I was riding my bike at high speed on a narrow road enjoying the thrill and adrenaline rush in the beautiful night full of joy. I saw another two-wheeler right ahead of me which I estimated to be at a speed of 40 to 50 kmph but it was at 10 to 20 kmph which I realised later but it was too late. I applied the brakes as hard as I could but alas, I could not stop and neither overtake as there was another car coming from the other hand leaving no space on the road. My bike slipped and ‘Thud’ I hit the person in front further taking the bike into the shrubs by the road to save him. My neck, hand, leg and bikes panel, mirror and indicator all were hurt on right side. My spectacles also decided to leave which were found on the next day in the afternoon at the spot of accident. I was lucky that the person I hit did not make it a big issue and told my friends to take me to the hospital and suggested me to wear a helmet asking me whether I was okay. It was an important experience which came at lower cost. So, remember no speeding.
I am thankful to god that I am fine and safe. It was 3rd of December which gave away an important lesson. Now that the vehicle was damaged, I was going to repair it on 6th of December. It was the first time after accident that I was riding the bike which made me think of the mistakes made and regrets are a mandatory thing haunting you for your deeds. On my way I had to stop at a red signal where I saw a kinner waking towards me asking all the other cars for money. I was not carrying any money a bad habit I need to change. She just started coming towards me and I turned my head away so that she does not bother me and goes away. As I looked away, she saw the wound on my neck. I could not look away for long as the wound started to pain so I looked straight again, and she was in front. She pointed at the wound and gestured what happened with her hand with genuine facial expressions. I said with regrets in my mind ‘Accident’. She then tapped me on my shoulder twice with an expression of ‘Take care, lad, be safe’ and walked away. She did not ask for a single penny and instead blessed me. This simple moment made me realise that the people we call hijras and make fun of are also humans, they too have feelings and they have been through worse in life which will give goosebumps on even imagining to us.
It is astonishing how sometimes little incidents or moments change your view about things and make you think the other way. It taught me to keep my kindness alive no matter what the world has in the bag to offer me. To be kind it takes a big heart and courage. The kinners have no value in society, they are treated horribly, and they go through a lot to survive in society. We the privileged must not look away and help them in any way possible. India has started accepting transgenders but not every Indian thinks the same way so yeah, we still need awareness and development. It is good to see that there are many transgenders coming up in society be it becoming a doctor (Dr. Trinetra Haldar Gummaraju), an actor (Elliot page formerly known as Ellen Page), an activist who is also goodwill ambassador of election commission of Maharashtra (Gauri Sawant) who said “You don’t have to be biological mother to mother a child.”, a dancer and an activist (Laxmi Narayan Tripathi) who said “I don’t believe in casteism, I do not believe in colour. If I have the ability to touch the sky I will.”, a lawyer (Sathyasri Sharmila), an Indian naval officer (Shabi Giri), a college principal (Dr Manabi Bandopadhay) who believed “Be yourself, the world will adjust.”, a news anchor (Padmini Prakash), police officer (K Prithika Yashini), judge in Lok Adalat (Joyita Mondal), trans beauty pageant winner (Nitasha Biswas) and last but not the least a politician (Shabnam Bano).
“This transition has been harder on me than anything I could imagine. And that’s the case for so many others besides me. For that reason alone, trans people deserve something vital. They deserve your respect. And from that respect comes a more compassionate community, a more empathetic society, and a better world for all of us.”
- Caitlyn Jenner
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