It is never good to watch/read news of people dying in crashes, accidents etc. The Patna-Indore express derailment which happened in the wee hours of yesterday morning has been the latest tragedy where over 100 people have lost their lives and 200 odd injured. While some top railways officials say the cause could be the fault of the railway tracks. We’ll have to see whether that is true after a detailed report.
Be it a train, flight, bus or a car..one is really never sure! It takes just one lapse of concentration or wrong judgement to spell doom.
Shouldn’t we be thankful that we’re alive while 120 odd passengers on that train don’t get to see the light of a new day!? We all travel, we all move from one place to another, it could have been one of us on that train..who knows? Life is fragile..you never know when you’re time is up.. and mostly death comes un-announced.
Ever prayed for the driver of the vehicle when you’re sitting in one?…You are practically putting your life in his hands right? Why just sitting in a moving vehicle.. you could be walking on the street and could get knocked down for no fault of your own!
Reminds me of the one instance I went driving along with my uncle to Kerala from Goa by car. All was well till I was driving at least from Goa to Kannur, [I should say with pride, that I make an excellent night driver] all of 12 hours with one stop for dinner. We were heading towards Thrissur in Kerala. With my eyes closing at around 2 in the morning or so, I told my uncle to take over the wheel, an hour later.. I realized the car was on the middle of the road moving towards the right, yes he fell asleep. (I’ve heard of sleep walking, he was sleep driving!) with a truck approaching from the other side. In an absolute moment of panic, my eyes opened and I turned the steering wheel to the extreme right at a speed of easily over a 100/kmph and banged against a wall of a mosque. Needless to say the front of the car was damaged but more importantly we came out unhurt.
I can laugh about it now..wait! I laughed then too…but that was more out of relief and to top it all the car ran on gas 😉 Thought I’d share it with you guys 🙂
So you know what to do the next time you go out of the house, sign yourself with the sign of the cross or say a simple prayer for yourself or the one driving you.
You want to make it back home at the end of the day…don’t you?