In such busy and hectic times, often we witness the best things when we least expect it to happen. Something similar happened to Delhi boy Jastej Singh during his morning ride with a taxi. Singh, a student of MBA booked a cab early morning to head back to his hostel from his campus. When the driver arrived, Singh saw a well-dressed elderly man cleaning the back seat of the car with utmost care. As he doesn’t prefer travelling in the back when travelling alone, he joined the driver in the front.
Stuck with a case study that he was trying to understand on his way, Singh jokingly said, “Kabhi apney bachon ko MBA mat karana (don’t make your children study MBA).” and the response he got from the cab driver left him surprised completely.
“Why are you so worried about the case study, bas SWOT analysis karlo (do SWOT analysis) and make sure that your solution is sustainable for at least 5 years,” replied the Uber driver. Certainly, Singh didn’t expect a cab driver to provide solutions to his academic problems.
Intrigued by the answer, Singh talked to him further and came to know he is a retired General Manager of one of the biggest PSUs in India. His wife is a professor at a reputed business school in Delhi and his son is an officer in Merchant Navy.
Here’s what Singh wrote about him on Facebook:
“We started talking and it turns out he was a retired General Manager of one of the biggest PSUs in India! He told me about his son who is a chief officer in the Merchant Navy, having a handsome salary, (but he visits home very rarely because of his job), and his wife, who is a lecturer in a well reputed business school in Delhi.
Upon asking, why he resorted to becoming an Uber driver, he said, it was never for the money. He was getting terribly bored at home, since neither his wife, nor his son were at home most of the time and he didn’t want to end up like the “vella” uncles sitting at home, watching TV. He gets a steady pension, which is more than enough to have a comfortable life in Delhi NCR.
He loved driving and listening to his favorite songs, while doing that, so why not. But then he said, the real reason is, that he was raised in Ghaziabad and was one of the first few students to have joined the local Ingram. He drives around whole day, so that every month, he can pay the fee for those students in the same Ingram, who are very bright but can’t afford education.”
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