Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A little Romance and Some Clichés #WillYouShave

#WillYouShave


The phone buzzed beside her pillow, she woke with a start, but then she remembered that there was no hurry.
After the daily grind and toil of almost twenty years ,the kids had finally flown the nest ...
Now there was only one baby to see off to work...Even after more than twenty five years of marriage, Raj still needed to be sent to work .
In a way he was worse than the children, they managed to get themselves dressed and even toasted their own bread to have with milk...
The boys had stopped needing her assistance by the time they were in the fifth grade.
It was only her soul mate who had depended on her for the smallest of things. He had been totally capable of feeding himself but pretended to be all thumbs and not know how to operate the toaster even open a can of tinned fruit...
Men!!!
Sia smiled as the vignettes of their last holiday as a family flashed through her mind...
That day when the rain had made the snow slushy and damp...
The boys wanted to stay indoors and play chess with their dad but he wanted to fit in some activity instead.
Raj had taken Sia for a walk in the woods and she had picked up the fragrant pine cones to weave into a wreath for the front door...
Sia remembered running up the stairs and Raj following huffing and puffing up the stairs...
His chubby frame slowed him down , but he made that last ditch effort and hugged her tight to nuzzle her...
And all Sia could reply with was, "Oh Raj,#WillYouShave ?Your nose is frozen and you're giving me whisker burns. Get away!"
As the tears ran down her cheeks she desperately wanted those whisker burns again , she badly wanted the scratches of his stubble on her chin and she really wanted scream #WillYouShave, but nothing would ever feel like Raj nuzzling her frozen nose again...


This post is a part of #WillYouShave activity at BlogAdda in association with Gillette
I am tagging sindhujpKhushboo,Ekta,Disha and Sarita for the #WillYouShave activity.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Safety First-Nissan Safety Drivers Forum

Wow...
So many new cars...
Our roads are splitting  at the seams.
But do we really know how to drive.
Its an art that must be acquired and learnt and perfected.
I learnt to drive in Delhi, the chaos capital of India.
I was taught to mind my road manners while driving, was taught never to overtake from the left and allow the driver on my right the right of way.
Ok, that was more of a text book education, while I rode the roads of Delhi, I learnt to cut through the traffic and care a damn for left or right .I learnt that my way was the right way and if I ever got caught , all I had to pay was a measly 400 INR .
So it was no big deal, then I almost had a moment...
That moment when you watch every thing go past you in a milli second and thank the Lord that you are all alone in the car...
It's been eleven years since I had that moment. I still drive but I no longer drive like a woman possessed. And my conscience has a voice in Sweet Child... But now I worry about the other people on the road who have no idea what a life changing moment is like...
I wish I could stop the offender on the road and explain to them why it is essential to be safe on the road.
The other drivers are not careless, they just forget that it may take more  than 400 INR to bail them out of trouble they may cause someone not related to them.
The traffic police is making an effort, however, those are just not enough.
I believe that like we so ape the west in matters offensive to our sensibilities, we must copy their traffic rules.
The most important factor is the drivers license and drivers education. The government must be the only licensed authority to offer driving training and like Nissan must offer simulated training. After all ,resources are limited . We may not be airplane pilots but the logic is the same.
The law must enforce the marking of drivers licenses on repeat offenses and also mete a punishment for drunk driving . A punishment like a week long prison sentence along with a hefty fine is good to dissuade even the most arrogant of drivers.
We now have chips on our number plates and car registration cards ,but I.d like to see the chips function as ways to trap people who repeatedly cross the speed limit of drive with reckless abandon.
And don't get me started on children driving...
What masochistic pride do parents get when they allow their children to drive cars  ???
I recently saw a 15 year old drive a Toyota Fortuner...
Why?
Because this is Punjab and they have the car and will flaunt it???
People drive without seat belts and with babies in their laps...
Driving on high beam and blinding the driver in front just because we don't know any better???
Toddlers are not strapped in and move about like they are in the park...
Would they do it in the US or Canada?? Or wherever? ? Obviously not , the law if the land is enough to bring the fear of God...
So why can our India not evoke the same fear ,rather respect for the Law.
Respect for every humans right to life...
Our value system needs a rethink too. Just because we can buy cars doesn't give us the right to drive.
I think forums such as the NISSAN SAFETY DRIVERS FORUM can help to make a change.

As always, a little education is what is needed.
And we must start early.
The traffic police comes once a year to educate the children in schools, and they do an excellent job ,but this must be a monthly effort-after all what you hear more than three times registers better.
And I hope that our children teach us when we falter , so that we may all be safe .Always.
After all ,driving is potentially the most dangerous thing that humans do in their lives... and the dangers of driving recklessly come a close second to being being on a battle field.
Must we jump into the war zone every day???
We as responsible citizens need to change and inculcate a sense of duty towards our fellow citizens, no matter how poor they are in ourselves and our children.
There is never a better time than now.
We need to remember that we not be behind the wheel at all the times.

Nissan is undertaking its social responsibility very seriously.
They will be coming to Jalandhar too...

This year, NSDF would reach 8 new cities – Chandigarh, Jalandhar, Jaipur, Vadodara, Nagpur, Chennai, Mangalore and Kochi. The overall reach and engagement levels have phenomenally grown and NSDF has effectively reached close to 2 lakh citizens. It continues to stay committed to its core objective of promoting safe driving behaviour in India.


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