July 6th, 2015
Image Source: The Indian Express
There are some incidents in the life of a person that change his life for forever. For Vijay Thakur, that day was the day when he couldn’t find a taxi for his pregnant wife and she was suffering from pain nearly three decades ago. “For half an hour, I hailed auto-wallahs while my wife sat in pain,” Thakur told The Indian Express.
That day he promised himself that he would become a taxi driver and offer free service to all patients at any time of the day. Back in 1984, Thakur, who is now 73, had been a mechanical engineer working with Larsen and Toubro. He left his job and bought a Fiat and started his taxi service.
His cab has his phone number prominently painted on it, in case an ailing person needs to contact him in an emergency. His visiting card reads, ‘Free service for hospitalized patients’. He continues the service throughout the night and has ferried many patients to hospitals at wee hours of the night.
In 1999, he lost his only son, Amit, to cancer. The boy was 19 years old. Four years later, the couple adopted a little girl, whom they have named Khushi. Now she is 13.