It was the month of Public exams. While every kid in the block was busy preparing for their board exams, we at our office were frantically studying for a crucial test. It was a client visit. You might be wondering what is there to 'study' for a client visit. Well, it was one-off-a-kind wherein the client wanted to quiz us on the area of operations that we worked for them. It was a four member panel waiting to shoot us down with questions. We wanted to do well since this was an opportunity for us to establish the confidence and trust in Client's mind on our capabilities.
Rajinikanth's magnum opus motion picture Kochadaiyaan’s audio had just got released and the songs were going on a loop. Soon ghat section started. We began to cross quite a few coffee plantations. It was still very sunny and no sign of typical hilly climate. I was hoping that the climate will get better as we near Chikmagalur. With nothing much to do, I was just staring at the road through the windshield as the driver continued to drive us through the ghat. The road was narrow with hill's wall on our left side and right side was open downhill with no barricades in between. We were going at a normal pace. Just as we were about to take a left curve I saw a government bus taking right from the other side. The bus had just about half completed its turn and I was hoping that our driver will slow down to avoid a collision at the junction. But our speed never reduced! I was sure that we are going to hit the bus. On the background I could hear SPB's voice echoing "Engae pogudho vaanammmmmm" and before SPB could complete there was a loud thud and splintering of glass all over. Head on our vehicle collided with the tail of the incoming bus. The windshield crumbled into pieces of glass. The van started swiveling to the right directly towards the valley. By now the driver lost control of vehicle and failed to apply the brakes. The vehicle nosedived down the hill..
Two years on, even now a road travel gives me hallucinations. I still avoid wearing black dress during a travel. We walk across so many accident news and statistics daily in our life. However, to experience and evidence the emotional turmoil that such a catastrophe brings to the people concerned is beyond expression.