What are the most gripping stories in human history?

The top voted response to the above headline question on Quora is mind blowing and I guess a testament to the power of love (is that a title of a Bryan Adams song?).

This is the story of Dashrath Majhi

Dashrath Majhi’s wife died without any treatment, because the nearest town with a Doctor was 70 km away from their village in Bihar, India. Well that could have been a far shorter distance, if not for a hill in between the village and the town.

Dashrath did not want anyone else to suffer the same fate as his wife. So he did the unthinkable:

From Wikipedia:

Dashrath Manjhi’s claim to fame has been the herculean task of single-handedly carving a 360-foot-long (110 m), 25-foot-high (7.6 m) and 30-foot-wide (9.1 m) road by cutting a mountain of Gehlour hills with a hammer, chisel and nails working day and night for 22 years from 1960 to 1982. This passage reduced the distance between Atri and Wazirganj blocks of Gaya district from 70 km to just 7 km. [MR: See photo above]

I once picked up a girl’s dry cleaning. Same thing, rite?

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