Creative Nonfiction: Dare Devil

Subhash Chandra
A cautionary message (actually a warning!) on a signboard I had read while driving up to a hill station flashes in my mind.                                                          
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Time: early morning, about 6.00 a.m. Place: Sai Baba Chowk Crossing on Lala Jagat Narayan Marg in Rohini, Delhi. It is a major crossing; the intersecting roads get clogged with traffic as the day progresses. But at this time, not many vehicles are on the road. The traffic signal is red and a taxi is waiting. I stop behind the taxi. A spanking new SUV whizzes past … the red light be damned! 

After about a month I read in the newspaper about a smash-up at Madhuban Chowk on the same road involving an SUV and a truck … and the death of the car driver on the spot!
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The message on the signboard was: 
‘Better to reach twenty minutes late than to reach twenty years too early. DRIVE SLOW!’ 


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