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The Snow Heroes

The snow covered view from my window

It had snowed all night and when I looked out of window, everything was covered in a thick white layer of snow. It was a beautiful sight. I opened the window to feel the cold air. It was so cold that could not even stand for a minute and closed the window. I changed all plans of going out. For me it was a holiday but what about those who had work or other commitments due to which they would have to go out. My question was answered by a truck with a snow plow. It was removing snow from the roads, keeping them in usable condition. As long as it snowed, the truck kept on cleaning the roads at regular intervals.

The Snow Truck

Be it low temperature or snow storm, this truck would always be there to ensure the roads are clean. Hats off to the people driving it. They remind me of Heroes, even though they don’t have superpowers or jazzy outfits, the Snow Heroes. They make sure if need be we can always go out. In a way, they motivate us to go on, no matter how rough the situations are. Think about it, heroes are always identified by their outfits or powers in movies but in reality its the situation which brings out the Hero within us. There is a hero in all of us, it just needs the right motivation to come out. So the next time someone asks you who is favorite hero, don’t just think about the ones in movies but also those who are around you, making your life better everyday.

The longest drive

They say you don’t get a notice before an adventure. I didn’t believe it until this valentine’s day. My friend Ravi suggested going to Annapolis. After a little bit of discussion, me and my roommate Saritha, agreed.

A picturesque view on the way

A picturesque view on the way

It was a beautiful drive. We had a nice time wandering around the streets of the historic city. Around 7:00pm it started snowing and we decided to return. The moment we entered the highway, it started snowing heavily. I was reminded of the movies on space, where one can see starts coming as the space ship moves forward. The snow fall had become a snow storm. As we went ahead all we could see was snow coming towards us. The speed was reduced to 20miles per hour. After 10 minutes it seemed, the street was covered with ice on both sides. Soon all the cars had their headlights on.

Driving in a snowstorm

Driving in a snowstorm

Then Ravi said he was unable to see the white lines separating the lanes. We looked around and no lines were visible but all the cars were moving slow. In another 20 minutes, the whole 3 lane road had become single lane, with every car moving slowly. Saritha tried to lighten the mood by playing low soft songs. But we all horrified when the car in front of ours suddenly started skidding. It had almost become perpendicular to the direction of traffic when somehow the driver managed to controll it and align it to the moving line. This left us shocked and motionless for a few minutes when David who was sitting at navigator’s seat picked a hotel’s menu and read sandwich as “sanda wich”. At that moment I realized my jaw as hanging out of fear but that remark lighted the atmosphere.

Vehicles maintaining long distances in a blizzard

Vehicles maintaining long distances in a blizzard

My phone was running out of charge. The route never seemed to end. It was scarry but we saw at some places people came out of their cars to help others. These are the times when humanity shows itself. After 3-4 hours of driving we reached home and I heaved a sigh of relief. Thank god we all reached safe and sound. All of us were so tired that we went to Dunkin Doughnuts for a coffee. Then Ravi(who loves to cook) suggested we all gather at his place.

A sumptuous dinner after a snow blizzard

A sumptuous dinner after a snow blizzard

We agreed and after 2 hours we had a sumptuous meal of daal, chapati,paneer biryani and raita. As they say “Alls well that ends well”. I have been to many drives but this was the longest drive of my life. I just thank my friends Ravi, Saritha and David for being with me through this.