Bengaluru

Schoolteacher turns delivery girl, covers 1,500 km to assist the elderly

The lockdown has not silenced the roar of her motorcycle, but rather the quiet has only amplified the vroom of this Bengaluru school teacher’s Royal Enfield Interceptor 650cc as she crisscrosses the city, supplying essentials to elder citizens. Distraught over the lockdown severing essential supply lines for senior citizens, Dashmi Mohan, 37, a science teacher at Bunts Sangha RNS Vidyaniketan in Vijayanagar, volunteered to door-deliver items. She has so far done 1,500km to ensure needs of the elderly are met. Working in association with the government’s Covid-19 helpline, the avid biker collects information on senior citizens who need medicines or other essentials and delivers them at their doorstep. She began on Day 1 of the lockdown and has been issued a pass by the police. “Bike riding is a passion and I wanted to do something for society during this crisis,” Dashmi, a resident of Chandra Layout, said. “I found many people in my neighbourhood simply could not go out and buy groceries or medicines for various reasons. In some places, medicines were not available. I decided to take up the cause and make door deliveries. I buy the material and deliver it. I foot the fuel bill.” Dashmi says the biggest demand is for medicines. The longest distance she covered was on Friday when she rode to a village in Tiptur, Tumakuru district, 136km away from her home. An elderly citizen with respiratory issues wanted medicine to be delivered as it was not available even in Tumakuru, the district headquarters. His anxious children residing in Malleswaram reached out to the Covid-19 helpline. “I bought the medicines and reached the village in three hours,” Dashmi said. She returned the same day. She says she has been travelling outside Bengaluru almost on a daily basis since, invariably, its people on the outskirts and villages who require help. Dashmi has also developed another lockdown routine. “I also help people who are stranded. Every morning, I go to the Indira Canteen in Chandra Layout and work as a guard to ensure social distancing is maintained among those who come there for food. After that, I collect information from Covid-19 helpline and go about helping senior citizens,” she said.