Submitted by Priyanshu
5.30 PM: I called my hotel, asking them to send a cab to South India Shopping Mall near Gachibowli flyover. I asked them specifically to send the cab at 6.15 pm and not before.
6.00 PM: I receive a call from the chauffeur saying he has reached and will be waiting for me.
6.10 PM: I reach the main road looking for the cab. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the cab number and couldn’t locate the cab. So , I tried calling him but his number was busy continuously for 5 minutes. I started loosing patience. Finally after few minutes he called back , apologized and came to pick me.
Nothing unusual till I see a man with white hair, wrinkled skin and 50+ years of maturity on face sitting in the driver seat. He greeted me in and asked if I wanted to go to hotel or somewhere else. I asked him to drop me to the hotel. Conversation started and he said that he was standing a little away from my pickup location as traffic would have piled up had he parked the car near to the mall and then said that he was talking to his father when I was calling. I said him it’s okay..nothing to worry about. Later he asked where I worked and on knowing that I work for Deloitte he was very elated and said oh that’s a very big company.. good to know. He said that in complete English language without fumbling a bit. I asked him how did he know about this organisation and then he said that his son has recently got placed in KONY company and has got a very big package ~7L and through him he knows a bit about few organisations in Hyderabad. I asked him how do you feel your son getting placed in a big MNC. He couldn’t even utter a word for first few seconds and started saying with heavy voice “I can’t describe you how elated I was when my son telephoned me and gave the news. I couldn’t even have my dinner on that night. Till this day when I remember that night I get nostalgic.” Then he started letting me know how much hardships he had faced for making his son study. His son was always a topper and had received a gold medal in his college. He knows the value of money and never demanded anything that wasn’t necessary. In fact, his teacher had to call his father to request him to buy a laptop for his son on EMI scheme. He still drives despite his son having a very handsome salary and takes pride in his work. He sometimes even picks his son while going back to home in the cab he drives everyday. I saw how happy he was with all the small things around him.
Upon reaching back my hotel , I inquired about him at the front desk as I wanted to give feedback about him and then I came to know from hotel employee over there that he had been working for Radisson from 2011 as chauffeur and had got numerous awards for best employee for his attitude. He was even the star employee for last whole year. Many foreigners who stay there regularly opt for him only as their chauffeur.
So what did I learn today?
Happiness is found in the simplest of things. Happiness is found in gratitude, in a kept promise, in a good conversation, in love, in friendship, in an achieved goal, in a fond memory; in all the simple magnificence of life.
-Dr. Steve Maraboli