Sandhya was to leave office, (8.30 PM) it was already late. She left office in a hurry, it was slightly raining outside. After waiting for some time she decided to move on & enjoy the drizzle.
She was very happy today because she was waiting for this day and was working hard since joining the company. Today she got her first promotion as a Manager plus hefty hike. She was very energetic & motivated to do something unique and establish herself in the corporate ladder & contribute maximum to the growth of the company. Sandhya was just 26 years living with her mother.
When she started her way back home her mind started wandering in the past & body started shivering due to the rain which had no sign of stopping, so she continued her travel back to home rewinding all the events from her childhood days to till date, being a single child to a widow mother, their struggle and all the hard times the duo faced, her part time job to support her mother & to arrange fees for studies, people who supported them& forced her to pursue higher studies, her selfless teachers & close friends who helped when her mother went through a cardiac arrest, and the good times of getting scholarship from university after getting into the merit, topping the merit in finals, the convocation & celebration with friends. Her eyes were getting moist & tears were disappearing with shower.
Now she had travelled half distance to her home, she was very eager to reach home as early as possible & have a tight hug with mother and give her a good news. In the afternoon Sandhya had purchased a new sari for her mother. And planned a dinner lying her not to cook as they will be attending a function at colleague’s house.
The rain stopped but due to the cold wind she was feeling like frozen. Her patience was going to be tested now, she continued her travel with old memories again reminding herself, the days of joining this company, strict but supportive boss, the learning phase in the corporate world & those late night workings to submit the reports, those long & tiring meetings, those frustrating & heated conversations with colleagues, handling different kind of peoples & achieving the targets, those long distance travels & parting with mother, remaining top performer again, and the judgement day, greetings from colleagues & bosses, celebration in the team, and her lovely mother wearing a sari that she purchased looking at her daughters success from backdrop asking her to come home early, making her eyes wet again.
Looking at flashing lights coming towards her she suddenly braked her scooter on the road side for no use. Everything had crushed within a fraction of seconds, scooter and Sandhya thrown like a doll. Sandhya had gone into a deep sleep, she received another promotion to the heaven, and her dreams were shattered, her hard work failed her, her fate failed her, an old mother waiting for her daughter lost her future, someone had lost their best friend, colleague & company had lost bright employee, finally a family lost its presence. Sandhya was quite but her body was asking someone to please drop her into her mother’s lap, stained Sari with mud & Sandhya’s blood lying on road was asking someone to gift her to Sandhya’s mother as her last reminder.
The flashing objects were the two cars speeding on the roads, both cars were occupied by drunk young boys, who were racing in wild celebration after winning local elections.
Who was to blame for this tragic end of an innocent Sandhya’s life? The government, road rules, traffic Police, drunk drivers, parents, family, friends, teachers or whole society?
Who? Ask yourself, It is us, we all form part of this system & society. We choose people to rule us, we break the rules, and we bribe the authorities to escape. Instead we should always try to be a good citizen rather remaining mere spectator we should set an example to others.
Think this can happen to any one of us. Please follow traffic rules & make road a better & safe place to travel.
Please read below questions & answer yourself to check how you are doing and how you can change.