Diary
Apr 30 2015
Blog: Ideas at Work
Dear Chief Minister, I am writing to you about the public consultation held yesterday to discuss the Master Plan being prepared by the BDA. Frankly, the whole event was a disaster. The BDA was entirely unprepared, and apart from stone-walling the...
Apr 24 2015
Blog: Peacocks, Palaces and Pavements
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Public urination is common in Bengaluru. However, some people have no qualms about open defecation too. Pic: Ganga Madappa “What happens in the bathroom stays in the bathroom” was the general consensus at my childhood household...
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Apr 11 2015
Column: Southern Bengaluru Chronicles
Chandra Shekhar Balachandran
Here are three little stories to take you back in time. Read about a dog named Kiraa, how a burglar may have been dealt with, and a lady who cured cricks in the neck with an iron key.
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Apr 08 2015
Blog: Peacocks, Palaces and Pavements
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Pic: Deepa Mohan Auto-drivers come in all shapes and sizes: old, young, thin, fat, toothless, handsome, smelly, bearded, grumpy, cheery, etc. Like a good box of chocolates, you never know what kind of driver you’re going to get. Sometimes...
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Apr 03 2015
Blog: Groundwater Stories
World water day at Rainbow Drive layout, March 22nd  Is there any other better way to celebrate world water day than at Rainbow Drive (RBD) layout in Bengaluru? Rainbow Drive has been a pioneer in many good practices towards water sustainability...
Apr 03 2015
Column: Nature Feature
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Deepa Mohan
Guiana chestnut | Pachira aquatica Now that's a sight worth spending a morning for, isn't it? This is how it came about. Nidhi Chawla and Reshmi Chakraborty, who founded an online magazine for seniors, asked me to conduct a nature/birding...
Mar 27 2015
WALK DOWN MEMORY LANE
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Vaidya R
Vaidya R shares his memories of growing up in the Chamrajpet area in the 80s and 90s.
Mar 25 2015
Column: Southern Bengaluru Chronicles
Chandra Shekhar Balachandran
I come from a family that can only be described as bonkers . Come April, amma would ask (I wish I could capture the exact tone of the original Tamizh in English; alas, it’s not to be!), “All right. When does your drama start...
Mar 25 2015
Blog: Peacocks, Palaces and Pavements
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Looks can be very deceiving. Pic: Eden Ezsak When people ask about my daily discoveries in Bengaluru, I have a hard time recalling what I still find surprising in India. After two months, I have moved past the innumerous cows that so nonchalantly...
Mar 16 2015
Blog: Whitefield Rising
Members of the Whitefield Rising group with the Namma Bengaluru award We gave no consent and we got awarded for that! You read that right. On March 14th, Whitefield Rising won the Namma Bengaluru Foundation award  for disagreeing and...
Mar 13 2015
Column: Nature Feature
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Deepa Mohan
Deepa Mohan has a poem to celebrate nature and ponder over the contradictions that we live with!
Mar 11 2015
Column: Southern Bengaluru Chronicles
Chandra Shekhar Balachandran
There were days when you could hear Venkateshwara Suprabhatam in MSL's voice every morning. How could this affect one's learning? Reminiscences of old Bangalore, National High School and more.
Feb 24 2015
Blog: Connected Lives
 S'pot' the difference! Pic: Divya Sreedharan One of the boys in the photograph above, is a Transformers lover, he makes paper planes, he goes to school, he attends birthday parties and playdates. And he loves going to the park to play...
Feb 20 2015
Blog: Groundwater Stories
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Lalbagh has 240 acres of land, almost at the center of the city. This was started in the year 1760 by Hyder Ali as a private garden of 40 acres which eventually expanded to accommodate approximately 1,854 species of flora including various ornamental...
Feb 18 2015
Column: Intense-City
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Vivek M
Bengaluru's Big Banyan Tree, or Dodda Alada Mara. Pic: Vivek M After the construction of the new airport, Bangalore is fiercely expanding towards the north consuming more and more rural areas like these. This big banyan, located in Avalahalli...
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Feb 02 2015
Blog: Whitefield Rising
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For the third time, we are getting Lifedream skills to town. You can now pitch in to teach the youth who badly need intervention to get a leg up and become employable slowly redeeming their self esteem as well in that process. You already saw Christina...
Jan 27 2015
UNIQUE USE OF TRICOLOURS
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Josephine Joseph
Will tricolour deter people from dumping waste in vacant plots? Josephine Joseph tries a unique method to stop people from dumping.
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Jan 26 2015
Blog: Ideas at Work
Republic Day is a good time to think about citizenship, and the responsibilities it carries. The basic premise of a democracy is that the people imagine it, create it, shape it and sustain it. There are no 'others'. But in fact, what we find is...
Jan 19 2015
Column: Southern Bengaluru Chronicles
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Chandra Shekhar Balachandran
"For him to prosper and, in the future, get a job in Mysore State, he will need to know Kannada. You should put him in Kannada class," says the teacher. The mother obliges, thereby opening a key to a rich treasury, for her son.
Jan 13 2015
Blog: Kasa-conscious
For the past four months or so, we went through research papers, news stories, blogs and other personal accounts on garbage. We met people involved with waste management in the city. And slowly, garbage slipped from being an afterthought to something...
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Jan 12 2015
Blog: Whitefield Rising
Whitefield hits jackpot this Bus Day A new day will dawn in Whitefield on Monday, January 12th, 2015. It is likely to go down in history as a red letter day when it comes to mobility in Whitefield area. BMTC has offered Whitefield these gifts...
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Jan 12 2015
Blog: Whitefield Rising
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Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Company (BMTC) will launch first loop bus service in Whitefield on Monday, January 12th, durin the Bus Day event. The move, and the push towards bus services, is aimed at reducing vehicles on road by improving bus...
Jan 08 2015
Blog: Off Beat
If you wondered why there was no special write up from Citizen Matters for the new year, here’s our excuse. Well, we did have a spectacular plan, however all the folks who needed to be on the same page as us, didn’t really come onboard...
Jan 08 2015
Blog: Whitefield Rising
Taking Stock So much has been done. Over the coming days, we will share a series of newsletters focused on a topic or two at a time so we don't overwhelm you in one annual review :). In summary however, its been a year of phenomenal citizen engagement...
Jan 05 2015
Column: Nature Feature
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Deepa Mohan
A trip to a forest inside Bengaluru can reveal wonderful creatures that are hidden! Deepa Mohan captures the moments from her latest trip.
Dec 30 2014
Column: Southern Bengaluru Chronicles
Chandra Shekhar Balachandran
Brindavan Express is not quite as fast as it used to be, nor is it the unchallenged monarch of the Bangalore-Madras route. Similarly, life has changed for the author too, while he misses his childhood and memories.
 
 

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