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This engineer pays strangers Rs 10 to listen to their stories, struggles

Raj Dagwar battled depression and after getting better with counselling, he decided to do something for others suffering like him.

January 31, 2022 / 10:00 PM IST
For over a year now, Raj Dagwar stands at Fergusson Road every day between 6pm and 11 pm with a board that reads

For over a year now, Raj Dagwar stands at Fergusson Road every day between 6pm and 11 pm with a board that reads "Tell me your story and I will give you Rs 10." (Image credit: Instagram @raaaaaaaaaj.__)

Raj Dagwar, a 23-year-old from Pune has recently become famous for a thoughtful initiative. He pays people Rs 10 to listen to their lives' stories and struggles.

The engineer, who battled depression in 2019, reached out to a therapist because he was hesitant to open up to his family. After seeking counselling, Dagwar got better and decided to do something for others suffering like him.

Realising the importance of having someone to share the struggle with during the ongoing Covid crisis, on December 6, 2020, he decided to offer people an ear. And to encourage strangers to open up to him, Dagwar offered Rs 10 as an incentive.


Now, he stands at Fergusson Road every day between 6pm and 11 pm with a board that reads "Tell me your story and I will give you Rs 10."








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Dagar hears about 50 stories a day and sometimes, spends more than an hour listening to one person.