Accidents & Desi Driving

Later in the evening today, at around 9:15, I accompanied by my dad were driving along the I & T center of G-8/1 & G-8/4 (I guses that chowk is named as Sarrya Chowk) the roads were literally empty with no vehicle in sight, even not one soul you could witness with the extreme cold. The signals became red and we stopped – I was like chalein – koi nahiii – there’s not even one single car you an see … but my dad was like Red means you have to stop, car or no car … and then the signal turned green – we slowly initiated the moving – when suddenly a Suzuki pick up from the left side of the road came – his signal was red and he thought I’ll make it – he must be driving at 90 km/hr – from our back a public van at the very moment crossed us – the van was in full speed too (I’m sure if the signals would not have been green – the driver would have crossed anyways) and in a split second it was a LOUD THUD … the van hit the rare part of pickup – both were in full speed – the Suzuki swirled and the van turned down on its left side -Alhamdolillah, Allah saved us from this with a fraction of second.

We just stopped – my father went ahead towards the accident scene – and suddenly from no-where people came all running – few cries were coming from the van since it was a public van – I saw the driver coming out of the Suzuki pick up and he ran away leaving his pick-up behind. The people who came to rescue shouted loudly “Allah o Akbar” and the van was straightened up – Though the van was badly bruised but Alhamdolillah, it was a blessing that not severe casualties were recorded – a few bruises here and there otherwise what we witnessed could have been utterly bad … God, I was a bit shaken .. when my dad came back he gave me a look as if saying “Now you know what I was saying” – and I was like “I’d have crossed this crossing ages ago” … very bad asma :$

So few lessons that I’ve learnt tonight (luckily not the hard way but you never know):

* Never violate laws – no matter how much persuasion you see around. It’s same as “Taqwaa” – when the full persuasion is there, its then that you have to control and refrain yourself – what’s the fun in following without any urges …!

* It’s Pakistan where we take privilege in breaking laws – so next time you feel like blessing yourself with such a luxury – do look around to see if someone like-mind is taking the same privilege …!

* Always look around when you are on a intersection/crossing – you never know from where suddenly a vehicle come in right for ya …!

* The taxi waalaas, van waalas of Islamabad (add rickshaws elsewhere) love to break signals, can overtake from wrong side or even they can brake-off at any instant almost anywhere – so maintain the braking distance when you have any such vehicle around your car or bike or whatever …!

Drive safely – for yourself and if you don’t care for yourself – do some care for others at least .. maybe someone is waiting back at home …!

14 Comments so far

  1. 1967 (unregistered) on January 17th, 2007 @ 10:27 am

    Glad our Captain came out unscathed from the incident :-D You should be careful on the road though, as we don’t want an “A for [pine]Apple ” sticker on Islamabad Metblog…:P

    On a more serious note, this not just limited to desi driving. It happens all over the world. Wait till you get a glimpse of what happens on AutoBand and Freeways. The best rule is, “don’t wait till they hit you, make sure you avoid them first”, what the coalition forces would call “swift preemptive action”


  2. MJ (unregistered) on January 17th, 2007 @ 11:22 am

    well, first of all apple… koi sadqa dey doo .. and lolz @ Preemptive Action .. good one 1967 ..


  3. A for [pine]Apple (unregistered) on January 17th, 2007 @ 11:38 am

    1967: Hmm – The statement sounded like “don’t wait till they hit you” – hit them first … hmm I still say then ‘that’ driving on freeway’s have the desi touch adopted from us :>

    MJ: u mean shud I give an apple in sadqa :P


  4. 1967 (unregistered) on January 17th, 2007 @ 12:18 pm

    As per standard policies, sadka is only allowed for four legged artifects, how many legs does the apple have?


  5. JayJay (unregistered) on January 17th, 2007 @ 3:02 pm

    I have not see God’s name invoked so many times within a couple of short paras (2 x Alhamdolillahs, 1 x Allah, 1 x God, 1 x Allah o Akbar), while the subject matter was far from piety or religion.

    “Alhamdolillah, Allah saved us from this with a fraction of second.”

    Your father’s compliance with the traffic signal and a bit of luck saved you. Why did not Allah jump in to stop the van from hitting Suzuki?

    I also fail to make out the connection between “Taqwaa” and law abidance.


  6. A for [pine]Apple (unregistered) on January 17th, 2007 @ 3:15 pm

    1967: its [pine] apple, but then it doesn’t have legs just faux hawk styled hair :P

    jayjay: isn’t it good that you atlast saw something – you hadn’t witnessed earlier — I dont wana be personal here – but still, to me atleast, Islam’s not a religion it’s as an integral part of life as is breathing – and for that matter it’s He, Allah the almighty, who saved not only us but even the persons in that van too – otherwise believe me it cud’ve been worst — so u can in a way say that Allah did jumped in :>

    Never mind with taqwaa – I dont wana teach anything here …..!

    BTW … wats luck ?? wana explain?


  7. JayJay (unregistered) on January 17th, 2007 @ 4:12 pm

    @A for…..below two definitions from Wikipedia fit my understanding of “luck”

    Luck as lack of control
    Luck is that which happens beyond a person’s control. This means that luck stands in opposition to one’s control, but not to causation. This view incorporates phenomena that are chance happenings, a person’s place of birth for example, but where there is no uncertainty involved, or where the uncertainty is irrelevant. Within this framework one can differentiate between three different types of luck:
    1. Constitutional luck, that is, luck with factors that cannot be changed. Place of birth and genetic constitution are typical examples.
    2. Circumstantial luck, that is, luck with factors that are haphazardly brought on. Accidents and epidemics are typical examples.
    3. Ignorance luck, that is, luck with factors you do not know about. Examples can be identified only in hindsight.

    Luck as a fallacy
    A rationalist approach to luck includes the application of the rules of probability, and an avoidance of unscientific beliefs. The rationalist feels the belief in luck is a result of poor reasoning or wishful thinking. To a rationalist, a believer in luck commits the post hoc logical fallacy, which argues that because something is sequentially connected, it is connected otherwise, as well:
    A happens (luck-attracting event or action) and then B happens;
    Therefore, A caused B.
    In this particular perspective, probability is only affected by confirmed causal connections. A brick falling on a person walking below, therefore, is not a function of that person’s luck, but is instead the result of a collection of understood (or explainable) occurrences. Statistically, every person walking near the building was just as likely to have the brick fall on them.
    The gambler’s fallacy and inverse gambler’s fallacy both explain some reasoning problems in common beliefs in luck. They involve denying the unpredictability of random events: “I haven’t rolled a six all week, so I’ll definitely roll one tonight”.
    Luck is merely an expression noting an extended period of noted outcomes, completely consistent with random walk probability theory. Wishing one “good luck” will not cause such an extended period, but it expresses positive feelings toward the one — not necessarily wholly undesirable.

    You said: “Islam’s not a religion it’s as an integral part of life as is breathing”. I agree that Islam controls the lives of its adherents. What Islam, as practiced today, lacks is spirituality; religiosity abounds.

    “and for that matter it’s He, Allah the almighty, who saved not only us but even the persons in that van too – otherwise believe me it cud’ve been worst — so u can in a way say that Allah did jumped in”

    I agree in this particular accident there were no causality but why Allah fails to intervene in thousands of other accidents daily. If his/she job is to save, why people die? Why he/she is selective in his/her interference with human lives? Cheers


  8. WK (unregistered) on January 17th, 2007 @ 4:12 pm

    Oh Gosh people, dont you see that our pine appple is saved, that’s all matter, other than that the comments on relegion, taqwa etc.. eeeemmm I do not think so its a nice idea to get involve in it.

    Well if some one ask different way about relegion the answers can be givien easly without dis to anyone.

    PEace !

    WK


  9. 1967 (unregistered) on January 17th, 2007 @ 4:58 pm

    lol@WK “Our Pine Apple is Saved”, well glad atleast people have atleast started owning pine apples, but alas, whether the knife falls on the pine apple of the pine apple falls on the knife, in the end pine apple get’s chopped up..

    Jayjay: Please slow down dude, people are free to seek their inspiration from what ever concepts they feel supportive, be it GOD, Islam, Taqwa or whatever. It’s a personal choice, and no choice is the right one. In simple what matters is what works best for them

    @A for [pine]Apple, still my point remains…no legs no sacrifice..:P


  10. 1967 (unregistered) on January 17th, 2007 @ 5:00 pm

    I mean, any choice can be the right one, there are no absolutes or hardlines here…. we should be tolerant of others’ opinion and points of view


  11. A for [pine]Apple (unregistered) on January 18th, 2007 @ 12:53 am

    JayJay: Well I believe everything cant be all good no bad kind of – it’s these accidents and failures in life – whether we are involved directly or indirectly – that make us Stop rite there and the thought process begins … well – it’s matter of your own faith or belief – neither can I push someone nor can I be pushed – BTW itnay sawalon kay baaad kon cheeers kar sakta hay :P as for LUCK – I asked what you think not what the wikipedia says :P

    @WK: Peace’s already in the air :>

    @1967: Guess what you were so strangled up in making points that you’ve lost it :P


  12. JayJay (unregistered) on January 18th, 2007 @ 7:06 am

    @A4[P]A: As I said earlier Wikipedia has articulated the concept well for me and I share that understanding.

    My questions were not meant to annoy you or to question your belief or anyone else’s for that matter. I just want to learn more, if possible, on the reasons for the use of so many ritualistic jargons as it appeared as an unnecessary show off of one’s piety (I might be wrong). Let us finish this debate, if there was any, then.

    PS: In today’s Daily Times, there is an interesting article the subject of our propensity to wear our religions on our sleeves. No comments necessary.

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=20071\18\story_18-1-2007_pg3_2


  13. 1967 (unregistered) on January 18th, 2007 @ 11:32 am

    Wonderful aricle JayJay. I agree to most parts of it. But that is just the tip of the ice berg. Rational mind, combined with the power of today’s information age is the greatest tool for awareness, however most people don’t realise that or are living in the state of self denial, most don’t know about it even.

    Unfortunately, here too I believe the statisticians “bell curve” applies, with only a fraction of people on either ends. For the majority, you know as I do, we can’t really do much about it.


  14. JayJay (unregistered) on January 18th, 2007 @ 2:32 pm

    @1967: Thanks. You are spot on. A tinge of rationality is all that is needed.



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