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Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai Email Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai
December 2017

Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar recently tweeted a photo of himself wearing a seat belt in the backseat of a car and giving thumbs-up to his many followers. The photo received more than 32,000 likes and was retweeted by Mumbai Police, who lauded it as possibly his “best shot ever.”

Promoting road safety in India has become one of Tendulkar’s roles in recent months. In April, he shared a video in which he urged two young men riding on a motorbike to wear helmets. “Road safety should be the highest priority for everyone,” he tweeted. “Please don’t ride without a helmet.”

In early November, the Rajya Sabha MP shared another video that shows him sitting in the backseat of a car and imparting advice through his window to women riding pillion on motorcycles. Confronting one woman as she rides behind her helmeted husband, Tendulkar says, “You should be wearing helmet in the back, because if he can get injured, you can get injured.”

Failure to wear helmets resulted in an average of 28 deaths per day on Indian roads in 2016, according to a Times of India report. Tendulkar’s tweets may not have a huge impact nationwide, but with almost 21 million followers, he’s possibly saving a few lives.


Compiled and partly written by Indian humorist MELVIN DURAI, author of the novel Bala Takes the Plunge.

[Comments? Contributions? We would love to hear from you about Chai Time. If you have contributions, please email us at melvin@melvindurai.com. We welcome jokes, quotes, online clips, and more.]

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