A ride with a difference


Maa Ulaa, a bike-taxi service run entirely by the differently-abled, claims to be the first of its kind in the country. AKILA KANNADASAN meets the people behind it

If there’s one thing that K. Balaji hates more than being unemployed, it’s being patronised. Which is why the differently-abled 34-year-old gave up his job of making PowerPoint presentations for a small company. But life went on — he had a scooter and kept himself occupied by riding to meditation classes in the evenings. “I would drop Ramalingam, a friend, every day after class, and he casually mentioned that I should do this as a paid service,” remembers Balaji. “I thought I should give it a try.”

Balaji’s first savari was from Royapuram. “I approached a young man, asking if he wanted a ride. I felt awkward at first, but I wanted this to work,” he smiles. The youngster, although a little puzzled, hopped on, and gave Balaji Rs. 20 once he was dropped off at his destination. “I was so thrilled,” says Balaji. He knew then what he was going to do with his life — start a bike-taxi service. “But not just any bike-taxi service; one that was operated entirely by the differently-abled,” he adds....................Read more

 

Source: The Hindu


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