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The Mon(soon)?

  • Aug. 11th, 2008 at 11:40 PM
We're a country that has a huge bandwidth in terms of world influence.  We're the largest and the fastest spreading country among the developing and developed nations (probably all nations, but I don't have the stats to prove that).  And yet, when the monsoon fails to show up on time, the country breaks into a fevered sweat and one begins to smile humorlessly at the domino effect of one state declaring it a "Drought" after another....  I heard one unnamed politician claim that "This is a country wide emergency, and the government has declared it so!".  He went on to add "However, we as a government are sitting back and relaxing.".  His heart was in the right place of course, and I don't blame him for his oral lashings at his comrades in politics.  In fact, I find that I support his decision to go out and say what he said.  Kodies to the dude.

Any way, the monsoons have arrived now (albeit imba delayed!) and have since been making fun of our municipal corporations. Joyful as the government seemed by the promise of the rains, we've had more fatalities since the coming of the rains than since the failure of their timely arrival.

Yesterday, I stepped out to pick up some cigarettes.  It had been alternating between heavy drizzles and pouring rain over the last day and a half here in Hyderabad, so you can imagine the amount of water that must have been involved.  Nevertheless, I was stunned and awestruck within a minute of firing up my Bolero.  Our place is situated quite near a catchment reservoir that acts as a feeder tank for the Hussain Sagar lake.  There are a few canals that drain water from other places and feed this lake of ours.  It's called the "Bon Cheruvu" by the way, and was the one shouldering the greatest responsibility for the massive and supremely destructive Hyderabadi foods of 2001.

The road (the only real escape from our current location) Goes over a bridge kind of a thing that spans one of the above mentioned canals.  There's usually about a foot (or sometimes less) of water running through this particular channel.  The bridge has a clearance of about 8 feet (I think?) from the bottom of the canal.  It was turning dark already, and the street lights were flickering in a slow, eerie strobe like manner.  I could see people up ahead near the canal.  The strobe lights, the dark and the rain made it a little difficult to make out, but it looked like there was a commotion up ahead.  My mind ran over a series of possibilities.  The most likely of which, was that the bridge had collapsed or something on those lines.  When I got closer though, I was taken completely by surprise..

I was still about a hundred feet from the edge of the canal and there was water everywhere!  I immediately switched to a lower gear and crawled forward.  There was no chance of turning around since the road was way too narrow to make a U-Turn on.  I could go into reverse, but there were a couple of vehicles behind me.  Normally, it would not have been much of an issue.  I could have stopped and reversed..  But their exhaust hoses would have been touching the water and I don't have much faith in unknown (I could'nt make out who they were through the rain) drivers.  They would likely have staled their vehicles and I'd be sunk.

I noticed that the water was already more than half-way up my wheels and a creepy feeling began to tingle through my spine.  When I arrived at the canal, I was taken completely by surprise.  I was already expecting something along the same lines, but what I saw still took my breath away!  I'd earlier figured that a tree or something must have collapsed into the canal and other flotsam might have gotten stuck between the branches and caused an obstruction to the canal's normal flow.  Instead, what I saw both amazed me as well as brought on a respect for nature.  The canal had too much water flowing through it. so much in fact, that the water was flowing almost three feet above the surfaced road over bridge!!  The bridge had effectively been turned into a causeway!  With no railings on either side, I was certain that a smaller vehicle would have been swept away with the force of the water.

We all know what Indian roads are like.  Craters everywhere, potholes where you'd least expect them to be, trenches dug across the road in varying depths, speed breakers designed by unthinking infidels (these speed breakers look like someone placed a pipe on the road and then dropped a bit of cement on that to make sure it does'nt move too much).  Luckily, I have a vivid map of all these obstructions etched into my brain from regular usage.  It was a little disorienting trying to pin-point potholes and other life-threatening obstacles through swiftly flowing, deep, opaque water, but I managed some how.

Skill and technique meshed themselves together in a powerful symphony like that of tungsten reinforced steel bonds, matching molecular structures notch for notch, bond or bond.  The raindrops froze as they fell from the sky, the touch of the wind turning wet hair into wax-like structures.  My fingers coated in a mixture of sweat and the wetness of rain, I grip the wheel with a power not fully understood.  A moment ago, I was in control and was rapidly losing it in the face of nature immense power.  The little trickle of a stream had turned into a raging force worthy of respect and admiration of the highest order.  My instincts reached around me in that frozen moment in time when the raindrops stood till and gleaming in the night.  They reached in and took control just as my brain slipped into the background.  The liquid smoothness of the entire procedure would leave me thinking back in awe at what had happened, but just then, I was a savage beast fighting for the survival of my species..  for the survival of my planet!!

Before I knew it, I'd crossed over and was safe.  the car behind me was swept into the lake with the screeching of metal against asphalt and concrete.  The car behind that one turned on its side and spun taught into the water.  They were lucky that they were'nt deep enough yet.

20 minutes later, I'd bought cigarettes, I'd bought vegetables, I'd bought Redbull (needed for survival!) I'd bought chips..  There were cars lined up on either side of the road already.  People using ropes to try and save the hordes who were mad enough to try the trip across the bridge.  I laughed at the terrified faces and told them I would go on without heeding their warnings of death and destruction.  I represented the hope of mankind and the eternal struggle of man against himself.  I smiled into the closest face.  "I've been through once, I'll go right through again, just watch me!"

I was amused by the sudden change of expression on the poor guys face.  It was a few meters away that I realized what I had seen..  He thought I was a dead man.  I was confident, having done my trick once..  I was absolutely certain I'd manage again.  It had been drizzling gently since I had crossed over 20 minutes ago, so I had not expected what I saw in front of me.  I heard it before I even saw it actually..  The gurgling of swift water..  I could hear the grinding of stones and pebbles as they hurtled around the bridge.  By the time I reached the middle of the bridge, I was horrified!  I could stick an arm out of the window and paddle in the water!!  It must have been almost 4 feet deep over the bridge!  Instinct failed, and never came back.  To my alarm, I could feel the wheels sliding in tiny jerk as the water continued to massage me off the bridge.  The rocks and stones being carried on by the force of the water pummeled the side of the car and haunting scrapes and chinks echoed through the huge black metallic body of my craft.

Then something flashed past my headlights....  It took a split-second for me to recognize it, and another to formulate a plan in my head.  It was the streetlight from the opposite side of the canal.  Determined and suddenly free of fear, I stepped on it.  Part boat, and part car, I took advantage of the flow..  I launched forward when the wheels touched the ground, the low gear ensuring friction and dead-weight.  Bouncing along the bridge at an angle into the flow, I followed a haphazard parabolic path to the opposite side of the canal.

I was glad when I got home.  I put on a brave face and acted like it was nothing.  Frankly though I was so damn terrified, I could have died of fright if someone had merely coughed behind my back, I was that close to the edge of the world!!

I learned the next morning that 4 people had been swept away before my first trip through the waters, 8 more were swept away after that episode.  I was the only person to do the cross over a second time.  All in all, two cars were lost in the lake, and 6 people are presumed dead.  2 bodies remain missing.  4 people survived the deep waters.

What have I learned from all this?  A hell of a lot!  But one thing is for certain, I don't intend to do this ever again, and I don't recommend anyone to ever even try it.  It's foolhardy and stupid, if not outright suicidal!

I've been a bad boy, and it took me a while to get used to what I've done.  I've beaten myself about it enough, so please, spare me the reprimands and stuff.  This post is to make the best of a bad thing.  Please deal with it as gently as you can permit yourself to.  :)

Save a Life, Plant a Damn Tree!!



sepiaverse wrote:
Aug. 11th, 2008 06:22 pm (UTC)
this didnt happen for real..u r just being reverse didactic..hai na?
angiasaa wrote:
Aug. 11th, 2008 06:34 pm (UTC)
It did! and didactic, nope.... It just turned out a little like that toward the end, but that was not the intention when the chicken decided to cross the road, so to speak. :o)
saiprasad wrote:
Aug. 12th, 2008 04:42 pm (UTC)
I just can't believe you dared the second time.
angiasaa wrote:
Aug. 12th, 2008 05:35 pm (UTC)
It was'nt as bad the first time round. :) and I hardly expected it to get so many feet deeper in a mere 20 minutes worth of light drizzle..

Besides, I was pretty confident that I'd get through without a problem. I was overconfient from the first trip.. I assumed the second would be mighty similar. Never expected what greeted me when I got there.

I don't ever plan to try it a third time though. I'm through with causeways. :)
psychog wrote:
Aug. 12th, 2008 06:19 pm (UTC)
What have I learned from all this? smoking kills!!!

What have I learned from all this? if you smoke, always keep lots and lots and lots of cigarettes at home. Maybe u can even sell some to ppl like u and make profit.

And dude, dont u know any normal english? I was lost in the vocabulary goddamnit!
angiasaa wrote:
Aug. 12th, 2008 07:48 pm (UTC)
What have I learned from all this?

Water is fatal! Kinda like Oxygen actually.... But with a slight difference. Did you know that a human body, if subjected to a bed of powerful magnetic forces would be repelled? If you surround the body with magnets and throw the switch, it would cause all the cells below the epidermis to undergo a cataclysmic reaction. In short, the cells in your body would all simultaneously fracture and the liquid contents would flood out. You'd have turned into a water baloon in the blink of an eye!

I'm going off topic, are'nt I? :oP

What I've learned from my episode, is that rain is bad for smoke. :)

As to the English, I'm sure you're just hyping the whole story. It's not as bad as that now, is it?
sepiaverse wrote:
Aug. 12th, 2008 08:14 pm (UTC)
you should have just thanked him for reading the longest post he did in all time :)
how you invite trouble, jim!
angiasaa wrote:
Aug. 12th, 2008 08:18 pm (UTC)
I'm a novice here. :o) So I'm totally lost when it comes to psychog's new take on life and these amazing things he's doing.

This is a new and improved version.. :-)
psychog wrote:
Aug. 14th, 2008 08:08 pm (UTC)
well its atleast half as bad! i wish i could'nt write normal english like u man...i'd be writing for the papers and makin more money than now man..
angiasaa wrote:
Aug. 14th, 2008 11:30 pm (UTC)
So you don't want the money? :)

You could do it dude.. You have the talent and the charming persona needed. I'm sure you could!
psychog wrote:
Aug. 16th, 2008 07:03 pm (UTC)
i ALWAYS want the monies...

You have the talent and the charming persona needed. dont use these lines... ppl are telling us to get rooms.. dont use such lines till i kick their ass!
(no subject) - angiasaa - Aug. 16th, 2008 09:40 pm (UTC)
(no subject) - psychog - Aug. 17th, 2008 01:59 pm (UTC)
(no subject) - angiasaa - Aug. 17th, 2008 05:31 pm (UTC)
(no subject) - subtle_blues - Aug. 22nd, 2008 06:30 pm (UTC)
(no subject) - psychog - Aug. 22nd, 2008 06:44 pm (UTC)
(no subject) - subtle_blues - Aug. 22nd, 2008 06:50 pm (UTC)
(no subject) - psychog - Aug. 22nd, 2008 06:51 pm (UTC)
(no subject) - subtle_blues - Aug. 22nd, 2008 06:55 pm (UTC)
(no subject) - psychog - Aug. 30th, 2008 08:29 pm (UTC)
(no subject) - subtle_blues - Sep. 5th, 2008 07:41 pm (UTC)
(no subject) - angiasaa - Sep. 6th, 2008 09:34 pm (UTC)
(no subject) - psychog - Sep. 7th, 2008 06:31 pm (UTC)
(no subject) - angiasaa - Sep. 7th, 2008 10:22 pm (UTC)
(no subject) - psychog - Sep. 8th, 2008 05:45 am (UTC)
(no subject) - angiasaa - Sep. 21st, 2008 09:06 pm (UTC)
(no subject) - thekamajournals - Sep. 24th, 2008 08:38 pm (UTC)
(no subject) - angiasaa - Sep. 24th, 2008 10:39 pm (UTC)
catchmanblue wrote:
Aug. 25th, 2008 10:57 am (UTC)
Oh my God!!!......, you are the one with A-D-V-E-N-T-U-R-E etched into the viens and nerves of your body,...., how could you ever do it????????,..just wish I ran a scan of your hormone levels at those crucial junctures...and published them in the Scientific American....:)...., would have made me a billionaire by now....:d..lol...,
angiasaa wrote:
Sep. 6th, 2008 09:33 pm (UTC)
Heh! I blame it all on temporary insanity.. But frankly, I have a feeling I merely overestimated my own abilities and underestimated nature. :)

Just because I came out of the whole episode alive and kicking, should'nt mean that I had'nt been more stupid. I was just lucky! :o) A shade too much in any direction could have added another obituary to the dailys. Besides, this post would not have happened. :)
thekamajournals wrote:
Sep. 21st, 2008 08:35 pm (UTC)
You are alive, thats whats important...no reprimands and no beatings from my end.

angiasaa wrote:
Sep. 21st, 2008 08:46 pm (UTC)
Thank you dear Nix. :) It was an ordeal, but I realized that only after it was over..