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From the archives: the flaming car!

I am really disorganized and I think I’ve said this before too. Despite all my efforts to keep all paperwork in files and bring some semblance to my document life, I somehow never manage to get hold of that important paper when I need it the most.

Like this weekend when I hunted for my passport for hours on end and nearly tore out my hair in frustration. I also made frantic calls to find out how to replace a missing passport in record time and was not encouraged by what I found out. I did manage to find it eventually after some ‘organised’ search tactics suggested by a friend!

But while riffling through old papers,and documents, I chanced upon this blogworthy photograph. This was taken in Mumbai about 3 years ago. I was on my way to work. My boss at that time had picked me up from Goregaon flyover and we were on our way to Mahim. Enroute, while crossing the Jogeshwari flyover we came upon this rather scary sight!

I had never actually seen anything like it. Surprisingly the owners seemed nowhere in the picture. And it did not seem like arson either. I asked the boss whether it was possible for a Maruti to burst into flames just like that! And he said rather philosophically: “Anything is possible!”

I had my camera with me that day and quickly took this snap as we drove by.

Flaming Car


  1. Seem quite organized to me… what with phone numbers at your fingertips and all. As you can see, Im still quite impressed with your helping hand..

    And yeah, scary pic. I thought you were in the middle of some riot or something when you took that !

  2. I’ve been at a couple of flaming (and once even an exploding) cars on the road. It is scary.

    And it is remarkable how very organized people can be remarkably panicky and disorganized when the pressure is on. On the other hand, seemingly disorganized people can sometimes be very lucid and composed in crisis scenarios.

  3. Shubho says

    I know motorcycles can spontaneously burst into flames. My friend’s room-mates mobike caught fire while they were both out of station. Luckily their neighbour saw smoke coming out of their garage, broke down their main door and was able to put out the fire before it burnt down the whole house. I don’t know why that happens though – pretty scary.

  4. vignesh: ah yes, i tend to have my organised moments. did you manage to find the place?

    h: exploding cars? wow, that would be really scary now! i’d like to put myself in the second category, btw 🙂

    prashanth: not at all. just another day going to work!

    sam: my camera is one thing i am pretty organised about 🙂

    shubho: there must be a good electrical/mechanical reason for this. i wish someone could give me an explanation!

    venky: i do! i do! there are occasions when i don’t want to take pictures and just relax and do nothing, but they are rare 🙂

    zaki: what a freaky coincidence, i say! it must be one of those zen things. but really, now i remember it was firoz in the front seat. and i am pretty sure i took the picture but now that you’ve put that doubt in my head…

  5. The other day I was in office on a weekend, when I saw fire blazing out of a window in a building opposite mine. It was quite a show. People in the building on fire thought so too. So instead of running out, they headed for the terrace to catch a better look at the fire.

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