Called to Serve and They Serve With a Smile.
Every year when I go home for vacation to visit my beautiful
and my wonderful town of Barkur I have the opportunity to greet
all the car and autoricksha drivers waiting in line to serve
visitors who come to our historical Barkur. These drivers also
serve the resident of Barkur and surrounding villages.
Kalchapura is the main bus stand in Barkur. Visitors come by bus
from far away places and then look for assistance to reach their
final destination. Our local drivers, who are born and brought up
in Barkur, know their way around and are a big help in assisting
visitors and residents.
Since there are no big hospitals in Barkur, when a medical
emergency occurs, these drivers are like angel lifesavers as they
help families reach the hospital of their choice. I have heard
many touching stories about these drivers who have saved many
lives due to their generous acts of love and concern. They
frequently are called upon during the night and asked to drive the
sick and their families to one of the nearby hospitals.
Among these wonderful and trustworthy drivers there are two
outstanding figures. They are Raju Poojary and Krishna Kunder.
These two drivers are most popular in Barkur and the surrounding
Raju was born in the
village of Hanehalli on October 16, 1972, to Nanu Poojary and
Kalyani Poojarthy. He has three siblings, an older brother and two
sisters. Raju finished his early elementary education in a nearby
public school and completed his high school education at the
National Junior College in Barkur. A few years ago Raju married
his wonderful wife, Preethi, and they now have a son, Prethviraj.
Raju with his
Raju with his family
Raju drives his one Tempo Track, which he purchased last year.
Previously he was driving the autoricksha and later the Ambassador
car. He has fifteen years of driving experience under his belt.
Krishna was born in the village of Kachur on July 21, 1967, to
Soma Marakala and Chandu Kunder. He completed his high school
education in the Maryknoll High School in Barkur. He was married a
few years ago and they are now blessed with a beautiful child. He
is a professional driver and has eighteen years of driving
experience without any accidents. He drives his own Ambassador
car. His younger brother, Baskara, was also a professional driver
in Barkur, but now is working in Dubai continuing his driving
Krishna with his car
Krishna with Resha
Both of these young men are good, safe drivers and very
trustworthy. They are very clever in finding out how to get you
safely to your destination. I admire their simplicity and also
devotion to God. Many times they drive pilgrims of different
religions to their particular temple, church or other place of
worship. They patiently remain with them to make sure they find
their way around and obtain the help they need. They are committed
to their driving profession and also have a good sense of humor
that keeps customers happy. Their wonderful Smile and energetic
spirit is a special help to customers who have traveled long
distances. They know how to drive safely in the middle of heavy
rains that may go on for hours. During the summer season they are
very busy with wedding calls, driving families to wedding parties.
Those of you who are in a foreign land, away from home, or
elsewhere in India working and planning to visit your hometown of
Barkur, I highly recommend the services of Raju and Krishna. They
can be reached at:
Raju Poojary: Residential phone 0820-2587800, Mobile
Krishna Kundar: Residential phone 0820-2587050 ,Mobile
We in Barkur are truly blessed with the wonderful service provided
by our local car drivers. When traveling, safety is always a
concern and these professional drivers always do their very best
in caring for their riders. Let us thank them for their service
and assure them of our prayerful support.
God bless all our drivers in Barkur.
Fr. Tony Andrade.