Sunday, April 24, 2005

I was in that bus.......

Kannada Newspaper Clipping

I was out with my crew - Neel Arurkar and Subhabrato for outdoor shoot in Munnar. On 21 April 2005, we were travelling in that ill fated bus which met with an accident. As can be seen from the clipping two died on the spot whereas unconfirmed reports added that two more died in the hospital. 10 more are still in the ICU.

All was well when we boarded the 19:15 KSRTC Rajahamsa vehicle bound for Ernakulam via Mysore. With lots of dreams for a nice vacation as well as snaps for the SudaSudaCoffee, we had set out for Kerala. We reached Mysore when coincidentally we were joined by 5 more Infoscions from Mysore DC. Three from Mysore too had planned on vacation to the same spot where we were headed to and the other two were visiting their home town.

Within 10mins infront of Mysore Palace, a container vehicle grazed against the bus. The glass windows disintegrated and they were flying everywhere. The bus driver lost control and rammed into a tree. Two passengers who were travelling in the cabin along with the driver died on the spot. And scores of people were injured. There was pandemonium everywhere bcoz the main door was jammed and there was no emergency exit.

Since it was very close to Mysore city, ambulance rushed to the scene in 10 mins. Critically injured were shifted in the ambulance whereas the rest of us were evacuated via passing bus to K.R.Hospital. One of the infoscion had called up is colleague via mobile who inturn informed the security incharge. Within minutes they marshalled their resources and they reached the hospital before us!!! They helped us clear all the formalities/paperwork. Since its a medico-legal case, they dont handover the xray to the patients. Due to this, some of us were taken to Apollo for personal medical treatment. Except for one who had fracture and may be spinal injuries, rest of us were really lucky. We had cuts/bruises/swollen heads/limbs and eye-lids. Still we were stirred but not shaken. Except for 1 who was admitted into Apollo, rest of us were escorted back to Infy Mysore where we recupperated in the guest house.

In Infy we even met over lunch and dinner.


Group Lunch
Leftmost: The one who rushed along with the ambulance. Cant thank u enough dude
Second: Anuj, one of the few who didnt get hurt much.
Third: Ankit who was reported in the paper as Amitabh !!! Swollen Arm - Still cant help laughing thinking about the treatment suggested by Apollo :-)
Fourth: Thats me. Nothing more than swollen head (due to impact), glass piercing here and there, cut in the eye-lids. Thankfully it wasnt down by a few cms!!!!
Fifth: Subh - swollen legs. Still limping - recover soon buddy.
Sixth: Neel with some pain in the hips but recovered after some sound sleep

Dinner with Hrishikesh
Leftmost: Supriya. Thanks a lot for translating that kannada newspaper.
Rightmost: Hrishikesh - Not a single scratch on him. Infact he was searching for the next bus to continue his trip !!!!

Couple of persons arent covered in the snap :-(. Meanwhile lets pray that Jayanth recovers soon from Apollo. Guys plz post the updates as comments in this blog or else email us.

- Dheepak Ra


Anonymous shailu said...

faux pas???

Rightmost: Hrishikesh - Not a single scratch on him. Infact he was searching for the next bus to continue his trip !!!!

A newly married couple was sitting in separate seats due to last minute booking. They had swapped seats with Hrishikesh. It turned out that both of them died (couldnt personally confirm though). We comforted hrishikesh bcoz its better than one of the couple being alive.

both are contradicting each other.
he is unhurt alright but in one u say he is in a good spirits and unshaken by the accident and in the other u say u were all comforting the fellow.

just a small doubt thats all

April 24, 2005 11:19 AM  
Blogger Baejaar said...

Not a fax paus.

He wasnt phsically hurt. But he was feeling guilty bcoz he was supposed to be sitting down there. The couple died only bcoz they swapped with him (though no fault of his - he graciously gave up his seat which in hindsight saved him)

April 24, 2005 11:22 AM  
Blogger Prabha said...

glad to know u r ok :)

April 25, 2005 7:11 AM  
Blogger Baejaar said...

Thanks prabha. Guess Yamadharmaraja was unlucky that day....

April 25, 2005 7:28 AM  
Blogger vashok said...

How are you feeling now? Is everything ok?

April 26, 2005 6:04 AM  
Blogger Baejaar said...

Sorry Ashok for the late reply - but the email notification of comments was recieved by me just now. I wonder as to when these people will improve the service.

Anyway thanks a lot. Yep I am fine. Almost fully recovered.

April 27, 2005 10:16 PM  
Blogger Kika Gops said...

Thanks for visiting my page. I will remember you as the first person to add a comment to my blog. I am sorry for writing an incoherent comment to the blog.

April 29, 2005 10:42 AM  
Blogger Kika Gops said...

Just now read your blog. Sorry to hear about the incident. God saved you.

April 29, 2005 10:53 AM  
Blogger Baejaar said...

Kika, Thats a pleasant surprise. I never knew that I was the first person to comment on your blog. If its true thats a honor. Meanwhile keep up those beautiful shots on flowers.

If you had the patience to visit this site, then you might be interested in checking out SudaSudaCoffee

April 29, 2005 10:55 AM  
Blogger Gowri said...

Hey, I hope everyone who was injured is feeling better now.
Anyway, it was good to see Infy Mysore, I underwent training there in 2003. The food court in the dinner snap looks amazing, is it a new FC?

May 09, 2005 2:10 PM  
Blogger Baejaar said...


Another blogger from my company! In 2003 I was undergoing training in Bangalore. If Bangalore has undergone lot of changes then one doesnt have to say about Mysore DC. They have expanded to 800 Acres and in house facilities are awesome. They have everything from Multiplex theatres, bowling to several food courts, cricket ground etc. Whenever you drop in to India, dont miss the Mysore DC....

May 09, 2005 9:33 PM  
Blogger Nikhil said...

Were returning after having
(sudasuda)coffee!! at 'Mysore Cafe' here in Surat and suddenly heard this screech...I was talking on the friends go to the 'spot' and find out that a scooty got under a truck and was dragged for 25 mtrs.Two 'spot-deaths' they tell me.
Some 100 mtrs ahead we see love birds cozying up to each other unaware of the world around them.

How symbolic of this paradox called 'life'!!

Infy had come for placements to our college..picked up got placed in cogni yesterday...

Couldn't relate more with your post..accident..infy...

Glad to know u r alright..

May 19, 2005 12:36 PM  
Blogger Baejaar said...

Sorry to hear about that accident. Wish the poor guys had survived.

Meanwhile congratulatoins on your placement. Where is the treat?

May 19, 2005 12:53 PM  
Blogger Neel Arurkar said...

Was reading this today. Again...

December 04, 2010 10:38 AM  

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