Two-wheelers zoom past me, while i'm threading step by step on the road. Bikes, mopeds, scooters..... speed in a hurry. Brakes are applied, and the vehicle slows dowm near a corner. Most of the times, it is youngsters who do this. With young blood in them, they crave to do something brave. And driving a vehicle at high speed is one of the easiest that they come up with.
On the other hand, another category of youngsters drive on the roads, school-going kids. I see children above 12 years of age, riding a Yamaha with ease. With feet failing to reach the ground, they go blur past me. Young boys cannot even put his foot down, if he stops his bike. Brakes are applied with a screeching sound to provide music to the ears.
It is the responsibilty of the parents to ensure the safety of the child. I've seen a father sitting behind a son, who is really young. Having learnt cycling, the task becomes all the more appealing. But, it does not vouch for the current situation. Children have to be told, the pros' and con's of the same. Though, riding a bike appeals to one, there is a particular age, when it should get started. I prefer to walk to the grocery store, unless i'm short of time, where by i use my bike.
A walk to a neighbourhood store is such a pleasant adventure . One could give it some time, to see herself/himself habituated to it. I enjoy my shopping sprees, especially if a cousin is willing to accompany me. It instills an essence of liveliness in us.
I would like to talk about another issue(i consider it to be so). Mobiles phones are omnipresent. Be it in a bus-top, in college, in a theatre, in a library.... An added advantage is the cost of mobile phones, and cellular currency which is on it's downslide. Again, these instruments in the hands of young kids, the idea is not elegant.
Why would kids need these phones? They can make their presence felt otherwise too. I still, prefer calling my friends at their respective homes, than speaking to them with the help of a mobile. I don't know the reason behind this, but i simply do not fancy the idea. Especially, when children are concerned.
PS: The above are my personal views.