Like any other law abiding citizen my wife stopped the car at the red signal. Five seconds went by silently when there was a loud thud and our car zoomed forward. It took us a minute to realize what happened.
We stopped at a red signal where the counter was at 27 seconds. The bus which was way behind us did not however stop. He simply crashed into us.
I checked if everyone was fine my kid and brother who was sitting in the back seat. Everyone was fine. Wife was shocked, but fine.
I got out of the car to check the damage the crash caused. To my dismay my back windshield was broken, the rear lights and the bumper was broken. I took some snaps with my phone.
I walked to the bus driver and asked
“Enna chetta” What happened brother?
“Brake kittiyilla” I applied brake but the bus did not stop.
I took a snap of him and the vehicle number. It was a KSRTC. The conductor came to me and said “It was not red, why did you stop suddenly?”.
“It was red” I replied.
“No it wasnt” he said.
“Are you the driver?” I asked. “Let the driver speak. How would you know?” I said.
“Chechi alle odichathu” Its the lady who was driving right?.
“SO? She has a driving license. Moreover you crashed in from behind. ”
I dialled 100. To my surprise it was ringing and someone lifted the handset after 10 rings. Good enough I thought.
“Sir, a bus just crashed into my vehicle at the Manorama Junction” I explained.
“Is there a traffic block?” He asked.
“No there isn’t” I replied.
“Move the car to a side and DONT cause any blocks” He asserted.
“Okay” I replied. “Would someone come down here?” I asked.
“Yes someone would be there in a minute” He said. “Okay” I said.
I was about to hang up when he asked “Wait a min, is anyone hurt?” he asked.
“No we are all fine”
At least he asked. I thought.
Next I called my dad and told him what just happened.
He asked ” Are you all fine?”
The rest of the day went bargaining for an out of court settlement and things along with others pitching in to comment on the incident, people who weren’t even there. People commenting on me taking photographs of the car and the driver. People looking at the car and the commenting “The signal was not red !”. “Payyan car ayittu irangiyekkuva. Entha cheyya.” . The young lad took the car for a spin, what else to expect?, an autodriver volunteering to become our witness. No, he was not there at the time of incident.
There is an old saying in malayalam
“Arandade ammekku brandhu pidichapol kanan entha shelam” roughly (rudely) translated as “If someone else’s mother is running around crazy, its fun to watch.”