"KHUSHI" is an AWARENESS CAMPAIGN, launched by Vedanta Resources plc, with a focus to sensitize people towards care for the underprivileged and deprived children – their Nutrition – Education – Health and overall development. Join Khushi on facebook at and send motivational stories at . LET US MAKE INDIA A CHILD MALNOURISHED FREE NATION..


Radheshyam works as an auto-rickshaw driver in Mumbai. He meets different people every day and some talk nicely to him and some are rough and rude. He is not bothered as he knows his profession does not engage with nice people all the time.

His auto looks like others and like many auto-rickshaw drivers Radheshyam sings while driving. He has a picture of a cute girl placed in his auto and while driving he keeps looking at her. Out of curiosity I asked him, "she is your daughter, right". He smiled, "she is my FIRST CHILD, Koyal". First child, I smiled, how may children do you have ?, I asked him. "I have only one child and Koyal is my first child". "So how long you have been married", I asked him. "I am not married. Actually I was married but not married now. My wife left me just two years after the marriage", Radheshyam was smiling and talking. People often smile while talking about this state of mind. His smile had satisfaction and contentment of coming back to single status, the bachelorhood, but then this child.

Radheshyam was ready with a reply, " sir, I have adopted Koyal and she is my life-support. She does not know she has been adopted and I dont tell her also. Why should I? I adopted her just 2 months after my wife left". But my question was, why is he saying "Koyal is the first child". "Sir, I am adopting another child, this time a boy to complete my family. And the adoption is going to happen very soon. My mother and father take care of Koyal and they are keen to have one more adoption. I am their own son and they want to see me happy. Koyal has put life in my parents who were shattered the day my wife left me. Now they spent most of the time playing with her."

"But what about your marriage", I asked Radheshyam. "Sir, marriage is not on cards, I am loving this bachelorhood and he laughed."

I was supposed to travel by cab and as it was getting late, I travelled by auto, never thought life comes across with such experiences in such beautiful way. Radheshyam dropped me at my destination but kept me thinking, "we do discussions and debates and deliberations but here people lead simple life and have their own way of streamlining their lives.".

I was seeing "VEDANTA KHUSHI" being implemented.


  1. Excellent initiative. I have been reading all your stories and what do I say. they are so much live and inspiring. Please continue with this mission. We all are with you. from my family and friends, I congratulate Vedanta Khushi for this stupendous work.

  2. I congratulate you sir for this initiative, i wish you and child who take care by you a very happy new year.

  3. Very impressive way to express the care for the underprivileged children. Radheshyam has done some thing most of us may be hesitant to do.

  4. I Salute Shri Radheshyamji the auto-rickshaw driver, he is real Hero...let us take this to all guys as an instance of good person.