The Honest Auto Driver



Value- Truth

Sub value- Honesty

It was a cold and windy night. My friend and I met after a long time and were chatting for hours. We did not notice how time flew by and it was close to ten. We decided to take an auto rickshaw to go back to our room.

It started raining and we hurried to get into an auto rickshaw and reach our place. None of the auto rickshaws stopped for us, except for one.


The driver enquired where we wanted to go and we told him our destination. Without talking anything about the fare, he said, ‘please get in’! We thanked the auto driver for stopping for us.

Since it was very cold, I asked the driver to stop in the mid-way at any small restaurant or a tea shop. We wanted to have a cup of hot tea. The driver stopped near a small restaurant.

We ordered for tea and asked the driver to join us and have a cup of tea. The driver refused. I insisted him to take a cup as it would be refreshing. Again the driver refused politely.

My friend asked, ‘Will you not drink tea from this shop or what?’

Driver replied, ‘No Sir, I don’t feel like having tea now.’

I asked again, ‘But why, a cup of tea will do you no harm.’

Driver smilingly replied, ‘Thank you sir, but I’m sorry.’

My friend asked, ‘Don’t you ever have food or drinks outside?’

Driver said, ‘No!’

My friend got irritated and asked, ‘You think we are not your equal to share a cup of tea with you?’

Driver remained silent and didn’t reply.

I was really surprised at his behaviour and asked my friend not to compel him.

In 15 minutes, we reached our destination. We paid the fare and he thanked us. I stopped him, as I really wanted to ask him why he refused to drink the tea.

He thought for a minute, and replied, ‘Sir, my son passed away this noon in an accident. I don’t have enough money for his funeral. So I promised not to drink even water until I earn enough money for the funeral of my son. That’s why I didn’t drink tea when you offered. Please don’t mistake me.’

We both were shocked and offered him more money for his son’s funeral.

I said, ‘Please take this.’

He politely refused, ‘Thank you for your generosity sir. In one or two hours, if I get one or two more customers, I will earn the sufficient money I need.’ And he left the place.

He could have charged us double or even triple the usual rate due to rain. Still, he received the nominal auto fare. In spite of his poor financial condition, his deep sorrow, the auto driver remained honest and stood by his words.


Honesty is the best policy. Character of a person is determined in difficult situations. The right values of truth and honesty should become our nature. That will give us inner joy, peace as well as respect from others.


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