We all talk about how difficult it is for the poor to survive, especially in this weather. We look at them shivering in the cold, on pavements, with clothes that barely cover their bodies, little children running around barefoot, their noses running, but we rarely step forward to do something about it. We offer them silent sympathies and move on. And most other times, we are so engrossed in our own shit, we never spare a moment to even look at them. Begging is illegal so we can’t do anything about it, we tell our preoccupied proud self.
But there are some people, who can’t help but be kind and generous. There are people who despite their limited means go all out to help those in need. One such person was this Uber driver, Vivek Kumar, who spotted a homeless man shivering on a traffic signal, and gave away his only jacket to the poor man. How many of us can do that? Oh no, we could never think of parting with our branded stuff, right?
An Uber user, Anirban Bannerjee, shared this story in Facebook post.
“On my way back home, last Friday, my Uber driver, while we were waiting at a traffic signal, suddenly got out of the car and opened the rear door, where I was sitting. He asked me to shift to the other side and folded the seat to take out something. I was a bit alarmed at the very suddenness of his movement but as I saw him pull out a leather jacket, I thought I had understood the situation and went on to pass one of my usual useless comments - ''kaafi thand ho gayi hai''. Then, as the signal had turned green and Delhi, as per character, was blaring car horns at us, he got into his seat, rolled his window down and gave his leather jacket to a homeless man who was only wearing trousers.
''Sach me Sir, kaafi thand hai.''
HuffPost India got in touch with Kumar who told them, ‘I didn't do anything great. This is normal. Everyone should be doing this […] I don't have a jacket right now. But that person needed it more than me. He was sitting there holding his chest. It was a sight I couldn't see,’ he said.
‘I will hopefully afford to buy a jacket in a few days,’ he said.
There is only one thing needed to help people – a kind heart. Hopefully Kumar’s act of kindness will inspire us to be a little more thoughtful and kind to the ones less privileged than us.