“I don’t have the change” was Vasu’s reply when the taxi driver asked him for an exact two rupee change.
The driver searched through his pocket and then counted his pennies but he did not had the exact change. “I don’t have the exact change but here is a lottery ticket of the same price, if you want you can keep it and try your luck said the driver as an unfazed Vasu looked on.
Already late to catch his train back home, he took the lottery in hand, had a look at it and then kept it folded in his wallet. He walked towards the railway station carrying his suitcase with him. The lottery ticket had the winning amount of Rs one crore and the result was to be declared three days later.
It was in the middle of the night when Vasu reached his place, traveling through an auto rickshaw. “How much?” Vasu asked the driver for the fare as he got down. “It would be forty two rupees” he said. He took out his wallet and handed him four notes of 10 rupees. He started searching his wallet for the pennies and then his pockets but could not find any. “I don’t have the two rupee” he told the driver hoping that he would let that go. The driver stared at him and said “Sahab, check properly, even a two rupee makes a difference in our life” the driver remarked. “I don’t’ have any. I could have brought the change if the shops were open, but its not. Where should I bring an exact change in the middle of the night?” Vasu flared up. The driver still did not change his stand.
Standing outside his building, he remembered about the lottery ticket and took it out from his wallet. “Here is a lottery ticket of the same amount, you can take it and then sell it to someone else or you can try your luck with it” said Vasu handing over the ticket and waiting for the driver to take it. The driver took the ticket in his hand, looked over it and then said “Kya sahab aap bhi….” made a face and then started his engine and took off.
A couple of days later in the morning when Vasu woke up and took the paper to read. The headline read “Beggar becomes a Millionaire”. It made him think about the lottery ticket that he gave to the auto driver and wondered if it was the same lottery ticket.
The news report said that the beggar found the lottery ticket in his begging bowl and decided to keep it to “try out his luck”. He could not stop thanking the unknown stranger who changed his life by putting the lottery ticket in his bowl.