Almost every day, when I open and read the newspaper, there is always a report of a road accident causing injury or death. The victims are usually between the age of 15 and 28. Either it is the driver or the passenger(s) or the innocent pedestrian that pay the price in accidents.
There has been a significant increase in the number of road accidents due to carelessness and negligence of the driver or due to the influence of alcohol or drugs. Experts have also said that road accidents usually occur due to speeding, trying stunts inspired by movies and playing heart-pumping racing games. Having two brothers who are wildly attracted, they often cheer and whistle when they see bikers on Isa Town roads, speeding their hearts away. It looks awesome and thrilling but it is also dangerous.
Three days back, I received a message from my friend that one of our schoolmates died in a motorcycle accident in the south Indian city of Bangalore. Though I have met him two or three times in school, the thought of one of our own passing away is indeed shocking and painful. When we graduated from high school, we promised that we would keep in touch with our friends and meet up whenever possible. When we come back home during vacations, we expect to see our friends again and talk about our ongoing lives.
But there is one thing that none of us least expect – death. Death can happen to anyone at any time and maybe caused as a result of our own acts or someone else’s fault or by natural means.
As we grieve the death of our beloved schoolmate and friend Aayush Shetty, I would like to offer my sincere condolences to his parents and his family back in south Indian town of Udupi.
Moreover I would also like to pass a message to all young boys, especially my younger brothers, friends and those graduating this year. College is fun and you will meet a lot of wonderful people. But please remember that you have only one life and it is precious.
Make sure that you do not try such ‘adventurous’ or ‘thrilling’ stunts.
Aayush’s shocking death is an eye-opener to all of us because even though it may seem cool to you, it may cost the life of someone or maybe your own.
An ex-resident living in Bangalore