People have to be literally inconvenienced by the Police about something for them to start acting! Or people would continue in the name of ‘everybody does it’, shrug and keep going! Nobody would care a fig otherwise!
Last evening I was jogging back from the beach and towards my house, around 7, on a tree-lined avenue. A black sedan, I think the Skoda type, crossed me. I wouldn’t have noticed the car but for the fact that as it crossed, the front window opened to toss out an empty old monk rum bottle. And it hit me on my right temple!
A lot of scenes played out in my mind! I could have been blinded! I could have been grievously injured! I could have had brain damage! Or in retrospect I could have picked up the now half-broken bottle and hurled it back at the unmindful, ignorant, indifferent car!
But nothing happened! The car sped away oblivious of what it had done and I doubled in pain clutching my head, tears blinding me instantly and not just at the impact. I sat down on the footpath, shaking in fear, my heart beating wildly. I escaped with a mild swelling but I can’t get the shock of the incident off my mind.
A few months ago as I was walking a bunch of kids on bikes threw cigarette butts on me. I escaped then because I saw the burning ember and turned in time. I have been lucky twice, but I might not be third time lucky!
I have a few questions.
Are people that incredibly blind, selfish, self-centred, insensible and oblivious to others around them?
In a country that has just got a call of Swacch Bharat Abhiyaan, is this people’s way of keeping their cars clean? Car ought to be clean at someone’s expense?
Is our civilisation that ancient or people that primitive to not realise you don’t hurl a bottle towards a footpath? Even if it doesn’t find someone’s head it could find some unfortunate person’s feet! Not everybody walks with sandals. Do the so called elite, educated people driving these fancy cars leave their brains behind at home when they start out? Or does the brain migrate to the posterior and remain there during travel? Is it asking for too much to take a little bit of effort to find a garbage bin and dump it there? This isn’t a rehash of ‘Gods must be crazy’ is it??!! God I am so angry!
And what are people doing getting rid of an alcohol bottle at 7 pm? Are they drinking that early? That too inside a car? Just off the damned beach?
Do we need to bring in helmet rule for pedestrians too?
Finally does somebody have to lose their life for a rule to kick in ?
Use your brain people! That’s what supposedly sets you apart from animals!!