Be The Change: The Story of Rajesh Yadav

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Rajesh Yadav
Jeetendra Wagh
Jeetendra Wagh

I came across a story shared by Jeetendra Wagh on Facebook which has gone viral with over 1200 shares. In the wake of all the scams and ghotalas, murders and robberies in the city, it was a pleasant surprise; for two reasons. Firstly, because someone who had a chance to be dishonest had chosen honesty and secondly because an average, busy Mumbaite like you and me, had taken the time share his experience. To me, this is the reason why MumbaiMag.com was started – to share inspiring stories that give this city it’s true character. Mr. Wagh shared his with MumbaiMag.com and here it is:

A few days back, precisely on 24th September 2012, I lost my Samsung Galaxy Note in an autorickshaw at around 9 PM. I just forgot to pick it up and the auto went. After half an hour of dialing my number from a nearby Vadapav vendor’s phone, I gave up and went home.

Rajesh Yadav
Rajesh Yadav

At home, disappointed and sad, I went to my room while my 6 year old daughter who was with me, told my wife that we had lost our mobile. My wife too started calling my number in panic. Then within 10 minutes, my wife got a call from an unknown number. There was a man who told that he had got a mobile on his rickshaw seat, that too was pointed out to him by a passenger!

He was in Malad and said since he did not know how to take calls on my phone, he called my wife’s number, which was flashing on my mobile. We were so relieved! I told him to meet me midway somewhere. He also asked my bike details and after half an hour I and my son went to meet him on a bridge.

The guy had no airs about himself. He said he did not see the mobile at all. When he took a new passenger, the passenger saw it and told him about it. And then he called us. He did not even have any charge on his own mobile. He bought Rs 30 recharge and then called on my wife’s number. His name is Rajesh Yadav. We were so happy, my son asked to take his photo. He happily posed but said please do not give it to some paper, he said he did not want any publicity. Waah! (Newspaper reporters please note. We are a blog 🙂 )

So there are people like Rajesh Yadav who keep this world from going down. He very reluctantly took some money I offered him, and was mostly detached from phone or the money. His words, “सर जो मेरी नहीं वो मेरे किस काम की”. There is a lesson in it for all our politicians, builders, and businessmen.

Interesting thing is, he called me at 11.30 PM, and told me that he had found another mobile and was going to meet the owner once again. Ha ha! He asked me, “Sir what is this?”. I told him, “God is testing you by offering you costly mobiles in your rickshaw!”. But hats off to his honesty! Anybody would have tried to sell it and got a few thousand rupees easily.

“It is said that power corrupts, but actually it’s more true that power attracts the corruptible. The sane are usually attracted by other things than power.” – David Brin. A quote on Jeetendra Wagh’s profile is a reflection of what he believes in and has witnessed in Mumbai.

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Founding Editor at MumbaiMag, graffiti and street art lover, traveller, blogger and amateur photographer, slave to Thor, my Lab.

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Garima Sharma

Garima Sharma
Founding Editor at MumbaiMag, graffiti and street art lover, traveller, blogger and amateur photographer, slave to Thor, my Lab.
  • Asha Bhardwaj

    Very interesting and nice story,ri