For the ‘Lights’ of others.

There is a traffic signal at the end of every road juncture; GREEN>YELLOW>RED are the lights that are the primary purpose of it. The lights are vertically lined in a circular patterned display on a black lamp-post that is bracketed almost always on the right-hand side of left roadside, seen by everyone who is either on or in a motor-vehicle. The rules are pretty simple; you have to halt your vehicle whenever you see the red light glowing, drive past the signal when the green light flashes and as soon as the light turns green to yellow, let’s be it, you have to halt again. That YELLOW light is just for a heads-up that the red light is going to glow again in some seconds; it exists to make caution of the speed at which you’re approaching at the end of the road where you have to stop, eventually. You have to be extremely oblivious to not understand how this “thing” works; this “thing” is safe, convenient and also expressive.

This introduction bit to my article looks almost sophomoric because why would I talk about traffic signals in an article to explaining how a traffic signal works.

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Clearly, you see that the Pedestrian Crossing a.k.a. Zebra Crossing exists not for the people but for the cars to rest upon!

But it seems to me that in my city, Mumbai, this simple rule isn’t understood as well by anyone neither is it followed by most. Let me paint a picture for you- It’s a sunny Sunday, the sun is hitting your body parts matronly; you’re at a wide road juncture where there are more than 2 road crossings and a lot of cars, bikes and buses that are consistently passing through. You want to cross all the way around this juncture to go to a grocery store. Let’s be clear here, on the roads of Mumbai, pedestrian crossings do exist- but they are not utilized as they should be. People prefer to just randomly cross from anywhere on the road because it requires less effort and nobody cares whether they die or live! And that’s not even an issue, people cross-that’s fine but they cross without looking either left or right! Coming back to my point that it is obvious that you are going to follow the traffic signal indications one by one to pass through that juncture; and if you do that then there wouldn’t be any need for me to write an article about this at all! But that doesn’t happen, does it?

The problem is that people have transpired in becoming so reckless and foolish to not follow traffic signals. Men AND women who are ignorant enough to not follow simple instructions cause traffic, inconvenience, and dangerous accidents that is not handled well in Mumbai. This is not to be taken lightly since Mumbai is a Metropolitan city and is beaming at both the population rate and financially which gives people the money to buy more vehicles- that indirectly leads to even lesser law-abiding citizens!

We don’t need a Traffic Police Officer standing almost at every road junctures trying to control and maintain the traffic that is caused primarily by those not following road signals. We don’t need to blame the government for improper road infrastructures or traffic signal facilities, initially, to feel good about what we’re doing for the lives of others and for us too! Please, kindly understand that you need to follow road instructions because it is that insignificant (for you) thing that is a part of your daily experiences that will someday change the way our country functions without any government interference and also will become the framework that forms your attitude towards tolerating idiots, such as yourself for making a decision to jump a signal.

Please, Be Patient to Follow the Roads Well. Thank you.

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For most of our drivers/riders in Mumbai, the vehicle never comes to a halt; it slowly keeps drifting towards the signal until they’re almost completely in between the road juncture.
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The Red Light Signal
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Chowpatty Traffic Signal

Why we don’t listen to the world?

Recently we’ve looked-overlooked certain misgivings that have hampered humanity with all its purpose; some of us choose to introspect on a limited number of facts, news or opinions, while most of us don’t know how to genuinely react to a situation; it’s either getting together with a crowd of bystanders, like you, or to post your much expected judgment on the internet network. It’s either the ‘to-be-popular’ hash tag (#) you use to get into the frame of other protestors or you post video/image that you create to make some remarking difference.

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I, often ask myself whether we can literally connect the social media to the world to actually learn something from it completely. It’s a simple yet lingering question to ask oneself periodically. Over the past few years there has been a monumental change in technology, human perception and political affairs; I choose to not use the word advancement because I’m assuming it means a good thing, but here we see countries fighting (more like taking civilians) lives over something as feeble as power or money. Now, you would think that power and money are two dominating factors and countries can’t do without them but isn’t that just an idea that was fashioned by some lone powerlessly powerful man, in the past, with disregard for life or death to actually make up a concept of fabricating POWER AS THE TOOL FOR A DOMINATING FUTURE WHERE NO ONE ELSE CAN DEFEAT YOU! This statement is a bit bizarre, I know, but think about it; does power have to be something you need over others? Do you really need to practice power over others, just so that you feel good about yourself and neglect practicing power on yourself? I think not!

Power is something that you need to acquire to believe and motivate yourself, without hurting or affecting others; it’s not something that you should feel over others.

Coming back to my point, I feel if social media can affect our lives, make us better people then why play out the ‘bad-media-good-media’ card? There are always two sides to every creation and media too has them. The question is a bit tricky but if you try, harder, to answer it, you’ll think of a hundred answers and other questions too!
So, as my first post is coming to an end, I ask everyone, if social media has the “actual power”-the true power to change people’s lives; is perception the one to praise or social media?