November the 5th the day I can never forget in my life.
I am not sure how am I suppose to put this incident into words, but I feel its worth sharing. A incident which has restored my faith into Rickshawala’s.
A usual Saturday morning, I was all set to leave Pune city but before leaving I was suppose to meet my cousin. So I hired a rickshaw from Wadia College. For the first time ever, To my surprise the Rickshawala didn’t asked for extra fare and he just put the meter ON. (For all those who don’t know Rickshawalas in Pune usually will ask for extra cash)
So, I kept my luggage on the seat and bag pack in the trunk and we were all set to go. I was busy with my phone and in no time we reached our destination.
As soon as we reached the destination, I asked him how much should I pay? He replied ” Jo meter pae dikh raha hai.”
Well, I couldn’t digest the fact that he didn’t asked for extra money. So I kindly said him ” I have been living in Pune since 7 years but no Rickshawala have ever taken be by meter, you are the first one”. He replied me “Thank you beta and left with a big smile on his face.”
Just when he left, I realised I had forgot my backpack in the trunk of rickshaw. I wasn’t able to think about anything at that very moment but as soon as I came to my senses I rushed to the nearest Rickshaw stand to check if he was there? But he was long gone.
For me My World was shattered. I couldn’t think of anything, but I had hope that he will come. He will come. He seemed liked a good person.
Later after waiting for half an hour, I went to the society watchman to tell him if in case a Rickshaw wala comes with a blue backpack just let me know.
While walking back towards to my cousins place, I was cursing myself for being so careless. Thinking about all the valueable stuff I had in my bag. Just at that very moment, Rickshaw wala showed up with a big smile on his face saying “bhaiya aap apna bag bhul gaye they.” I literally broke down into tears when he handed me my backpack. He then just hugged me and said “Tu toh betey jaisa hai? koi apne betey sae koi thodi chori kareyga.”
I had nothing to say at that moment. Tears were rolling off my eyes.
I offered him 100rs and he replied “Nai beta. Bas dua doh aap. paisa nai chaiye.” and he just left with a big smile on his face.
If God exists, its within you. Show your respect and kindness towards others as No act of kindness ever get wasted. “Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver.”
I hope this message reaches to you sir. Restoring faith in the hearts of many of us and humanity. Hats off to you sir. A face I will never forgot. A experience I will never forget.
From the bottom of my heart “Thank you again sir.”
“Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.”
Submitted By – Milan Vaghela
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Even at 76, Pradip Burman, the zestful chairman of Mobius Foundation radiates a contagious enthusiasm when he is talking about sustainability. The environmental crusader, better known to many as the great-grandson of Dabur founder Dr S.K.Burman, has devoted substantial attention towards promoting the concept of sustainability in all aspects of life. He refuses to conform to the convenience and comfort in today’s world which ultimately adds on to the adverse effects of climate change.
Talking to The Logical Indian, Burman emphasised why sustainability as a concept is indispensable for us. “We ought to be aware of what lies ahead of us. Soon we will finish the oil, iron, tin, and coal, and our next generations will be left with nothing. Recycling, banning plastics, stop felling trees for paper… This should become a part of everyone’s lifestyle,” he urges.
Traditional wisdom and modern research
A mechanical engineer from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA, Burman had always nurtured a keen interest in helping the society, as evident from his graduation project of designing a sonic aid for the visually challenged, which detected obstacles in the way using ultrasonic wave signals.
As an executive for the nature-centric company Dabur, Burman has always opted for natural alternatives to solve his everyday problems like taking Ayurvedic medicine to cure his Arthritis. He later launched the veterinary wing for Dabur – Ayurvet – which provides nature-friendly solutions for animal health care.
A patron of the ancient scientific wisdom of India, Burman always hailed the confluence of “traditional knowledge and modern research”, which he advocated as the Ayurvet motto.
As part of the CSR initiative of Dabur, Pradip Burman founded SUNDESH (Sustainable Development Society) which has been tirelessly working for last 25 years in remote villages for uplifting the rural communities in an environmentally sustainable way.
An advocate of sustainability
Burman believes that sustainability is the indispensable mantra for the world at present. Due to uncontrolled utilisation of the planet’s resources by human beings, the world today stands at a juncture of destabilisation. Today the human race has reached the pinnacle of progress but the advancement is happening in a very unsustainable manner.
Through energy-efficient use of everyday essentials like transport, communication, altered habits of diet, clothing and daily living, some crusaders of sustainability try to reduce their carbon footprint. Pradip Burman’s Mobius Foundation is one of the forerunners toward sustainability goals.
Mobius Foundation aims to change the sustainability dynamics
In 2015, Burman paved the way for the start of Mobius Foundation, focused on sustainability. Named after 18th-century German mathematician August Ferdinand Mobius, the famous Mobius strip has an important philosophical significance. The extraordinary shape symbolises balance and union.
Similar is the essence of Mobius Foundation which wishes to enhance the “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” principle to a widespread basis in India, helping generations to come.
Founder Pradip Burman wishes to achieve notable development in education, population stabilisation and renewable energy projects.
A dream school in the making
At Coorg, Pradip Burman’s Mobius Foundation is constructing the World Environment School, Coorg (WESc) where the curriculum will surpass the boundaries of books and classrooms, with a special focus on hands-on learning in close collaboration with the environment. Amidst the pristine natural beauty of Coorg, the school will nurture young minds to grow up into future green leaders. As of now, the school will be open to teenagers, welcoming students from standards 6 to 12.
Needless to say, World Environment School will be the first-of-its-kind not only in India but also in entire South Asia. The school is expected to start from March 2020.
The school promises to nurture the responsible behaviour of citizens of our future.
The Sustainability Conference of 2019
In 2019, the Mobius Foundation has planned an international conference, on the lines of the celebrated earth summits over the past decade. The 2019 International Conference on Sustainability Education (ICSE 2019) aims to bring together environmental activists, practitioners of sustainable development as well as climate change experts to help develop a sustainability-focused curriculum.
It is surmised that the conference will give a platform to innovative concepts of Sustainability Education including an essential change in the existing education system ensuring a wholesome personal development for a student.
The Sustainability crusader
The Mobius founder strongly believes that it is high time to sprout sustainability awareness among a society drowning in consumerism and unknowingly doing irreparable harm to the planet, every second. The best way to achieve this goal is through education which is available to all. At present, the education system is predominantly career-oriented, making the learners a victim of materialism, and thus, their dreams are also outlined in those colours.
Living beyond the limits
When asked about his wish to attain the age of hundred, he strongly asserts that more than becoming a centurion, he wishes his life and work continue to better the society even in his absence. “I have lived my life. I wish that whatever I start before I go, will continue – for the betterment of my country,” says Mr Pradip Burman.
He is also a trustee of the Climate Reality Project – India (affiliated to Mr. Al Gore of the Climate Reality Project Foundation, USA). Climate Reality Project, India, has been actively engaged igniting the spark and spreading the message of climate change amongst educators, policy makers and civil society. The India branch looks after more than 500 trained Climate Leaders, and more than 900 volunteers spread all over the country.
In his journey, Pradip Burman has been a beacon of hope for millions, motivating many to join the movement for sustainability. We wish he continues his tireless efforts for promoting sustainability awareness and inspire generations to come.