Twitter and other social media platforms may frequent headlines for all the wrong reasons, but once in a while comes along a story that warms our hearts and makes us believe in the power of social media.
In such incident, life and fortune of an auto-driver were transformed when an image of his quirky modified vehicle was put on social media.
In an ode to common man's 'big dreams', Mumbai-based Anil Panicker tweeted Sunil's story on March 19, and what more he tagged Mahindra Group's Executive Chairman Anand Mahindra.
Tagging the man himself paid of. Anand not only reacted in the most positive way but also reached out to Panicker for contacting Sunil, the owner of the modified vehicle. "I would like to buy it for our museum & give him 4 wheels in return," Anand Mahindra tweeted hours later.
Anand Mahindra's reaction:
Iconic. A way to 'Rise.' Thanks for sharing this.Can you help locate him? I'd like to buy it for our museum & give him 4 wheels in return.. https://t.co/uwQ5wYcDpW— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) March 19, 2017
And what do you know, Anil Panicker helped out Sunil and Anand Mahindra by establishing a contact between them making both of their dreams come true. On May 4 (Thursday), Anand Mahindra confirmed that his team managed to contact Sunil and fulfil their promise. "Our team managed to locate him (Sunil)! And we acquired the 3 wheeler from him..Gave him a 4 wheeler in return," his tweet read.
Remember this request?Our team managed to locate him! And we acquired the 3 wheeler from him..Gave him a 4 wheeler in return (1/2) https://t.co/mJ7tDdRhTQ— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) May 3, 2017
Here's Sunil, the proud owner of the 3 wheeler 'Scorpio', now a happy owner of a 4 wheeler. All thanks to you twitterati! (2/2) pic.twitter.com/5nb12j2dnj— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) May 3, 2017
The story of Sunil has warmed the hearts of Twitterati, who went gaga over Anand Mahindra's act of kindness, Sunil's stroke of luck and Anil Panickers ingenious use of social media to change a man's life.
Some people were so impressed that they decided to change their wheels
While others were disappointed that Sunil only got a Carrier and not a Mahindra SUV for what he clearly dreamed of.
Carrier or Mahindra SUV, the power of social media definitely changed the fate of Sunil. It pays to 'dream big'!