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Old 12th January 2018, 19:22   #721
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While most posts on this thread are 'feel good', I thought this news item belongs here too.
Conductor leaves dead passenger on the road . Whatever the law or the guidelines of the organization, are we so bereft of human values that we stoop to this?
Thank you for sharing this glimpse into the reality of our attitudes. The sense of power and invulnerability that unions provide to employees especially in public sector at least partly contributes to this attitude of callousness. The fact that the two passengers were poor people means that our sense of socio-economic-community superiority might have also played a part here. I recall a time in Mumbai circa 1990 when the BEST driver and the two conductors thrashed a passenger severely for insisting on receiving his change back. The union to best of my recollection was aligned to a powerful party dominant then in Maharashtra. A year later they actually killed a passenger at the Andheri depot (I think) for similar trivia. The unions and their political power pass on a sense of invulnerability to employees prone to mis-use it. Not all do but enough to give a bad name and harrowing experience for others.
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Old 28th January 2018, 00:16   #722
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I don't know if what I am writing is suitable for this thread, but it is too funny so thought I should share.

My brother was at Delhi Airport waiting for his flight to Mumbai. He was in the waiting area and next to him were three couples who were slightly animated about their experience so far and he sort of over heard their conversation and laughed. One of the ladies in that group saw him laughing and shared their travail.

It seems that these 6 people had booked a travel package with a travel agent. They were from a small town in Rajasthan that did not have railway connectivity and the agent was to collect them and drive them to the nearest Railway junction so that they could catch the train to Delhi and at Delhi another agent would pick them at the railway station and drop them at the airport and they would take the flights for their vacation as booked.

As luck would have it, the agent who picked them at the original point managed to miss the Delhi bound train. So being a good sort of chap, he told them he would drive to the next station that the train would stop and get them to board the train. They kept missing the train at each train stop till they eventually reached Delhi and the agent finally dropped them at the Airport.

My brother told me this story and I could not control myself. I wish that whenever I have a travel plan booked, I get a diligent and decent agent who will take care of me.
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Today, at around 1.30 PM I was driving in Salt Lake, Sector I (Kolkata), the post office being on my left. I was on the fast lane. I saw white Dzire coming bang opposite me. Thats when I realized there was a cut in the road, on my right, which I anticipated the Dzire wanted to go. There was an auto on my immediate left. I had to bring my car to a complete standstill to let the Dzire pass through. On a glance at my car's rear view mirror, I spotted a police man riding a bike. Since I stopped my car, he too had to stop.

After the Dzire passed by (an Ola), i started driving, assuming the cop shall take a U turn and stop the Dzire to penalize him for driving on the wrong side of the road, but that did not happen.

I pulled my car over to the left and waved to the police man to stop which he did. I told him in Bengali "Sir, you saw that car coming on the wrong side of the road, please stop him and penalize him", to which I get a reply "Bhai (brother), these things keep happening, you keep your eyes on the road and drive safe". I was like WHAT!
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Thanks to Rijesh P R for sending this video in. Heartfelt gratitude for sharing it with other enthusiasts via this Team-BHP page!



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This incident happened today and was recorded on my dashcam. Dog leads by example - be a good pedestrian.

Uploaded on YouTube, trimmed using Android App VidTrim. Dashcam was reset recently and hence, the older date.
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Old 13th February 2018, 13:14   #725
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This incident occurred a few months back.

I was driving home from work when I noted a parked I10 on the side of the road. The general going on the road (VIP road, Guwahati) was slow due to water pipe works. As I neared the I10, I saw the car moving out of its parking place very slowly. Something about the car's movement struck me as odd and I decided not to overtake it and slowed down myself. The I10 was now moving right across the street and headed straight on to the road divider at a rolling pace.

By this time, I noticed a boy of not more than 3 years standing on the driver's seat of the I10 and his panic was fairly obvious. I parked at a safe distance, signaled the oncoming traffic to slow down for the I10 beached against the divider and took out the crying kid from the car. After sometime, the father of the kid heard the commotion (he was shopping nearby) and was much relieved to find his son safe.

What might have happened was the kid was left alone in the parked car and kids being kids must have disengaged the handbrake and slotted the car in neutral and off it went rolling. Made a mental note to self to never leave any kids unattended in a car.

P.S. Some people started blaming me about how careless I was for leaving my son in the I10 alone
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Yesterday on my way back home, I was almost close to the metro station on a rented two wheeler. What caught my eye was a new WagonR VXi+ AMT in white which was the first one I had seen till date. It had a Learners board and a middle aged man was driving it quite slowly and with a nervous face. On the number plate, he had proudly stickered that he was the president of some organisation for the protection and empowerment of people just like the many other presidents and secretaries we see. He was not wearing seatbelt either. Pulled up to his side, and found that he had the window open. I glanced at the interiors of his car and he looked back thinking something was wrong. I saw an empty road ahead of me, told him in gentle kannada - "Sir, please save yourself first by wearing seatbelts". Before he could respond, I was out of that place but he gave a sheepish smile and wore the seatbelt. That was all I could see by the time he disappeared in my mirror.
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This happened last week.

Heading back home, at the Haji Ali signal (guys in mumbai know that this is a main junction), one car ahead of me, a car is stalled. (well not stalled, the driver had his foot on the brake because the high mounted brake light and other brake lights were on).

So there's the stalled 3 series BMW, then an E class mercedes and then my car. Since it was bumper to bumper traffic all cars were tight behind one another and no place to cut out.

The signal is green and all lanes are moving but not the 3 series. I finally get a chance to back up and the E class also backs up and moves out.

Now as i move out and come parallel to the 3 series i see a young fellow in the driver's seat - the owner by the clothes (not a driver) sitting straight with his mouth open and head slumped to the side! Youngish guy - late thirties i assume.

Being a certified first responder, training kicks in and i assume the worst! Statistically, young fellows getting a cardiac incident have a lesser chance of survival than an older fellow.

Get out of the car grabbing my window breaker hammer which is always clipped to the dash.

Run to the passenger side and first knock on the glass. No response!

Try the doors, LOCKED!

Bang on the glass -> no response!

By now a cop has started running towards me seeing what is happening at a busy signal.

I signal to him that I'm going to break the window now and he gestures thumbs up while running.

I haven't actually used a glass breaker in real life and thus can't gauge the amount of force required.

So i go a little slow and the hit the corner of the glass (as shown on youtube videos - best place to break the glass); However, it doesn't break but gives a loud bang!

Suddenly the guy in the car wakes up!

YES! Wakes up. the bugger was asleep at 5pm in the afternoon!

Seeing me with a hammer, a couple of other car guys who had stopped and a couple of other cops running, he gestures sorry sorry and quickly slots to D and drives off.

We had a hearty laugh, i get in the car and slowly drive off waiting for the adrenaline in the system to wane!

Just imagine, if i had broken the glass???!!!

On second thoughts would he hold me liable to pay for damages?

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This happened last week.

Heading back home, at the Haji Ali signal (guys in mumbai know that this is a main junction), one car ahead of me, a car is stalled. (well not stalled, the driver had his foot on the brake because the high mounted brake light and other brake lights were on).

So there's the stalled 3 series BMW, then an E class mercedes and then my car. Since it was bumper to bumper traffic all cars were tight behind one another and no place to cut out.
This is crazy, but kudos to you to have actually looked across and reacted in the manner you did.

Appreciable was the cop who seemed to be thinking on his feet and asked you to go ahead and break the glass. And I'm sure in the event of the glass eventually breaking, he would have vouched for you.

Imagine if the guy had his foot on the throttle rather, would have been disastrous.

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On second thoughts would he hold me liable to pay for damages?
Drawing a parallel: in some states in the US, it is illegal for someone to leave a child/pet unattended in a parked car. So many stories of how people break windows to free the child/pet, especially in the summer.

But this is India. All you know, the guy would have been like, "you could have let me die, who authorized you to break the glass. pay up"

Smart thinking, though
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Suddenly the guy in the car wakes up!

YES! Wakes up. the bugger was asleep at 5pm in the afternoon!
A few weeks ago, me and my friends were going for a night show movie. It was ~10 PM on a Saturday evening and the traffic was moving 1 foot at a time. My friend was driving (it was his car) and was frustrated with the traffic. Due to the stuck traffic, he used to wait till sufficient gap was available in front of him (8-10 feet) and then moved ahead. Meanwhile, all of us were chatting and cursing the traffic. We reached late and watched the movie.

While coming out of the movie, my friend asked me to drive the car. He said that earlier he was dozing off for few moments at a time and waking up to realize that the traffic had moved ahead. The traffic was so slow that he was bored and sleepy. We didn't know what to say. Never thought one can fall asleep in an overcrowded, noisy, crawling traffic road .

I took the key and drove us back home.

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