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Did You KnowVijay Thakur a mechanical engineer was spurred to take up taxi driving 31 years ago after his wife in a serious condition was refused a ride to hospital in visiting card says Free service for hospitalised Each passenger gets one with an additional assurance from him You can call anytime in the night for medical I will a mechanical engineer with Larsen and Toubro 62yearold Vijay Thakur is now a taxi For the last 31 years he has been driving a blackandyellow taxi  first a Fiat now a Hyundai In a city where transport authorities regularly receive complaints of refusal to ply not once has Thakur refused a The reason dates back to loneliness of the taxicab driverIt was 2 am when his wife Saroj Thakur who had just undergone a miscarriage complained of abdominal Thakur tried to get an autorickshaw or taxi but in For half an hour I hailed autowallahs while my wife sat in pain says it hurt his mind to see such apathy he took voluntary retirement from LT bought a fiat for Rs 66000 and got a taxi Over the last 31 years he says he has never regretted the admits she tried to persuade him against driving taxis for patients and so did the entire However she adds that emergency medical services are still an issue in the now gets calls for delivery cases from patients suffering from kidney stones road accident cases and other physical injuries day and The back of his car has a white sticker Hospitalised patients are free in this His monthly income close to Rs 10000  a drastic fall from Rs 65000 per month at LT  comes from general is attached with two suburban colleges for taxi From one a management institute he says he learnt business management skills by talking to teachers and I generated a business I got hold of every watchman in the neighbourhood and promised them Rs 20 as commission if they got me Once I drove them they always called me smiles His little income he says comes because he never refuses to Thakur claims he does not charge a single penny from patients so that they can utilise the money for when my elder son was getting operated I accidentally deposited Rs 10 less than the amount of Rs 43000 at the It was a But the cashier said he would not process the payment until the full amount came Another man lent me Rs 10 then Thakur He lost his son to gangrene infection in Since then he does not charge patients undergoing in a dull white shirt and brown pants Thakur recalls how he learned driving in his fathers Morris From a 7 am to 5 pm job he now drives at odd He has blood pressure and His legs and hands pain because of continuous There are no fixed But he is happy Saroj younger son Vineet and daughterinlaw Dipti are both managers in private While the son drives a newly purchased Swift Thakur says he travels only in his It runs on gas saves money he his son stills objects to his driving Thakur says he finds peace in doing humanitarian Once he saw a car accident on December 31 and promptly transferred all the injured in his cab to R N Cooper The timely hospitalisation helped save the entire family except one The family was ready to pay me any amount because of what I did Thakur says then adds But a person in need of help should not be tries to convince his driver friends to never refuse any But they need I can make do with whatever I have he Khair gives the Taxi Name Jeevan Daan salute this man for his incredible work and we hope so many will inspire from Be Keep

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Vijay Thakur, a mechanical engineer, was spurred to take up taxi driving 31 years ago after his wife, in a serious condition, was refused a ride to hospital in Mumbai.

His visiting card says ‘Free service for hospitalised patients’. Each passenger gets one, with an additional assurance from him, “You can call anytime in the night for medical emergency. I will come.”

Once a mechanical engineer with Larsen and Toubro, 62-year-old Vijay Thakur is now a taxi driver. For the last 31 years, he has been driving a black-and-yellow taxi — first a Fiat, now a Hyundai Santro. In a city where transport authorities regularly receive complaints of refusal to ply, not once has Thakur refused a passenger. The reason dates back to 1984.

The loneliness of the taxi-cab driver
It was 2 am when his wife Saroj Thakur, who had just undergone a miscarriage, complained of abdominal pain. Thakur tried to get an auto-rickshaw or taxi, but in vain. “For half an hour, I hailed auto-wallahs while my wife sat in pain,” says Thakur.

Saying “it hurt his mind” to see such apathy, he took voluntary retirement from L&T, bought a fiat for Rs 66,000 and got a taxi permit. Over the last 31 years, he says he has never regretted the decision.
Saroj admits she tried to persuade him against driving taxis for patients, and so did the entire family. However, she adds that emergency medical services are still an issue in the city.
Thakur now gets calls for delivery cases, from patients suffering from kidney stones, road accident cases and other physical injuries day and night. The back of his car has a white sticker: “Hospitalised patients are free in this taxi”. His monthly income, close to Rs 10,000 —- a drastic fall from Rs 65,000 per month at L&T —- comes from general passengers.

He is attached with two suburban colleges for taxi services. From one, a management institute, he says he learnt business management skills by talking to teachers and students. “I generated a business model. I got hold of every watchman in the neighbourhood and promised them Rs 20 as commission if they got me customers. Once I drove them, they always called me,” smiles Thakur. His little income, he says, comes because he never refuses to ply. Thakur claims he does not charge a single penny from patients so that they can utilise the money for treatment.

“Once, when my elder son was getting operated, I accidentally deposited Rs 10 less than the amount of Rs 43,000 at the hospital. It was a mistake. But the cashier said he would not process the payment until the full amount came in. Another man lent me Rs 10 then,” Thakur says. He lost his son to gangrene infection in 1999. Since then, he does not charge patients undergoing treatment.
Attired in a dull white shirt and brown pants, Thakur recalls how he learned driving in his father’s Morris Minor. From a 7 am to 5 pm job, he now drives at odd hours. “He has blood pressure and diabetes. His legs and hands pain because of continuous driving. There are no fixed hours. But he is happy,” Saroj says.

Thakur’s younger son Vineet and daughter-in-law Dipti are both managers in private firms. While the son drives a newly purchased Swift, Thakur says he travels only in his Santro. “It runs on gas, saves money,” he explains.

While his son stills objects to his driving, Thakur says he finds peace in doing humanitarian work. Once, he saw a car accident on December 31 and promptly transferred all the injured in his cab to R N Cooper hospital. The timely hospitalisation helped save the entire family, except one woman. “The family was ready to pay me any amount because of what I did,” Thakur says, then adds, “But a person in need of help should not be charged.”

He tries to convince his driver friends to never refuse any passenger. “But they need money. I can make do with whatever I have,” he says.

Kailash Khair gives the Taxi Name “Jeevan Daan Gadi”.

We salute this man for his incredible work and we hope, so many will inspire from him.

Be Inspired. Keep Inspiring...

2016-02-02 18:57:30 by Sasi

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