picture this –
its an awfully hot afternoon, the sun beating down mercilessly. the humidity is on the high too, i notice, as i run my index finger across my brow to prevent the sweat from running into my eye. eyebrows are futile when you are pouring sweat. i notice 20 or more people crowded outside a shop that is apparently closed. it is not a sunday, neither is it lunch time.
a closer look reveals that the shop isn’t really closed, the shutters only half down. it is a shop selling helmets, the ones for motorcyclists. its a tiny shop, and is actually packed with customers today. in fact, the crowd has become unmanageable and so they’ve had to restrict more people from entering. for they know – never mind the lack of space, more people can actually still stuff themselves in. remember the ‘adjust kar lo’ ad for the underwear?
it is then that i recall the sight while i was riding to work earlier this morning. just about everybody riding a two-wheeler, pillion riders included, was sporting helmets, new ones in many cases. in fact, i even saw a couple of little kids – their tiny bodies adorning a helmet giving them that ET-like look. it is today that the mandate has been officially enforced, the PIL against the govt not withstanding.
i’ve always used one. for the kind of riding i do, it just makes me feel a whole lot safer. and dad has been particular about it, ever since the first day i ever got a motorcycle of my own. not to mention this once when i crashed and my helmet literally broke, saving my poor head. but it brings me to the question that i’ve been thinking about, and thought i might as well share it with all you folks –
why is every for of discipline mostly only enfored? is it not possible for human beings to be naturally self-disciplined? it is, as we see in many instances – yogis, people in the armed forces and so on, but this is still the minority. any thoughts?