While driving at night, how many times have we cursed the driver from the opposite side for using high beam?? I have, many times, even if I am only sitting in the passenger seat. What must be the plight of the driver?
I have at least felt that the person driving the car is putting on high beams just to either show off his car’s prowess or to irritate / confuse people coming in from the opposite direction.
I have also blamed driving schools for not bothering to teach newbies the correct usage of headlights (which might be still true to some extent).
But when going through some blogs, I have noticed many people comment about pedestrians / animals (in India) crossing road in a hapazard manner and at all times with out any discipline (So true!!). I also read about poor lighting on many roads which reduces visibility and increases chance of accidents (this is also true!!).
Which brings me to the title of this blog – HIGH BEAM – to be or not to be
This is another example of how helmet has saved a person’s life. Last Wednesday evening, my friend, on her two-wheeler turned right at a green signal. 2 guys on bikes, racing each other at high speed hit her vehicle. The impact was such that she was thrown off her two-wheeler on to the busy road. Her head hit the road and she was unconscious for some time. Her buckled helmet took most of the brunt and she suffered bruises on her face, shoulder and knees (a little deep ones near her right eye and jaw). The doctor re-iterated that she was saved because of the helmet (not just wearing, but buckling up as well).
Please see the link (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZ1hCZtZyes) for a YouTube video on our attitude towards an ambulance – how people try to rush either in front of the ambulance or behind it to “race” others and be fast.
This was a mock run of the ambulance to check if people have a human side or not – Results show “Zero humanitarian consideration”. People are not even thinking that there is a person who needs immediate and speedy care inside that vehicle.
I would urge you to share this article / video with your family and friends to create awareness.
We welcomed Christmas with the headline “Chain snatchers strike again, rob four women”.
My sister-in-law was one of those four who were relieved of their gold chains on Wednesday.
I had called her around 6.30 pm on Wednesday, she said hello and then screamed loudly….. and then started speaking to someone else…… I really could not make out what had happened and where she was. When I called her back immediately, she said her chain was snatched by some bike borne miscreants very close to her house. During this time, she was wearing a sweater buttoned near the neck. Her chain was also not very visible. One of those guys pulled her sweater and then pulled the chain. Fortunately, her chain was not very sturdy and broke easily, so no injuries……She also lost a small part of her chain and got back at least 2/3rds of it. Another lady was not so lucky and sustained injuries to her neck and ear.
Learning: Always be aware of your surroundings and try to avoid distractions.
Any woman’s wardrobe is incomplete without an accessible purse. We tend to fill up the purse with all the knick-knacks that we may require. In the bargain end up with a purse that is certainly too burdensome for our shoulders to carry.
Carrying a heavy purse daily will surely cause:
- Shoulder or neck pain, in case of carrying the purse or bag on only one side and as a result, misaligned spine
- The blood flow due to the weight of the purse gets unevenly distributed. The half that carries the purse is under constant duress and the muscles in that area get sensitized and may ultimately start aching.
- The overload on one half of the back causes strain on the spine and back too. The pain may be in the form of stiffness, aching, numbness or just tingling sensations.
How to correct:
- Get into the habit of switching sides when carrying bag.
- Backpacks are excellent ergonomic bags and are appropriate for people suffering from back or neck pain. Backpacks also have various pockets for segregating items and thus distributing weight evenly.
- Go for smaller compact purses to cut down the number of knick-knacks.
- Use clutches with string for occasion which will cut down drastically on the number of items going into it (but clutching it tightly for long periods might be bad).