A little bit of kindness goes a long way, and we can agree with this from our life experiences. We always tend to remember people who help us when we feel very hopeless or are tormented. This is more apt in the case of strangers. This is because help from a stranger is the last thing one expects in such situations. A recent Twitter thread by ex-Google executive Parminder Singh, who recalled how a stranger saved his life when he was a child, led to many others sharing a similar experience.
Sharing his experience, Singh wrote, “When I was a kid, a stranger saved me from getting crushed by a reversing Ambassador car by lifting me up and putting me out of its way. All I know about him is he was wearing a silver HMT watch. What’s the kindest thing a complete stranger has done for you?”
When I was a kid, a stranger saved me from getting crushed by a reversing Ambassador car by lifting me up and putting me out of its way. All I know about him is he was wearing a silver HMT watch. What’s the kindest thing a complete stranger has done for you?#StrangerAngel— Parminder Singh (@parrysingh) January 21, 2023
He also narrated an intriguing story in which a stranger helped him at the Bali airport. Singh wrote that he was required to pay a departure tax in Indonesian Rupiah, which he did not have on him. A woman behind him paid for him, and despite his insistence on using his credit card to purchase anything, she declined. It turns out she worked for Microsoft, and he quipped that in that case, Microsoft had at least bailed out Google.
Bali airport had departure tax. Paid in IDR. Flying out after a Google offsite, I wasn’t carrying cash. Lady behind me paid for me. I insisted on buying her something with credit card, she refused. Turned out she worked for Microsoft! At least here, Microsoft bailed out Google!— Parminder Singh (@parrysingh) January 22, 2023
Several users who joined this Twitter thread shared their heartwarming stories. One tweet read, “Reached Yamuna Nagar middle of the night alone. No mobile. Old sardarji uncle took me home to his family. Made me sleep with his daughter. Morning gave me chini paratha & chai and then got me a rickshaw to drop me at my destination. Only thing I remember is his red turban.”
Reached Yamuna Nagar middle of the night alone. No mobile. Old sardarji uncle took me home to his family. Made me sleep with his daughter. Morning gave me chini paratha & chai and then got me a rickshaw to drop me at my destination ♥️ Only thing I remember is his red turban— MomWhoLifts #MaskUp (@apsapre) January 21, 2023
Another user narrated her experience of help from strangers after a major car accident. She wrote that the strangers, college-going boys, helped her family out from the crushed her and took them to the hospital. “Never seen them, but will forever be grateful for saving mom,” she concluded.
Mom and dad were in a car crash. Dad died on the spot, mom suffered grave injuries. Some boys were on their way to college. They pulled out my parents from the mangled car, rushed mom to a nearby hospital and left. Never seen them, but will forever be grateful for saving mom.— Shweta Baxi Tyagi (@baxishweta) January 21, 2023
Here are a few more responses;
Pre Atal tunnel. Decided to cross Rohtang (on 1971 RE) post 7pm. Caught in a river of slush while descending. Temp dropping very quickly. Low O2. No even a bulb in sight. Engines dead. A Mahindra Xylo came out no where. Helped us start the bike. Stayed behind us all the way.— Kshitij Salve (@JaisiAapkiMasti) January 21, 2023
First time on foreign soil, yr 2004 UK. I didn’t know how to cook and I would walk to a restaurant 5 km from my place. the restaurant owner, a Pakistani uncle asked me why am I so tired. I told him and from that day till my last day in UK he would bring me food at my place.— brijrajsingh (@brijrajsingh) January 22, 2023
Parminder Singh served as managing director of Twitter Asia and was formerly in charge of Google’s display advertising business in Asia-Pacific.
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