Two months ago, this incident happened when 68 years old Sarla Namboodri who runs Arunodaya English School in Chembur for primary and preprimary kids, took an auto from her institute to reach her car which was parked away from the institute.
Namboodri said, “I drive down to the school but I park my car a little away. As I have some difficulty in walking, after school, I take an auto to the car around 3 pm. After reaching my car, I realized that I had left my bag in the auto and I panicked.”
The bag contained Rs 80,000 cash that was collected from students as fees, Namboodiri’s credit and debit cards, Aadhar card, driving license, PAN card, car registration documents, two cell phones, house keys and locker keys.
“I live alone and the school was to going to be shut the next day. For a minute, I did not know what to do. I drove to the school and asked the peon to look for an auto. One of the peons went up to the main road and approached a paan vendor, who said that the auto driver had made a stop at his shop and that his name was Amit Gupta,” said Namboodiri.
Namboodri searched for the auto driver here and there but no clue was found so she took the help of the police. But as luck would have it, half an hour later, Gupta, the auto driver returned to the school with the bag. He told her that another passenger had spotted the bag and he remembered it was Namboodiri’s.
Further, Namboodri said, “After he left, it struck me that I hadn’t taken his contact details and I wanted to do something for him. I approached the paan vendor, but the phone number he gave me was wrong”. Later Namboodri went ill for few weeks but she continued the search for the auto driver. Earlier this week, she managed to trace Gupta and called him to the school.
“I found out that Amit Gupta wasn’t doing well financially. I learned that he had two kids but couldn’t afford to send them to school. Being a former teacher and with my experience in the education sector, I decided to provide his children free education,” said Namboodiri.
Gupta, the driver who doesn’t know about all this was awarded Rs 10,000. If he doesn’t bring her bag back she would face a lot of troubles.
Well after this incident we got to know that “Goodness is still alive”.