Rules to take you long on highway

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Dreaming of a road-trip with besties or your special someone is always fun and romantic in all ways. But if you are embarking on a journey on Indian Highways then its not the same as driving in the city where you know the roads in and out and the speeds are much lower as compared to that on highways.

So what should be kept in mind so that your fun-filled or romantic trip is unforgettable for all the right reasons??

It is absolutely fine if you are not aware of all the rules.

Do’s Before the Journey

  • Make sure you serviced your vehicle just before the trip
  • Check for the insurance renewals, PUC and weather all the Bike accessories are in condition or not

Rules to be followed

Overtaking

If you are planning to overtake a vehicle keep the following things in mind

  • Check for oncoming traffic
  • Maintain adequate distance from vehicle ahead of yours
  • Blink high beams and
  • always overtake from the left side

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Many of us while driving on highways get angry when someone overtakes us and try to the same immediately. We should understand that there is no competition and it could be fatal

Speed Limits

It is not always the high speed that can cause accidents!! Strange right?? Even driving lower than the normal average highways speed can cause problems to people who drive at the normal highway speed.

  • The High speed limit is 70 kmph at day time and 65 kmph at night120px-UK_traffic_sign_670V50.svg.png
  • There are sometimes certain speed limits specified for certain roads and those are written on the traffic signs on side of roads
  • Do not drive too fast or drive too slow both are not advisable

Keep Right- Always!!

While driving on highways usually left lanes are used to pass by and not for actual driving. So always drive on middle or the right lane.

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Look out for traffic signs which signal Humps, as speedy crossing of hump might be dangerous. Also while overtaking keep in mind that there is no hump ahead. The traffic sign of humps ahead looks like below

Parking During Halts

Make sure that you park your vehicle at proper parking space while on halt. It should be parked away from passing traffic with parking lights on.

Take a break after every 2 to 3 hours of driving. It will lead to increase blood circulation and at the same time keep you fresh.

Ever tried a roadside dhaba tea?? It is worth trying 😛

 

Sharing the Road with Trucks

Highway has it’s own artists… The truck drivers who have the best in town graffiti and a handful of advice. For example “buri nazar wale tera muh kala” or be it “dekho magar pyar se”

Highways are incomplete without their giants-“The Trucks”. Some precautions and rules to follow

  • Trucks need a long distance  to stop as they weigh up to tons of pounds. So maintain a safe distance with trucks as they need time to stop.
  • Do not enter between two trucks, as it is dangerous.
  • While overtaking them use the rear view mirror, give a wider room or space
  • Don’t cross behind a truck that is backing up

Use of Hand/Light Signals

  • While taking a turn use hand or light signals at least 100 mtrs before the turn.
  • have a look at the road behind you before taking a turn.
  • Vehicles that are coming from the other side may sometime miss the obvious blinking because of driving exhaustion.

Some Common traffic signals

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Follow the rules and be safe!!! And if after following all the above if fate turns out against you and your vehicle gets punctured or broke…

Safe Driving!!!!!!! and Happy Journey!!!!

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Best kept secrets of Mahabalipuram 

It’s been a year and in the almost everyday visit ṭo Mahabalipuram or “Mahabs” as we fondly refer to this world famous site where tourist come from around the world there are certain places which are close to my heart.

First time when the  auto stopped at theMahabalipuram bus stand there was nothing which attracted tourists. Then we ask the passers by where is the shore temple in whatever tamil we picked up from the so called movies and our stay in the hostel amongst the tamil maids.. 

And then you walk along a path towards your left and as you progress you slowly find the local vendors with raw mango, cucumber and then colourful stalls with soft toys, sea shells and other products. And then comes into view the shore temple as it is called… With a rustling Bay of Bengal in the background… We will rest the details of temple here and proceed with some hidden secrets on where to eat and where to go shopping in Mahabalipuram..

Mahabalipuram being on the sea shore has numerous restaurants that serve sea food that is tasty… But being a vegetarian by taste I will tell you about this small restaurant come Dhabha named “yogalakshmi” at the bus stand… At first side it is any other roadside food place but believe me the onion Uttapa they serve is one of its kind… Crispy tasty to the extent that you will lick your fingers… The USP of the place is the filter coffee that is served to you in copper tumbler set of two one which is narrow at the base and the other a bowl with flat base… The coffee is poured in the first andtyrned upside down in the second in a mystical fashion that coffee is held between the two and serve to you hot..

The next destination for you would be the shopping street where you would see cotton dresses hanging and trust me this small town owes a lot to its foreign tourists and temporary settlers by. This street has all these tourists need for their fashion needs yet comfortable. 

This street also has a cafe called nautilus which will serve you everything from crepes, pancakes to prawns and has the most tastiest rum fruit punch. Not to forget  the German bakery which has some tastiest lasagna and final Indian touch with variety of pans at ananda Bhavan.

Apart from these small not so known food joints you have the famous radisson blue confluence and latitude which are some star rated resorts with world class facilities… But I would still suggest exploring these lesser known places as they have their own taste and give you that local feel. 

Swayamwar to Arrange Marriage- What Has Changed?

I am very fond of watching Hindu mythological serials or rather read them. Most prominent ones being The Ramayana and The Mahabharata. We have always read about Women being treated at par with men in our ancient cultures rather with more respect. There has been a tradition of “Swayamwar”, choosing your own groom from amongst the guests who have arrived. But when I hear about tales in these to epics of India I have failed to make a connect between the underlying philosophy and what actually happened.

It was never as the name suggests choosing yourself. For Sita Maharaja Janak had a criteria of lifting the Shivadhanush and for Draupadi it was piercing the eye of a fish. Wasn’t it the same as now a father tries to find a groom for his daughter. Only the parameters have changed. These days it’s having a good job, a great salary and being well settled.

When I think a bit deeper I get really intrigued at certain situations which could have happened.

“What If Ravana Had lifted the Dhanush instead of Ram??”

Would Sita have to Marry Ravana inspite of having imagined Ram as her groom. Wasn’t it wrong on Maharaja Janak’s part to put a criteria for swayamwar on the first place, when Sita was allowed to and had the liberty to choose her own groom??

“What would have happened if someone other than arjun pierced the eye of the fish let’s supposing Duryodhan”

Was it fair of Raja Drupad to put a criteria overruling Draupadi’s Wish????

I feel nothing has changed… only the times and criteria is what has changed. I am not against the practice but looking back and pondering into the past I feel we are still the same..

 

 

 

 

Sometimes Wrong Decisions are the Right Ones

Everyday when I open my Facebook account I have a popup saying you have a memory with so and so and when I ponder a bit more and think about it these are same people everyday. It is rightly said you get not what you ask but what you deserve. I was averse to Maths ends up taking it as my +2 subject. I was averse to engineering and tried every possible way to avoid it but ended up doing it. I joined a firm which I never wanted to and now finally I am pursuing my masters which I always wanted to. But now whenever I find a little time for myself and think about my past I wonder weren’t those decisions which I felt were destiny’s wrong doing to me made me meet the best people in my life.

At every stage of my life I have a few bunch of people whom I consider second family. With years gone by memories piling up I sometimes sit and look back and what I see is a bunch of people always with each other be it a decision to buy a simple chocolate or advice regarding your life partner.

One has a unique characteristic of identifying your bad mood how much ever hard you try to hide it, one can make you laugh through her intelligently silly logics, one can teach you her invented words in no time, one can be blunt and straight on the face to tell you you are wrong, while two can be twins all there life that you can’t imagine one without other and almost mistaken for sisters, one can be super fashion conscious that she is almost the last one always to get ready and last but not the least she is silent but when she speaks she will make you laugh out loud.

All of them in their own weird silly and unique ways add colour to your boring life and it’s hard to imagine that they all are with you because you took a decision to which you did not wanted to…