Oops!! Pothole Pains are here again!!!

Monsoon is here and so is the smell of soil,and long drives in rains. Now here is where the problem starts in the form of chuckle holes in the roads.. Let's see how our stars face the fury of such craters.

Sunday, June 22, 2008 | 1:22:03 PM IST (+05:30 GMT)   |  Copyright: india-forums.com  |  Comments 23 Comments  |  10888 Views


Threw out my old raincoat
Set sail without a boat
For places somewhere far beyond my dreams
As the sky came pourin' down ...



On the flip side, some of them are forced to sing...

ďRain rain go away come again another day...Ē


Not a perfect song for the romantic, nostalgic and beautiful rainy season though, isnít it? But spare a thought to the travelers on roads filled with potholes which are basically present in every road, nook and corner....

To deal with these, the civic authorities in Mumbai have come up with a novel initiative, an auditor for potholes, those who will be a qualified expert and will oversee contractors so that bumpy drives can be minimized. Although you never know where there is a chuckle hole made especially for you and waiting for you to take a plunge into it!

Some stars shared their views on their encounters with such "craters" on the roads! So fasten your seat belts, friends as we are all set to take a bumpy ride as rains pour on us!!

Sid Makkar:

Worst experience you had with a Pothole of Mumbai during rains: There was a big pothole and my car got stuck in it. You wonít believe that we literally got down the car, pushed it and when the car finally came out, it was also damaged.

If your car is damaged because you hit a pothole, you might not even be able to claim insurance, your reaction to this: Oh really!!! Wow I did not know this!!

If you could suggest some usage of a pothole, what would it be: I think potholes are creating nuisance, so letís chuck driving and lets all go walking or going on the bicycle, as there is no sense in driving. For the potholes letís do one thing, there is very less greenery left in this world so letís plant trees. I also want to say that when VIPs come to Mumbai, within 24 hours the BMC covers all the potholes. So I guess that letís call as many VIPís as we can and ask them to travel all over the city (laughs).

Priya Badlani:

Worst experience you had with a Pothole of Mumbai during rains: Oh, there are quite a few experiences I have had when it comes to potholes, but they havenít really been traumatic experiences as such. I am a very careful driver and I know how the Indian roads are. Many of my friends have had bad experiences though and I have heard a lot from them.

If your car is damaged because you hit a pothole, you might not even be able to claim insurance, your reaction to this: Well, this is India right. Anything is possible, but this does not mean I donít love my country. I honestly love her but if anything, I would blame the government for the sorry state of the roads in our country today.

If you could suggest some usage of a pothole, what would it be: Usage? Well driving on the roads during the rains is like a free ride in an amusement park. You know, children and adults love to go to amusement parks where they ride in the cars that keep bumping into one another. We have something better here in the roads of Mumbai and the best part is that itís a free ride. You are going to get bumped and go straight to heaven.

Gaurav Khanna">Gaurav Khanna:

Worst experience you had with a Pothole of Mumbai during rains: I had one of the worst experiences in 2003-04. I and my friend were going to college on the bike. I was driving the bike so I was wearing a helmet but my friend was not. Suddenly there was a pothole in between and it took us inside out and my friendís head hit on my helmet. My bike was almost damaged.

If your car is damaged because you hit a pothole, you might not even be able to claim insurance, your reaction to this: Yaa , I know. You wonít believe that I was very possessive about my bike and it was also my first bike that I got from my home town. I got the entire bike modified from the mechanic and had to travel via bus and rickshaws. I will share something with you that I treat my vehicle (my car) as a member of my family. Every time I bump my car in a pothole, I say a sorry.

If you could suggest some usage of a pothole, what would it be: I just wish that potholes are seen in the desert where there is no water..

Shweta Khwatra:

shweta_kwatra.jpg" align="left" border="">Worst experience you had with a Pothole of Mumbai during rains: All my experiences have been one worse than the other. In fact, I have a road full of potholes right in front of my house. And in Mumbai, how can you have just one bad experience?

If your car is damaged because you hit a pothole, you might not even be able to claim insurance, your reaction to this: Yeah I did have idea of this!! It is an issue but frankly, who has the time to fight it. Moreover, I think by now, we Indians have learnt to live with the discrepancies of our country, you know the corruption and stuff.

If you could suggest some usage of a pothole, what would it be: Thatís a very interesting question? Well, if they are on the side of the roads, I think I would plant some trees in them. Rather, that would take too much of an effort, so I would just put some potted plants in the holes.

Rahil Azam:

Worst experience you had with a Pothole of Mumbai during rains: I havenít come across any. I do drive but I drive safe and I must say that I am a very intelligent driver as I have good judgment. There are many potholes in life in front of which this is nothing.

If your car is damaged because you hit a pothole, you might not even be able to claim insurance, your reaction to this: No, I did not knowÖ Is it so?

If you could suggest some usage of a pothole, what would it be: Ok that is a very weird question? I donít think I could ever suggest a usage of potholes as they are a real menace to society. In fact, if it was in my capacity I would cover up each and every pothole as they cause so much of trouble to people, especially pregnant women traveling on the roads by rickshaws and cars.

Rajshri Thakur:

Worst experience you had with a Pothole of Mumbai during rains:
It was quite a recent experience. Just the other day when my husband was parking the car, there was a pothole on the road and the tire slipped into it. And, it was rather difficult to get the car out.

If your car is damaged because you hit a pothole, you might not even be able to claim insurance, your reaction to this: Oh really? I think BMC should be held responsible for that, as it is their job to get rid of potholes.

If you could suggest some usage of a pothole, what would it be: Well, I donít think there is any other usage of potholes. They are the biggest obstacles on the road and how can you put them to any other use?

Vivan Bhatena:

Worst experience you had with a Pothole of Mumbai during rains: Well, my experience was not with a pothole but a manhole. During the floods in Mumbai, I almost drove my car straight into a manhole that was uncovered. Fortunately, someone warned me and I escaped falling into the manhole.

If your car is damaged because you hit a pothole, you might not even be able to claim insurance, your reaction to this: Yeah I knew that, but thereís nothing you can do about it. I mean when Sonia Gandhi came to Mumbai, the potholes were fixed within a day, itís ridiculous.

If you could suggest some usage of a pothole, what would it be: I guess we could fill it up with the BMC employees (laughs). Actually what we should do is take all their money from their bank accounts and fill up the potholes. Anyways, they charge us money for no rhyme or reason.


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  • Posted on: 05 July 2008 at 1:23pmblyton

    I thought Priya's answers were really funny. :D

  • Posted on: 28 June 2008 at 7:28amlovelyswaan

    Rajshri Thakur is smart

    never expected such answers from her.

  • Posted on: 28 June 2008 at 7:27amlovelyswaan

    Rahil Azam is extraordinarily funny

    Good Answers with lot of humor.

  • Posted on: 24 June 2008 at 8:31amlovelyswaan

    sorry my comment was mean't for Rahil Azam

    I forgot there were other actors too,

  • Posted on: 24 June 2008 at 8:30amlovelyswaan

    What kind of potholes in personal life,,share pls

    you are something , i love your answers. I like to know all about you.

  • Posted on: 24 June 2008 at 2:44amQH_DDEJ_Fan

    omgg ii love rahil azam!!

    wow.. ii love rahil azam..
    good explaination!!

  • Posted on: 24 June 2008 at 1:52amsimonewadhwa

    Rahil Azam's int'vw was best

    Rahil's concern for pregnant women was amazing, no wonder girls are flaunting around him.

    Lucky woman who marries him

  • Posted on: 23 June 2008 at 5:02amarabian_love

    good

    this article is really very interesting.i like this article.it gives a lot of knowledge and give humour.

  • Posted on: 23 June 2008 at 1:56amtalkativetaurus

    thnx ,, kool one

  • Posted on: 22 June 2008 at 10:02pmpyaridilwalino1

    I like the frogs! hehehehe

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