Friday, July 16, 2010
Is there anyone for a strike?
I wrote the previous post on the way people have changed and their impatience causing accidents. While I was completing the article, I got a call from Dileep that his wife is hospitalised and going through an operation. The phone call was not clear and we were not able to know the cause of the accident. Jk and I rushed to the hospital as Dileep was alone and none of his relatives lived nearby. We figured the hospital and found Dileep with his son waiting for his wife to shift to the general ward.
We asked Dileep about the whereabouts of the accident and the cause. His wife was travelling in a bus to home. She enquired with the conductor about its stop at the Tripunithura bus stand and found that she has to be out at the next stop. Bus stopped and she was getting out through the exit door. Her leg was on the bus, and the vehicle started to move with a fast pace making her thrown to the other side. The rear wheel of the bus was soon on her legs and she was badly injured.
Dileep’s son Parthan is a naughty boy who was jumping on the bed and running on the floor. He was small enough to understand the situation. Dileep told me that his son has a habit of reading books and often writes stories. He has also started writing poems. Jk took Parthan and started chatting with him asking about his school and his daily life. I saw the boy, repeated the same set of questions unknowingly about his conversation, and got a reply “please ask others, this is repeated”. Children are smart!
Dileep’s wife was now in the general ward. Jk and I bought some food and water for her. She was explaining the tragedy and the careless behaviour of the bus drivers. She is an Ayurvedic doctor and it happened while she was returning from the hospital. A junior doctor accompanying her saw the incident and took her to the nearby hospital. She was pleased that the injuries were limited to her legs and that she was god gifted to escape from injuries in the head.
We came outside the room and Dileep narrated about his encounter with a reporter from a well-known newspaper. Dileep got a call about the incident from the junior doctor accompanying his wife and he rushed to the hospital. After arranging the operation, he was waiting outside the operation theatre when he heard a sound “tell me whatever you know”. Dileep moved his eyes towards the point from where the sound came and could see a man, drunk with a white mundu(dhoti) and a foul smelling shirt. He introduced himself as the reporter for x newspaper and started asking weird questions. Dileep told him that this is not the right time and he is not interested to talk with someone drunk. The man replied that they have the rights to ask anyone and at anytime and that does not matter whether he is drunk. Dileep said that it was hard to get rid of him.
Someone standing besides narrated a similar incident that happened few weeks ago when a child died due to a private bus. It is a serious issue and people should react against such incidents. We can see regular nonsense strikes that cause problems to everyone and that do not have a proper cause neither solution. There is no strike against these rash and irresponsible drivers.
Are people sleeping? Is there anyone for the strike?
I saw news coverage in several newspapers mentioning the incident with Dileep’ S wife who tried to make the issue big but I am not sure whether this gets a result.
Earlier when we used to leave home, our parents used to say please ride carefully but now they say, “Please be careful of the fellow riders”.