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Why This Coimbatore Auto Driver With a Postgrad Degree Gives Free Rides to Pregnant Women & Kids

He struggled to complete his education and gained his postgraduate degree with a government scholarship.

For many who aspire to reach great heights, the road is long and uphill. Only, a few of those find ways to engage in little acts of kindness, despite odds.

This is the story of Karuppusamy, a local hero from Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu, who gives free rides to schoolchildren and pregnant women in his autorickshaw.

Why this Coimbatore driver is giving free rides to pregnant women and school kids
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Most might say, what is so different about this story?

Here’s what sets Karuppusamy apart.

Karuppusamy is no ordinary autorickshaw driver. At 25, he has a post-graduate degree in Tamil literature.

Hailing from a poor family, he struggled his way to complete his education and gained his postgraduate degree with a government scholarship.

His aims to complete his MPhil in Tamil Literature. In order to fund his dreams, he turned to riding an auto-rickshaw.


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The rickshaw he currently drives was bought with the help of his friends and family. Despite having to save every penny to make ends meet for his MPhil programme and books, it doesn’t deter him from giving free rides to kids and mothers-to-be.

If you are visiting Coimbatore and decide to halt a rickshaw, be sure to spot this local hero and literary genius, who is not only helping others but also sharing the treasure of one of the world’s oldest language, with each of his customers!

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