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Let kids be kids

Thursday, December 18, 2014

You realize the true worth of a vacation once you cross a year of round-the-clock working after your graduation or masters. College life was so cool you say. But time cannot be counter clocked. So it’s always good to spend some valuable time friends, remembering the good old days when you were still kids; that you lost on the very first day of your job. But you always will be a kid from within, no matter what.
Something similar happens to your happily married life once a firstborn child enters your life. You wake up early in the morning to compensate the new responsibilities that deluge your head now. Also the nights when the kid’s whimpers don’t let you sleep all through the night. But still, it is the most you will ever love someone in your life.
As he grows up, even your vacation patterns alter. The family vacations. Kids add magic to your outings. They look at things in their own unusually-loveable ways.
After deciding the vacation budget and a couple of trip ideas, include your kids in it. Younger kids appreciate seeing photos of where you have decided to go and all the fun stuff they are going to do there. You will see excitement on their face from that moment itself.
It is important to provide memories that can be cherished forever by your children. Let them remember you for what good you did not for what you didn’t. The best you can do is let them do whatever they want. Just set them free, running on the open grass, watching butterflies settle on flowers or just sit and fall in love with nature. Give them something they can talk about with their friends after they get back to their classes the next day.
Organized activities amongst the family members while on a picnic or an outing to an amusement park or just anywhere that doesn’t include your daily monotonous schedules. Working parents usually don’t get time to have meals with their kids and this could be a good opportunity for them too. So, don’t forget to carry along the stuff kids love to eat. Also, a chance to get to know each other well. The things they laugh at, things that make them sad, what and how they think and respond to things.
Every time you see him laugh in delectation, you’ll age down to a kid yourself, recharging you to freshness. Seeing him happy, happier you’ll be. Don’t dump anything on them to follow. They are kids, not adults. They are well aware of what makes them joyous.
Every season is a ‘vacation-ful’ season. So don’t let season be a hindrance to their cheerful faces. Stop being an honest traffic policeman. If it starts raining, let them feel the freshness of the monsoon drops on their skin; if it snows, let them get out and make snowman or their snow angels; and let them dance over the sound of the cracking autumn leaves under their feet. Just let them be KIDS.

This post is in response to Indiblogger contest by Teddy Travelouges.

Road Safety

Monday, December 15, 2014

It’s all a wonder how someone perfectly fit and healthy a moment back, turns lifeless after a single crash. Shocking, isn’t it?
Did you know that the first road built in 4000BC was meant to provide a more solid and comfier surface to the wheeled vehicles? And today, there is this one road and it is used by cars, trucks, pony-carts, cyclists and even the pedestrians. Also, there has been a drastic rise in the number of vehicles on road, and in turn, the number of road accidents with negligible or no improvements in the conditions of roads.
The first and the most important thing to be considered is that accidents aren’t a natural calamity. Rather, they are self-caused disasters. One fine morning, you get into your car, eager to go someplace important, probably an interview. There are hopes in your eyes and expectations in the eyes of your parents. All through the distance between your home and the office, you keep thinking of whether or not you’ll bring home the beckon. Way too excited. When suddenly things slip out of your hands and the next moment you open your eyes on a hospital bed. Your parents surrounding you, with tears in their eyes. Calamitous. Way too calamitous. So who is to be blamed for breaking so many hopes?
The only cause of road accidents I could think of is cognitive content. It could either be by avoiding road safety rules, carelessness or escaping away. So here are some of the preventive measures to avoid safety rules to the maximum.
Wear seatbelts. Don’t forget they are your lifebelts.
Don’t forget to park the phone before you drive (yea you heard me right. The phone.) No calls are as important as your lives. Keep that in mind.
Avoid driving during the nights as far as possible.
Do not drink and drive. Save yourself from lifetime regrets if you can.
Drive carefully when children are around. Those innocent souls have seen nothing yet. And they know not what this could lead them to. Also parents should keep an eye on their children when on or near roads. I once read a signboard saying, “Children left unattended will be sold to the circus.” Though sarcastic, it really said a lot. Also, be aware of the stray animals that can often be seen on Indian roads.
Anticipate other people sharing the road with you. Keep your eyes open.
Do not over speed. Remember the promise you made while leaving from home. “Get yourself and kids back alive.”
Road signs are not for showpiece purposes. Follow them.
It is dangerous to tailgate another vehicle. Sudden brakes can take your life in wrong direction.
Overtaking should be done after ensuring full safety.
Check the functioning of headlights before driving at night.
Wrong-sides are the new right-sides these days. Thus leading to a huge loss of life and property.
People driving 2 wheelers should always wear a helmet. What a king is without his crown?
Pedestrians should make use of the zebra crossing before crossing the road. Also, look right, left and right again before crossing.

People often try to run away after crashing into someone, leaving the person half dead on the road. But what if he was rather their own son or brother? Would they still have done the same?
The need of the hour is a promise of no more victims on the roads. Be careful. Think of others. And be a saviour.

In response to Indiblogger and The Nissan Safety Driving Forum.