This happened in 2015 just after getting my college admission. We were returning home on a 2-wheeler. I was the rider with my father as a pillion. Both of us were not wearing helmets that day. At around 8 pm, we were quite close to getting home. A two wheeler travelling in the opposite direction came and hit us. Me and my dad were thrown off the bike. I fell with my face hitting the road and lost consciousness. My dad and other Good Samaritans on the road, came to help me and took me to the hospital. I remember a terrible pain in my face and was told by the doctors that the impact had broken my jaw. I know now how important a helmet is and how it could have saved me from serious injury. Always wear a helmet.
Mala works as a part-time consultant with the Environment and Climate action team at CAG. She is currently working on researching and writing articles on environmental issues and climate action mainly focusing on coal and its impacts. She holds an All India 28th rank in Cost Accounting and has done her MBA in finance. Her past experiences include working as a System Analyst in Toronto Dominion Bank, Canada . She has also been an educator and administrator at International Indian School Dammam, Saudi Arabia. While she is not working, she likes to express her views on domestic and academic affairs through Quora. She is a cricket enthusiast and a movie buff. In her free time, she likes to volunteer at Lit The Light Trust by assisting visually disabled students by providing them with voice recordings of their respective curriculum. She staunchly believes that giving back to society is the most fulfilling experience one can have.
In 2021 I took to cycling daily to my gym and back. Earlier my commuting was by bus and train but Covid stopped that. It feels great to be cycling again though I really wish other people were a little considerate towards cyclists. Many times, even when traffic is light, bikes and cars drive very close by, just a few inches away from me. This is quite scary because a small bump or pothole will make the cycle wobble and I can easily end up getting hit by the bike or car. All a motorist has to do is remember to leave a little space between us! Just for everyone’s safety.
Another problem is when a bike/car wants to turn left, they will overtake me and suddenly cut left just in front of me. So I have to brake hard and stop. Again so dangerous and also very inconsiderate because for a cyclist starting from zero velocity again is so much work! The rule says the vehicle turning left must slow down and follow the vehicle in front till the route is clear to turn. Cyclists and pedestrians, by law, should be given priority.
Summer is here so don't forget to stay hydrated when you go out. But that doesn't mean we buy plastic bottles of water and throw them away! Switch to a metal water bottle and fill it up before heading out.
#SustainableConsumer #NoPlasticPollution #WorldConsumerRightsDay
Presentations by speakers Mr. Rajesh Kumar, Centre for Financial Accountability, Mr. Ashish Fernandes, Climate Risk Horizon, and Mr. Niraj Bhatt, CAG, during the webinar on the 'The status of coal financing in India' on the 22nd/23rd of Feb, 2021.
In 2019, nearly 14% of deaths in road crashes could have been avoided if drivers and passengers had worn seatbelt. Whether its a short ride or a long one, it's time to belt up!
Child restraints are special seat belts for children, designed to keep them safe in the car and are a requirement under the amended Motor Vehicles Act. Let's keep our children safe and use child restraints!