Monday, December 15, 2014

Safety is never an option!!!

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This post is in response to Nissan Safety Driving Forum activity by The Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., on IndiBlogger.

Thank you Nissan for giving this opportunity to bloggers to spread the word of safety. For all the readers here, I'd like to let you know that The Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., has been conducting the Nissan Safety Driving Forum(NSDF) as a part of their safe driving promotion activities in India. It is an annual activity which began in 2012 and is still continuing. You can find more information about the Nissan Safety Driving Forum(NSDF) from the following link:

Here goes my post:

Safety, S A F E T Y, a six letter word that can change a person's life upside down if it is not taken on priority. Yes! Safety is never an option. I say it in blocks, bold, underlined and large text ending with exclamations.


Imagine we receiving a call, all of a sudden from a hospital and the person on the other side of the phone says, "I'm calling from so and so hospital. Please come here ASAP". Sounds horrible, doesn't it? I pray to God that no one, yes, absolutely, no one should receive such a call in their life.

When we talk about safety, it is not only towards us, but also towards each and every person on the street, it may be biker, a car driver, a pedestrian or even towards a kid being carried by his/her parent on the side of the road. One single mistake or compromise with the safety can bring chaos to our lives.

Once we decide to get on to the roads for travelling, we have to take care of a lot of things to make sure about a safer journey.

These things does not apply to any specific person, city, state or country because safety doesn't know the difference and safety is never an option!!!

Here are a few things that I would like to throw some light on:

1. Our Life is in Our Hands.

Source: Nissan images on IndiBlogger
Our Life is in Our Hands! Yes! We are responsible for everything in our life. Everything is in our hands including the steering of our car and the safety of our life. Unless we allow our hands to do something, we'll not be doing it. 

So we should take safety on priority when we get on roads, because, safety is never an option!!!

2. Even a Hero needs a Belt.

Source: Nissan images on IndiBlogger
Even a hero needs a Belt. Yes! You've heard it right. Even a hero needs a seat belt when he is driving a car. Hero can save us from villains, hero can save us disasters, hero can save anyone from anything but at the end of the day, he is responsible for his 'own' safety in his 'own' car.

So even a hero should take safety on priority when he get on roads, because, safety is never an option!!!

3. High Beam.

Source: Nissan images on IndiBlogger
High Beam might prove as one of the most dangerous things that is responsible for the safety of the person coming in opposite to our direction. Sometimes we may find high beams as helpful, but they have equal number of records of being not helpful. I suggest using them 'only when necessary'. 

High beam throws light directly into the eyes of the person coming in opposite direction and it may result in unforeseen accidents. Instead of that, I suggest using low beam as far as possible. It is safe for everybody on the roads during night.

So high beam should be used only when necessary, because, safety is never an option!!!

4. No Mobile when Mobile.

Source: Nissan images on IndiBlogger
Again, this is one of the best inventions in the history of mankind but has proven to be a cure when you are driving or moving in/on a vehicle. We should always avoid talking on mobiles when we are driving. 

What happens if we miss a call? Will the person kill you? No, right? Then why do we try to kill ourselves by answering the call when we are driving. By doing this we are not only risking our safety but also the safety of other people travelling along with us and the people on roads.

So, No Mobile when Mobile, because, safety is never an option!!!

5. Keep Distance.

Source: Nissan images on IndiBlogger
"Maintain one hand distance", we kept hearing this sentence since our school days when we assemble for morning prayers in our schools. 

As the picture says, we've learnt to keep a safe distance even when our life is not at stake, so why not do the same when it is? 

We should always maintain safe distance between our car and the other cars on the roads. It helps us and also the other to have safe and happy journey. Let's not get excited by our so called super racing movies and do the same and risk everybody's safety.

So, Keep Distance, because, safety is never an option!!!

6. Follow 'Traffic Rules'.

Source: Nissan images on IndiBlogger
Trust me! No super power is going to be so merciful on us if we are not following the traffic rules. No matter we tie a magical lemon along with few green chilies in front of our car, no matter we put our lucky stone in our car, no matter we have our God's idol in our car, we'll never be safe if we are not obeying the traffic rules.

Even here, as the picture says, you wont need luck, if you just obey traffic rules.

So, we should always follow traffic rules, because, safety is never an option!!!

7. Drink, no Drive. Drive, no Drink.

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The images seems to funny but on the contrary, the consequences of drink and drive are much more horrible. 

Why drink and drive? We can book a cab and go home when we are drunk or we can call someone and ask them to pick us up. Thank God the laws have been made strict and check point have been set up for sober checks on the roads. 

Even in this case, we are equally risking the safety of other people as we are risking ours. The fun seems to be higher end when we drive drunk, but the consequences are on a higher end my friend.

So 'Drink, no Drive. Drive, no Drink', because, safety is never an option!!!

I'm not saying that these are the only safety tips which you have to follow while driving. There are a lot many but these are the basic ones that we should definitely follow. If you are following these basic safety tips then you are a responsible human being.

My best wishes for Safer India, for a Safer World!!!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Rise Above Fear!

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This post is a part of Rise Above Fear activity by Mountain Dew India on IndiBlogger.

You can know more about this from the Mountain Dew India's Facebook link:

Here's a wonderful video from them starring Akkineni Akhil on how they overcome the fear of heights. It is a very nice inspiring video. Must watch!

Here goes my post:

"I dint want to wake you up at 3 AM. So, I'm leaving this note on the dining table. 

I remember all the instructions you gave me last night. I will not be over confident macho man, I'll listen carefully to the instructor and do whatever he says. 

Don't worry, Mom! I'll be fine and I'll be back soon as promised.

P.S: I could not take the pickle you packed last night. I'm sorry and please don't be mad at me again :)

Lots of love!"

I wrote it on piece of paper and left it on the dining table. She might have read it by now and she might even have tried calling at least a hundred times on my cell which is now out of coverage and all the credit goes to the best service provided by our beloved cellular operators!

I reached my destination along my friends and checked into our hotel rooms. "Alright guys, we got two hours and we'll be meeting in the waiting hall soon after you fresh up", said my instructor.

"Hi, this is Aman", said the guy standing next to me. "Siddharth, Siddharth Sehgal. You can call me Sid", I said. We both shared the room then. "Did you ever do this?", I asked. "Yes! I did. Haven't you?", he asked me. I said, "Yes" and went to take my shower.

We all gathered in the waiting hall and we were given few instructions on what to do and what not to do. I listened everything carefully and then Aman guffawed when he saw me taking down the notes. I can't blame him, he doesn't know how scared I am. It has been just few hours we reached here and I'm already having thoughts about going back home.

"Aman, did you find it difficult when you did it for the first time?", I asked at midnight. He did not reply. He is either asleep or he chose not to reply.

The day has come and I have to do this at any cost, to overcome my fear. I've checked everything for at least three times now. Mask, regulator, alternate air source, pressure gauge weight belt, fins, air tank, buoyancy  compensator, all checked..!!

I stood there and my started pounding like it is competing in a 100 m sprint with Hussain Bolt. "Come on, Sid. It's your turn and as I said already, do not panic!", said my instructor. It was still my choice, I could have chosen to go back by not jumping. But, I have to overcome this fear now.

I took a deep breath, put on my mask and jumped into the deep blue sea. Yes! I entered a world that was completely different from ours. It was so calm and so blue with the tiny, cute fishes around me.

It was all magical in there. No traffic, no pollution! It was like a dream and still can't believe that I did it! Yes, I overcame my fear of deep water by diving into the deep sea. 

Sunday, December 07, 2014

I should not have trusted him!

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The cold was blistering and the snow was thick, but still, I've managed to reach the station long before train had to pick.

I was all prepared and all set to flee and the clock ticked as if it just wants see, how my future would be.

The moment has come, so did the train and the phone flashed a message which gave me a lot of pain, "I'm sorry again!"

I've boarded the train and decided to live my life without him.

I left my family for him, I left my friends for him, I should not have trusted him.!