Target 500 – Journey with “Uncle”

There are many things in our day to day life that teach us how many problems we ever have, there are people who have been burdened with problems which make ours look like peanuts. Nonetheless, they still put on a brave face and with a smile plastered battle life daily. I am not the one who thinks money is the ONLY essential for living. Even if I may not really be money minded, it is only practical enough to understand that money is definitely required and is a bare necessity. We have hordes of daily instances and do not need rocket science to prove this fact. The more you think about money, the more you end up thinking about the lack of it. 😛

Today morning I came across a rickshawala. Well, believe it or not, he is my inspiration for this blog. Now, normally I don’t get into long chats with rickshawalas, because I have music or a book to accompany me when travelling long distances. However, this guy leads a life which made me put down my book and take notice.

Let’s call him uncle. Well, it so happens, uncle lives in a Mumbai chawl and is the only earning member in the family. He has a wife and a daughter to feed. Amidst the loan he has taken to purchase his auto, the only source of his income; he nurtures a dream of educating his daughter and making her a Chartered Accountant. He is really proud of her academic intelligence and is sure that she is capable of becoming one! He says that the hard work is put by his daughter is exceptional and to accomplish her dream is the goal of his life. He makes sure that not a single day passes without him earning a NET of Rs. 500 (after deducting all fuel, maintenance and personal expenses) He says, this is the best he can do, since he doesn’t want his daughter to be worried about financial difficulties in addition to the studying stress. Sometimes it is by 12 noon that he finishes his goal and retires for the day, without being greedy for more. However, sometimes he has to forget the clock ticking and has to stay until late hours; because even a penny less is something he doesn’t want to risk!

I mean, how many of us, actually live for others? Selflessly and unconditionally! God has given this inbuilt system just to parents. I really salute ‘uncle’. A professional with a high flying corporate career, earning a 6 figure is not able to inspire or amaze me as much as a rickshawala did. He is no more ‘ordinary’. Cribbing and crying for the lack of something seems such an easier option, but fighting with destiny and finding your way out oozes pride!

PS: I am not taking credit for the title since it was suggested by ‘sir’ 😛


About Shweta

An ambitious professional who loves working in a corporate as much as she loves spending time with family. Pursues writing as a passion and writes for stuff that closely touch the heart!
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10 Responses to Target 500 – Journey with “Uncle”

  1. rajvi says:

    WOW..u knw,
    i got goosebumps while reading this..


  2. Nafees says:

    Salute to uncle from my side


  3. Tushar.Dhanwani says:

    It shows good side of your heart, that you got inspired by common man A Rickshawala, As people are not concerned or bothered to chat with them. “badiya hai ” 🙂


  4. Palakh says:

    salute to uncle 🙂


  5. Sonal says:

    Hats off to ‘Uncle’ for the zeal in him and “you’ to be ‘you’, for valuing his efforts and appreciating him.
    I had one such very amazing and interesting conversation with another ‘uncle’ as well, for an hour, Would tell you about it someday!


  6. Shweta says:

    I would rather you pen it down and send me the link to that post!! 😀


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