Wednesday, December 6, 2006

Sar mein Helmet.. Nahi toh hoge Hell's inmate!!!

With many of the states embracing (or proposing to) the “helmets are compulsory” rule, it has got the Mango people (didn’t get it?? our AAM JANATA) farting their hearts(?) out. And, surprisingly, instead of supporting it, we find that the opposers outnumber the supporters, and that too, by a far shot.

Helmets are really our true MATES in this HELL, called Indian roads (or any roads, for that matter). Whatever your ‘nut’ is made of, it needs to be protected, & helmets do that job to a "T"... providing an outer, tougher Nut, which is hard to penetrate. Also, they come with visors which ward off the dust & other elements, which is an oh-so-common thing in our dust-bowls called "roads".

The main hindrance to the use of helmets is undoubtedly the mindset of the people, although, they are not willing to accept it... For this very reason, they come up with complaints that it gets hot and sweaty inside the helmet... I agree, it does feel a bit hot inside during daytime when immobile, but, this is just a transient state... Once you get moving, there is enough airflow inside any helmet... And once you throw open the visor, you can enjoy the fresh air, just like before...

Another reason for its non acceptance maybe the added burden a helmet possesses in carrying it around, after parking... For this very purpose there are helmet locks to secure it to the vehicle...

Then, there r people suggesting that their drop-dead, gorgeous looks cannot be appreciated by the fairer sex because of these helmets coming in their way. I have nothing much to say about this, except that, there is nothing “macho” in having white bandages adorning your handsome face or, worse still, your photo appearing in the newspapers in the Obituaries section for all those birds to see. After all this, they will be left kissing tarmac, rather than u-know-who’s ;-)!!!

I, quite apparently, am not as good my fellow Bharathiyas in finding the cons (or creating one, as it seems to me) about helmet use. Coz, I’ve heard reports about demonstrators going out onto the streets with protests (can u imagine??) to ban the helmet rule, coz it causes hair-loss & what not!!! Of course, there is no proof to back their claims...

Forcing pillions to wear helmets may seem obscure to some, but, give it a thought... Are pillions spared in any accident; don’t they get hurt just as badly as the riders themselves.

I hope better sense prevails & this rule comes into effect across our Bharath-varsh. Coz, we Indians have a special liking for doing things out of compulsion, rather than out of conviction. But, even that, I feel is OK. Force it, if they don’t have the discipline to do it themselves. After all paying a fine is far better and cheaper than paying for the hospital bills; or worse still, paying for the funeral procession…!!

As they say, with this SAFETY device on your head, u can sip SAFE TEA(was’nt that a good one?!!) at home….!! This ensures that you BURN THE ROAD & not the BODY!!!!

4 comments:

Ananda Matthur said...

Here is a discrepency in out government's attitude: They do allow us to smoke, drink alcohol, they only sell lotteries, so why don't they let us drive without helmets? More people are suffering because of these than road accidents on two wheelers. It seems that government is running behind money, that is all. If mandating helmets can bring revenue, they mandate it, that is all. I don't think they are showing true concern for citizens.

Rakshith said...

@ Ananda
IT does seem that govt has its profit at mind... But, e1 then, i think it'l surely bear fruit.. Of course, i'm talking abt the safety aspect of it.. No comments on the fattening pockets of the politicians..!!
Its unfair to say ppl r suffering cos of the helmets.. They definitely save loads of lives.. More so, when head-injuries prove to b the most common fatal injury seen in road traffic accidents

Abhi said...

Ananda,

True, smoking and drinking can kill a lot many than accidents.. But we must know that govt cannot mandate the ban of these ills. There are a no. of reasons for it. Most prominent one being, it gives livelihood for crores of people.
However, the helmet rule is not like that. It works on its own for the benefit of the people.

So, we cant compare the two.

We must appreciate and support the govt when it tries to do something good (It does very little good)...

Uncommon Common Man said...

hell innmate : )nice one