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This Man Quits His Engineer Job To Be A Taxi Driver And Has Saved More Than 500 Lives

This Man Quits His Engineer Job To Be A Taxi Driver And Has Saved More Than 500 Lives

A man in Bombay is carrying the torch for the kindness of humanity, and he’s doing it in his official capacity as a taxi driver.

Vijay Thakur, who has an inspiring story that was featured on Humans of Bombay’s Facebook page about six months ago, is a 74-year-old taxi driver that is offering free rides to hospitals for the people in his city. While the backstory to his decision to leave his engineering job is heartbreaking, Thakur has made the life-altering decision to alter other people’s lives.

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    What we love about his story- which you can see above- is that the man holds no anger or resentment for the events that led him on this path. He is at peace with what happened and continues to have compassion for all of his neighbors. We’ve learned a lot from Thakur, including how hard it is to get a taxi in India and how high the miscarriage rates are in his country.

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    The Cost of Getting a Taxi in India

    Getting a taxi in India is a hassle. Everyone, from locals to travelers, is always trying to find a way around the overpriced cab services in the country. It’s so bad apparently, that foreigners give each other advice on how to avoid aggressive taxi drivers when traveling in the region.

    As expensive as getting a taxi is for foreigners, it’s even worse for the locals. It’s commonplace for the haggling session for a good price to take longer than the actual ride itself!

    Thakur knew that. He also knew that trying to get a taxi in India is rough enough without having a pregnant woman needing to go to the hospital. A lot of women don’t feel comfortable being driven by male taxi drivers, and this has made the call for women taxi drivers an issue in India.

    Thakur’s reputation for being a dependable taxi driver has broken through all of that. Now women from all over the city call on him when they need to get to the hospital, bypassing the cost and hassle of trying to flag down a taxi in Bombay.

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    Countless Lives Saved

    Thakur has, to date, saved a reported 500 lives by giving free rides to hospitals, most of them to young families with a pregnant woman. It’s hard to believe, isn’t it?

    Take a minute and realize that right now in India, over 30% of women who get pregnant will suffer a spontaneous miscarriage. That’s far higher than the 10% of women worldwide who suffer the same fate.

    Thakur and his free rides are helping the women in his city. These free rides, as well as a woman being able to depend on Thakur, has saved countless pregnancies that could have ended in miscarriage.

    Not all of his free rides save babies. Some of them save children stricken with disease, young women in car accidents, or young men who’ve stopped breathing. That’s the power of what Thakur does. He offers aid to anyone who requires it.

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    Vijay Thakur Is A Hero

    By showing his passengers the kindness and compassion he didn’t get when he needed it the most, Thakur is proving that humanity is still alive. He continues to give his time and attention to people in need showing them that hope for a better situation is always within reach.

    More importantly, Thakur is showing the world that one action, like leaving an engineering job to become a taxi driver can save hundreds of lives.

    I think the best thing I learned from Thakur and his story was that it doesn’t matter how much or how little you make as long as you are happy doing it. If you can do that and help people, then you’ve found your dream job.

    Find out more about Thakur and his life since the article went viral at The Humans of Bombay Facebook page.

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    Featured photo credit: Vijay Thakur by Humans of via facebook.com

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    Last Updated on June 8, 2018

    10 Harsh But True Illustrations that Show Our Changed Society

    10 Harsh But True Illustrations that Show Our Changed Society

    Let’s face it.  We are living in a digital age, and there is absolutely no turning back. One of the biggest influences on society these days is social media. It affects us both positively and negatively. Social media was originally designed for people to share interesting facets of their lives with their friends, but it has become so much more than what it intended to be. It is now a medium for information to pass around the globe. In many cases, people first learn about current events through Twitter or Facebook before hearing about them from conventional news sources.

    We also rely on technology for nearly everything we do. People these days seem as if they can’t go anywhere or do anything without their smartphones, tablets, or laptops. They need to be in constant contact with others via electronic devices.

    However, there is also a downside to be too connected to social media and electronic devices. We are too dependent on them, which make us oblivious to what we are doing to ourselves. Being too connected can have a negative effect on our lives and the society as a whole. Here are 10 true illustrations that show how our society is negatively impacted because of the use of technology.

    1. Facebook is eating away at your time.

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      How much time do you usually spend each day on Facebook or other social networking sites? Is it hindering your productivity? Do you find yourself wasting time to a point where you don’t even know where it goes? If the answer is yes, Facebook might have eaten away at your time.

      2. We’ve become “Likeaholics.”

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      Likeaholic

        When you are posting something on Facebook, are you doing it just to see how many of your friends will give it the proverbial thumbs up? This illustration shows that some people are treating “Likes” on Facebook as if it was a drug they needed to inject into their bloodstreams.

        3. Our electronics have priority over our lives.

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          Given a choice between your dying phone battery or you dying, which will you choose? In this case, the man in this illustration chose to charge his phone over to sustain his own life. As a society, we need to be more careful of our priorities.

          4. Our devices are ruining intimacy.

          lack of intimacy

            Have you and your loved one ever spent time together where each of you is on your phone instead of communicating face-to-face with each other? Has society reached the point where we can’t even be intimate with each other without being on our phones at the same time?

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            5. Families aren’t spending quality time together.

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              Here is a mother making holiday cookies, but what are the kids doing? They are not making cookies with their mother. Instead, every one of them has their faces buried in their own electronic devices. Television used to be what parents use to babysit their kids. Now, it’s a tablet, phone, laptop or video game that does the job.

              6.  We’d rather record someone than help them.

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                A lot is happening in this illustration. A black man is drowning and asking for help. One person has a gun pointed at him. The other person has their iPhone pointed at him and is recording the scene, but is not interested to help this man.

                7. Society is sleeping, it’s sleeping its life away.

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                sleeping your life away

                  Time is money. After we have wasted the long period of time on social media, we are losing the most valuable currency we have – our time in this world.

                  8.  Despite all the technology we have, we still want what someone else has.

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                    There’s an old saying that goes, “The grass is always greener on the other side.” This illustration shows that despite all that we have, we are still not satisfied with our lives.

                    9. Sensationalism still sells.

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                      With the information overload that exists today, the media still looks for sensationalism. Here’s a woman who feels she has something important to say, but the media only cares about her because she is naked. Would the news media still have microphones in front of her if she wasn’t standing there topless?

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                      10. In the end, with all of this, we are still killing the planet.

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                        This last illustration argues that despite all of our technological gains, we are still polluting the earth as if we have a virtual gun pointed at Mother Nature. As we build bigger cities and higher technology, how much more damages can we continue to do before putting our lives at risk?

                        Featured photo credit: Michael Summers via flickr.com

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