Humanity is pretty much alive and kicking ass courtesy to some radio channels and radio jockeys. Just a week ago, Debendra Kapri, a 24-year-old taxi driver working in Delhi, made headlines for his exemplary honesty.
Kapri found a bag in the backseat of his car that his passenger had left behind. So what did he do? He went to the domestic airport police station and deposited the bag that had items worth ₹8 lakh with the police.
Radio Mirchi got in touch with Kapri, learned about his debts and raised ₹90k in an hour for the driver.
Fast forward to this week, show host at popular radio channel Radio City, Sucharita Tyagi shared this heartwarming story on micro-blogging site Twitter.
Story time you guys— Sucharita Tyagi (@Su4ita) May 16, 2017
I've been an RJ for 10 years, and today is the FIRST time I truly experienced the power this medium has, what it can do.
Radio City had recently run a Bollywood contest (identify a song, or some actor, among other things). Like always, they had a winner, but this time, they were in for a surprise.
When we run contests, we try and pick up as many calls as we can, yet many go unanswered, so for one to get through On Air, is a big deal.— Sucharita Tyagi (@Su4ita) May 16, 2017
One winner happened to be visually-impaired Nikita Shukla, a third-year law student in Mumbai.
One such lucky contest winner was Nikita Shukla, a third year law student at GLC, currently living at a hostel in South Mumbai— Sucharita Tyagi (@Su4ita) May 16, 2017
This is her. pic.twitter.com/rxzRoQMl9b
Nikita went to the Radio City office to claim her prize and like many others do, requested to meet the RJs.
When Nikita came to claim her prize at @radiocityindia, she requested to meet RJs (as listeners sometimes do)— Sucharita Tyagi (@Su4ita) May 16, 2017
So I met her a few weeks ago.
According to Tyagi's tweets, Nikita's parents who were not very happy about their child being visually impaired had others plans in their mind. They wanted to get her married after her high school. Nikita who was determined to study further didn't succumb to the parental pressure was asked to leave the house.
Nikita is completely blind. Something her parents were not very excited about and wanted to get her married right after high school.— Sucharita Tyagi (@Su4ita) May 16, 2017
When Nikita refused and insisted on studying further, she was asked to leave the house.— Sucharita Tyagi (@Su4ita) May 16, 2017
Father runs his own business btw.
Nikita who was shattered bought herself a ticket to Mathura but her friends convinced her to stay back.
Broke and without plan, Nikita bought a ticket to Mathura and was about to leave the city, when her friends convinced her to stay back.— Sucharita Tyagi (@Su4ita) May 16, 2017
With the help of her friends, professors, and a few small scholarships, Nikita is currently residing at a hostel and is pursuing to be a lawyer.
Friends help Nikita secure a place in a hostel and continue studying to be a lawyer.— Sucharita Tyagi (@Su4ita) May 16, 2017
But how much money can college students contribute?
Enough for her to pay her fee little by little. She's borrowed from friends, sometimes kind professors even. A few small scholarships.— Sucharita Tyagi (@Su4ita) May 16, 2017
Tyagi, in her tweets, goes on to tell how Nikita hasn't been able to afford the luxury of something as essential as having three meals a day.
But money was not enough to afford the luxury of three meals a day.— Sucharita Tyagi (@Su4ita) May 16, 2017
For 3 years, Nikita has been surviving on only dinner. 20 a month.
The hostel fee paid in one go, gave her 20 free dinners a month, and thats what she would eat— Sucharita Tyagi (@Su4ita) May 16, 2017
All this while, scoring about 80% on her exams
Tyagi also stressed the point on how Nikita didn't visit the radio channel to tell her story and just came to claim her prize but in the process went on the record to tell her story after being insisted to.
Tyagi who hosts the show Mumbai Masala reached out to her listeners and narrated Nikita's story after which she received tons of messages, calls, and cheques!
Nikita didnt come to @radiocityindia to tell me her story. She just came to collect a prize, but agreed to go on the record when i asked.— Sucharita Tyagi (@Su4ita) May 16, 2017
I dont know how many of you heard, but I've been talking about Nikita for little over a week now on my show Mumbai Masala.— Sucharita Tyagi (@Su4ita) May 16, 2017
"The Ketto page was started BY Ketto after they saw my tweets too, and this would be the best way to help her, Tyagi told HuffPost India.
Titled "Help Nikita Shukla become a Lawyer", the goal of the campaign is to collect ₹5,00,000 in 14 days.
"So far we've raised about ₹2,50,000, all of which is collated on the Ketto page. This includes people who helped us on Radio City and more people ho read my tweets and came forward to help," Tyagi told HuffPost India.
Support has poured in large numbers and none of the donators have asked for a proof. Many opened their purses and wallets to help Nikita become a lawyer.
I received 100 of texts, multiple phone calls over many days. Was surprised n humbled to see even @OnlyBabaSehgal text on our public number.— Sucharita Tyagi (@Su4ita) May 16, 2017
Not ONE person asked for proof, not ONE person said "but what if she runs away with my money?"— Sucharita Tyagi (@Su4ita) May 16, 2017
No, people just opened their hearts and gave
Tyagi with the help of her medium and her listeners has raised enough money for Nikita's tuition, hostel, and canteen fees.
We raised enough to cover her tuition, hostel and canteen fee.— Sucharita Tyagi (@Su4ita) May 16, 2017
My girl can eat three meals a day now.
And become a kickass lawyer!
And after learning about the love and support Nikita has received in the past few days, she couldn't help and broke down!
A single, blind girl who chose education over family, she couldn't believe people willingly GAVE her their money.— Sucharita Tyagi (@Su4ita) May 16, 2017
Nikita Shukla, you star! pic.twitter.com/JiL2TK0dZJ
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