Apr 13

A Random Act of Kindness by a Stranger #AtoZChallenge 2015 @AprilA2Z

‘K is for Kindness | Positive & Inspired Living A To Z’

KindnessThe year was 2009. At the time, I was single, living in Mumbai and working as a Research Analyst for a Financial Services firm.

On the surface, it was like any other day. I boarded my regular train to work. My mind, however, was in a huge turmoil. Sometimes, when we overanalyze the small little things in our lives, then add a dash of guilt and a heavy dose of self-pity to it, we can feel the weight of the world on our shoulders. I can see that now. However, at the time I just could not seem to stop the downward spiral of my thoughts.

It was at this point that I heard a voice break into my thoughts..”Beta (Child)…” Before I could figure out the source of the voice, I felt a hand on my shoulder. After the initial shock and disorientation that I felt, I realized that the lady beside me was trying to get my attention and say something.

This is what she said: “Beta (Child), I see that you are disturbed about something. I don’t know what you are going through. I don’t even know who you are. However, there is one thing that I do know. I know that it will all be ok. I know this because nothing really bad can happen to good people. So, cheer up.”

In my state of utter surprise, all I could really come up with was a “Thank You..Thank you so much Aunty”.

That little exchange on the train jolted me out of my melancholy mood, instantly. I realized how trivial my problems were, and was totally amazed at the kindness of a random stranger. She did not know me at all. She could have cared less about what I was going through. But she chose to reach out and offer comfort.

After all these years, that time in my life, that train ride, and that lady, appear to be from a different lifetime. However, I never quite forgot how she made me feel that day.

Kindness might just be a word, but one word of kindness can have a huge impact on someone.

Have you ever experienced kindness from unexpected quarters?

Lots of Love


This post is written for the AtoZChallenge2015.



  1. How wonderful to meet such a kind person at the exact moment that you needed one! ☺ Yes, I have been pleasantly surprised by unexpected acts of kindness (but not all that often), and try to help those in need as well.
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  2. Thanks Shanaya. Yes, I once received a similar blessing of encouragement from someone of a different faith and culture to me. This woman was not allowed to uncover her hair in public, yet when she realised I was about to lose my hair due to chemotherapy, she took off her beautiful scarf in a restaurant and taught me how to fold it. I’ve never forgotten the way she reached out to me at a time I felt so low.
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  3. This brought a tear to my eye, because it speaks volumes about the kindness of strangers and where would we be without our fellow beings? I am so glad we have stories like this to look back upon in the midst of our worries. Lovely, Shantala.
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  4. Yes I have and its was a big boost to my morale. Such an inspiring post. 🙂
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  5. Awww such people are rare these days.

    I’m glad you got to meet someone like this.
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  6. Small acts of kindness do have huge impact.
    Good to know about your experience Shanaya.. 🙂

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  7. How sweet of that lady – that is true kindness. Thanks for sharing your story.
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  8. Oh yes! So many times! The world is of kind people.
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  9. Yes I did have experienced unexpected kindness, specially when I a riding… a couple of times I had total strangers who helped me when I fell once right in the middle of the road, another time My bike could not start and I found a guy in a uniform from maruthi motors come right upto me and helped me start the bike…
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  10. Bless her…I met an angel too, also in Mumbai. I had written a post on it for an online magazine, here’s the link if you wish to read it. http://www.lassiwithlavina.com/24_7_talkischeap/it-was-a-dark-and-stormy-night-in-bombay/html

  11. Fully agree with you, Shantala. Just a kind word can go a long way. I have experienced it and still cannot forget about certain instances to this day.
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  12. What a lovely experience on the train. I had two experiences of kindness when I was travelling. I had been backpacking for a year around Australia and was on my way home via Malaysia. I was low on funds and had booked into a hotel for a week, not realising how far away it was from everything and buying food in the hotel was too expensive, so I was worried about starving, And add to this on my first day arriving I took a shower and as I stepped out of the shower I slipped and sprained my ankle badly, it was swollen up like a balloon. I had to pay for the doctor to come in an tend to me and my funds were so low. I hobbled down to the pool area and lay there feeling quite sorry for myself and stressed. I was then blessed with talking to a lovely English couple who saw me hobbling and they took me under their wing and took me out to dinner and for days out by taxi and really looked after me for 3 whole days. Once they left I felt so blessed and I lay by the pool again and another couple came and talked to me and they also took me under their wing for the remainder of my stay there. The universe was very much taking care of me that week and always does.
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  13. Super like 😀
    I must say many times
    And hopefully offered kindness a few times myself

  14. It seems you were touched by an angel. That was indeed very kind of her. 🙂
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  15. Every day I try to commit at least one act of random kindness. If everyone did, the world would be a better place.

    –Mee (The Chinese Quest)
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  16. She was such an amazing person. Reaching out for strangers is no small thing but sometimes, all these small acts of kindness can bright up someone’s life instantly.
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  17. What a lovely woman. I have experienced random acts of kindness and hope I’ve spread a few. I’ve witnessed my children stepping forward to help a child or an elderly person without being asked and I think those are my proudest moments as a mother.

  18. Yes, I’ve had a couple of such experience. But main thing is that we need to pass it on and the cycel will continue. Great post!
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  19. Yes, I’ve experienced kindness like that, and I try to share it with others.
    Thanks for sharing this!
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  20. How lovely is the kindness of strangers! I honestly thing stranger kindness is the very best sort. I always find compliments from strangers to mean the very most. I am linking to fellow bloggers writing about “K is for Kindness” on my blog today so I will be sure to include your lovely post!
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  21. So kind of her to talk to you and leave such an everlasting memory. Random acts of kindness are never forgotten. 🙂
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  22. A little kindness can go a long way in helping someone go through their life in a better way. The world surely needs more kindness.
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  23. How wonderful of that lady to say something that you needed to hear that day!! It is true that one small, thoughtful gesture can make someone day, for we do not know what kind of battle they might be fighting! 🙂
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  24. Being kind to others is not very difficult, but we do not care, and blame it on our “hectic lives”. What a stranger understood, many of our own kin do not.

  25. This is such a heart warming anecdote. 🙂
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  26. That’s sweet that she brought you out of your miserable mindset! 😉 <3
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  27. I love random acts of kindness. You have no idea how it can help some people. That’s a wonderful situation that occurred for you. I’ve had several acts of kindness too and I feel ever so grateful. One thing that happened a couple of years ago was when I was at a set of traffic lights near home, I heard someone suddenly tapping on my window. It was a stranger who told me my back tyre was flat. He then changed my tyre for me {as I have no idea and was going to call roadside assistance!} which was just a really nice thing to do!
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  28. That was so nice of the stranger on the train, Shantala. I have had such situations too which make me wonder firstly as to why was I chosen for the random act of kindness. Later I realize the purpose of it and feel happy or blessed. Thanks for sharing ! 🙂
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  29. I’ve not experienced it. But surely it must have been really comforting for you to receive it unexpectedly.

  30. Hi Shanaya,

    Awesome writeup. Since i too am from Mumbai, i have also encountered such amazing warmth by strangers.Could totally relate to what u say. It is,when chips are down and unknown people say something positive that we feel all will be well soon.

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