Thursday, 6 June 2013
You might be wondering by seeing the title of this post... Yes,my Car was hit yesterday morning and I am still wondering whose fault was it ??
To pick my son from the school, I took my car and drove towards his school. Its a uphill while joining to main road from our layout. Its busy road always and I had to take right turn. I was in first gear and waited there for 2 mins so that my adjacent lane is free.. I slowly came half of the road and then joined the right lane.. Dough the sound came from my left side and a big vehicle passed in front of me. I was shocked and trembling. That was my first so called "accident" till now.
It was SUV and there was a scratch on the upper part of the rear wheel. I Just didn't know what happened and how it happened. The guy from that car, came out and said What the F*** ?
I was still in the shock mode, He came near my window and started shouting at me you hit my car.
me: I was taking turn and I have put the indicator also. Didn't you see that ??
he: You have hit my car. I had already passed. You have hit me from back.
The argument went on and I don't remember anything now. He went and sat on his car and started moving. Until then it didn't struck to my head to see what has happened to my car. I got down and checked the car. The left side bumper part, below head light was damaged. There was a dent and scratches on my car. I ran behind that car and banged on his car and asked him to stop.
Then I drove my vehicle little left to avoid traffic jam. When he came out and I showed him the damage that has happened to my car. Again our argument started about whose mistake it was.
I have started re-learning driving car from past 3 months and I still have 'L' sticker on my car as a per-caution to other riders :). I am little slow while taking turn, So i was damn sure that I had given clear sign from my side that I am taking right turn and I was slowly joining the right lane.
But his argument was you have hit me from back, so its you and not me. I took his registration number. Took the photos of both the car's damages. I didn't know whom to call at that time. I didn't wanted to panic anyone at home. When I was doing all these, he started speaking with his friends in hindi, call a police guy. lets sort it to out.
me: Yes, lets go to police station and sort it out.
he: Do you have a DL ??
me: (I was so pissed off..), No I dont have.
he: What ??
me: Tell me where do you want me to come. where is the police station ?
he: Go straight, you will get a circle. keep going straight and you will see a police station.
me: (So I understood, he knows this area). I have some other better work now. I need to pick my son from the school. You keep waiting there. I will come.
he: Which school ? How far it is ?
me: I don't have to give all those information to you.
he: Madam, Can I get phone number of anyone with whom i can speak ?
me: No. You be there, I will come.
he: You will come right. Other wise it will be hit and run case.
me: Who was running ?? It was you and I drove my vehicle towards my son's school.
On the way, I kept on recalling the incident and how it happened. Was it my mistake ?
What will the police say ? Should I go or not ? I had other tasks lined up after picking my son from the school. So i didn't know what to do.
I called my husband while driving to the school. kept the speaker on and tried to tell him. But he was not able to hear me properly and even i was not able to concentrate on the road. I saw in the rear-view mirror, he was following my car. I just kept moving and parked the car near school and got down. He came and asked, how long is it going to take ? I said 15mins. He said ok, I will wait.
I went inside the school compound and called my husband again. Explained him everything. He asked about damage and then said by rules, you were entering the main road, so you have to give way to the vehicles in the main road. If you go to police station they will say the same. He was hit from the back, so fault is from your side. He said don't go to police station and all. Try to settle it outside only. He asked me to call back once I reach home.
So I started thinking, How do i say this ? If i say lets not go to police station means mistake is mine. Though according to rules, he might be in the safer side. But according to me he should have slowdown when there is a vehicle taking turn which is already passed half the road. My concentration will be on the front of the road and I wont be seeing back. My only mistake was i didn't see left while joining the right lane. The on-coming vehicles would see me taking turn and slow down. More over, the visibility to the road in that junction is good. Its not like main road vehicles cannot see the vehicles joining from cross road. I kept on thinking all these and mean while I picked my son from his class and went to Activity room to collect his uniform. I was waiting in the queue. Its been more than 30 mins. I was thinking that guy might have gone by this time thinking I will not come out. I was just hoping for that. While standing in the queue, I turned back for some reason, I saw a guy standing outside near the glass window. I could not believe it was him. How does he know that I am standing here ? First of all how did he come inside ?? Security guy might have thought he as a parent/guardian of a kid and let him inside. But how did he guess I am in Nursery section only ?? (so many thoughts were running in my mind).
He came inside the Activity room. I just moved out of the queue and told him calmly see if we go by rules, you were in the main road and hence mistake is mine. But logically, I was already on the main road and had given signal to turn right. So I was seeing front. Now damage has happened to my car. I have to claim it from my Insurer.
he: even I don't want to go to police, if you are ok with it. We will claim the damage from our respective Insurer. I am fine with it. I was actually coming in my normal speed. I saw your vehicle too. Mine is just a scratch and I just have use the solution and rub it. It will be fine. You can take my number and If you need anything while filing the claim let me know.
He was very polite and gentle. I took his number and gave mine too. He told am working for so and so company. I said fine and said sorry for making him wait. He said its ok and left the place.
So many thoughts were running in my mind. He seems to be educated and sensible guy. If it was my fault, why did he wait for me outside and as i didn't turn up he came inside the school and searched for me. After all these, he didn't show any frustration or irritation on me for making him wait for so long. Instead, he was trying and explaining me about the process of claiming Insurance. He was concerned whether I hold a DL or LLR as I had 'L' board on my car. After that incident, when ever I come to that spot, I try to recollect how it happened ?? I am still unable to make out how he could miss seeing my car taking turn.
Whose mistake was it anyway ??
Friday, 9 November 2012
She was caught on camera driving on a sidewalk to avoid a Cleveland school bus that was unloading children.
At first when i read the news, i felt if our govt. starts taking action for such incidents then, I don't know how many people will be wearing such signboard and standing at the Interaction....
Traffic Rules are very hardly followed in India. As soon as they sit in the driver's seat, their goal is to reach destination either by going on the road or foot path or over taking from the opposite way or honking as soon as signal goes green even if he is at the end of that traffic signal...
Just two days back, while driving I was struck in an intersection such that from all the four ways people were blocking and no where any one can go and everyone is blocking each other... on top of that shouting and yelling at each other as if they are perfect and other person is wrong.
These days Traffic Department is working hard and punishing people by fining people with some amount for parking in no-parking zone, coming in one way, riding without helmet etc..
But soon they should start charging for people changing lanes and not following lane rules... driving on pavement etc
Hope to see a disciplined driving in Bangalore sometime soon.....
Wednesday, 31 October 2012
It stopped for sometime but the traffic in Bangalore which everybody know how it will be during rainy days made me drag on the road for nearly one and a half an hour.
I usually take 30 mins to reach office and it today it was 1 hour 15 mins.... that extra 45 mins made me drench in the rain.
So while coming to office, I felt this rainfall might be due the effects of Sandy Hurricane which is hitting badly in eastern part of North America.
The havoc that has been created by this super storm is unimaginable. No power, flooding all major cities of US of America, Subways and Railroads have been halted....
How India will react for such major disaster if it occurs ( touch hood.... lets not wish for it).
Just for a small drizzle, the traffic goes bad, drainage system will get block, Garbage dumps....dont even ask about it...trees falling on the road, power cuts..
We are still a developing country...Lets get prepared for this one first.....alva ??
It started raining heavily again... me sipping hot green tea and ending this post here... feeling like listening to the song "Rim Jhim ghire saavan...." sung by Lt.Kishore Kumar dont know the movie name, have to search in my collection.
Take care...Drive home safely :)
I always had the dream of having a garden of my own and growing plants and spending my leisure time in there. After so many discussions along with my family members, I got few yards in our parking area to start my Gardening. I had asked the contractor to leave that without filling any mud.
I might be having around 10 x 3 area left for gardening.. and the depth around 2 feet. I asked few of the nearby nursery to start with as the amount of mud to be filled was more, I dont wanted to take any chances. The red soil costed around Rs.50 per each cement bag and the organic fertilizer Rs.120.
We needed around 80 cement bags to fill that area. It was almost equivalent to one tractor load....:-)
The initial investment is bit high. But according to that Gardener (He was J.P Nagar 2nd Phase), we dont have worry about the soil and the fertilizer for the next 5 years it seems. So for me it costed around Rs.8000 including soil, fertilizers, plants (3 hibiscus, 5 Rose, 2 Sevanthi, 1 Nimbu and 1 Curry leaves) and Medicines (Neem powder and Rose Powder).
If you dont have ground space then you can always grow plants in pots... Grow plants and it will automatically grows your inner happiness....these words are coming from my experience. Try it out and see.
Planning to have few more plants in the coming days and will upload pics when the flowers bloom in them.
Thursday, 30 August 2012
Everyday while coming to office or while traveling from one place to another in bangalore city, I see things which I really feel to change or stop in what ever way i can.... But I am not able to in many things... You might be wondering what am i talking about ??
Its about basic civic sense... People just dont bother about others. They are ok if things are fine with them :(
Today while coming to office i saw
Pile of Garbages covering half of the road and this is the case in most of the bangalore localities these days as there is a big issue about garbage dumping area. It rained heavily last night. Vehicles were passing by on top of these garbages and it looked yuck for me to pass that stretch.... Nobody is bothered. The concerned persons are sitting in A/C room discussing what can be done for this issue.... It has not yet resolved and it is almost a week now.
People just throw their household garbage on top of this pile and forget about it.
If you any time get a chance to travel in Ittamadu road these days then please look for amount of plastic spread across the road... I am just talking abt the plastic lying arnd 4km stretch. Can you imagine what is the case of whole bangalore ??? How can I Help Society to get rid of this ??
I always carry a bag with me when i go out for shopping and avoid buying it outside and even if they offer for free i say No.
I dont buy any plastic food container and try to store food items either in Steel or Glass box.
Apart from this, my concern is also in
~ Cutting Trees - When ever i see a tree is being axed, I literally feel for it. I hate to be in that place and unable to do anything to stop them.
~ wasting water - People will happy to get cavery water 24/7 but they dont to spend money on rain water harvesting.
~ Digging Borewells - In my area, everyday i hear this borewell digging noise. Every new house tht is being constructed take permission for borewell. In every street, nearly 4 to 5 borewells will be there. What will happen to mother earth, if keep digging her like this for nearly 700 to 1000 ft underneath. Strictly, There should be some rules and guidelines need to followed before giving permission to
I Just want to know is there any way i can help society in resolving these issues..... !!!!!
Tuesday, 22 May 2012
Monday, 11 April 2011
- Kindly think before taking a printout
- Don't leave your tap open while brushing your teeth
- Switch off lights and fan when you are not in the room
- Don't leave your computer on 24/7 especially in office. Use Power Save option.
As forwarded by friend!!!!
Germany is a highly industrialised country. It produces top brands like Benz, BMW, Siemens etc. The nuclear reactor pump is made in a small town in this country. In such a country, many will think its people lead a luxurious life. At least that was my impression before my study trip.When I arrived at Hamburg, my colleagues who work in Hamburg arranged a welcome party for me in a restaurant. As we walk1ed into the restaurant, we noticed that a lot of tables were empty. There was a table where a young couple was having their meal. There were only two dishes and two cans of beer on the table. I wondered if such simple meal could be romantic, and whether the girl will leave this stingy guy.There were a few old ladies on another table. When a dish is served, the waiter would distribute the food for them, and they would finish every bit of the food on their plates.We did not pay much attention to them, as we were looking forward to the dishes we ordered.
As we were hungry, our local colleague ordered more food for us.As the restaurant was quiet, the food came quite fast. Since there were other activities arranged for us, we did not spend much time dining. When we left, there was still about one third of unconsumed food on the table.When we were leaving the restaurant, we heard someone calling us. We noticed the old ladies in the restaurant were talking about us to the restaurant owner. When they spoke to us in English, we understood that they were unhappy about us wasting so much food. We immediately felt that they were really being too busybody. "We paid for our food, it is none of your business how much food we left behind," my colleague Gui told the old ladies.The old ladies were furious. One of them immediately took her hand phone out and made a call to someone. After a while, a man in uniform claimed to be an officer from the Social Security organisation arrived. Upon knowing what the dispute was, he issued us a 50 Mark fine. We all kept quiet. The local colleague took out a 50 Mark noteand repeatedly apologized to the officer.
The officer told us in a stern voice, "ORDER WHAT YOU CAN CONSUME, MONEY IS YOURS BUT RESOURCES BELONG TO THE SOCIETY. THERE ARE MANY OTHERS IN THE WORLD WHO ARE FACING SHORTAGE OF RESOURCES. YOU HAVE NO REASON TO WASTE RESOURCES.´"Our face turned red. We all agreed with him in our hearts. The mindset of people of this rich country put all of us to shame. WE REALLY NEED TO REFLECT ON THIS. We are from country which is not very rich in resources. To save face, we order large quantity and also waste food when we give others a treat.