In the 21st century, it is hard to trust people and the society around us. We are told to not take help from a fellow traveler because they might try to spike our food and rob us of our money. And the list goes on. However, even during these dark times, there are pockets of hope and light. One such pocket was discovered by businessman Mukesh Jain after he lost the money he was saving for his wife’s treatment.
According to Mid-Day, Surat-based businessman, Mukesh Jain was travelling with Rs. 66000 in cash, which he had saved for treating his wife’s heart disease. However, since he was in a hurry, he left the money in the autorickshaw he had boarded.
When Jain realised his mistake, he panicked and reached the nearest police station. Since he was certain that he had lost all his hard-earned money, he went to the Malad Police station and filed a complaint for the missing bag containing the cash.
However, in an unexpected turn of events, the money was returned to Mukesh, even before he could he could lodge the complaint. The autorickshaw driver Mishra,returned the money to Mukesh. In an official statement he said,
“After leaving Jain to his destination, I took another passenger in the same locality, who noticed the bag and informed me. I immediately went to the Malad police station to hand over the bag, where I saw Jain.”
Considering how people like Mishra are rare and hard to come by, the Malad police decided to reward him with a cash prize of Rs. 1500 and a sweet bouquet. Mishra, who’s been a an auto driver since 1997, said that this is not the first time such a mishap has happened. A couple of months ago a woman had forgot her smartphone in his autorickshaw. However, he has always made sure that the people who lost their property got it back safe and sound.
Mukesh’s story could’ve gone very differently if it wasn’t for Mishra’s honesty. And since the only way to defeat all the negativity circling us is with positivity, let’s hope more and more people act like Mishra and bring back a sense of trust and camaraderie that our society needs.