This happened about a month ago near Lonavala.
A guy was driving from Mumbai to Pune and decided not to take the new expressway as he wants to see the scenery. The inevitable happens and when he reaches the ghats his car breaks down – he’s stranded miles from nowhere.
Having no choice he starts walking on the side of the road, hoping to get a lift to the nearest town. It’s dark and raining. And pretty soon he’s wet and shivering. The night rolls on and no car goes by, the rain is so heavy he can hardly see a few feet ahead of him.
Suddenly he sees a car coming towards him. It slows and then stops next to him – without thinking the guy opens the door and jumps in. Seated in the back, he leans forward to thank the person who had saved him – when he realizes there is nobody behind the wheel.
Even though there’s no one in the front seat and no sound of any engine, the car starts moving slowly. The guy looks at the road ahead and sees a curve coming. Scared almost to he starts to pray, begging the Lord for his life. He hasn’t come out of shock, when just before he hits the curve, a hand appears through the window and moves the wheel. The car makes the curve safely and continues on the road to the next bend . The guy, now paralyzed in, watches how the hand appears every time they are before a curve and moves the steering wheel just enough to get the car around each bend.
Finally, the guy sees lights ahead. Gathering his courage he wrenches open the door of the silent, slowly moving car, scrambles out and runs as hard as he can towards the lights. It’s a small town. He stumbles into a dhaba, and asks for a drink, and breaks down. Then he starts talking about the horrible experience he’s just been through.
There is silence in the dhaba when he stops talking ….. . . . . .and that’s when Santa and Banta Singh walk into the dhaba. Santa points and says “Look Banta – that’s the weird guy who Jumped into our car when we were pushing it.”
(contributed by: Mohan Rao on 04.12.2011)