Viral: IRCTC Staff Surprises Passenger Onboard Shatabdi Express With Iftar Meal, Wins Hearts
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While our daily lives might be mundane, the internet makes sure to surprise us with stories of all kinds - funny, bizarre, shocking and sometimes the kind that’s simply heartwarming and inspiring. While it could be about someone making progress in their life with sheer hard work or just about a simple humanitarian deed that makes us smile. One such incident involving a man on board the Shatabdi Express is making netizens take note and applaud. 

If you are wondering why, allow us to tell you. Shahnawaz Akhtar, a passenger onboard the Howrah-Ranchi Shatabdi Express, who was observing Roza amid the holy month of Ramadan, was pleasantly surprised when he was offered an Iftar meal on board the train. The man even took to Twitter and posted about the heartfelt incident. "Thank you #IndianRailways for the #Iftar. As soon as I boarded Howrah #Shatabdi at Dhanbad, I got my snacks. I requested the pantry man to bring tea little late as I am fasting. He confirmed by asking, aap roza hai? I nodded in yes. Later someone else came with iftar," he wrote in his post. Take a look at here:

As per a report in PTI, Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) officials also said that the meal for Akhtar was arranged by the onboard catering manager personally. "The staff was readying to break their fast and the passenger boarded the same coach. He told us he is fasting, so the staff shared their Iftar with him. This is basic humanity," Prakash Kumar Behera, Onboard Catering Supervisor, IRCTC, told PTI 

After seeing Shahnawaz Akhtar's Tweet, Minister of State for Railways, Darshana Jardosh, also expressed his thoughts on the platform. He said, "The whole of Indian Railways family is touched by your comments and hope you had a good meal. This is a perfect example of how the government led by PM Modi works with the motto of Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas and Sabka Vishwas. Jai Hind." 

This isn’t the first time that IRCTC has won hearts with their thoughtful gesture. During the Navratri celebration this year, they had developed a special menu for travellers. They offered a special sattvik vrat thali for passengers observing vrat. The items on the special thali were made without onion or garlic and with rock salt, which is required for fasting during the Navratri festival. While, there is no such service available for Ramadan officially, this special gesture by the catering supervisor on board has definitely set an example.