Story of a lost journalist

July 9, 2008

Bad gutter hole in road to Vazhuthacaud

Filed under: life,Personal — Cris @ 19:30
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Hullo all,

Bad news. My internet connection went down today. Sniff sniff sob sob. I had to hunt a lot to find an internet cafe. The ones I knew do not exist any longer. Sigh made me sad, cause back in high school I used to spend a lot of time there, broadband not yet common in those days.

Keeping my 24-hour deal with the blog anyway. Cause I want to write about something I saw. The story happens in the city of Trivandrum.

When I finally located a cafe today, I had to wait outside for ten minutes cause it was power-cut time in the area. And while I waited, I was watching the road in front of me. There is a gigantic gutter hole right in the middle of the road. This is in the road that goes up from Bakery Junction to Vazhuthacaud junction, opposite to AIR.ย  Being power-cut time, the road was dipped in darkness. So one bike after another, each went right into the gutter, and in the process either the biker threw himself out or got his bike tires stuck in the hole. The cars and buses behind horned the hell out of him and the poor biker tried his best to get the wheels out. It was horrifying to imagine what might happen when someone was speeding fast and landed right into the hole, too late to apply brakes. He might very well be thrown out of the bike into the road all too fast and be run over!

I was wondering how this could be stopped when a group of youngsters who were already helping the bikers and even auto rickshaws to pull their wheels out, had come up with an immediate solution. They pulled out some plants and stuck it into the hole, all long and thick enough to be seen by cars and bikes from a neat distance and stay clear of. Wow. That was neat! Real neat! They did it so fast and so effectively too. Its only a temporary fix, but it was good to watch the want-to-help and do-what-we-can attitude of the young people. I wish the whole world would learn from them.ย  I did. Wish if I had a camera with me; I could’ve taken pictures.

So thats just what I thought I will say today. I dont know if I will get my connection back tomorrow. If you dont see me or CC around here, you can guess why.

See you everyone.




  1. All said and done, I do feel at times that some part of the average Indian heart plays the ‘good Samaritan’ when required – well, may be not always, but you know.. – whether for the right reason or wrong, is another topic.

    But alas, right and wrong are in itself, are too subjective two words to debate upon!

    Comment by Tedy Kanjirathinkal — July 9, 2008 @ 21:30 | Reply

  2. Yup! Good one for the day! Cheers! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Comment by sajith — July 9, 2008 @ 21:32 | Reply

  3. @Tedy: what??!! Were on a hybrid state between the ‘gutter’ post and ‘al pacino’ post when you put that comment up there..?

    @Cris: what??!! Vazhuthacaud jn, opp to AIR!!?? Hmm… I hope the PWD gets the gutter closed before Christmas. Else I’m gonna see those plants grown into healthy trees at the middle of the road, by the time I move into my new place ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Comment by Ariรกn Kenobi — July 9, 2008 @ 21:40 | Reply

  4. Ayyeee!!! Ithaano kaaryam
    This happens everyday in Trivandrum ๐Ÿ˜‰
    “Bakery Junction to Vazhuthacaud junction, opposite to AIR”–This is a one way and AIR is not on this road. You have to cross the Vazhuthakkad signal and take off straight to reach AIR.
    You are geographically challenged. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Comment by Nikhil Narayanan — July 9, 2008 @ 22:27 | Reply

  5. thats a daily event in tvm. poor bikers like me..
    but air is not on the road you mentioned. you were in reliance cafe?

    Comment by srijith.v — July 10, 2008 @ 14:06 | Reply

  6. Thanks for your wishes…Liked your blog too
    May you get back the connectivity soon!

    Comment by Eashwar — July 10, 2008 @ 14:51 | Reply

  7. @Tedy, yes and it most often comes from young people, usually nicknamed ‘howling hooligans’!

    @sajith, thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

    @Arian, hehe dont worry, the plants are probably in their coffins now

    @Nikhil, yes everyday incidents are what really needs attention. Cause it would have stopped being an everyday-thing if someone solved it. I meant the road opposite to the road where AIR is located. Maybe I should have been more clear.

    @srijith, do take care when you are riding bro. There are some pretty deep holes in our city

    @Eashwar, sure ๐Ÿ™‚ And thanks to you too ๐Ÿ™‚

    Comment by Cris — July 10, 2008 @ 22:42 | Reply

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