Delhi Daredevils: How a Prodigal Wallet Came Home Thanks to a DTC Bus Driver

This story of a random act of good citizenship comes from Delhi, a megapolis that is often in the news for all the wrong reasons.

The incident shows that even small acts of thoughtfulness and decency can mean a lot to someone, apart from restoring our collective faith in the basic goodness of the people around us.

Sunita Dua

It happened when Sunita Dua, a resident of Gurgaon, lost her wallet. From not even realising that her wallet was stolen, to getting it back from a complete stranger, Sunita narrated her story on Facebook.

“How do I begin to tell you the story & miracle of my Lost Wallet! Yesterday, I went with my family to Nagpal for their amazing chole bhature where my wallet got stolen from my hand bag. As soon as I got home I received a call from someone who said he had found a wallet in Sarai Kale Khan and he wanted to hand it over to the owner. I insisted I had not lost any wallet and thought it was a hoax call. Then he asked ‘aap Sunita Dua hain?’ I ran to my bag and opened it to find my wallet stolen. I said ‘yes, main hi hoon aur mera wallet missing hai.’

He introduced himself as Pramod Kumar driver of Delhi Transport Company DTC of Red Bus No. 8751. He had found the wallet in a place where they stop to urinate in Sarai Kale Khan. He said that there was no money in the wallet. I asked him what about my credit cards and Driving License & Pan Card. It was all there to my relief! He asked me to meet him at 7.00 am at the Kapashera Bus depot where they usually halt for pickup and drop. Well folks, you can imagine my plight. My hubby fully trusted him whereas I was skeptical. In today’s world where media TV and Newspapers portray all negative aspects, how could a truthful honest bus driver call to return my wallet? It seemed so unreal.

Today morning, my husband and I went to the bus depot and the red bus stopped. Pramod, the bus driver, handed me the wallet with every card and papers intact. I’m still in a daze. Insaniyat is still alive! For me he is a farishta, an honest citizen of India. Sadly such honorable gestures go unnoticed and least I can repay Pramod Kumarji is by sharing this incident with you all so that our faith in humanity stays alive!

I thank him sincerely and pray for his welfare. God bless him and his family! For me, it’s indeed a miracle! Wallet stolen in Lajpat Nagar found in Sarai Kale Khan and handed over in Gurgaon. I feel so blessed!”

Such seemingly small gestures can make big differences. As Sunita says, “Can you imagine going through the procedure of making my driving license, PAN card and aadhar card all over again? Would have been a long drawn affair he has kindly saved me from. Not to mention the credit cards!”

There were more than 50 comments on this Facebook post by Sunita. Here are a few:

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Delhi does not exactly have the best reputation when it comes to its bus drivers, so when one of them does something so wonderful, praise is always due. In an age of widespread scams, corruption, greed, indifference, and selfishness, honesty needs to be encouraged and celebrated. Let’s hope DTC authorities and the city administration take note of  Pramod Kumar’s selfless actions and he gets the praise and recognition he deserves.

Pramod is the driver of DTC Red Bus No DL1PC 8751 (Badge No. 91039)

Those who wish to see him get some recognition can contact the Delhi Transportation Corporation (DTC) by writing to Dr. R S Minhar, Deputy Chief General Manager PR, at [email protected] to commend his good deed.

– Shonu Nangia

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About the author: Shonu Nangia is an Associate Professor of Foreign Languages (French and Spanish) at LSU-Alexandria, USA.

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