Taxi driver sets example of Atithi Devo Bhava

Atithi Devo Bhava taxi driver R.P. Suyal mussoorie

Ajay Ramola



In a rare gesture of honesty nowadays, a taxi driver, an ex-serviceman returned a purse containing valuables and cash worth Rs 26020/-  to its rightful owner a tourist from Nagpur who had left it in driver’s vehicle while they travelling to Mussoorie from Dehradun on Tuesday.

The tourists Pradeep Talreja and his family from Nagpur, Maharashtra reached Dehradun by train on 30th Morning 8.00 am and booked two taxis for Mussoorie from the Dehradun Taxi Union managed taxi stand near Railway station. The Tourist family boarded out of taxis at Picture Palace Taxi stand in Mussoorie and as they were heading towards their hotel one of the tourist Pradeep realised that he had dropped his purse containing cash worth Rs   Rs 26020/-  and necessary documents such as Aadhar card, ATM Card etc in Taxi number UA 07M 7679. The tourist were shocked and had lost all their hopes of recovering the purse but when they contacted Mussoorie taxi association Gen Secretary Sunder Singh Panwar they were told that the driver of the vehicle R.P. Suyal who had left for Dehradun after dropping the said tourists at Mussoorie, on reaching Dehradun  contacted Sunder Singh Panwar and said that  if the tourists came to enquire about it at his office, they should be comforted by the fact that the purse was  safe with him. The tourists heaving a sigh of relief asked Sunder Panwar to call the driver up to Mussoorie so that the purse can be returned to them. R.P. Suyal leaving his booking rushed to Mussoorie and handed over the purse intact with the money and other valuable items in it.

The tourist was all praise for the driver and offered him money in return which the driver refused humbly. The tourists overawed with honesty of the driver kept Rs 1100 in his pocket for the loss he had to incur by leaving his booking for the day.

Pradeep Talreja said that they had come for Char Dham Yatra and thought of visiting Mussoorie too.  The tourists thanked the driver R.P. Suyal for returning the purse and said that they had heard that hilly people are honest but today they have got an opportunity to witness it in person.

The Driver RP Suyal said that if any other tourist would have boarded the taxi before he found it then it would have been difficult to recover. He said that the honesty was in blood of Uttarakhand and tourists for us our like gods hence we should do everything to make their visit pleasant.

The Mussoorie Taxi association Gen Secretary said that most of the drivers in the Dehradun and Mussoorie union are honest and have been given direction to behave with tourists in such a way that they take a good impression of the town and the state. The tourists posed a picture with the Driver at Picture Palace taxi stand on the occasion.