“Fortune Favours The Brave” – well this adage may be very old but it’s very true too. Well at least in my life it has been proved true not once but 5 times. I recently (day before yesterday) had a narrow escape from the Lord of the Under World. So I thought y not share all of those encounters with Destiny (near Death Scenarios) with all of the netizens. I’ve chronologically arranged my “Close Encounters”. (Some of them may be in Filmy style please bear .. It’s a true story)
This is one of the most unforgettable day in my life. Well it was my friend’s b’day and he was taking us to treat (For a movie MI-2). The movie was not worth the risk I took that day. We went to the afternoon show in a theatre in Trichy where I was doing my graduation. We were traveling in a bus and I got down at a stop to make way for other passengers to get down and decided to board the bus after it started (well some heroics) but my plan backfired when I lost grip and had to board the bus on my knees instead of my legs. Well the conductor got irritated by my modus operandi and gave me earful. it was most embarrassing to get shouted at in front of all my friends and other passengers. It also stands top in the list of my most embarrassing moments.
A day in Aug 2001:
This incident happened in front of my college. I decided to free myself from the jail(my hostel) so I became a day scholar and have been one for the past 6 months. since I was a day scholar I had to catch a bus to reach my house. So that day was no different and there was so much rush in the bus stand for the one bus that plies in that route. In my eagerness catch a seat for me and my friend Radhakrishnan (we call him ROD) I tried to board the bus while it was still moving. Now again I lost my grip and found my left foot dangling under the bus inches away from the back wheel. The conductor of this bus happened to be a friend of our college so instead of shouting at me pulled me up. Atleast I achieved my objective one way or the other, I got a seat but was rewarded with injuries in my leg.
One day in September 2001:
This again happened when me and my friends were loitering in the main roads of Thanjavur. We were about to catch a bus for home(well the bus stand was little bit far away,so we decided we’ll board the bus on running) well the decision backfired too as always thanks to me..I lost my balance and was literally on all fours beside a moving bus. Well at that moment I thought I was a gonner for good, well luck and some help from my friends saved the day for me.
I wont forget this day in my whole life. Well it was the day of “The Disaster”. It was my friend’s b’day and three of us were planning to come to Chennai for writing an exam. Since my friend was supposed to be waiting at a bus stop and since it was already late sanjeeth wanted to catch an auto while I was hell-bent on going by bus. But majority won and we caught an auto and were cruising at a speed of about 40kmph when all of a sudden a big lorry tyre fell in front of the auto. The auto hit the tyre and at that speed lost its balance and tumbled sideways. I was sitting beside the window (I mean the closed side, the side in which the auto tumbled) and in a flash of a second I was lying prostrate on the ground with the auto on my right arm, and my luggage on my back. The lorry cleaner who had dropped the tyre had ran away and none came forward to lift the auto from my hand except sanjeeth (Thanks da otherwise I wud have had my garlanded photo hanging from a nail in my house). The icing on the cake was the appearance of a matador van that was approaching at us faster than anybody cud imagine.thank god the brakes were perfect cos the van braked just in front of us and took a detour. The most irritating part was that another friend (classmate) of us who was passing that way ridiculed us when we told him what happened a few minutes back. Watta dodo he was (this is wat I thought abt him at tht time)
May 29, 2004:
Well it has been 2 years without any incident and I was breathing a sigh of relief. God thought “ well he has been happy for the past 2 years, lets put some misery into his life. Create an accident”.and Kazaammm!!! It happened..an accident. I’m typing this with my one hand cos I’m unable to lift the other. It happened like this me and my frnd Harish were traveling from his house to arumbakkam, the drive went smoothly till I reached that curve on kotturpuram rd. when all of a sudden a man was in front of my vehicle and a car beside me at 50kmph I cudnt just apply the brakes so I swerved my bike to avoid hitting the man and my bike’s crash bar just crashed into the car’s backside and there I was lying on the ground with the bike on me without knowing wat happened in between. Well harish got scratches all over his body from his arm to thighs to toe. And I had injuries throughout the upper right side, muscle injury in my right shoulder being the greatest and lotsa scratches on my face surrounding my right eye and a big mound in my head god knows wat happened there. Well since it was half-peak hour we were saved from being taken to the burial ground directly from the spot. Well afterward we had a medical checkup and raked our brains to spin a big yarn to my parents abt the accident.
Thank God nothing happened to the bike.
So these have been my “Close Encounters Of 3rd Kind” and I consider myself 5 time lucky ( I’m thinking of putting a plaque in front of my house displaying “5STAR” ).
Hope to have more closer encounters in the future…..