The Story Of The Happiest Man In Mumbai

An Inspiring Tale To Start The Day!

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Some say happiness is driven by factors beyond our control while others implore to look within self to discover the same. As a concept, it is tricky but the subjectivity of happiness allows us to move beyond any definition and explore the many different ways in which we perceive it.

Today maybe one of those days when you’ll be reminded that happiness is indeed all about finding that place, that zone that encapsulates all the good things for you, mentally.

Humans of Bombay has featured a story about a creative spirit who also just happens to be an auto-driver. He’s been driving his auto in Mumbai for the last 40 years and goes on to explain why he does it.

The concept of a 9-5 job got too mechanical for me. There was nothing wrong with the company, but I hated the monotony to the point where I was unhappy. One morning, I woke up and quit. I didn’t really have a plan, but I knew I was passionate about a lot of things like meeting new people, photography and sketching. I didn’t want to be confined to a space… I wanted to be free so I purchased this auto rickshaw a few months later because I knew I would be able to meet all kinds of people and have the time to stimulate my creativity.”

He says that to pursue his passion for photography, he learned the art from various studios across the mega-city. His passion has taken him to places around the world like the UK, Africa, UAE etc. And regardless of the places he visits, he is proud to be an auto-driver from Mumbai.

He signs off with this gem of an advice:

Happiness is something that no amount of money can ever buy, and once you know have that you’re the richest person in the world— and that’s how I feel. I feel on top of the world, every single day.

Needless to say, this is one of the most honest and inspiring stories to have come out of the initiative of Humans of Bombay and one we can all learn something from.

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Shivansh Mishra (WRITER)

Shivansh describes himself as a Development Professional, writer, bibliophile, gourmand and a cinema lover, wrapped in one giant package. A fiction reader, he believes writing to be a medium of liberation and equally loves to write about both socio-political issues and movies, all with a tinge of satire. His favorite authors include Premchand, Vrindavanlal Verma, J.K. Rowling and Gabriel Garcia Márquez.