When this man’s wife was denied water from a village well by the owner, he was furious. But instead of taking his vengeance out on the people who wronged his wife, he decided to take a more constructive approach.
Hailing from the drought-hit Maharashtra state of India, when Bapurao Tajne’s wife tried to draw water out from the well, she was ridiculed and humiliated by the owner.
But instead of pouring out his anger on the owner, Tajne, a poor laborer of Kalambeshwar Village of Washim District, then went ahead to achieve the unthinkable—he bought tools and spent 40 days to dig a well for the entire village, all by himself.
“I don’t want to name the well owner for I don’t want bad blood in the village. However, I feel that he insulted us because we are poor and Dalits,” Tajne told Times of India back in 2016. “I came home that day in March and almost cried. I resolved never to beg for water from anybody.”
People who were laughing at me earlier now fetch water from my well: Bapurao Tajne, man who dug up a well in 40 days https://t.co/SCpmskmRbR
But in the beginning, this determined man faced one problem—he did not know where to dig the well. So, Tajne closed his eyes, prayed to his god, and began digging in the first spot he saw.
“I prayed fervently to God before starting the job. I am thankful that my effort has been rewarded,” he said.
The determined Tajne then dedicated six hours daily to dig the well. Everyone, including his wife, thought he had gone crazy.
His wife began to criticize him for wasting time. All the villagers also looked down upon him, saying that he was mad at trying to find water in such a drought-hit area.
“I was ridiculed by my family among others, but I was determined,” Tajne told The Press Trust of India.
People who were laughing at me earlier now fetch water from my well: Bapurao Tajne, man who dug up a well in 40 days pic.twitter.com/SCpmskmRbR
— ANI (@ANI) May 9, 2016
As the days passed by, with no drop of water coming from the digging site, Tajne also began to doubt whether it was a good idea.
Yet, he could not give up hope and stuck with digging the well. He dug for six hours a day in addition to the eight hours of manual labor he performed to earn his bread, working in total for 14 hours per day.
On the 40th day, a miracle happened. Water gushed out from the ground and the well began to fill up. Tajne could not control his happiness, for his efforts had now paid off.
— Times of India (@timesofindia) May 8, 2016
His wife, family, and the entire village were dumbstruck when they came to know that Tajne, the man whom they all had ridiculed, had actually dug up a working well.
Tajne wasn’t one to hold any grudges. He welcomed all villagers to use the well, choosing to forget the mocking glances and words he had to face from them.
“The ones who ridiculed my efforts now come to my well to fetch water,” Tajne told Asian News International.
Jaishree, a neighbor, said: “Thanks to Tajne we get water round the clock. Earlier, we had to travel a kilometer to another part of the village and get insulted sometimes.”
— Daily Express (@Daily_Express) May 9, 2016
And his wife was ashamed that she had not supported her husband.
“I did not help him a bit until he struck water. Now the whole family, except the two kids, helps him as he deepens and widens the well,” said Tajne’s wife.
The head of the village came and congratulated Tajne. News channels also began to flock to the area to report the story of his determination. Remember, where there is a will, there is definitely a way.
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