Auto Driver Offers Free Rides to Help the Needy #WATWB

At first glance, 42-year-old Prabhat Pradhan may seem like your average rickshaw driver in Bhubaneswar, but a day in his life will tell you just how extraordinary he is. For the poor who can’t afford to ride in his auto, Prabhat has been nothing short of a saviour. In the last 20 years, he has offered a ride to over 7,000 people, completely free of cost!

“Work is god. Physically handicapped, elderly persons and accident victims can avail free transport in my vehicle” – this is what’s printed at the back of his auto, and Prabhat swears by it.

It all started 20 years ago, when Prabhat was on his way home one night and spotted a man who had just met with an accident, pleading for help. Although a crowd had gathered at the spot, no one came forward to help the man. But neither did Prabhat. When he later found out that the man had succumbed to his injuries, Prabhat was deeply impacted. Two decades later he is determined about the kind of help he wants to extend to the needy and has no regrets. Fuel expense too doesn’t bother him. If he’s lucky, a few generous people help him out with the financial support he needs. (Source)

Why I like this story?

It’s because this story proves that anyone can help anyone. Ok, we can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone. Each and every one of us can find a someone out there to help. We can all do something, even if it is a small thing.

Remember that what goes around comes around! Research has shown that being kind to others increases our own levels of happiness as well as that of the recipient.

Also, it has a knock-on effect – kindness is contagious, so it makes a bigger impact on our surroundings than we might think.

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This is the seventh celebration of the WE ARE THE WORLD BLOGFEST #WATWB which is carried out every last Friday of the month, and which aims to spread love and positiveness in this vulnerable world. A celebration of heroes who can still restore our faith in humanity, especially in this period when our world seems to be full of endless series of horrible happenings.

Our generous co-hosts for this month are: Michelle WallaceEmerald BarnesAndrea Michaels, Peter Nana, and myself.

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59 thoughts on “Auto Driver Offers Free Rides to Help the Needy #WATWB

  1. This is a wonderful example of putting the needs of others first, and treating them the way we hope to be treated. Sad that it took a tragedy to spur him into action years ago, but what a wonderful way to use that experience now.

  2. Kindness is contagious. Shilpa, it is such beautiful stories that enruch our lives and fills our hearts with gratitude. Prabhat is doing a wonderful job, a service to society tbat benefits the needy. Kudos to him and his tribe. You are spreading positive messages and spreading cheer and inspiring thoughts. Thanks for the same.

    • Well said, we need more like him. Thanks, Sulekha, would love if you could join us for this blog hop every month as well and spread stories of positivity along with us!

  3. Wonderful post Shilpa .. a perfect example illustrating how we can always help in one way or the other. It may have taken Prabhat 20 years – and sometimes it does take an awfully long time before we realise that we can pay back …

    • Yes, we can always help someone. True, for some us the realization to do out bit for humanity kicks in pretty late. Thanks for dropping by, Susan. It’s been ages since I visited your blog. Must rectify that!

  4. This is such an inspiring story – not only for the loving-kindness Prabhat is extending to those he helps, but also because it is such a clear reminder that each one of us can change at any time into becoming a better version of who we were. We have that opportunity in every moment. Each one of us CAN make a difference in someone’s life, and perhaps many lives.

    Thanks for sharing this story, and for co-hosting this month.

    • I love your thought of becoming a better version of ourselves and we can do that any time and bring smiles and happiness in lives of those around us. Thanks for sharing that, Deborah!

  5. Wonderful service that this man is providing! Can you imagine how great the world would be if each of us helped out just one other person per week? We would live in a world full of loving and caring humans. Thank you for this awesome story and for co-hosting Shilpa!

    • Oh yes, it would be one BIG happy place. If only we do just our bit and help someone….
      Thanks for stopping by, taking the time to read, Emily! Appreciate it!

    • I like the thought you have shared, Michelle. Yes, one act of kindness from every one, every day can make a huge difference in so many lives. Thanks for sharing that 🙂

  6. Hi Shilpa – what an amazing and generous man Prabhat is … I love that he offers help and advertises that on the back of his auto … to sick, injured, handicapped persons – they can be transported free … wonderful gestures and I’m sure all those 7,000 rides have been so gratefully accepted – taking away some of the stress of the needy … thanks so much for telling us about Prabhat – cheers Hilary

    • Agree completely. The people who have been helped by Prabhat must be so thankful and it must have changed them a bit too. Thanks or stopping by, taking the time to read, and leaving a great comment! I really appreciate it!

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  8. No one can help everyone, but everyone can help someone—loved that, Shilpa. If all of us did our part, just took care of our little corner of the world (and of the living beings in it), the level of suffering and despair everywhere would dwindle. Thank you so much for sharing this!
    Guilie @ Quiet Laughter

  9. Sometimes in life, there are moments that change us for the better. This gentleman is one of those people who has taken it “to heart” and is living it daily. Thanks for sharing and for being a part of #WATWB

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