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Saturday, February 14, 2009

Life Guard

The signal is red. A stream of pedestrians are crossing the road. I try hard to join in, making use of my long legs. I was perhaps the last one in the group. Three fourth down the road, the signal turns green. The ignitions were on, the accelerators are pressed. I, and a few others, were trying to negotiate through. It was then it happened. He jumped. From where, I have no clue. It seemed as if Spiderman had accidentally lost his grip. And he was right in front of a Blueline bus, the kind which is famous for being killer. Call it reflex if you will. Because, honestly, there was no time to appraise the situation and take action. I just realized I was holding his shirt around the belt line. Luckily the man was of thin build, so I could hold him back. Question in my eyes, I helped him reach the other side. My outburst was curbed by a smile. No words, excuses, explanations. He just walked away.

8 comments:

humanobserver said...

At least, he should have told you 'thanks'. But you know all men are not equal. :)

Anupama K. Mazumder said...

I was wondering whether it was a suicide attempt.

amitsinha said...

saving smone gives a gr8 satisfaction. i remember we were on a college trip 2 pondicherry and I was almost drowned and 2 fisherman saved me.
interesting thing is that just 15 mins back , me and my fren had terrible altercation with the same guys who saved us, over our drinking beer on the beach.
I was feeling so guilty , but I must have thanked thanked them a ton times

NDEO said...

I am sure that these simple feelings are best left unspoken or shared through expressions like a smile. Great job!!!

Kadri said...

Sometimes things happens so fast that our minds don't realize the seriousness in what just happened. Perhaps his mind was so preoccupied that he didn't see what almost happened until later on when you were gone. Perhaps you have a reason to wonder if it was intentional because you noticed something that you were not supposed to see. Perhaps you changed a life, not just by saving it then and there but by acting and giving the person more time to think things over and make a change.

Wondering but not knowing brings out so many possibilities.

Per Stromsjo said...

Living with the smallest of margins then. That must have been a memorable moment, for both of you.

Anand said...

If ever Im into extreme trouble.. I wanna be near u...very near..
:-)
Somene wise once said.."No good deed ever goes un nticed..not even the smallest...by him."

Ill visit u more.
Anand. :-)

Aviral said...

even i think it was a suicide attempt, coz otherwise he should have said thanks...