So This Happened

India is a growing place, and our metro’s are growing faster than we can build infrastructure, this has not only led to huge traffic jams, but also road rash, figures of accidents, hit and run are all across the news papers and seem so far off till you witness one, or worst still are a part of one, so this happened, the second time, years apart, but led me to think, what are we really doing about it.

Harpreet and I were returning from a very nice lunch, it was the christmas eve, and we were looking forward to some time together, thanks to a meeting getting cancelled at the last moment, and time to send out some christmas cards, send out some project quotes and others, before we go home, and get ready to ride as a Santa Claus and My Elf on our Tandem Bi-cycle, a ritual that we follow each year to distribute sweets to passerby’s as we ride along, but destiny had something else in store for us.

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On the Ring Road, about a kilometer from our house, a Car rammed us on high speed, damaging the front side of our car, we were in the second lane, and our friend in the overtake lane, where he hit us, it all happened in an instant, he hit a motorcyclist, our car sverved to the left and we hit another car, the motorcyclist lying on the road, we gain our control and suddenly stop the car, the guy is lying on the road, our car is smashed, luckily the swift in front of us has little damage, we get out of the car, immediately.. not bothering about what has happened to attend to the motorcyclist.

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Luckily he is ok, he has a scrape, his rear mud guard has broken off, and his rear tail light is broken, he is ok, we check him, call for a car with a driver from home, and have him sent for an x-ray… some people gather to see what’s happened, we drive our car, the swift to the kerb on the left of the road, and also drag the bike.

While Harpreet is busy calling our insurance company, we ask the swift guy who’s bumper broke, if he needs something, he says he wants to call the police, we say go ahead.. the police arrives in a bit, while the motorcyclist is still at the x-ray lab getting his x-rays done, a few calls have been made and there is a doctor on call attending to him, he is ok we are being told.

The Police notices, that there is no fault of ours, and does a preliminary report, but says, the motorcyclist has called, he has reported that we were the one’s who hit him, and we should not be let go, anyway we wait.. we inform the police that we have sent him to get an x-ray done, the doctors ensure to tell the police that the man is ok, a colleague from his office also arrives on the scene, he is calm, he understands what has happened and thanks us for taking care of his colleague.

The first police car leaves, this was a PCR Van, and a local police station cop arrives on the scene, he wants us to pay for the motorcycle damage, we ask him why – he says because the chap is poor, finally the motorcyclist arrives on the scene, claims we hit him – his colleague says – we did not, the swift driver says we did not, passerby’s who had noticed the hit and run say we have not, the police say they will need to be taken care of – Harpreet and I ask – HOW?

Our Car is damaged, we are taking care of the person, the other car guy does not want anything, but the police wants us to bribe them and pay the motorcyclist for the damage.

Anyway, what happens next is what we all know.. the police does not leave without us paying for the motorycle and a bribe… anyway the car is towed, and in the workshop.. luckily Harpreet and I are ok, and counting our blessings…

It’s Christmas morning, our routine of being a Santa are a distant dream for the next year, for now, it’s time to enjoy and wish, for Peace on Earth.. these words mean more and more to me each day, do enjoy the song, there can be nothing more that I can ask for this Christmas.

Peace on Earth, can it be
Years from now, perhaps we’ll see
See the day of glory
See the day, when men of good will
Live in peace, live in peace again

Peace on Earth, can it be

Every child must be made aware
Every child must be made to care
Care enough for his fellow man
To give all the love that he can

I pray my wish will come true
For my child and your child too
He’ll see the day of glory
See the day when men of good will
Live in peace, live in peace again

Peace on Earth, can it be
Can it be

 

 

After this experience, all I wonder is, when will India Change, when will our culture of bribe for everything change, when will our police change, when will we stop and help someone, I can only think, had I left the guy there, would I be able to live with myself – no I did not hit him, but could I leave someone hurt on the road, maybe it’s just me, maybe it’s just a few of us, but this country definitely needs to stop in it’s tracks and think again… what needs to be done… I can’t say that one police officer represents the whole set of police force, but all I can say is, Thank God – we are aright, Thank God, the Biker is alright, Thank God no one got hurt in it… Thank God