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Bangalore Book Festival 2007 by lazydrive
October 19, 2007, 3:01 pm
Filed under: Bangalore | Tags: , , , , ,

The annual Bangalore Book Festival is on all this week, at the Palace grounds. The Book festival this year has been organised to co-incide with the Dasara festivities – and will last the entire duration of Dasara, which is the NadaHabba or State Festival of Karnataka.

Added attractions of the festival, apart from over a million books on show, are the cultural programmes that happen everyday – ranging from children’s dance programmes to carnatic jugalbandis.

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Beware! by lazydrive
February 25, 2007, 2:28 pm
Filed under: Bangalore


Someone who apparently reads the signs just right. Seen, at the Bangalore Airport.

Photo (c) Prasanna

Breaking a red signal by lazydrive
May 7, 2006, 5:42 pm
Filed under: Bangalore, civic issues, Crime

I havent jumped a red signal ever – and apart from good traffic sense, an incident about a few months after I started driving served to instil the “Dont jump a red signal” rule even more forcefully.

It was at Tiffany’s junction where Kasturba Rd, Vittal Mallya Road, Raja Ram Mohan Roy Road from etc., – 6 in all meet.
I was right up on the line on my side. As was my wont then, I was the first one off once we got a green – and before I could blink, an auto came speeding from the Kasturba Road, slammed into my bike – missing my leg by an inch or so – and flew, yes, flew into the opposite side of Kasturba road. Luckily, for everyone else – it did not hit anyone/anything else. And the guy escaped (constable borrowed someone’s scoot to give chase).
Ever since – I try not to be first to get off on a green.

So when I read about an ACP breaking the law – and a red signal, at that, it incensed me.

Swaroop Srinath writes about a cop who he saw breaking a red light, and who later turned out to be the Assistant Commisioner of Police:

I was riding my motorbike on St. John’s Church Road and stopped for a red light at the junction where Cavalry Road ends, and Wheeler Road begins. (It is little known that this junction is called Prof.A.M. Dharmalingam Circle, for the only indication to this effect is a much vandalised, faded yellow board on a pavement. Note, there is also no circle.) All lights for pedestrians were green. On the opposite end of the junction (coming from Ulsoor Lake), I saw a traffic patrol car stop briefly at the signal. Tata Sumo, with “TRAFFIC POLICE” printed on the sides. In it was a constable (at the wheel), and an officer beside him. Defying all logic, and breaking the very rules they are meant to uphold, these guys just jumped the signal!! They turned right, onto Wheeler Road, and sped away!! My jaw dropped. I knew these guys were a degenerate lot, but this one was an officer, for god’s sake!!

And Srinath, on a rush of adrenalin followed the guy, and got these details out:

ACP M. Krishnamurthy
KA-03 G-24

A discussion on Reservation and Dalit rights. by lazydrive
May 7, 2006, 3:33 am
Filed under: Bangalore

Via BangaloreMetblogs:

Peoples’ Union For Civil Liberties (Karnataka), Peoples’ Democratic Forum and Pedestrian Pictures are presenting an evening of films and discussion on the topic, “Reservations: Typecasting Dalit Rights?” on Sunday, May 7, 2006. This event is open to the public.

The venue is Ashirvad, SBI Circle , St. Mark’s Road, Bangalore – 560 001

Two films will be screened between 3 – 4.30 pm. The film showing will be followed by talks (4.45 – 6.15 pm ) by Indudhar Honnapura, Dalit Sangharasha Samithi, Shivsundar, Journalist, Lankesh, and discussions (6.15 pm onwards).

More info:

Call Pedestrian Pics on 94483 71389 or 99860 31428 or 98868 00642 . Email them at pedepics@yahoo.com.

The BMIC, hurdles and shoddy Governance by lazydrive
April 27, 2006, 6:44 pm
Filed under: Bangalore, civic issues

The BMIC, or Bangalore-Mysore Infrastructure Corridor project was conceived around the mid/late 90's and work started in the late '90s. It intended to cut travel times between the two cities from 3-4 hours to about 2 hours(with 1 1/2 hr on the highway). At conception it was intended to house 5 townships along the highway/corridor as well – to decongest the city.

Among the big initial concerns were:

1. The highway cutting across highly arable land – and requiring lots of it
2. The cost of the project
3. The concern over the need for another expensive project(it came on the back of failed Enron), when doubling railway tracks, and the existing highway was undergoing upgradation(now completed).

From the start the project has been enveloped by controversy. The initial concerns listed above had environmentalists up in arms against the project and suggesting various other measures – including expansion, upgradation of the existing highway(since been completed).It was then followed by the Environment Ministry & High Court allowing for land acquisition for the highway but not approving the same for building the said townships.

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Inactivity by lazydrive
April 27, 2006, 5:35 pm
Filed under: Bangalore

Sorry folks, we have been rather busy. And since my co-blogger has been dormant, handling all my blogs has been a bit of an ask for yours-truly. Hoping to change that shortly, starting with the post above. Sum is also likely to be more active, in here.


Radio City by lazydrive
February 15, 2006, 9:33 pm
Filed under: Bangalore, Radio city

Radio City and me seem to have some weird connexion. Imagine my surprise when the late night Valentine Day special on Radio City happened to have almost the very songs I generally listen to in my car! Songs from Bon Jovi, Metallica, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Bryan Adams….! It was eerie!
Imagine switching from the CD to the radio and wondering if you had switched at all, for the radio is blaring the very same songs!!