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Posted on on 1 June 2007

In Chennai, starting today, motorcycle riders are required by law to wear helmets. This law has provoked a lot of debate and I feel sharing a page from my motorcycle diary would benefit my friends.

10 May 2000
It was the annual performance review season, and that morning I was supposed to meet my boss with the appraisal form. On reaching office I realized that I had forgotten the form at home and decided to rush back and get it. I knew I was pushing the limits of my old KB100 but I did not want to be late – not on performance appraisal day.

The next thing I remember, I am in a hospital, drifting in and out of consciousness. I remember a doctor by my side; asking me my name and the panic rising, as my mind was blank.

I recovered from the shock after a few hours, but I still have no recollection about how the accident happened; from my memory, the event was thankfully blacked out. Based on what my friends could gather from the people who carried me to the hospital, I was driving at a very high speed, lost control, hit the lane divider, got thrown off the bike and landed on my face.

What I know for sure is that the impact loosened the bonding of the cranial plates in my skull (in simpler terms, I cracked my skull), and I was bedridden for two months.

I also know, without my helmet, I would have been dead.

So, to quote my favourite trucker,

Rule or no rule, Wear a helmet
OK TATA, Sound Horn

Recently i started a corporate blog ( and the excitement of creating and managing a blog finally convinced me to join the blogging band wagon. So here goes…


This blog will be an online record of my life – Rajagiri, Maharaja’s, REC Calicut, Anna U; Cochin, Calicut, Madras; Ashok Leyland, L&T; Marriage, Fatherhood…

I am not planning to do a chronological magnum opus, but an occassional post on places i remember…

There are places I remember all my life,
Though some have changed
Some forever, not for better
Some have gone and some remain.
All these places have their moments
Of lovers and friends I still can recall
Some are dead and some are living
In my life I loved them all.

– In My Life, The Beatles, Rubber Soul

I will also post about my major interests in life – books, flix, clicks, chicks…

So, welcome to Babu Kuriakose – The Director’s Cut…


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