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Whack!! this Wednesday’

A few observations and much reasoning lead to error; many observations and a little reasoning to a good whacking!

Haven’t really participated in many contests but couldn’t avoid ‘Whack!! this Wednesday’. For those who know me wouldn’t believe I wrote this but ya well, what the whack, here we go!

If you own a car and especially a bike you would be well aware of unruly pedestrians who think they own the road. I, the law abiding biker, come face to face with such pedestrians’ who-own-it-all. Even these are an assortment.

  • There are those who will explicitly choose to cross the road when a bike is approaching and endanger the biker’s life and off course their own. Doesn’t matter if the road behind the biker is empty, but if the pedestrian doesn’t cross before the bike crosses, the earth will shatter and the sky will fall down!
  • Then there are those who will, after getting down from the bus, always try to cross the road from the front of the bus. Oh ya, the government made the bus of glass so that everyone can see through and through! WRONG! We bikers do not know if you are crossing from the front of the bus because we cannot see you! Off course, with experience you learn to slow down but even then don’t you just feel like whacking the living daylights out of such people?
  • And then there are the aunties and uncles who cross the road as if strolling in a nana-nani park. And what’s more, they always find unsuspecting bikers to strut their stuff in front of. I know you think you are the most important person in this world and at the moment when you are in front of a biker, we think the same too because we cannot do anything. But I can whack you now, thanks to Blogadda!
  • Oh did I forget to mention the old, really old uncles who love to show their Usain Bolt akin racing skills to bikers. But they know they will lose if they run parallel to us. So what do they do to get our attention and in doing so defeat us comprehensively? Start running in front of us just when they see us hapless bikers. Oh ya you made your point. But uncleji, this ain’t the Berlin Olympics and if are so eager to show off your running skills at the age of 60, why don’t you go to a race track instead?
  • Before I forget, there is this another irritating pedestrian who just loves the feel of tarmac and if even there is a 2 feet wide footpath right next to them, they will still choose to walk on the tarmac. Such brand loyalty is unheard of, especially in government circles. Oh and what is worse is they choose heavy traffic situation to display such blatant affection and loyalty for the good ole tarmac. This is the time when bikers are forced to drive in the narrow gap between cars and the footpath and this is also the time the pedestrian chooses to take a walk in the park seemingly aloof of the eager-to-overtake-the-adjacent-car biker honking at em’.
  • Lastly, who can forget the holy rickshawallas and cabbies and buses? The most irritating rickshawallas are those who try to overtake a BMW on a highway when the road is clear. In doing so, they not only create a massive traffic jam behind them but also increase stress to unheard off levels in anger management parlance. Not to forget the cabbies who drive at 20 kmph, no matter what lane they are in. And they drive like royalty, like they are driving a Bugatti. Bikers like us are forced to two their line, disallowed to overtake such cabbies because if we do so, we will be breaking our oath we gave our mothers of not racing on the highway. Then there are the buses that just love driving in the last lane and make sure they give not an inch away to the bikers to pass through. Imagine being stuck behind a King Long Bus on the Andheri Flyover for more than 20 minutes just because the bus driver did not reciprocate your incessant honking! More than whacking the driver feels like whacking the bus itself for its way to big and way to powerful. Remember spiderman? With power comes responsibilities and for buses, this power translates into doing what they want because they own the god damn road!

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  1. May 20, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    Hey,

    That was an interesting read. Though I don’t own a bike, I’ve experienced all that’s in the above post while traveling with dad. Trust me, I really wanted to whack them.

    All the best for the contest! 🙂

    Cheers!
    Nethra

    • Nishant Singh
      May 20, 2010 at 10:43 pm

      Good to know someone agrees with me! hehe

      Thanks for your wishes!

  2. May 20, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    I agree with almost all the points especially the bus one! a friend of mine had met with an accident due to this you know..

    good luck for the contest 🙂

    • Nishant Singh
      May 20, 2010 at 10:46 pm

      oh! Hope your friend is recovering/has recovered fully.

      A friend of mine too had an accident due to a bus and has to live with a numb leg for entire life :(.. sigh.

      Thanks though 🙂

  3. May 20, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    Hey Man..I have been driving for few years now, first a bike and then a car..Completely agree wid you..These guys have a mentality that god is great and the bikewala for sure will save them, who wants police ka jhanjat..They are really a pain..You would love one post of mine on such creatures..Have a look http://bullseye81.wordpress.com/2010/03/26/seven-extra-terrestrial-characters-to-avoid-on-indian-roads/

    • Nishant Singh
      May 20, 2010 at 11:58 pm

      ya man seriously. The word limit stopped me or I would have whacked their next of kin as well!! idiots! LOL..

  4. May 20, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    And yes All the best for the contest !!

  5. cresloga
    May 21, 2010 at 1:03 am

    Hey Nishant.
    I completely agree with you. Especially the first two points ant with the one about the buses. One more thing to be noted is these rickshaw walas, cabies never turn their indicater on when the move from one lane to another – adding to the frustration of the biker behind. These buses, they stop every 100 meters (may be even 10 meters in future) and switch between lanes to drive that 100 meters. There are few car drivers who never know that hey have a break. All they know is heavy beam and honk. People especially the pederstrians don’t realize that it is their life as well, leave alone the biker’s life,that is at risk. you may want to check my laments in the post http://cresloga.wordpress.com/2010/04/02/are-we-unaware-of-or-we-refuse-to-be-aware-of/. Very well expressed in this post. Almost all bikers would agree with you.

    Cheers,
    Loganathan
    http://cresloga.wordpress.com/

    • Nishant Singh
      May 21, 2010 at 10:38 am

      We all rue about how badly behaved the drivers are here and that is probably because not many of us go through proper driving lessons or a proper driving test. Using indicators is the most basic thing but not many follow. For bikers though, it becomes an important part of the ritual, You have to switch on the indicator or risk being run over by a car/bus in the next lane :(.
      Will check up your post too and I am sure we will have a lot to discuss on this topic hehe!

  6. May 21, 2010 at 6:54 am

    I agree with what all you’ve said above, Nishant. 😉

    Good luck for the contest!

    • Nishant Singh
      May 21, 2010 at 10:39 am

      Thanks dude. 😀

  7. May 22, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    Haha, pedestrians in India walk as if they own the road dont they? but I was always a ped-schizophrenic while in india..if im the one on foot, i’d expect the others to respect the right of the pedestrians on the road..if i were in my car, I’d be cursing a blue streak if I saw even a dog staring at my car ready to pounce right down the middle as I drove by..

    • Nishant Singh
      May 23, 2010 at 12:02 am

      You are in my club, oh but I rather not reveal that here LOL!

  8. May 23, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    Hey the situations that u have mentioned are a big bane on our society. All those deserve whacking.. Nice read..:) All the best for the contest..:)

    • Nishant Singh
      May 23, 2010 at 6:34 pm

      Hehehehe they really do deserve it 😛 Thanks bud 🙂

  9. Jayshree
    May 26, 2010 at 10:32 am

    Good one! well written and yes, nice collection and classification! 🙂 Good luck! 🙂

    • Nishant Singh
      May 26, 2010 at 11:38 am

      Hey thanks 🙂

  10. May 26, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    i agree with all the scenarios…

    • Nishant Singh
      May 26, 2010 at 9:38 pm

      Ya man they all need to be whacked! Thanks for visiting!

  11. Ben
    February 10, 2011 at 1:14 am

    Good one mate. I’ve just started to get the wordpress bug 😀

  1. May 21, 2010 at 2:44 am

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