Sunday, June 12, 2005

One for the Road - Driving and Surviving in Bangalore

Driving in Bangalore is like working on a Six Sigma process. There are a million opportunities for a defect; in this case a process defect being defined as “getting a dent in your car”. A day with less than 3.4 scratches, dents or bent bumpers means that your driving for the day is Six Sigma qualified.

Every time you brake; you brace for impact from behind, invariably there is a car, auto or a bike just a few millimeters behind the rear bumper ready to crash into you. I pity those cars with “body color bumpers” ; they will have to be repainted after every hit. Mine has a “Scratch” color bumper so that it absorbs as many scratches as it likes. I tried to get a Scratch Color car but they don’t sell them here. So I had to do with a scratch color bumper

Every car owner blames any dent on the ubiquitious “Other Driver”. The “Other driver” is one who brakes too early or never brake on time. He either makes a turn without an indicator or tries zipping past cheekily on a bike through your left when you have your left indicator on and slowly turning left- just begging to be knocked down.

According to “been-here-for-a-long-time” Bangaloreans everything can be blamed on the Software engineers. Nothing was the same again afterwards..…After the Software Revolution almost overnight the population doubled; quadrupled and had the city bursting at the seams. All Software Engineers went on onsite trips and bought cars & flats with the money they saved. They had survived on just Puliyogre rice in US/UK/Canada for an year to save money for the entire duration of their onsite trip.

However the government was not in a mood to let them drive happily ever after in their new flashy cars. They called emergency meetings and made the decision to dig up all the roads…Also they decided to build “Semi-fly-overs” thru out the city. These were specially designed to narrow down the existing roads and make them so congested that not even a “fly can go over” to the other side. People initially thought these are like fly-overs in other cities ;but later on came to know these are meant to be “Semi-fly-overs” which is supposed to be like a speed breaker (speeding is if you go above 20 kmph) and never will be like those on which vehicles actually ply on..

Talking about flies; how can you forget mosquitoes; another remarkable phenomenon hereabouts…. Around the time Infosys was thinking of ESOPs; Mosquitoes learned that Bangalore was a good place for a “byte”. And the rest is history. According to stats, currently there are around 2767 mosquitoes per software engineer in Bangalore. Mosquitoes have a gala time with these “soft” targets

Meanwhile holes in ozone layer induced global warming and the air conditioned city now had air conditioning only in the offices of software co: s. The honchos of the software companies had met and hatched a conspiracy. They wrote a program to increase the atmospheric temperatures in the city so that the offices became pleasant havens for software engineers who now preferred working 15 hrs instead of 9. And dreading their hot n sweaty mosquito infested homes and the rush hours to get there….



Btw let me tell you; as such we Bangaloreans are not different species from anyone else. But well there is one distinguishing factor.

For eg: Mumbaiites work hard during the week; and in the weekend; go around town sporting T-shirts of brands such as Adidas, Nike, Reebok etc. ….

Bangaloreans too work hard during the week, but go out on weekends sporting t-shirts, jackets, caps, socks, bags & underwear (mebbe) of brands such as Infosys, Wipro or whichever software company we work for................





Back to the topic of driving… Well not so long ago I was one of the “overtake-only-thru-the left” bikers I mentioned earlier but then I managed to become a car owner. In my own foreign trips, though I did not survive on Puliyodiri rice I saved a lot of money by having just one Beer a day and in the end of my sojourn I had saved enough to own just one li’l not-so-new Santro. Still I look at my car and I wistfully remember all those drinks I did not have.

Back in Bangalore I did a Cost-Benefit analysis of using the car vis-à-vis the bike. Well btw my KB 125 bike is unique. Unlike other bikes where the mileage is calculated in Km per liter; this gr8 breakthrough’ of motorcycling; the mileage is calculated in liters to go one Km!!! This can probably be attributed to the fact that my knowledge of Zen and that of Motorcycle Maintenance are quite comparable. Anyway in the final tally, mileage-wise the car won hands-down. So due to economical reasons I chose the car

Another important reason I choose the car for my daily commute is the Bangalore Bus Drivers..

Well, their mundane existence of just driving passengers back n forth bored these guys to no extent. Then one of them saw Tiger Woods on TV and devised a game called BMTC-Golf . The rules are similar to ordinary Golf . However in this case each Bus Driver uses his bus instead of a Golf Club. All he has to do is to aim right, swing (the steering) and whack !!Knock a two-wheeler driver to a convenient pot-hole of a suitable size. Jumping a red light and knocking down a 2 wheeler carries extra points and brings down your handicap.As playing BMTC-Golf with a car is as difficult as a “hole in one” i feel a wee bit more comfortable in a car.

Btw the golf courses for this extremely popular sport are designated by the very creative names they have been given. For eg: There’s an 80-feet road; where 80 feet is the average radius of a pothole & similarly there are some 100 feet roads. Each driver compares his tally for the day with the others and the winner buys booze for everyone before everyone starts work the next day...



BPO Qualis drivers have seen the immense entertainment potential for this sport and are fast catching up. They have their own mini versions of the same game which they’re perfecting. They even flaunt their talent on the back of their vehicles like Golf players “How is my driving, call 988XXXXX”. I reckon not too many are talented in other Golf shots like “Putting”, “Teeing” or “Chipping” because I’ve never seen any BPO Qualis driver ask “How is my Putting?” on their back windows



With such varied species around; Bangalore roads are a reflection of life itself. Like in life there are no road signs when u require it and you have to guess by the number of vehicles going into a particular road or open your inner eye and see whether it will lead you to MG road. And in this One-way city if miss a turn, you have to orbit the city like a dogged satellite to get near the same point.

None has to keep reminding you “ There are no Second Chances in Life”



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# re: One for the Road - Driving and Surviving in Bangalore
bangalore hudugi
Someone says that we should be grateful for IT companies 'for improving Bangalore' - what kind of improvement? and also that 'bangalore was a small place' - what is small? is it big now? should we rejoice 'cos it is bigger and more polluted and populated by outsiders??

We are not asking people from other state to leave - if they cannot bear the current conditions, it would be better if they left rather than moan constantly - they have not contributed to the local socitety nor have they made any efforts to mingle, whereas they bend backwards to fit into UK/USA societies.

Posted @ 3/27/2006 10:01 PM
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Harish
Hey apart from the deteriorating B'lore roads, Kannada cinema and politics, Bangalore also has a large Racist community. They just love talking filth of others especially against Chennaiites by doing nothin. The day these elements of B'lore stop thinking that they are in Las Vegas and change this dangerous attitude, we can expect a better Bangalore in everything.

By the way I am a Maratha from Chennai but coming from Bangalore and I am sick of Bangaloreans talking filth of chennai and tamils endlessly.
Posted @ 3/16/2006 10:19 PM
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krishna
Hey good true literature my friend. The garden city lost.

Rather then having an ego problem about bangalore, I guess Bangaloreans must become a little rebel and fight against all these issues with the govt. Dont be so lazy and chilled out. You are not cool if you are the hi-tech city. You all came up only after IT.

But its a fact that all these dosent make a difference to you people, you all are used to it and need no improvement on the current situation.

Those who have come from outside for a job, just for a little more money, its time for you all to get back to your place and hunt for a decent job, rather then suffer in Bangalore.

I stayed in Bangalore for 5 years, hoping and fighting for a change in what ever I came across, finally quit the city and came back to my very own city of dreams, BOOOOMBAY...

Thanks to the suckers of bangalore
Posted @ 2/2/2006 6:27 PM
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THINKER
Bangalore is bad.Bangalore's traffic,pothole,pollution everything is bad.
This v r hearing for many years.Then why the f*** people rushing towards Blore, as if there is no place on earth to earn their bread & butter.Now,u go to any corner of the country, u hear fresh graduates of all streams talking abt their Blore plans. If U r out of college,then head towards Blore.
If Blore is such a bad place, then why everyday so many companies r setting shops or expanding current facilities.By this bad press people shud have desisted from coming to blore.
But the reverse is happening.More u talk abt blore, good or bad,the more Blore gets the attention .U know India is not mentioned in international magazines,but it is Blore which hogs the limelight.
So, if u r not happy with Blore, u r free to leave this city, nobody will stop u or invite u back.People from neighbouring states first think of Blore only for jobs,without even giving a thought abt their cities like Chennai,Hyderabad , Cochin etc.
Posted @ 1/26/2006 5:18 PM
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Rajesh
Well I have to say your post was funny.
I like to add one more thing to all the guys
cribbing about Bangalore's traffic.Traffic problems have reached such a high, because there
are 200 vehicles getting added to Bangalore
everyday.With banks offering quick and easy
loans as well as techies getting good salaries
everyone has a 2 or 4 wheeler these days.We
ourselves are adding to the traffic woes everyday by commuting using our own vehicles.

The best solution would be to use public
transport as much as possible.
I know using
public transport is inconvenient for most of
us, as I myself travel by bus to and from office and I know how bad an experience it is
to get in and out of a bus itself with all
the people jostling and pushing around at the
door.But I find it far better, than the tension
I have to go through, whenever I drive on
Bangalore roads.
I have the time at hand to go
through the morning newspaper or some magazine
during the commute,I am saved from the tension
of my bumper or someone else's bumper getting dent or scratched or broken, I am less exposed to the pollution, and above all it feels much safer inside the bus than on a bike on the roads.

I think for our traffic woes have to go away,
we should have a good public transport system,
be it in the form of buses or metro rails.If
you make the public transport system efficient
,commuter friendly and keep it cheap, and well
connected people will automatically start
seeing its benefits and start using it.

Ciao...




Posted @ 1/20/2006 7:18 PM
# re: One for the Road - Driving and Surviving in Ba
Rajesh
Well I have to say your post was funny.
I like to add one more thing to all the guys
cribbing about Bangalore's traffic.Traffic problems have reached such a high, because there
are 200 vehicles getting added to Bangalore
everyday.With banks offering quick and easy
loans as well as techies getting good salaries
everyone has a 2 or 4 wheeler these days.We
ourselves are adding to the traffic woes everyday by commuting using our own vehicles.

The best solution would be to use public
transport as much as possible.
I know using
public transport is inconvenient for most of
us, as I myself travel by bus to and from office and I know how bad an experience it is
to get in and out of a bus itself with all
the people jostling and pushing around at the
door.But I find it far better, than the tension
I have to go through, whenever I drive on
Bangalore roads.
I have the time at hand to go
through the morning newspaper or some magazine
during the commute,I am saved from the tension
of my bumper or someone else's bumper getting dent or scratched or broken, I am less exposed to the pollution, and above all it feels much safer inside the bus than on a bike on the roads.

I think for our traffic woes have to go away,
we should have a good public transport system,
be it in the form of buses or metro rails.If
you make the public transport system efficient
,commuter friendly and keep it cheap, and well
connected people will automatically start
seeing its benefits and start using it.

Ciao...




Posted @ 1/20/2006 7:17 PM
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Nikita
bangalore is a nightmare for girls now

look at hp-employees rape case

culprit is still alive

SHAME ON BANGALORE
Posted @ 1/11/2006 6:31 PM
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hiicyin
I came to Bangalore last month from Delhi. I got transfer. I heard a lot about Bangalore bad traffic conditions and pot holes. But, when I reached here I realized it is beyond imagination bad condition. This city is dead. My wife got the biggest shock of her life when she saw this city. She use to think it's a cosmopolitan hitech city. :-)
Well we tried living here but, while we were in hotel and taking Autos it was almost daily fighting with Autowallahs. Then when we started looking for house we realized how bad the situation is. Here people ask any money for the Kabutarkhannas (Pigeon cage). They don't hesitate asking for 10000 to 15000.
Finally we managed to get one house but then the behaviour we got from the locals (Shopkeepers etc) We realised this is biggest racist city. My wife already left for Delhi and I am looking for job in Delhi so that atleast we can go back. Just to inform the readers we are even not from Delhi but never faced any problems staying in Delhi.


Posted @ 12/12/2005 12:08 PM
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Ramaswamy
Bangalore is screwed up.

What are the IT Companies doing there. The city is already destroyed. Life is miserable.
This is my 5th year in Bangalore. Every year its getting worse.

I am going to delhi for a job now. It's much better than the inhumane conditions in bangalore.
Posted @ 12/11/2005 4:38 PM
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Ashish
The bangaloreans can have their bangalore....i made a mistake coming here to this racist city...Wanna get back desperately to Bombay. Once there will screw all the kannadigas i meet.
Posted @ 11/14/2005 8:39 PM
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struck in the dirty city called bangalore !!!
guys and gals, BANGALORE SUCKS !!!!!!!!!!!!
My guess is "only one more year, and all the IT companies will move out to other places like pune or hyderabad.."

Enough of staying in this AC city...
Pathetic roads, horible traffic,
hopeless landlords,horible houses.
horible food.

god take me away from this city..


Posted @ 11/4/2005 12:16 PM
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Siddharth Barman
I love your article! It sums up my entire life in Bangalore. I have now stopped going out on weekends for movies etc since if I do I might never come back home alive. As I type this, know this: right now, I am stranded in my own flat since the building is surrounded by newly sprung rivers, you see it rained the whole of last night.

Posted @ 10/23/2005 3:50 PM
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sandy
Its true regarding the furniture shop "Oak N Oak", having gone through the ordeal .
they surely deliver substandard material , which in my case started giving problems from day one and just broke off in less than 6 months time .

as for the trips and copies of receipt xeroxes provided , those have been enumerous

Posted @ 10/17/2005 10:20 AM
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ironhorse
After all we have seen, i think we have to cross our fingers and let things happen, bangalore cannot be saved, we are the people who have put the politians in their seat, so something is wrong with us. There is no point in blaming the govt,just hope that all the jobs are moved to chennai which has a better infrastructure if not climate, god save chennai
Posted @ 10/16/2005 6:31 PM
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Freelancer
Traffic is not the only problem in the city. Furniture shops like "Oak N Oak" who take their customers for granted. They show quality stuff in showroom but delivered products are substandard and mostly damaged. Customer service pathetic , delivery boys rude and all of them together taking customers for a ride. Absolutley no professionalism and salesmanship. They can go to any extent in treating their customer like dirt.
Posted @ 8/30/2005 3:59 PM
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Shambheee
bangalore sucks, and people suck money.....!
Posted @ 8/28/2005 2:16 PM
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Sotted Engineer
Someone from Bangalore has done a great job by dedicating a community blog for drivers in Bangalore. If you have faced with driving problems problems or want to give a traffic update, all you have to do is to send your experience as an email to eby2000.road@blogger.com. This will be instantly updated for others like you to see. You can view the updates at http://bangaloredriving.blogspot.com. I thought this is a cool idea and thought I will share it with you all
Posted @ 6/20/2005 1:58 PM
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TEJAL SHAH
Hi ......Iam born and bought up on bangalore .......it is a beautiful citi or let me put it the rite way it was one of the most beautiful city ...this city was so easy to commute ....thanks to the IT and BPO boom that it now so difficult to move ur vehicle from 1 place to another ............I miss my days of scholl wher i used to travel by bicycle from scholl and to home it was lovely ...miss those days where we could go walking with out the fear of sunstorke and pollution...

Posted @ 6/13/2005 11:05 PM
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Wise1
Hi all,

I see lot of strong notions and stench of chauvinism / jingonism / patriotism in many comments. Namma Bangluru, Amchi Mumbai and wat not???

Following is an article that sez most of wat I wish to express. Those interested can read it...

This article can be accessed from www.samachar.com today.

My two pennies worth....

The problems faced by Bangalore are not unique to Bangalore.
You go to any city in India you'll find the same problem of haphazard
urbanisation, pollution, over-crowding, lack of infrastructure, lack
of water, lack of electricity, lack of will to do anything about all-of-
the-above.

I'll stick my neck out & say that the problem is not Indian in nature
(if there is such a thing as self-nature) because there is really no such
thing as "India".
Let me explain. See what has happened in history. What is geographically
now considered to be India was never under sovereign rule for too long
under one ruler. This has never happened, it will never happen. India as
a label on a "group" is a myth, an illusion kept alive by the collective
conscious
of man. The consciousness is therefore erroneously fragmented into America,
Europe, India, Sikh, Muslim, Hindu, etc...The consciousness of man is one!
What the govt & the democratic process that elects it calls "India" is
divided
into UP, Bihar, Tamil, Kannada etc etc with all the conflicts that go on
between
them. The divisive forces are too strong for the silly uniters. The
President, PM
& CMs & other politicians who keep promising that "India" will be a super
power
in 20 years are all just trying to fool the public. Will there be an India
in 20 years
if people are inwardly & outwardly divided. In 20 years there will be no
such thing
as India. The image of a glorious India of the golden ages is all that we
carry thanks
to history books.
Between now & 2025 AD there will be more Nilekanis who will be Bangalored in
Beijing.

I hope the conflict & bloodshed coming this way for mankind can be avoided.
It can be if we throw all the irrelevant, 10Kg school text books & religious
books away
& understand what it means to be human.
_______________________________________________________________________

Further reading (Recommended)

Mending Wall by Robert Frost

http://www.bartleby.com/104/64.html


Instead of cribbing bout the system you take the example of these youngsters trying to do their bit to alleviate the corruption giving up bright careers -

http://bharatuday.tk/

Posted @ 6/6/2005 3:58 PM
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Kannada Hudugi
Hello Kannada Kasturi,

First of all please learn Kannada and then get back to me. I speak fluent Kannada and Kannada was my second language in school and I cannot understand a word of what u have written.
Posted @ 6/6/2005 3:29 PM
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kannadada kasturi
Kannada hudugi,
u can't blame only govt alone, when the govt sanaction land to IT companies There is a rule for every acre IT companies has to generate XXX jobs, so stop blaming, pay u r tax properly, atlast i can say, Hugiree Kyakarsi Mukakke,Nanmaklu Karnatakadhalli idhkondu elley avaraney baythare, hope u got it, if not ask some localites
Posted @ 6/6/2005 2:42 PM
# T COS NOT OWNED BY KANNADIGAS U KNOW?
Kannada Hudugi
Well this is in response to Bangalore Huduga and Bangalore Hudugi.

IT companies are not owned by Bangaloreans.... and they can just as easily shift ot Chennai or elsehwere then you will have to go there for a job. So stop advising outsiders to go to their home towns.

We have to thank the IT giants to set up shop here and not take it for granted that they are here only for the Kannadigas.

And Bangalore is the pits you have to admit even it hurts you. IT has given so much to Blore and the State politicians have done nothing in return. If this continues then soon Bangalore will be a ghost city.

And then you can start looking for a job in Chennai, Hyderabad, Gurgaon, Pune etc.
Posted @ 6/3/2005 2:12 PM
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colhoun freeman
dont compare mumbai to bangalore, mumbai is great and cant be compared to any city in india like mumbai, bangalore is kewl and will have to wait and see the next ten years man , u will be in kerala shoing the fish........ dont blog a shit.
Posted @ 6/2/2005 4:30 PM
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aries
Hi Flaash,

Its disapponting to note that this blog is coming to no end. Everyone is feeling sorry for the bad end and blaming one or the other. like we bangaloreans will never mind this outsiders and they are our guest and we will remain happy to see the best of the people from all of the india, but we would defintly not like to see someone talk bad of our city without making sense. Like traffic will be sick cos we are getting more and more people and thats natural. Tell me a place where there is no mosquitoes and pathholes. guys pls understand i though we IT Guys are matured................ always remember only IT guys gets to see a big PAY Packet end of the month.
Posted @ 6/1/2005 4:50 PM
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Saran
Hey flaash,

That was a great blog and I really enjoyed it. I am in blore only for the last 9 months and the traffic is really bad.

I was in chennai for the last 4 years and roads r better there. But the traffic knowledge is bad in both the cities

But what I like abt blore is its multi-cultural, multi-linguistic and cosmo life which I feel no city other than mumbai can provide.

Keep up u r gud wrk

Posted @ 6/1/2005 3:58 PM
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Sanjay
Hi Flaash,
Thats a great comment! I like people when they think maturedly!

Let take some time to express my feelings on many aspects of Bangalore life that is covered here.
1. Whose Bangalore is it anyway?
- As Flaash pointed it; many local Bangaloreans have not grown to the fact that the City that they claim was not developed at all few years back. I'm an outright Kannadigaa, but used to hate coming Bangalore because of its unprofessionalism and laid back attitude. But with IT happening to it, the things have changed so drastically; both for good and bad. Once the city started growing inspite of the kind of Govt that headed (unlike in Hyderabad), people normally come from different parts of the World. Mumbai is a perfect example for it. I've seen people staying there since birth and not knowing Marathi. Thats the real definition of a Metro. You can not have Metro unless you actually develop in to one! So, stop cribbing about "outsiders"; its our nation and our city! You can not choose development without having people to develop it! :))

2. BMTC-Golf? I oppose!
- Though your comparison was great entertainer, I refuse to agree that its Golf. I say it should be called BMTC Hockey! Have you ever been crushed between the Brown BMTC team member and Blue BMTC team member? There are many. I've seen right on the crowded 100ft road (Indiranagar) 2 of these 'team members' racing towards their goal in the peak hour!!! Only difference between this Hockey and field hockey is that there is only one ball on the filed! Here they have plenty. And there is a RED CARD for rash play. You say 'Red light' on traffic signal? How does it look??? I'ven't seen one our BMTC-hockey team members respect!

MORE COMING SOON...!
(Hey Flaash Buddy! Not trying to hijack your blog!!!)


Posted @ 6/1/2005 1:30 PM
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flaash
bangalooruhudugi :

Am sorry if tht line hurts
"Presently surviving traffic, potholes, power cuts and a million mosquitoes in Bangalore"...

As u'd know every Indian city has all of these except say bombay has no powercuts but has everything else..Cochin for that matter has less traffic, n less potholes but yes a lot of mosquitoes and an unbearable weather

Well i can argue that this is my blog; i can voice MY opinion here.

But at the same time;-whn i think further i'd say i'd also feel hurt if someone talks such on my city...
So i will change that line soon ...ok?

but for the second part of ur comment; sorry i dont agree
Number1: u dont really need Kannada to live in Bangalore-U learn languages if u need to. If i feel the need to learn Kannada i'll learn; i'm pretty good with languages- i can handle 7 already.

Number 2: Somewhere along the way cities stop belonging to a particular language group; mumbai belongs not jst to marathis;but also to gujjus;n.indians, s-indians all who came over there and built it..Similarly bangalore too wouldve remained a small town and not the booming IT capital of india if not for the people of other ethnic communities who came here and built it. Wot about NY? English, Irish, Scandinavians, Asians, Blacks -All built it tgthr. London- 300 languages are spoken there. That how demographics works. Cities are destined to be such. People will migrate to cities in search of work..It has been so thru'out history. Some govts adapt well and plan well but some (as in B'lore) do not...All my writings address are such things- and not Bangalore itself which is my favorite indian city (despite everything)

Hudgaa: i know what u mean....North Indian attitudes- well i was at the recievng end of some such biases.yes many are like that...but many N.I are not too Btw " Ooonu kazhich mone"

Posted @ 5/31/2005 2:36 PM
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Mitr
That was one helluva discussion. Reminds of the Infy BB! :-) But I just wonder wat such disucssion lead us upto besides FTP (full time pass).

The article was truly entertaining and I see a lot of brooding over the actual cause of the problems (immigrants, techies, govt, so on). I have just a little insight that I wud luv to share here -

Bad traffic condition - With so many people now pouring into the city and many more capable of affording vehicles it's really difficult to handle traffic. Even the govt is vulnerable. Wat cud we do? A lot - just to start with u can use more of public transport (I know it's bad but wat isn't then). I cycle to office (12 km to electronics city). Some say it's dangerous but then I think most deaths were of people on bikes. Using company transport is too inflexible blah blah... U have a lame excuse for it all.

The effect of the increasing pollution was conspicuous over the last few weeks with the relentless rains. Who do you blame? The govt, techies, god??? I think we are all responsible for it in some way. Only those not responsible in anyways shud point I guess. Not even the native kannadigas claim not to have anything to do with it. After all we all dump plastic (all the junk food wrappers), waste paper (paper towels are a rage now), wat not?

Wat can we do? Search for someone something to put the blame on - blog bout the inefficacy of the system or do something. Start bicycling, put a conscious effort not to use non-biodegradable substatnces and ofcourse blog bout the same! :-)

"As is said practice before you preach n preach wat u practice"

On an aside I think the young blokes on their altered power bikes drive much worse than any cab drivers. Their bikes would read something like - "Catch me if you can!!!"

I belong to the IT clan but I don't justify the many wrong things that have come along but to overlook the good wud be being biased. I have seen some of the most active members of eco friendly groups, community service groups with 90% techies. So I believe generalizations are unfair and at this point of no practical consequence...

So instead of discussing let's just do something! :-) As for the blog I had seen another interesting article by a visitor from abroad and could share the same. I am sure most of you have visited other countries (assuming u r able to read such blogs from office ;-). One can't help but compare... Wat's it that they got that we don't? I guess it's just the attitude. If u wish to do something you cud join one of the many groups. U have a group of cycling enthusiasts, road safety enhtusiasts, community service groups focusing on kids, other issues. U name it and there is a group putting in a lot of effort to do their "bit".

There is more to life than just blogging but thanks flash this was a good read esp. when u have decided to leave a company and are almost on bench! ;-)

Have fun,
Mitr

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# re: One for the Road - Driving and Surviving in Bangalore
bangalooruhudugi
Alright, if alllllllll that uve said in ur article is humour, then WHY make bangalore sound sooooo bad ??? especially in these lines of urs:

"Presently surviving traffic, potholes, power cuts and a million mosquitoes in Bangalore"...now dont tell me ur cochin was free from all these, if it was, why would you be here hahahaha !!

If it really is, then you might JUST WANT TO LEAVE BANGALORE AT ONCE, AND GO TO YOUR "NOW NICE" COCHIN!!

WELL, THERE ISNT SOOO MUCH JOB OF OPPORTUNITIES THERE, OR IS IT ??? HERE'S ATLEAST "ONE" REASON WHY PEOPLE FROM ALLLLLLL AROUND THE COUNTRY COMING HERE.

SWALPA ADJUST MADI ISNT ENOUGH MATE, YOU MIGHT WANT TO LEARN MORE KANNADA TO LIVE IN KARNATAKA, AND COMMENT ABT IT...TRY WRITING SOMETHING AS CREATIVE AS THIS IN KANNADA !!
Posted @ 5/31/2005 12:47 PM
# re: One for the Road - Driving and Surviving in Bangalore
bengalooruhudga
@ Excuse me sir; i'm more south indian than u..Look at the map of India and look up Cochin. Btw i've corrected Puliogre . And as for Northies comment; well wot if the Yankees say u r one of the Indians who spoil our America?? It’s the same, right?? Letz not get
too regional here.
REPLY: When Indians go to USA they become cultured and wudnt dare spoil the country. But when it comes to our own land, the dont give a damn. It hurts when someone comes to your place(Bangalore) and doesnt really care about it. About u being more south Indian, all I can say is 'Yenda da moone..oona gaiichu?'
Posted @ 5/31/2005 12:36 PM
# re: One for the Road - Driving and Surviving in Bangalore
gordon, colhoun
why would the bangaloreans have to suffer the bad roads, dogs and mosquitoes when the others who have made it to bangalore and enjoing everything. its true that the infra is become bad but its because of whom. outsiders ,people from outside bangalore. if less influx of people then less problems on our roads.
Posted @ 5/27/2005 12:35 PM
# re: One for the Road - Driving and Surviving in Bangalore
Sajish
Nice blog flash!
Add street dogs to the long list of woes.
10-15 street dogs for evry street. They must be having some sort of subterranan incubator to produce so many. Boy menacing.....are they?

Posted @ 5/27/2005 11:56 AM
# re: One for the Road - Driving and Surviving in Bangalore
HemO
People from all categories are lacking traffic and driving sense. Its no point in blaming on BMTC, Autos etc. I don't understand and never will I guess....why people are in such a hurry. Are they going for some WAR or rescue somebody.
Why people jumps lanes? Why Autorickshaw take a turn without giving any signal? Why BMTC buses ply in middle of the road to make the traffic more worse? Why Tempo Travellers, SUMO, Qualies go in such great speeds.....they should be sent for FORMULA racing.
The basic things like driving, road sense, traffic sense should be taught people in their young age.
Young blood will follow what their parents are doing.
The most common thing I've noticed being done by most of the people. If there is a long traffic queue....he will take the lane which is suppose to be for the guys coming from the opposite side..........making traffic more worse.......
GUYS you still have time - wake up and just follow whatever needs to be followed instead of getting wild on the Road.
Posted @ 5/26/2005 9:12 PM
# re: One for the Road - Driving and Surviving in Bangalore
jai karnataka
Namaskara yallaregu

Ya iwill agree for this bangalore traffic & roads is becomeing very bad nowdays, just think guys why its happeing becz company's is more & ofcourse all oout-of-s pepl or more quite Naturaly u know.

But before its was toooooo good. nanu bangalore odugane.
Posted @ 5/26/2005 9:38 AM
# re: One for the Road - Driving and Surviving in Bangalore
ok
Hyderabad Rules!
Posted @ 5/25/2005 7:45 PM
# re: One for the Road - Driving and Surviving in Bangalore
Darshan
Adi, you are 100% right....ofcourse roads are bad...........but citi is wonderful.......people out here are wonderful.........hence the exodus is happening...from begger to millionair........

ronak
Posted @ 5/25/2005 5:10 PM
# re: One for the Road - Driving and Surviving in Bangalore
Mark
Yep i do agree with aries and Adi
Posted @ 5/25/2005 4:41 PM
# re: One for the Road - Driving and Surviving in Bangalore
Adi
Hi all,

Bangalore is not so bad as picturized. i'm born and brought up in bangalore. Have seen the inside and out of the city.. and the people too. The localities have no issue, they still have the attitude to accept and love the city as it is. They still welcome and accomdate migrants.

The cry about the city problems is heard from these people who come here to earn a livelihood and donot know how to thank the city inturn.

words came out with experience.
Adi
Posted @ 5/25/2005 4:27 PM
# re: One for the Road - Driving and Surviving in Bangalore
Vijay Kumar (ariesvijay)
Well I see lots process coming into Bangalore.... First I appreciate this dude who wrote this article, hats off. Folks dont forget to understand the the process (six)sxith sense.. that our (bangalore) government has done what they can do, remember the namma Krishna who re wrote the governemnt books to get IT and contribute Jobs to all (not only bangalore boys).... this is to say that our goverment cant keep pace with the such big delevelopements in too little time.... one cant even guess how many gradutates are coming in to bangalore in search of destiny and future leave alone Mosquitoes......i pitty on them..... its not software thats bugging the roads but the cycle of change.... the place and people needs time to accept whats happening. Not every one can buy attitude.

I will thank god for the jobs, oppurtunity, money, diff. people to mingle with.... one thing is for sure ... bangalore is namma bangalore.;-)
Posted @ 5/25/2005 4:25 PM
# re: One for the Road - Driving and Surviving in Bangalore
Mark
Blame it on outsiders ;)
Posted @ 5/25/2005 3:47 PM
# re: One for the Road - Driving and Surviving in Bangalore
Kunal Budhbhatti
Its interesting to see that so many people have the time to read such an article. Ofcourse, highly interesting with good insight and comparative prowess, wouldn't it be a good idea to actually SIT and SORT OUT the problems that plague this city?
I went thru the first 2 paras and had to get back to work! The point is, even though I'm not a native Bangalorean, I would still like to see how we can participate in its improvements, rather than just be sarcastic about it and getting a laugh out of the process (yes, i laughed too!)

However, I think the pop-influx is a bit too much to handle. We're progressing. At the price of what?! Now that's what the booming IT industry of the city have to think about when they wear their thinking caps during a flight overseas.

Now you can actually do something about it or writing a comment like I did! Whose side are we on??
Posted @ 5/24/2005 3:47 PM
# re: One for the Road - Driving and Surviving in Bangalore
shailenndra jain
Hi ,

I found people getting hurt by reading abt B'lore but that is truth. i am new to B'lore. I heard lot abt city but found nothing. here the process is slow ,no proper traffic system,dust,mosquitoes and auto balas nakhra.

Few people r blamming the SE, why is it so? b'cause of IT u guys r getting much .so instead of blamming IT try to make city more capable to handle such transition.

Thanks
Shailendra Jain


Posted @ 5/23/2005 3:11 PM
# re: One for the Road - Driving and Surviving in Bangalore
flaash

Hi All

I've tried to answer to all the comments at one go; so see the comment and my reply below;mine starting with a @ SIGN

Cheers
flaashgordon

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# re: Driving and Surviving in Bangalore 5/13/2005
9:42 AM talktome
Join the bandwagon... I have been born and brought-up
in blore....I have seen the city transform from good -
bad - worse..... And as u have rightly pointed out...
"Blame the SE for everything that has gone wrong with
Blore"

@ I didnt say that !!Do think of the good thngs
software has done too!!

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# re: Driving and Surviving in Bangalore 5/13/2005
9:57 AM downtoearth
Hii Flaash..never been to B'lore...but could imagine
how it must b from ur post....:-))

@Not as bad as I've portrayed it ! Its a slightly
exaggerated picture

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# re: Driving and Surviving in Bangalore 5/13/2005
10:29 AM guess
Yeah! me too born and brought up in Blore! i know how
beautiful my city was! its this mad rush that is
killing Blore!
10 years ago when i was in school , we used to bicycle
home from school, we were 4 and we used to cycle in a
row! can u dream of tht today? no way! even a single
cyclist will be mowed down! Stinking attitudes, ppl
graze ur vehicle they shout at u in turn! all this is
becoz of the attitude that money can buy
everything.Sigh! those good old days when things were
beautiful in blore.
i asked this at another blog : is it only blore having
such roads and state of affairs or do other cities
also face same probs?!
are our roads the only ones facing dig-ups?!

@ Well, every city has its pbms i guess; but these dug
up roads are really frustrating..Guess they're more of
a B'lore specfic curse

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btw...cmng to ur point...its not the 'techies' hv
spoiled our beautiful city...its the govt.
fault...these guys shd hv planned...it right...whts
the spellin og P L A N...sir!!!
infact one of the cities in india..where growth cud go
in all directions...news!!!..na?
all they cud hv done is to hv sw parks/offices
concentrated in one part of the city...like hosur
road...or whitefield...& built mega residential
complexes all round them...
instead we hv commerical places all ovr bangalore...a
suburban concept always helps...
nywys lets keep tlkng...god save the city!!!


@ When IT revolution all started; prob they ddnt think of the
phenomenal expansion obviously. Well ; gud ideas u've
given !!Practical

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# re: Driving and Surviving in Bangalore.... 5/13/2005
1:38 PM chhaaya
Too good! You have a typical style of writing and real
good one! Write more frequently.

@ u know I will do tht Chhaaya ;-)

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# re: One for the Road-Driving and Suriving in
Bangalore 5/14/2005 1:02 AM AngelzFear
man flaash,
your posts never fail to bring a smile to the face (
when u intend to do so)....awesome man..

the golf....the flyover....u r just toooo goood...
(and any new girl who is playing golf with ur heart
;-) )


@ Thanx a lot for the compliments, sir!! (Bows
deeply)..As for gals playing golf wth my heart...well,
Hmm mebbe ;-))

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# re: One for the Road-Driving and Suriving in
Bangalore 5/14/2005 2:34 AM CoolCat
:-))

My city, my city!! yippieee... Being a hardcore
bangalorean who has travelled the gallis and the so
called big roads on my bullet, I know it all like many
a bloreans here. I miss that city, these roads in the
US spoil u, all that hardwork by u to learn how to
drive in this city goes down the drains, now I can't
cut lanes, shout a few abuses at other drivers, I
can't jump signals, I cannot show the bird to a few,
they have deprived me of jumping over potholes and
ofcourse, walking with ur bike in a busy traffic
junction.. the US has killed it all.. fun days in
blore is over :-(
:-)), tell me about blore traffic, seems like the only
road which leads to ur house.. pity that the gov takes
the taxes, contracts the roads to contractors taking
money, they build road with an automatic feature of
pot holes on a sunday morning hehehe!! I preferred
ring road to go to the office, miss it now...
Nice post dude.. became nostalgic, was immediately
taken to year 2000

-CC


@ Well coolcat; hope i could come to US for some time and get
nostalgic about b'lore from there;-))i had a visa
reject last yr:-(( and my company is not sending me
yet ;) Btw ur Bullet reminded me of another story;
wait for the next post

flaashgordon said...

# re: One for the Road - Driving and Surviving in
Bangalore 5/17/2005 10:01 AM reader
How did you miss out all the vehicles travelling on
the wrong side of the road ? And an educated
driver/passenger with a suit on him?

@ In B'lore mostly its oneway; as im usually clueless
abt routes; i often end up driving one of those u mentioned ;-)) So
Missed of it

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# re: One for the Road - Driving and Surviving in
Bangalore 5/17/2005 3:39 PM archie
Hilarious post...b'lore traffic seems quite similar to
Delhi traffic, where I spend a better part of the day
commuting and increasing my vocab of f* words.

Keep up the good work!!! Methinks you are getting some
serious fans

@ thnks for the compliments. I just smile sweetly at
those who i want to say F#%@%@@^@^M#@$#% F$^ to..Makes things
better for all

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# re: One for the Road - Driving and Surviving in
Bangalore 5/17/2005 4:36 PM Sapphire
m in blore n agree with u cant stop laffin

@ thnks Sapphire; tth ws the intention incidentally

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# re: One for the Road - Driving and Surviving in
Bangalore 5/17/2005 5:09 PM Mr.Nammoorhudga
I read all that u wrote with utmost interest until u
mentioned the so called 'Puliyodiri rice'. Was
thinking that another bengalooru hudga/hudgi wudve
written this. But no, its definitely not one of us
thats written this. U are surely one of those Northies
who's here to spoil our Bangalore.
(Its puliyogre rice and its an Iyengar's specialty)

@ Excuse me sir; i'm more south indian than u..Look at
the map of India and look up Cochin. Btw i've
corrected Puliogre . And as for Northies comment; well
wot if the Yankees say u r one of the Indians who
spoil our America?? It’s the same, right?? Letz not get
too regional here.


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# re: One for the Road - Driving and Surviving in
Bangalore 5/17/2005 5:33 PM Bengalooru hudugi
(Bangalore Girl)
Hmmm hmm hmm...all that's mentioned up here is
true...or atleast most of it. Now, here's another
thing I want atleast some of you to agree - if
Bangalore was just left for Bangaloreans, it wouldnt
have got this worse...is delhi/kerala SOOO BAD???
hahaha !

@ No clue abt Delhi; heard of 8 lane highways. Cochin/Kerala
is now very good !! excllnt roads n all; i cudnt
believe it last time I ws there

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# re: One for the Road - Driving and Surviving in Ba
5/18/2005 2:20 AM I Take No Logic
Hi,

Had just recently been to Bangalore. I was on a bike
trip from Ahmedabad to B'lore. I fully agree with your
comic and picturesque description of the traffic in
Bangalore.

By the way, I have added your link on my recently
redesigned blog... come have a look :)

@ Sure will take a look ; im honored!!

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# re: One for the Road - Driving and Surviving in
Bangalore 5/18/2005 4:11 PM coolguy
Hey, i accept blore traffic is bad, but at the same
time it is exactly the same in other metros as well.
Infact i see dents and scratches on every car in Delhi
and NCR region in Delhi than in blore.

@ Lets have a scratch n watch contest and decide. I
put my money on B'lore

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# re: One for the Road - Driving and Surviving in
Bangalore 5/18/2005 7:08 PM Naveen
Flasshy...

Guru..naanu obba kannadiga/bangaloreega...it was a
wonderful article buddy...Still I'm not able to
control my laughing..Namma pudarigalu swalpa odhabeku
guru ninna article na...
Keep going dude...Share some more about my
bangalore...(I'm not there now...I miss too much....)

@ Guru , Naanu Malayalee ; Kannada solpa adjust maadi
;-)) But learning soon. Thnxx machaa
Thnx again

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# re: One for the Road - Driving and Surviving in
Bangalore 5/20/2005 10:50 PM Annz
Wat abt the frequent power cuts? 2767 power failures
per hour - the mosquitoes have competition here!

whr do u stay !!In my area; there's usually just 1 or 2
Powercuts which lasts about 4 hours each. Its not frequent at all.
Often power goes only once a day ;-)))

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