Bikes Without Lights

They are all too common, so common that I feel pointless mentioning them here and if you observe any main street in the Karachi for even a few seconds you are bound to spot a few on the road, yeah I am talking about bikes without lights, no head lights, no back lights, no indicators, nothing and loaded with women and even children running on our streets at night even in total darkness, almost invisible and camouflaged. They are people with a death wish and I don’t blame them, limited income, inflation and family problems does drive people towards suicide and what better way to die when the suicide can actually be termed as accident, at least people wont call them cowards but what if their plans to end their lives don’t work out the why they thought, what if they end up crippled or seriously injuring one of their family member, or worst a child ? Wouldn’t that add to they miseries ? Will they be able to forgive themselves ?

A few words of advice for them: Try a better way if suicide is what you have on your mind, and decide for your life alone don’t risk the lives of your children and loved ones and if what you have planed for is not suicide you have got to be plain stupid… Do give it a thought.

Note: Special thanks to Raja Islam for pointing to the issue. 

9 Comments so far

  1. Nadir (nadir) on April 24th, 2008 @ 4:19 pm

    I hope this post is sarcastic in nature. But if you think that these people are actually thinking about dying by accident then the last sentence of your post is totally valid for you.

    I just think that most of the people are illiterate enough and hence too much ignorant of the possibilities / hazards of anything that they are doing. Its not just the bikers -cars, buses, rickshaw drivers all (not the entire population) behave in such ignorant manner. But that’s not we should be blaming them for. Illiteracy, stupidity or other such sort of insanities ‘does’ exist everywhere, and when these types of things exists it is required for the authorities to implement check and balance.

    I believe if the government / authorities don’t do anything, nothing is gonna really happen in terms of betterment to anything. There should be laws for malfunctioning lights, proper signaling, speed limits everything. Even the most educated and ‘sophisticated’ individuals are likely to do something like that. The only thing that keeps one from attempting such acts, is the fear of being watched and to be put to justice no matter what. (that’s what religion is based upon, it should be an inspiration to general conduct of life / government / any system involving human beings and their unpredictable and stupid mental state)

  2. zeeshan on April 24th, 2008 @ 6:54 pm

    LOl… a post that I enjoyed after a long time! NICE! :)

  3. shoaib on April 24th, 2008 @ 7:03 pm

    Great suggestions Nadir, you missed to include the TINTED GLASSES. They also need to be removed from the cars.

  4. starkcontrast (stabani) on April 24th, 2008 @ 11:38 pm

    @shoaib: why tinted glass? they hardly reduce the visibility of a car which has proper working lights.

    perhaps im missing something here? or perhaps you are forgetting that tinted glass is perfectly legal in most other countries except for the hole we call Pakistan.

  5. cyrenity on April 25th, 2008 @ 9:40 am

    oh , while driving in Karachi, the only thing which irritates me a lot is behavior of bikers on main roads, specially Shahrah-e-faisal and others, they drive on fast lanes without any fear, i do drive a bike sometime as well but i never drive that way, i am astonished how brave these people are..

  6. cyrenity on April 25th, 2008 @ 9:42 am

    and what about high beam, when there is no sense :(

  7. cyrenity on April 25th, 2008 @ 9:45 am

    @starkcontrast, may be in the night but what about the day time, anyway i think when there is a law you have to follow it, and by the way on motorway you can’t drive a vehicle with tinted glasses.

  8. samz on April 25th, 2008 @ 3:28 pm

    great post!!
    its a serious issue really un ka tou maloom nahin kah whether they are commiting suicide or not but un ki wajah se dosre zaroor suffer kartay hain
    actually mujhe hamesha dar lagta hai whenever i cross the road…but it is not about bike riders even car drivers do the same thing kah pata hi nahin chalta kah un ko jana kis taraf hai even they their cars on zabracrossing……by the way how about bikers without Halmet and drivers without seatbelt…..

  9. faylasuf on April 26th, 2008 @ 1:53 pm

    Nadir, rules are already there, if u meet a loyal traffic wala u d actually find that out. but Rs 10 and Rs20 note can do wonders for in khi

    interesting thing is that we find it very easy to blame economic conditions for every single thing that is wrong

    with major influx of low cost bikes n absence of a proper transportation can only pray for your safety every day try to drive safe

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