The Good Samaritan

3 Jan

That’s me !!!!

tell you why …

So here I was standing right out Hertiage Fresh and having soup when this couple drive in with their Zen car. They keep the engine on and get in to make purchase. I was like – Maybe they are going to make quick purchase and be a back in  jiffy.

But no! 5 min later they were still making their purchases and the car engine was still on. That is pollution … Big Time ! Not to mention waste of petrol .  When i finished my soup and couldn’t stand it anymore, I went in and spoke to the guy who drove the car .

” Excuse me , I couldn’t help notice but I see you have kept the car engine on … Maybe you should switch it off ” .

He dint bat eyelid ,smiled and without any fuss , said ” You are right.. Sorry about that . Kept it on because my mom is inside. But I will switch it off” .

And off he went and duly switched off the engine . Meanwhile, I got on my bike and started it when he came in asked , ” Hi , are you an environmentalist? studying environmental science?engineer?” ….

I told him – Heck no .. I am not even an environmental activist . But that doesn’t mean i cant point it out to you .. right? I hope I dint offend you in anyway.

” Not at all. Good job”, he smiled …

Boy, was i happy or what? My good deed for the day , lord.. ain’t that swell!

But the incident got me thinking. Big Insights..

  • He was not illiterate. And from the way he spoke , definitely not unaware about climate problems and  pollution either. But still he was caught in the act of wasting petrol. why did he do that ? How can we prevent people from wasting petrol and other energy resources in our own small yet significant way?
  • Why did he think that I had to be a environmental science student or a activist or an engineer to point it to him? Why is he waiting for such people to come and tell him straight when he himself  can be an environmental evangelist without  any tags? Just be  a concerned-well informed citizen. How difficult can that be. huh?

But you know what ?

I felt good about what I did. Made me feel responsible and made me feel powerful . As if – I have it in me to make the change – kind felling.

Not exactly the epitome of modesty. Am i ? 🙂

But think about it. How many times have you seen such incidents where your friend, relative or just about any stranger waste petrol or cause massive pollution and yet you let it pass without thinking twice about it?

Try to be proactive for a change. See the difference you make for yourself . The sense of empowerment, happiness, success which sweeps over you when you do a good Samaritan act.

So.. I was thinking . Now that i did something good . Did i earn a Bournville?

5 Responses to “The Good Samaritan”

  1. triplicani January 3, 2009 at 7:12 pm #

    That is really a good appreciative action.

    You are right. Each person contribute in his small way when noticing something wrong happening.

    Brings to my mind the occasion when I taped lessons for blind students. The happiness I got was immense and can’t be described.

    Also coming to my mind is one occasion when my son was being ragged by some other boys and one of my friend’s wife, who was witness to that didn’t try to help my son.

    Your action motivates me.

    Best Wishes and a very happy new year.
    R Sathyamurthy

  2. Maggy January 4, 2009 at 3:02 am #

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  3. spartanvikas January 5, 2009 at 2:47 pm #


    thanks for the inputs. and i loved your site as well.

    tell me more about it .

  4. shraddha January 7, 2009 at 8:03 am #

    Hi Vikas,

    I am soooooo proud of u… thats a very good thing u did… when will people realise the value of our environment….


  5. spartanvikas January 7, 2009 at 10:36 am #

    thanks for your encouragement , shraddha ..

    If you have similar such incidents feel free to share it here

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