Helpful people

I had a rough day yesterday. Well, the day went fine but the way it ended ruined the entire day. My car broke down on my way home from work. It was around 730 pm. I was stuck at SF at nursery signal, in the middle of the road with fast moving traffic passing by me on both sides. Somehow I managed to get out of my car and looked around for help. I found myself right in front of Nursery bus stand. I waved to the people standing there and they did not hesitate a moment and came to push my car to road side. Then one of them lifted the hood and started inspecting my car. Apparently it was heated up, for reasons beyond my comprehension because I check the fluids in my car regularly.

Anyway, the man who was helping me out, my savior, sends another man to get water and quenched the thirst of my dehydrated vehicle. In the mean time, a baba also stopped by and asked me if I needed help. He insisted on staying and checked my car and said it was heated up because the water had dried up. I already knew that but I appreciated his concern. Long story short, several people were there to help me out of the difficult situation. After about an hour or so my car was all cooled down and started with a blink.

This incident wiped away my fears that someday I will be stranded somewhere in the middle with no one to help me. Karachi people are not as indifferent and insensitive as they may seem.

4 Comments so far

  1. JonyBr (unregistered) on December 20th, 2005 @ 1:54 pm

    Haha…happens to me every now & then (A). I think twice my car broke on SF & everytime i found some mobile mechanic in no time. I always wondered if thats what they do for living, thousands of cars there, i m sure few breaks down every day.

  2. tanzilla (unregistered) on December 20th, 2005 @ 2:54 pm

    You guys r so very right in pointing this aspect out. I crib a lot about the typical male loafer behaviour of pakistani males, but this wouldnt stop me from admiting that whenever i have gotten stuck at with my car’s back firing. i have always been helped by strangers. The first time i had an accident, they took care of me and helped me in regaining control of the situation. At one pont in tiem, i got stuck at a very isolated road patch and this stanger popped out of nowehere asked me to sit in the car while he tinkered with the engine and brought it back to life. i v also been helped at one time by the mobile mechanic and i was amazed as to how these people came to recognize this market niche and the prospects.

  3. misha (unregistered) on December 20th, 2005 @ 5:09 pm

    As long as the problem isn’t one that could involve anyone who helps in legal issues, such as an accident or shooting victims or some such, people are very helpful. If, however, God forbid, you had been the victim of an accident and unconscious, few would have exposed themselves to the scrutiny of the legal system by going out of their way to assist you. It’s sad, but it’s great to hear the community spirit is still alive. :)

  4. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on December 20th, 2005 @ 7:22 pm

    Umer thank you for narrating the better and positive side of Karachi – its often overlooked how there is a small human inside the busy-as-hell Karachite we see everywhere.


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