Foreword by Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and ShippingSpecial message by Anand Mahindra, Executive Chairman, Mahindra GroupHave a Safe Journey is a collection of short stories on road safety. It attempts to make readers realise the importance of road safety, not through boring guidelines, rules and regulations.. but through interesting storiesForeword by Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and ShippingSpecial message by Anand Mahindra, Executive Chairman, Mahindra GroupHave a Safe Journey is a collection of short stories on road safety. It attempts to make readers realise the importance of road safety, not through boring guidelines, rules and regulations.. but through interesting stories that will force you to be always careful on the road. This book is a joint initiative of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Mahindra Truck and Bus Division and Natural Habitat Preservation Centre.Includes stories by bestselling writers Ashwin Sanghi, Anand Neelakantan, Kiran Manral, Shinie Antony, Priyanka Sinha Jha and Pankaj Dubey.The book is the first compilation of short stories on road safety in India.Includes 25 stories of pain, loss and hope, that make the readers realise the dangers of drunken driving, talking on the phone while driving, speeding, importance of wearing helmets and seatbelts, use of a baby seat, etc.The stories also talk about the importance of helping road accident victims and being a good Samaritan instead of running away from accident sites.The stories are not preachy; instead they use humour, wit, tragedy, horror and futuristic ideas to encourage readers to observe traffic rules and drive safe....
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Have a Safe Journey: The World’s First Collection of Short Stories on Road Safety Reviews
This is an excerpt from my review onmy blog Road Accidents can leave an indelible mark on one's consciousness. If major, they can be fatal and what follows is pure misery for the family and friends of the sufferer. Sometimes the victim happens to be the only support for a family he/she leaves behind. Relationships are ruined. Some people are left maimed for life. There is also monetary loss. There is not one but a hundred things that go wrong after an accident.Can accidents be avoided? Yes and No. While some cases are unavoidable, better road infrastructure, safety features in the vehicles, and paramedic service availability can greatly reduce the instances of and damages caused in other cases.Also, steps can be taken to spread awareness among people about road safety. It made me so happy to know that Government of India is working towards it. Among multiple initiatives towards road safety, one was a writing competition. The contest invited writers to share their work on road safety and an anthology containing 26 of these stories was published. The title of the book is "Have A Safe Journey".Review:Each story is excellently written and has a way of jolting you out of your cocoon to face the scary truth of road accidents.The first part has short stories from published Indian writers on the subject. Let's look at them:Hit and Run by Anand Neelkanthan: We know well the cases where a speeding car kills pedestrians and the blame is taken on by the poor driver. A similar message is driven home by Anand using mythology. I love how he connects the two worlds together.Something About Mary by Ashwin Sanghi: It is an unexpected read. I can hardly expect where Ashwin is going with the story until the very end.Sudden Break by Kiran Manral: Even though one can guess the storyline, the end is completely unexpected and chilling.Carpool by Pankaj Dubey: The story has an okayish beginning and seems unrelated to the end. I have a lot of unanswered questions about it.Rush Hour by Priyanka Sinha Jha: It has a good storyline and is nicely written but I felt that the main character never accepted her mistake. She was as much responsible for what transpired as the other party.Why We Don't Talk by Shinie Antony: This is a very touching story and beautifully explores the relation of a girl with her parents. But I could not solve the equation between the boy and the girl.The Level Crossing by Vikram Kapur: This is a sad but an excellently written story. The anguish of the poor driver has come out nicely. I understand nothing justifies an accident but the story calls for a close look at the plight of cab drivers working multiple shifts a day to earn that extra sum of money for one reason or the other.The second part has the selected stories from the contest. It is not possible to write about every story here but I must say that a lot of effort has gone into editing. I have read Anthologies before and it is very difficult to maintain the same standard of writing across the collection but this book has superb writing throughout. The stories take you across the whole spectrum of emotions. They shake you with the pain and suffering of people but then also make you hopeful when you read about people finding direction out of despair.The ones I liked the best are 'Misplaced Dreams by Barnali Ray Shukla', 'The Street Photographer by Arvind Passey', 'What Can I Do by Sarah Fatima', 'Highway 666 by Thommen Jose'.Recommendation:I think everyone should read it. Not because we do not know about road safety but because we believe ourselves to be invincible. We do not want to believe that an accident can happen to us or someone near to us. This book has the stories to break that misconception. I personally am more careful on road now.Thanks to Manjul Publishing for providing me a review copy.
Disclaimer – I received a review copy from the publisher but the thoughts are my own.If walking on the roads wasn’t scary enough with increasing traffic, people following their own rules and the dismal law and order situation should be enough to scare you. It is the ugly truth. I think it is very commendable that such a book has been published. Nitin Gadkari played an integral role in bringing out the book. He has also written the foreward for Have A Safe Journey. The book is divided into two sections. The first section has stories by established writers and the second section contains stories by people who participated in the Have A Safe Journey (HASJ) contest.Anand Neelakantan’s story Hit and Run was disappointing, an old fashioned fable on truth and morality. It was followed by Ashwin Sanghi’s story Something About Mary which is an account of the first accident. The way the story was presented makes the reader care about the character and the outcome. I really enjoyed it and wouldn’t have minded reading more about her. Kiran Manral’s story Sudden Break will speak to you and leave you thinking long after the story ends.In Car Pool by Pankaj Dubey easygoing Avni with a disregard for rules and Suryash, a stickler for rules, carpool to Goa. Opposites attract and they bond with each other to the extent of falling for each other. I really enjoyed the story. Written in lucid prose and very believable, you are in for the ride with them. It effectively makes a point about wearing seat belts without an ounce of preachiness.Priyanka Sinha Jha’s Rush Hour is interesting because the victim is rescued by the one who caused the accident. He got her admitted, checked her progress and later on told her the truth. But left the decision to go to the police entirely to her. She got a new lease of life because of him. What would you have done?I felt Why We Don’t Talk by Shinie Anthony didn’t quite belong in the collection. It was murky and a bit spooky. But the unexpected makes the story enjoyable.The Level Crossing by Vikram Kapur is about a driver who hasn’t slept three nights in a row and continues to be on the road. He is working round the clock because he needs the money for his sister’s wedding. Without sleep he’s a sitting duck. A disaster waiting to happen. As passengers all we care about is our comfort and reaching our destination on time. Do we ever care or think about the driver’s comfort? After reading this story you will think about your driver and be more alert on the road.Now moving on to the amateurs’ stories. Most stories are good as quick reads which has to do with the format of the short story contest (1500 was the upper word limit). These stories present themselves completely, mostly. Some of these stories are predictable because you know someone will die or be gravely injured in a road mishap of some kind. But having said that many stories are unpredictable and those are the ones I enjoyed.In Ambalika’s An End I Did Not See competitions are being held on the occasion of Road Safety Week at NEHU. In a debate for Safety Ideation Contest, a literature student talks about creating a mobile signal jammer for vehicles to reduce the number of road accidents. One of the panelists is eager to turn her idea into reality. Talking and driving has become more common than drinking and driving.The story is well narrated and the surprising twist will break your heart.In Anukriti Verma’s Safety First Alex and Rick were inseparable like Jai and Veeru from Sholay until death played spoilsport. The story gives a strong message about drinking and driving is strong but it gets preachy towards the end.In Arvind Passey’s The Street Photographer a street photographer who captures gritty images meets a grisly end. The way things played out was unexpected yet real.In The Perilous Eve by Aritri Chatterjee the life of carefree youngsters drinking and speeding on a bike to celebrate the New Year’s eve collides with death. I don’t understand parents gifting their underage offspring bikes and cars. They have had so many years of practice but they still don’t know how to adult.Misplaced Dreams written by Barnali Ray Shukla was one of my favourites. Bus driver is casually drinking and risking so many lives. And there is no one to stop him. Three old friends are on a pleasure trip but they don’t know it would their last trip together. It is gut wrenching listening to their thoughts as they hurtle towards death. Even Gods can’t save you, if you drink and drive. Another clear message it delivers is that life is lived in the moment and does not come with any guarantees.Dipali Taneja’s How Brief Was Your Stay is a heartbreaking story of a mother losing her child. In India people don’t bother using seat belts while sitting in the front seat. They are used more to be exempt from paying a fine rather than as safety measures. This mentality has to change.People are basically good (like Anne Frank I would like to believe that) but they are wrapped up in themselves, their jobs and their families. With the busy lives they lead, they don’t have a minute for something unexpected happening. In A Helping Hand by Geetanjali Maria we realize how not extending a helping hand can have terrible consequences.In A Moment of Thrill by Ketaki Patwardhan Jay is turning sixteen and wants to commemorate this milestone by doing something different. He wants to take his dad’s car out for a spin but his parents put their foot down. Does his friend manage to incite him to do it? Something unexpected helps him make a decision.One Bad Turn by Meera Rajagopalan won the first prize in the contest. Most of us have gone on the wrong side of the road and taken shortcuts. I have done that when the road is relatively empty but I’m always scared a vehicle will come out of nowhere and I will be like a deer caught in the headlights. This story illustrates it and also asks a very important question – Shouldn’t we care for people who have done so much for their families but are unable to take care of themselves?The Light of His Eyes by Ratnadip Acharya tells the story of an amputee who has survived and wants to make a difference in his own way. It struck me very deeply. He uses his life as an example to spread awareness. The story shows that if you are passionate about doing something you will find a way to do it, irrespective of the circumstances.Roshan Radhakrishnan’s The Good Samaritans shows us a form which we should have with us when we are going out. It has details such as blood group, things the person is allergic to, emergency contact number and personal details like name and phone number. It can help doctors make the right call and help the accident victim get the help they need without delay. What these stories do is introduce an idea and if implemented many lives can be saved.The True Hero by Roshni Chhabra won the third prize in the contest. Before reading the story I ask you a question – How important is the choice of a profession in your life? It is how society sees you. Hence parents have high aspirations for their children. What if the son of an army officer wants to be a traffic policeman? What now? It is superb storytelling and will leave you with many questions.Sahar Fatima’s What Can I Do? won the second prize in the contest. Running from pillar to post with everyone passing the blame on, like in a government office. No one holds themselves accountable. No respite for the living or the dead. We are so used to the way things are that it doesn’t even surprise us anymore, just saddens us.Memories is light and funny but makes a point without being preachy. I loved how the bond between grandpa and granddaughter was shown and how quotes from Harry Potter were woven into the story.Taamra Segal’s Happy Birthday started out good but veered more into sentimental terrain which didn’t quite work for me. Highway 666 by Thommen Jose was creative in its depiction of Satan but it didn’t grab me. The writing could have been better in these stories.Veena Nagpal’s Girl on the Road is set on the roads of Delhi. It is a live coverage of her movement (via her thoughts) through traffic to reach her office. She is in the driver’s seat and we feel what she has to deal with on a daily basis. The running commentary puts you in the car with her which makes the narrative urgent; one that will definitely help drill the message of road safety in.The book ends with Vibha Lohani’s Who Killed My Family? Narrated by a child, it is not impactful in the traditional sense but prepare to be surprised. I doubted the decision to put the story at the end, but it will give you a different perspective.The stories in Have a Safe Journey are short I thought, when I began reading the book but they linger on and ask you uncomfortable questions to which there are no easy answers. It might spark a conversation between the readers and the writers. Isn’t that the best outcome one can hope for?Being a stickler is never good except for following traffic rules, and Have A Safe Journey will make sure you follow them. Doubt the veracity of my statement? Read the book!Originally posted on my blog https://eternaloxymoron.wordpress.com
The book, again like the previous book I received from Manjul Publishing, is neatly bound and has absolutely no typos and no errors. The pages are nicely printed and the font size comfortable. It sits well in your palm and the cover has a glorious image of the Himalayas and a rugged jeep. Interestingly, Mahindra Truck and Bus has two interesting images in the inside cover. I believe it is because they have collaborated with the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways to get this book out. Overall, it is a commendable effort, both from the look-and-feel perspective as well as from the conceptualization perspective. A book with stories of road accidents is a novel concept and I am sure will be well received. I personally. havent come across a book that stresses on the importance of being safe on the roads. Going a bit further, the Ministry has collaborated with Manjul Publishing to bring a short stories collection to drive home the importance of reaching home safe to your loved ones. Shri Nitin Gadkari, Minister for Road Transport has written a foreword where he describes a personal experience, which left him immobile for a year. Anand Mahindra has a special message to share with the readers of the book as well. The overall idea behind this effort is to try and reduce the loss of lives on our roads. Each story in the book is unique. Anand Neelakantan, Ashwin Sanghi, and Kiran Manral, stalwarts in their fields, have written very engaging and relatable stories on this subject. While some stories are common, some are so heart wrenching, you would want to reach out and wipe the tears of the loved ones. Vikram Kapur's very believable "The Level Crossing" could happen to any of us, while returning from work. An overworked, sleep-deprived driver killing his ferries is an occurrence not far from truth. Then there is "Rush Hour" by Priyanka Sinha Jha about a woman hurrying to reach office who gets hit by a vehicle while crossing the road. "Why we dont talk" by Shinie Antony is a bit different from the rest. It is drawn out and doesn't make much impact. Arvind Passey's "The Street Photographer" makes you cringe, not because of the gore, but because it is so true. A man's death, which could shake some soil off some powerful people makes a few khakhi clad men jump to steady the boat. A quick transfer and the deed is done. "Misplaced Dreams" by Barnali Ray Shukla is very visual and you can actually feel the bones breaking in the impact of the accident. The author has nailed the description. Out of these stories, Veena Nagpal's "Girl on the Road" shook me up. It was something that could happen to any girl driving on our roads. Be it Delhi or Chennai or Bangalore, all it takes is a misplaced hurt ego and poof a life is lost, wiped out from the face of earth. Are there any favorites? No, I liked mostly all of them. They are all stories of apathy, ego, and poor decisions. When we start from our homes, we tend to become complacent and say, "We will be fine, this is not going to happen to us." We never know what can happen once we are on the road and at the mercy of a drunk teenager, high on dope and daddy's cash. Do we wish to take such chances? This book is a must read for anyone who is particular about reducing road accidents. Apart from posters and messages on social media, a book with stories might drive home the point of road safety in a better way. Rating: 4.9/5Time to Read: 2-3 hours
Have a safe journey is the world's first collection of short stories on read safety by different budding writers. It consists of more than 25 short stories which is written in a way of story which give very important messages about road safety, accidents which is very common now a days. So reading signs and safety rules etc is very boring but this effort of making it interesting for people to know about them though a book filled of interesting short stories is just awesome. I recommend all driving and non driving people to read once in their lifetime.
Stay away from this. A belabouring read through repetitive, juvenile stories (maybe I'm getting old ). While its a one of a kind attempt to pull together an anthology of road safety related stories, it fails by not having enough substance or depth in its stories. At the end of it, it felt like a glorified blog. I understand the intention behind the book but sorry.