I had always been fascinated with nearly headless Nick, but I never knew I would have a close enough experience of what he may have gone through…
What a good day it was, when I decided to go out of my house to get some things on my motorcycle.
There I was on the street, riding the winds, in my mind, I already was featuring in my dilo ki smoker hai meri motor/ dilo ki unloader hai meri motor. A very fortunate day indeed, when I decided not to wear my helmet because, “arrey sath wali gali tak hi to jana hai kya zarurat hai!”
But my day dreams of stardom were soon torn apart by a sharp nylon thread, drifting in fast towards my neck. I couldn’t use my hands in defence, I didn’t want to crash and lose my bones. But I knew if I didn’t do something I would lose my throat and my face.
Subconsciously I pulled myself back while trying to heroically master the controls of my bike, physics’ law of linear momentum came into play and the delayed impact of the thread on my neck only caused 2 non lethal cuts. This was the day I thanked God that he gifted me with a thick skin, because the thread had stopped mere inches away from my blood vessels.
In the chaos caused by that synthetic manjha I had lost track of the lane I was riding in. By the time I comprehended that a thread had just nearly killed me, I was already facing a truck coming at me with high speed.
With my miraculous reflexes and a huge stroke of luck I was able to avoid the truck and gain the upper hand on the road.
But I was wise to know, the real danger lay at home. If you have a mother like mine, you know you don’t get special treatment if you get hurt. You get care sure, but it is coated with a good scolding and a lot of “mai to pehle hi kehti thi…”, everything ultimately ending with a detainment of at least a week and complimentary taunts for the rest of your life.
Later at home, it dawned upon me, what was a close call in my case had already been a death toll for many. This synthetic thread had claimed many lives, animals, children and adults alike. To my relief as well as disbelief, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) had already put a ban on nylon and synthetic origin manjhas ages ago.
Kites have always been a rave in the independence season, but how ironic it is that someone’s hi-tech manjha out there has taken the freedom of many permanently. If you too are a kite enthusiast, and you want to show your neighbour who is the boss in a kite match, then aim for cutting their thread instead of unintentionally slitting someone’s throat.
This independence season, have a feels good emotion instead of having someone’s blood on your hands. Spread awareness around you about what kind of manjha to buy. As it is with everything else out there, apparently ‘organic’ manjhas are the thing to go for. And there you go youtube, you have another tutorial video’s content, “How to buy manjha for kite flying!”
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