Month: February 2013

The Day on the Riverbank

Image“Hey! It’s raining outside and what ‘a you doing, let’s play!” Said one of my childhood friends when I lived in village, I mostly savored those times. School-time was 9 am to 5 pm with one hour interval after every subject that too lasted for an hour max and sometimes used to be skipped when it used to rain not because they could not teach us when it rained but it would become difficult for them to reach their home safely as most of the teachers lived in nearby town or village. I would envy my fellow friends at times when my teacher planned to keep the session longer for my class and others were asked to leave so that they could enjoy playing in rain. Well-being a smart student has its’ own disadvantages at the early age.

No! I enjoyed a lot at my early age and that is the reason I wanted to write about! Leaving some odd scenarios aside, mostly it happened that when it rained we never took permission from our teacher to go home and don’t ask what we did! Ran away!

Being the rainy season most of us carried a plastic bag so that our books didn’t get wet, well who cared if they did! Parents’ advice ‘precautions’!!

I would never forget those times or times will not allow me to. It would happen that we danced in the rain, I still wonder what music we danced upon but it was simply amazing. Those times when rain would stop and clogged water needed ways to reach the riverbanks and how we voluntarily loved to make those ways and often get covered in the mud and get hurt in the process by broker tree branches but never heard complaining words from parents about such fun!( I guess they too loved to do it when they were young) Yes they would restrict us from swimming in the river when it recently rained but after two or three days when there weren’t chances of raining and sun shone like it won’t allow rain to take away our joy of swimming, they wouldn’t even question. I loved swimming in the river and nowadays when I have grown up I hardly can find such thing to enjoy. You may consider my height by my age at that age as I don’t exactly know what it might have been 😀  (As far as I remember I was 12 or 13 years old) and remember that water normally was above my waist and flow wasn’t much fast either, the place at the bank we dived was a bit deep and water over there was above my head but never feared to dive in. How day would pass no one of us would have any idea nor did anyone care until it got dark and felt that stomach needs something inside it to make us feel energetic. I hardly remember if anybody taught me to swim yet swimming was never a challenge and now it has been days that I went for swimming in the river.

I remember one of the instances; I and my fellow friends went for swimming as usual at the bank and there wasn’t a sign of rain at all since last few days. We threw all our clothes and dived in. Recently I had learned a new move-I used to go up at high rise (a point we used to dive in from) and jump into the water and disappear swimming underneath the water and reaching to some other end. That day after doing that move, I rose up from water and due to swimming underneath the water my vision seemed a bit dull. I looked at my back side I could see that water level is suddenly raising. No! Water double of my height was nearing us in no less than two minutes! First I called my best friend, “Ryan, LOOK! What’s that!” I started shouting loudly to all later realizing it was “FLOOD”. “Guys look there, get off the water its’ flood coming towards us and we might get drown in it!” I still doubt how lousy that water would have been, I made all my efforts to get my friends out in no time and all of us were out in less than a minute, because the word “FLOOD” scares every one of us though we have never seen or experienced one but surely heard from someone, we waited till our favorite swimming spot was sunk under the flood water and dismayed everyone of us. When we all were out of the water, everyone praised me for my quick response to alert everyone, well I didn’t realize that I saved all of our life at that time as I was worried what we might be playing tomorrow if this water level didn’t sink down, there were few elders who said it though I didn’t understand much of it. Well I remember we went for swimming that was after a fortnight when water level was only 2-to 3 feet but the spot where we used to swim was enough shallow so that we could dive in!

Living a country-side life as a kid has made me understand a lot about life however currently as being an adult I find a bit of disconnect with it. Nothing can bring those moments back…….

I would continue writing about nostalgia whenever I get time as I have a really busy schedule however I will try best to go for it.

Note: The picture updated is not from country side instead it is taken in Mumbai at Band Stand and have updated it with no importance.

I can’t believe if this was a nightmare or reality

Today’s incident was kind of close call of my life. Today as usual I was coming home by company provided cab.

We cab mates were having same little chat about process and its earning while returning home. We had to drop Samara who is in PPI process with Chetan and Other guy at camp and then it would be my drop since other two lived at quite long distance. We were five people in the cab including the driver. Chetan, Samara, and other guy’s name I don’t know since he was new join. This is the first time I had this incident I have gone through. Of course how would you expect such things to happen regularly?

I am aware of the route to Samara’s house and so driver and Chetan.

The driver always would take a shorter route to reach her house. This time the guy took a long turn which I hated most. Why would you love to spend much of your time traveling when you can save it, when you’re aware of routes? Anyways this guy the driver drove his cab at the speed of 50 or so and tried crossing a one way route which is M.G Road. And suddenly there was a quick break scratching I heard. All of us in the cab realized that major accident was about happen and is avoided because of both drivers’ control.

 

I saw that this cab driver was about to cross the road that too at

Higher speed but didn’t pay heed whether a vehicle is passing by

or not which was the major reason this incident took place. And all of sudden I could see that there was a tempo appearing in front of the cab passing by or rather controlling its speed at the sight of our cab going in the middle of it as to get smashed. If our guy didn’t put breaks at right time we would either be in hospital or dead for sure.

Since the speed of both vehicles was high there was no chance of driver and front seated Chetan could be alive and back one’s couldn’t be guaranteed so far. It was just two seconds lateness that saved our life and I thank God for that and to that power which helped us through this. I want to blame the cab driver for that incident but also thank him   for controlling vehicle’s speed at right time which saved our life including his.

 

It made me understand that life could never be predicted even if you tried your best interest to make safer for you and people around you.