Diary
Jul 29 2016
PAVEMENT PERORATIONS
Suchitra Deep
So, this is the third in the Pavement series. Even if I say so myself, I think I am making progress. But there is pressure to change the format every time to keep my interest going, and that is kind of hard.  Anyway, this time I decided...
Jul 29 2016
Blog: Deepa's jottings
On the 23rd of June, my purse, along with several documents, was stolen on Bus Route no. 366, between Richmond Circle and MICO Checkpost bus stops at about 1.30 pm. I decided to make a list of the processes by which I replaced my documents.I live...
Jul 25 2016
Blog: Peacocks, Palaces and Pavements
I am here to apologize to all the Indians, the Kannadigas I’ve met in the last three weeks. Immediately upon meeting you, you either spoke to me in English, with the assumption that of course I wouldn’t be familiar with your language...
Jul 08 2016
Sumanth Bindumadhav
Every city, even a giant metropolis like Bengaluru, still has a few patches of green, blue or brown that have managed to survive or at least allay the formidable onslaught of concrete and glass. Look carefully in these oases and you’ll be sure...
Jul 05 2016
Blog: Peacocks, Palaces and Pavements
A night view of M G Road. Pic: Shree D N After finding out I would be coming to Bengaluru, an Indian city I knew just as the "Silicon Valley of India," having grown up in Seattle, I became fascinated with the idea of comparing my...
Jul 04 2016
Blog: Off Beat
How many legal and illegal hoardings are there in Bengaluru and how to identify them? Looking for a complete location-specific data? Chances are that you will never ever get it. In the month of April, when I started working on a series of...
Jun 30 2016
Blog: Ideas at Work
Over the last few days, it was reported that Metro stations at Silk Board and K R Puram will be developed as transit points, so that in the future we could have a line running on Outer Ring Road, connecting to these two ends, and linking to other...
Jun 24 2016
Suchitra Deep
I have this thing for pavements. Actually, I have a thing for many things, but the current thing is pavements. Let me tell you, this was not something I took to in a rush. It took many months for me to get warmed up. You see, I walk back and forth...
May 23 2016
Blog: Whitefield Rising
BBMP health inspectors conducted a major drive against use of plastic on Whitefield Main Road (Hagadur ward) on Saturday 21-May-2016. Plastic material was seized from several shops in Forum Value Mall. The drive was led by BBMP officials Vinodh...
Apr 12 2016
Blog: Ideas at Work
So far, I have received expressions of interest from people in about 25 wards to work on local solutions for civic improvement and better governance. I'll reach out to each of you individually and see how to help you get going, but meanwhile, here...
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Apr 05 2016
Blog: Peacocks, Palaces and Pavements
Having been living in India, and more specifically Bangalore, for almost three months now, I have grown increasingly more comfortable with the social norms and practices here. For the first month or so these norms took some time to sink in and become...
Apr 04 2016
Blog: A treasure of waste
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This is a story of hope. Of reclaiming a glorious city that had lost its beauty to the plastic curse. Of standing your ground and sticking your neck out for what you believe. Of collective, affirmative action. Of the power of the people that start...
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Mar 15 2016
REAL ESTATE (REGULATION AND DEVELOPMENT) BILL, 2015
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Nagesh Aras
The RERA bill has been passed in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. The Bill with a number of safeguards to protect home buyers' interest, has crossed all hurdles. Citizen groups in Bengaluru too have played a role in pushing the Bill.
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Mar 02 2016
Blog: Deepa's jottings
Sudarshan Nityananda gives the following contact numbers:   South  Bangalore comes under Mr Ranganathswamy,DCF-BBMP.His number is  9480683842 .   His senior is Mr N D Sudarshan who sits in the BBMp premises.His...
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Feb 17 2016
Blog: Off Beat
On a highway leading to a cold, cold city, a two-wheeler rider was mowed down by a speeding lorry on a hot morning. He pleaded for help, without even realising that his body was torn into two pieces. That he donated his organs even in such a painful...
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Jan 18 2016
Blog: In Lighter Whine
Hello all! After a two-week hiatus, I'm finally back at the old stand and churning out blogs again. I've had my pre-board exams for the past two weeks, so between studying for them and wishing I didn't have to, I've not had time for much else. However...
Jan 07 2016
REPAIRING BENGALURU'S POTHOLE RIDDEN ROADS
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Sapna Prabhu
Sapna Prabhu tracks the progress of work on the Hulimavu-Begur road. While citizens must complain about inefficiencies, one must also highlight the good work being done by local administration, she says.
Jan 07 2016
Column: Nature Feature
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Deepa Mohan
There are some organisms that thrive in the moist, humid environment that the monsoons bring. And though they have a short life, they are beautiful and intriguing, when they appear.
Jan 06 2016
Blog: Oorjana
Given the premise of this series—stories of city people you run into, neither friends nor strangers—a tale garnered from an Uber ride (usually going back home for the night, for no normal person will be too conversant on a weekday morning...
Jan 06 2016
Blog: Ideas at Work
Some interesting twists in law come up in corruption cases, revealing technicalities that need to be addressed to clean up the system. This morning's news about Lokayukta-filed cases against former CM BSY is one such technicality. The cases were...
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Dec 28 2015
Blog: In Lighter Whine
This week, I intend to have a stab at one of the most difficult tasks known to mankind: persuading an adult to part with a sum of money. Not a very large sum, but a sum nonetheless. This New Year's Day, I want to buy burgers, fries and a drink...
Dec 19 2015
Column: Nature Feature
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Deepa Mohan
Valmiki apparently wrote the first verse of the Ramayana after he saw a hunter kill the male of a pair of courting Demoiselle Cranes. Deepa Mohan documents the very first sighting of the bird in Bengaluru.
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Dec 13 2015
Blog: In Lighter Whine
In quite a few of my previous blogs (I don’t remember if those blogs were here or at Funny Side Up ), I’ve referred to conversations with auto and cab drivers. Generally, these have been in the context of something entirely unrelated...
Dec 07 2015
Column: Southern Bengaluru Chronicles
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Chandra Shekhar Balachandran
Before television took over the lives of children, trading matchboxes for the artwork on the labels was a way of life.
Nov 14 2015
Blog: Oorjana
If you are willing to listen, people always have stories to tell. Especially in a city. And despite the best efforts of civic authorities to make us think otherwise, Bangalore is still a city. And people have stories to tell. People like Srinivas...
Nov 11 2015
Column: Southern Bengaluru Chronicles
Chandra Shekhar Balachandran
Remember the bedtime storytelling sessions of yore? If not, let the author refresh your memory, with the tales of M and fly, The Two Tykes and home-made dosays.
 
 

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