We were on the Chennai Blore highway. We have been doing this for over five years now and have come to enjoy the journey a lot. This time, it almost turned out our Highway to Heaven near Ranipet.
We were to attend Navy's cousin's wedding. Very excited since I had got loads of costume jewellery and colour coordinated it for Anushka.
Suddenly out of no where, there was this truck with sharp iron rods jutting out which reversed on to the road. Navy tried to avoid it, the brakes did not respond quick enough and we swung wildly on the road before jumping half way on to the divider.
Anush was with my mother on the back seat. She slept through almost all of it.
Thank God for BIG mercies. We were fortunate.
Funny thing is I am not shocked and was hardly shaken except for a few minutes. I had my eyes open through out. My only concern was that I should not be a sole survivor.
Not a scratch on any of us or the car paint. But the car is more or less kaput on its belly.
Petrol on the the road and a crowd gathered to be a part of the " excitement'. Lot of unsolicited advice and some welcome help followed. A leather factory manager was very benevolent and arranged water, space for amma and anush to relax for a while and a taxi for our trip back to Chennai. The Highway patrol was also pretty efficient. Cannot say the same of the Ford tow vehicle.
So I lived to tell the tale of my FIRST road mishap. But there are a lot of things I need to do:
- Fill in that eye donation form
- Write in neatly all the insurance policies I have
- Arrange all the property docs
- Maybe even draw up a will or authorise some one to act on my behalf in case of need
- Find ocassions to dress Anush up in all those new outfits and jewellery
- Live and love life as if there is no tomorrow