Tuesday, January 30, 2007

December 2006 (2)

Two days after my close encounter with fire, a new oil rig on its first assignment capsized during the rig up.
You can see the mast of the rig resting down below...bend, disembered and vulnerable.

As it happend during a lunch-break for most of the ground crew, none were hurt. This huge but simple looking structure is a tecnological wonder which drills the earth surface and brings out the black gold called crude oil.

Nan would know all about the oil rigs from her association with 'Oil man' who is an expert on oil rigs. He is a driller by profession, who really does the major job.

He was 30 years old yesterday as per her post. Please check out the link above to her blog.

The rig as it turns out to be new, I made a request through the proper channel, for visiting that rig on the day of the incident with my trainees, giving them a chance to witness a rig up operation.

On that day morning of the planned visit, one of my trainees reported that he was shivering with fever. I took him to the hospital as I suspected that he has an attck of Maleria. After dropping him in the hospital for a blood test, we proceeded to the rig 45 minutes late and this is what we saw there.

Many would have lost their lifes under the huge structure.
This happened on December 5th.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

December 2006.

The year that has passed was like a bullet train.
It zoomed up and went away, with out giving me a chance to share what was happening here at the end of the year,

Was it me who went off leaving my blog like a flash?

Hmmmm...Both are correct, with the same old question, who ?…the chicken or the egg, which one?

Now as I am already here and kicking, we need to put the past in a bundle, tie it up and throw in the sea.
But there are incidents that should be shared in between. I think that I will condense the matter in two or thee posts… some thing like, a post a day to save your time.

Will you come to read or should I stop my blah, blah ???

Giving due consideration to my ailing leg, I have come to a decision that from now on, I won’t be posting on my vacations. I think that it will give me enough time to relax, specially as I walk now like a crippled dog.

I promised starrynights that I will come and visit her on Christmas Eve as Santa, and to watch one with a limp.
I really tried to be Santa, I even begged.
None would give me chance to be Santa.

Which kid would have fun with a crippled limping Santa ?

Finally, miserably I had to give up my dream of being a Santa.

Poor starrynight !! she must be relieved now !

With her paining back, he no more have to waste her precious time with a crippled Santa to serve cake and cookies. hehehehe
All of you know her I am sure, if not check her link please ! You won't be sorry.

Back to the story again !!!

First half of 2006 has gone very sour, ending with fatalities of two of my trainees and 11 of my friends perishing in a tragic road accident.
I have shared it with you all and the sad memories are still in my mind.

Then the mid term went well with out any tragedies.

But the end of the year, the situation went grave again with many close encounters with the fate around here.
Let me go through just the month of December, when at one stage, my life also was threatened by fate.

Let me narrate it you one by one, with some illustrations.

It started with the trip to unity state on a training visit, to the field through treacherous roads made of mud and sand.
Going towards was easier, as it was morning and dust was about go up and the roads were some how visible.
It all happened on my way back.

It was Dec 3rd late afternoon, when there are strong winds which force the dust to fly upwards.

December was the season nomadic shepherds, cattle and sheep. I saw them moving in line every where.
The first thing they do when they pass the grass fields is to put fire to the dry desiccated grass, which at an instant goes up in flames so fast, that poor reptiles get no chance at all to escape and you can see the eagles and crows going around having the relish on their half burned prey.

A few wild animals escape due to its sheer speed. The smoke produced by the burning of grass both wet and dry, spreads around to near by roads where it threatens motoring in the roads difficult. The smoke suddenly covers motorists by the rapid change of the direction of the wind, causing accidents.

I asked one of the shepherds and he said that it is for the strong growth of grass in the next season.

I landed in one of this smoke screen and flames and escaped unhurt just short of scorching me live.
I saw the burning grass just in front of my pick-up, while I was taking the first picture you see below, of the fire spreading up.
In a flash, the fire and smoke reached me.
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I managed to stop the car, open the door and run for my life with my crippled leg to the safer side of the road.
Watch these pics please. This was on 3rd of Dec.
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This above picture was taken after my escape from the smoke and fire. My pick-up is behind the smoke screen and I have taken this picture from my safer side of the road.
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Last two snaps are of my pick-up with minor paint damage, after the fire and smoke passed away.
You can see fresh smoke and ash rising up very close to the pick-up while in the background, the fire spreading far.
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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

The beat of the clock

Some one is there waiting for me as a rock
tick tuck tick tuck

The bitter chocolate coming to an end one by one
the bitter sweet taste of life lingers on
a few more days to witness the rising of sun

some one is there waiting for me as a rock
tick tuck tick tuck

at times crazy, showing a cold shoulder
other times crazier, tempting, acting bolder

tender, loving, voice closer, though she is far apart
doing magic, melting my heart

tick tuck tick tuck
some one is there waiting for me as a rock

Monday, January 22, 2007

Mea Culpa, Mea Culpa, Mea Maxima Culpa

With due apologies to :-
starrynights, immigrant in canada, nan, rose, saroj, anali, mindinside, walker, andrew, unni, keshi, seema, mystic rose, white forest, samuru, wanderer, mathew, boo, othersideblue, pink ginger, lorna, cecilia, tiesha, neers, jay,chaotic serenity,cukoo, dotm, netnet4, susan, candytuft, hellbunny, cecilia, moodsandcolours, colleen,gel, mriganayani, sreejithkumar, zzz-writer, silence and marutham.
for not acknowledging to their comments.

Sincere gratitude to all the well wishers, with belated New Year greetings in plenty,