastic company was shut down. He had two school-going children, and he drove from 8 in the morning till 10 at night.

No break unless he was unwell.  "Sahab, ghar mein baith ke T.V dekh kar kya faida? Do paisa income karega toh future mein kaam aayega."

We realised that we had come across a man who represents Mumbai the spirit of work, the spirit of travel and the spirit of excelling in life.

I asked him whether he does anything else as I figured that he did not have too much spare time.

He said that he goes to an old age home for women in Andheri once a week or whenever he has some extra income, where he donates tooth brushes, toothpastes, soap,  hair oil, and other items of daily use.

He pointed out to a painted message below the meter that read: "25 per cent discount on metered fare for the handicapped.

Free rides for blind passengers up to Rs.50/-.


My wife and I were struck with awe. The man was a HERO!

A hero who deserves all our respect!!! Our journey came to an end; 45 minutes of a lesson in humility, selflessness, and of a hero-worshipping Mumbai, my temporary home..

We disembarked, and all I could do was to pay him a tip that would hardly cover a free ride for a blind man.

I hope, one day, you too have a chance to meet Mr Sandeep Bachhe in his auto rickshaw: MH-02-Z-8508

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Abhay N

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Abhay is the founder and managing editor of India Microfinance. He is passionate about microfinance, financial inclusion and social entrepreneurship in India.

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  1. KEDAR

    September 3, 2009 at 10:39 am



  2. Dillip K.Tripathy

    September 3, 2009 at 11:06 am

    This again reinforces wat our National hero Gandhi has said “My life is my message.” and i think this philosophy should practised by every one like Mr.Sandeep Bachhe. Jai Ho India !!!

  3. Arjun Prasad

    September 3, 2009 at 10:57 pm


    I too come across similar experiences in Hyderabad, but I have’nt documented,Thanks for the author and to hos genre
    The Kalanirnay calendar hanging is also a special one , is int it ?


  4. Anonymous

    September 4, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    it is great humanity showing by lower profession than highly qualifiied and rich ones.


  5. Sridhar

    September 5, 2009 at 11:21 am

    I think his professional behaviour towards humanity is commendable. Hats off for his spirit of work, effforts and excellence in his life.


  6. veda

    September 5, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    kudos to people who stand out like this …hope is not dead and this inspires me to do more than what is needed whereever i am !

  7. venkat

    September 11, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    very very good job,

  8. Ashutosh Nanda

    March 21, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    Hats off You Boss…. In our daily life …many a times we bargen with strict Veg vendors…Auto walas and many more for 5 rupess ….10 rupess …20 rupees deduction … But You bargen with socaity and with Us to think about humanity .

    Good Job ,,,Keep it UP

  9. sunny

    April 1, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    Interesting !!!
    There is lot to learn from this experience.
    And apply it in our daily routine.
    I wish all the best to sachin.
    & thanks Mr. X for documenting & sharing
    – Sunny
    Software consultant

  10. Sri

    April 7, 2010 at 9:18 am

    Truly inspiring and amazing heart!

  11. Gaurav Lakhotia

    October 19, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    Surely it was quite inspiring.How a common man makes a difference & doing some extraordinary thing which we cant think unless & untill we see.
    Its really nice to know that person like Mr.Sandeepji are there living with & we had got chance to know them.

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