Monday, June 12, 2006

Good Samaritan

The other day we were talking about Good Samaritans and I remembered this story from a few years back.
My older child was only about two years old. Hubby joined us at my parents’ place (in a different city than where we used to live) after a long trip abroad. We were returning to our own home together. We took a flight out to New Delhi and had to catch another flight from there to get back home. We all had confirmed tickets on the same flight. But when we got to the check in counter, guess what? Hubby’s ticket was not valid. Computer malfunction? Probably....
Anyways, the guy at the counter would not hear a thing. He said hubby just had to buy a new ticket in order to travel that particular flight. Well, the price of the ticket in those days was 6,000 rupees, no small price by any standards, not then, not now. We didn’t carry that much cash and believe it or not, we didn’t have a credit card. (Not many people did back then.) Being as it was really early in the morning, banks were not open and the domestic airport did not have a travel exchange office. We just had travelers checks and international currency. My son was clinging to his dad and that ruled out the possibility of my traveling with him and hubby following us later after sorting out the ticket problem. We could all just take a different flight, but that meant giving up our two good tickets. We were stranded at the airport with 30 minutes to go before the flight took off.
As we were debating about what to do, this guy tapped hubby on the shoulder and handed him 10,000 rupees. “Buy your ticket and take your family home,” he said! As our jaws were still hanging open, he disappeared into the crowd. It took us a few minutes to understand what was going on. First things first, we bought the ticket and then went running to find the good man. After much searching, we spotted him, thanked him profusely, and asked for his home address so we could mail the money back to him. He seemed totally cool and said he did not expect the money back! But, of course, we insisted and after much persuasion, he gave us his home address.
To this day, I do not know his name. But I do remember his face clearly. His act of generosity towards total strangers woke us up to the fact that the world is not such a bad place after all! There are good people out there.
It is almost 10 years since this incident and I hope that person, wherever he is, knows how thankful we are for his timely help..

19 Comments:

At 10:19 PM, Blogger couch potato said...

I know exactly what you mean. There are some times when you feel you're completely lost and then the higher power sends someone out to help us.
Of course, it must also be your own good nature that prompted such an act of random, thoughtless kindness from a stranger.

 
At 11:13 AM, Blogger travel plaza said...

Couch Potato,I am so touched by your kind words. Thank you.
It was indeed like God had sent this person to help us.

 
At 12:42 AM, Blogger Gangadhar said...

That's a great help by him..really great!
And it's so nice of you to post the story here..
You don't know his name...What do u say..if it's Gangadhar?
just kidding..

 
At 2:01 AM, Blogger Pooja Aggarwal said...

Nice to hear such a story, especially is present times when people are just busy thinking about themselves

 
At 6:51 AM, Blogger Soup said...

Sometimes we lose faith in this world... your experience is like a reminder to all of us that the world is not a bad place to live in. There is a lot of good!! :)

 
At 8:33 AM, Blogger travel plaza said...

Gangadhar,
Ha ha that would be great!
Pooja,
Yeah, such experiences bring back a little faith in humanity.
Supriya,
There sure is a lot of good in the world:))

Thanks for visitng:)

 
At 10:12 AM, Blogger Britmum said...

Wow what an amazing story. There are still some decent and wonderful people out there somewhere.

Take care

 
At 12:00 PM, Blogger travel plaza said...

Britmum,
There are some really nice people out there.
Thanks for visiting:))

 
At 6:35 PM, Blogger Dav said...

That's awesome!

 
At 9:02 PM, Blogger travel plaza said...

Dav,
Yeah, isn't it? There are so many good people in the world.

 
At 12:32 PM, Blogger Dusty said...

Wow, and this too in Delhi (a city that petrifies me). Guess, the best thing to do is to pass on this kindness, which I am sure you must have done multiple times over.

 
At 1:20 PM, Blogger travel plaza said...

Thanks for your kind words Dusty.

Delhi petrifies me too and a lot of people I know, especially the airport.

 
At 11:16 PM, Blogger Ravenbajan said...

That was a nice read. Random acts of kindness are always uplifting to come across.

 
At 12:05 PM, Blogger travel plaza said...

Thanks Ravenbajan.

 
At 9:24 PM, Blogger Travelin' Tracy said...

How amazing to have such an experience while traveling. I don't think anyone with a heart could forget that experience. So did you get to pay him back? I wish I was able to share that much money with others...but it doesn't have to be money.

I recently spoke in church about the good samaritan. When you think about it, the Samaritan had compassion for the hurt person, cleaned his wounds, carried him to safety, then used his own money to pay for the inn. So we also can generously share our money, time, skills, etc. What an amazing experience to always remind you to be giving!

 
At 9:48 AM, Blogger travel plaza said...

Tracy,
It is such a great thing to give unconditionally. To give someone something and expect returns is one thing,but to expect nothing in return is just so amazing. I think very few people in the world 'give' in the true sense of the word. We were very fortunate to meet one such person.
Yes, we did get to return the moeny to him. He would not give us his home address, but we persuaded him and he finally gave in. So we went home and sent the money back.
We not only met a great person, but also learnt a valuable lesson that day. As you said, it doesn't have to be money...

 
At 10:14 AM, Blogger Gangadhar said...

TP,
Congrats!! your answer is correct..Bookkeeper is the right answer!!
And i'll post this answer on my blog after publishing my next post..I'm heading to Vizag tonight..Will come back after two days..

take care

 
At 10:53 AM, Blogger travel plaza said...

Yeah....Thanks Gangadhar! That's awesome!
Have a great trip..

 
At 12:50 PM, Anonymous Veena Shivanna said...

The story sounded like a movie.. if its a real experience, then you must be so lucky.. the help is so timely & indebtness is infinte.
May be what couchphoto said is true, kindness comes back in a way!

 

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