I do not like to drive at night, fearful of unforeseen eventualities. Who knew trouble was waiting for me in broad day light under the bright sun!
I was driving on the highway on a summer afternoon under the blazing sun. Air conditioner was not able to cool the interior. All of a sudden a noise, “thud, thud, thud,” came from the front left wheel. “A flat tyre,” said my wife, “change it or lose the tyre.” Though technically not a “car breakdown on the highway,” we were immobile, nevertheless.
My unaccustomed knees were hurting, as I applied pressure on the spanner to loosen the bolts. Problem started, when I could not unscrew the jack. Helpless I was hoping for a miracle as cars zoomed past us.
“problem, sir!” a motorbike stopped and the rider asked, “may I help you?”
I was not sure, travelling with wife and daughter, if it was a wise move. My desperation got the better of me, as my wife and daughter were getting restless. The man deftly replaced flat tyre with the spare one. He did not use the jack. Instead raised the car with a few bricks collected from roadside.
I tried to thank the man and offered a hundred rupee note.
“sir only a human helps another,” said the man with folded hands, “I saw you are in trouble so I stopped.”
“Who is this man?” I wondered embarrassed at my earlier chain of thoughts, “who said we live in a dangerous world!”
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This is a post written in response to #TellTaleThursday prompt of Anshu and Priya. More posts in response to the prompt may be found here.