The Narrow Escape…..

Our college timing was 8:45 am to 4 pm. But mostly we were late since Ishan used to pick me from my stop after 8:45 only. On our way we used to talk with the winds on his Pulsar which was almost always above 80 Kmph. Winter or Summer, we just loved the speed. Things have changed after the accident though. I don’t allow him to speed even a little. But this post is not about that accident. It’s about the accident that could have happened if Ishan wouldn’t have taken charge at the right time.

One normal morning, Ishan picked me at around 8:55 am and we left for college. We were speeding above 80’s and were very close to our college. At a distance of about 3 minutes from our college, we almost met an accident.

On the side of the Highway, there were several buffaloes. There owner was waiting for people to pass so that he can cross the road with his Sweethearts. Due to some reason, one buffalo got angry and the owner lost control over her.

The buffalo started running towards the divider, as if in hurry to cross the road. We saw her running towards the divider and thought she will pass. We didn’t slow down and continued at our speed. But as the Murphy’s law goes, ‘If anything can go wrong, it will’, that buffalo changed its route and decided to move towards us with high speed. She wasn’t targeting us or something (I hope not, fingers crossed), she just took an arc. And the situation changed.

We were speeding towards her, she was speeding towards us. She was moving in circular motion, and hence we were not able to decide which way will be taken by her. I warned Ishan about the same and he acted soon enough. Instead of slowing down or getting confused, he raised the speed of the bike and cut through the arc which the buffalo took after we passed. Have he been slow by even a second, I might not be writing this today.

As soon as we passed the buffalo, we came into another situation. We were almost on the edge of the road, and the owner of the buffalo was standing in front of us. Slowing down wasn’t an option, and hence we sped. The owner jumped of the road to the side of the road and saved himself and us from the accident.

I and Ishan still remember this incident whenever we see a buffalo or cow around our bike and laugh a lot. But at that moment, we were scared to death, though were adamant to accept it at that point, we don’t feel ashamed to accept it now.

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About Manish Jain

I'm a wanderer in search of solace which has long eluded me.
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