December 20, 2002 

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Rajan, Maharajas Studio, Peroorkada, Thiruvananthapuram

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Rajan, owner of Maharajas Studio at Peroorkada, Thiruvananthapuram, was disturbed by the sight of mothers carrying babies, standing in the sun, waiting for the bus near his shop.

And so he decided to put up plastic chairs around the gulmohar tree at the bus stop.  Many people tried to dissuade him from the venture, saying drunkards would make it a haven.

Undaunted by their apprehensions, he put up 11 chairs.  “Surprisingly, no drunkard has ever sat on it.  It is more than a month since those chairs were put up, and forget stealing, there has not even been a tiny damage to the chairs”, he adds.

A camaraderie has developed among commuters with people taking turns in using chairs and even old people making way for women.

There has been widespread appreciation of the gesture.  Sarojam, who sells vegetables from door to door, says, “It is such a relief to be able to sit on a chair and wait for the bus back home, after hours of walking.”

The happiest are the aged, the pregnant and mothers commuting with children.

“These are little things that anyone can do and ought to do.  It didn’t cost me much, but gave a huge satisfaction,” he says.

Commuters sitting on the chairs


Courtesy: The New Indian Express, October 1, 2002

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