Savior In Death

Harish Nanjappa will remain in my memories for a very long time. Simply because he has given a true meaning to humanity by donating his eyes just before his death. So, what’s the big deal? You may ask…

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Harish Nanjappa was 22 years old. A 10 + 2 pass out. Coming from a village background, his life is nothing fancy. He lost his dad when he was very young and his mother fends for her two children working in the 1 acre land they own. They had debts and also dreams.

Harish, off late worked in a private company in Bengaluru, while his mother lived in a near by village. He traveled to the village during the weekend to help his mother in their fields. Ill-fated Harish went to his native that weekend to cast his vote for a local Election. Stayed with his mother until Monday, and Tuesday early morning, he left to Bangalore to resume work. That’s when his luck turned sour.

Harish was travelling in his bike on a highway towards Bengaluru. A truck tried to overtake him, which caused panic and Harish fell off the bike. While trying to apply the brakes, one of the wheels of the Truck burst and the metal inside the wheel sliced Harish’s body into two pieces. The incident itself is so gruesome, but what happened following this is so heart wrenching… Harish lay there for 20 minutes begging for help and the so called humans around didn’t bother to help, rather, tried to make videos and take photos of his sufferings.

For a good 20 minutes, Harish was lying in the pool of blood, asking for help. That’s not all… Being alive, with only half of his body left, it itself  is a miracle. Upon that. he was still thinking right. He gave phone numbers of his family members, so they could be informed about the situation. Asked the people around him for help, to call for an ambulance. One of the passersby did call his uncle and gave them the details of the situation.

When the ambulance arrived, it was almost 20 minutes past the accident. When the Driver of the Ambulance picked up Harish’s torso onto the stretcher, probably that’s when Harish came to terms with the situation. Harish had made up his mind, that he wouldn’t survive. But he wouldn’t want to give up either. Rather than fighting to survive, he probably decided he would put his life to a better use by donating his organs. It is said that he whispered into the Paramedic’s ears, that he would like to donate his eyes and the organs that are intact, while he was moved into the ambulance and the remaining journey to the hospital was in silence. Probably, he saw his life spent, in a flash and felt contended about doing good before he left this world. Harish was declared dead when he reached hospital.

What makes Harish memorable to me, is his presence of mind. His practical thinking. His selflessness to donate whatever is left of him. He makes more sense than any of the moral science classes I attended during my school days,than my teachers, than the religious gurus, or any inspirational talks that I watch on the internet. You are cut in half, the pain is excruciating, you are bleeding in terms of gallons/litres… and you are still thinking of helping someone whom you don’t know, you’ve never met in  your lifetime, probably never meet again. You wont even know who benefited from you. yet you think of donating your own organs, not money, not property, but your own body parts so it could help someone live their life with less pain.

And here we are, with everything physically in place, intact, we fight for something perishable. Something that didn’t belong to us in first place. With so much hatred towards our own kith and kin. Trying to kill each other for power, while we don’t even know if we are going to wake up the next morning, or stay alive the next hour.

This incident is so profound, it has taught me a lesson for a lifetime. I dont know if I can be so selfless as Harish, but every time I’m selfish, Harish will strike my mind, reminding me, helping me think if its really worth the fight.

I attached the video and deleted it later, as its such a horrific incident. I want to remember Harish as in the pic above. If you still want to see the video, search for it on Youtube.

 

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Quite Mistaken!

To most of us who are born and brought up in Bengalooru… well, at least if you are a resident of Bengalooru for few years, [hmm… may be a few Rajyotsavas] would know who the King Kempegowda was.

Ok, I will go into a little detail on it as it’s the Rajyotsava month,

King Kempegowda I built the city Bengalooru. The story says Kempegowda conceived the idea of building a trading city which would eventually become his capital and thus took the permission from the Vijayanagara Empire who ruled Karnataka in that period and went ahead with it. The city was basically designed for trading and residence for the traders. The first harnessed place in Bengalooru was Doddapete [now Avenue Road] and chikkapete which still is ‘The’ trading place in Bengalooru. The books also say he built a huge mud fort around the city with eight gates [still partially seen at Magadi and Savandurga]. Kempegowda also built four watch towers around the city to mark how much the city would grow. [Like everyone knows it’s grown beyond Kempegowdas boundaries].

The reason I’m writing all this is because every time I pass Hudson Circle You would see a beautiful tower which I thought I should capture it on my camera and as I get a chance I would make a file photo of all the four and who knows it might become a monument in the museum with the metro coming up all over Bengalooru by the time my daughter grows up.

Well I was mistaken. I had mistaken this contemporary looking tower to be one of the originals. It was just a replica of the Kempegowda towers built by the city Corporation. I always wondered why Kempegowda wanted to limit the growth of Bengalooru to such small proximity.

But still I went ahead and shot it. Take a look.

A quick search on the net gave the locations of the towers as:

1. Near Mekhri circle

2. Inside Lalbagh park

3. Near Kempambudhi lake

4. Near Ulsoor lake

Being a native of Bengalooru, if I can make such silly mistakes, I’m really sorry for the thousands of people migrating to Bengalooru for being misinformed about most of the things here.

 

Wonderla! – Busy Bangalore

Wonderla is an amazing place to have fun. Its the best Amusement park in India, I was told. I have visited this place a couple of times. I have tried all the rides here. Each one gives you a different experience. I’m dead scared of the rides here, but still wanted to beat my fear. so I tried all of them.

Wonderla is located in Bidadi around 20 kms from Bangalore. Anybody who loves adventure must try the rides here from small Merry go rounds to 300 ft high Giant wheel, everything is worth trying.

The Best rides were the water slides and the scariest are Hurricane, Insanity, mixer… etc

I tried them all and enjoyed the most.

An evening @ Sankey

 It’s really hard to manage time nowadays. I am getting lazier as I’m aging. I’m trying to keep myself and my blog up to date, but lacking a lot of interest in both. Well, may be a phase.

Ok, this weekend was a mixture of lot of things. It’s been very busy. On Saturday we went to our farm [in the outskirts of Bangalore]. I wanted to take lot of pictures there. I couldn’t do so as my Pa-in-law finds it very annoying. We were exhausted when we came back from there. The next evening we had been to Sankey Tank. Well it may sound a little weird, but, yes it is called so. Sankey Tank [Google Map] is actually a lake. It got its name tank as it is a man made lake. It is famous for the Idol immersions during the festivals.

Off late the lake has been developed nicely. They have made paths for joggers and morning strolls. There’s a small play area for the kids. You can also find boating facility depending on the water level. Though it is very crowded during the weekend, it’s a nice place to spend an evening with the kids. It’s always buzzing with joggers, hawkers and lovers.

Busy Bengaluru

Three’s no one at home; I thought I would grab this opportunity to take a small nap. But the moment I catch up with sleep, either there is somebody at the door, or, the phone rings. So I, decided there’s no point in such nap and switched on the PC. While its coming on, I go to the fridge, open the can of rasgulla [it is one of India’s favorite sweets] , which has only two left at the bottom. I just put one of it into the bowl, come back to PC, which ready waiting for me.

Before I begin, I have few things to clear. One of my friends thinks it is not a good idea to leave a comment and mark ‘LIKE’ on my posts as it would mean interference in my personal thought. But he manages to read them though… and yet call it personal. Everybody’s welcome to read the post and comment because you are sharing your opinion with me and you are welcome to do so [and I choose to which one to be there]. Secondly another friend of mine thinks I write my blog for my audience [hehehe] and I’m diplomatic about what I write. He says, when he reads my blog, its like I’m talking to him and the words come from my mind and not heart. Well, it was such a difficult situation for me. One says its so personal and the other says its all made up [in my mind]. I no comment. I haven’t started what I wanted to say and already I finished my rasgulla.

I actually forgot what I wanted to say err… write.

Okay, from the time I can remember until today there has been tremendous change in and around Bangalore. Mused by its changing colors, I thought I will make this changing Bangalore a part of my blog and ma including it as one of the category ‘Busy Bengaluru’ So Here’s the first copy.

First thing you notice when you reach Bengaluru city is Metro under construction… So, here’s glimpse of it This is @RajajiNagar

While cruising through the inder-construction-metro, we reached Sheshadri Puram College. Here’s a famous Chats-on-street wala, who makes tastiest chats and world famous in Bangalore.