Mumbai Man Sold His House, Sleeps In His Auto. His Story Is Viral

 Mumbai Man Sold His House, Sleeps In His Auto. His Story Is Viral

Offers of help have poured in for an auto driver from Mumbai.

Help has been pouring in for an auto rickshaw driver in Mumbai whose heart-wrenching story was shared by 'Humans of Bombay' yesterday. In his interview with 'Humans of Bombay', Mr Desraj revealed that after losing both his sons, it was the responsibility of providing for his grandchildren and daughters-in-law that gave him the strength to keep going. 

"Six years ago, my oldest son disappeared from home; he left for work as usual but never returned," said Mr Desraj, who plies his auto near Khar in Mumbai. 

His son's body was found a week later. He had died at the age of 40, but his elderly father did not even get the time to mourn him. "A part of me died with him, but burdened by responsibilities, I didn't even have the time to mourn - the next day, I was back on the road, driving my auto," said Mr Desraj. 

Two years later, he lost his other son to suicide. 

"It was the responsibility of my daughter-in-law and their four children that kept me going," says Mr Desraj. 

When his granddaughter, then in Class 9, asked if she would have to quit school, Mr Desraj assured her that she would be able to study as much as she wanted.

To earn for the family, he started working longer hours - leaving home at 6 AM and driving his auto till midnight to earn around ₹ 10,000 a month. Of this amount, ₹ 6,000 went into paying for the education of his grandchildren, leaving ₹ 4,000 to feed a family of seven.

"On most days, we'd barely have anything to eat," says Mr Desraj.

However, he says, everything was worth it when his granddaughter scored 80 per cent in her Class 12 Board Exams. The whole day, he gave free rides to customers to celebrate her achievement.

But when his granddaughter said that she wanted to travel to Delhi for a B.Ed course, Mr Desraj knew he wouldn't be able to afford it.