Monday, February 25, 2008

I'm a bit Unique....

Saw this on Dhanya's blog and was curious, see the result for yourself.....

Your Blogging Type is Unique and Avant Garde

You're a bit ... unusual. And so is your blog.

You're impulsive, and you'll often post the first thing that pops in your head.

Completely uncensored, you blog tends to shock... even though that's not your intent.

You tend to change your blog often, experimenting with new designs and content.

What's Your Blogging Personality?

PS: Actually I'm every bit unique, Mother Earth cannot endure another ME! : )

Thursday, February 21, 2008

The never ending story

Disclaimer: No disrespect intended to any elders. This is simply a promotion for a VRS.

Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz (born August 13, 1926) has been Cuba's leader since 1959. He came to power in an armed revolution that overthrew the Presidency of Fulgencio Batista, and was shortly thereafter sworn in as the Prime Minister of Cuba. In 1965 he became First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba and led the transformation of Cuba into a one-party socialist republic. In 1976 he became President of the Council of State as well as of the Council of Ministers. He also held the supreme military rank of Comandante en Jefe ("Commander in Chief") of the Cuban armed forces. On July 31, 2006, after undergoing intestinal surgery from an undisclosed digestive illness believed to have been diverticulitis, he transferred his responsibilities to the First Vice-President, his younger brother Raúl Castro. On February 19, 2008, five days before his mandate expired, he announced he would neither seek nor accept a new term as either president or commander-in-chief - source Wikipedia

No, I’m neither a fan of Fidel nor am I having a revolutionary; it’s just that an era has ended. The retirement age for people in public service (read government jobs) is 58-60. Just try telling it to the politicians. Their lust for power can be only ended in most cases by death, natural or otherwise.

We are supposedly a young nation with the youth taking centre stage in many fields except politics. Politics it seems is haunted by geriatrics not just in India but seems to be a global malaise. The front runners for the White House include a young upstart and a veteran old enough to be the father of the upstart. Fidel called it a day after so long but others just don’t get the picture. It beats me how those who are great grandfathers can rule a state? Surely they will have physical challenges? Age dulls the senses and retards motion for all but politicians. I’m not being uncharitable but a Chief Minister who cannot even stand up cannot be expected to stand up to the demands of the job even if the job may not be like Arjun’s portrayal in Muthalvan.

Can you believe that the youth wing president of a regional party is a grand father? The entry of the second generation in many political parties seemed like a breath of fresh air, but till now they are under the wings of the retirement cases with little or no leverage.

Is power so intoxicating that it can rise above tedium, exhaustion, ill health, fear of assassinations?

Is death the only solution?

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Home sweet home

Yesterday I was waiting for D at the Chetpet Railway station. I suppose it would win the prize for one of the most uninviting station sitting in the midst of heaps of garbage. If you wonder what is new about Indian stations like this? The answer is the approach that goes through the by-lanes of a higher income slum (if you could call that).

Let me stop digressing and come to the post on hand which is not about Railways. I parked my bike on a vacant area abutting an authorized dump yard and waited for the train carrying D when a very unremarkable middle aged lady brushed by me. She went up to a tree and took off a bag from her shoulder and hung it on the tree. Then rummaging into something behind the same tree she pulled out a mat spread it on the ground and promptly went to sleep.

I awoke to the fact that I was in the living premises of somebody and I retreated to a safe distance. Looking around I saw several more dwelling places where neither walls nor roofs limited the habitable space of its occupants. Yes, you had an abundance of common area for free, that flat promoters would charge you an arm and leg for. The people I saw lived peacefully in the midst of the squalor I so detested stepping into a few minutes earlier.

A home is a very emotional issue for most of us and for many it is more than an investment or a tax saver. It is said bricks and mortar don’t make a home. It hit me hard yesterday, it really doesn’t. For most getting their own house is a huge achievement whether it is like these homes without boundaries or a brick and mortar one or even like this one. Whether a peaceful sleep to the occupants in each of these can be a common denominator is the big question.

I am trying to find a house that will fit my budget and looks like its going to be a long search.

IMG_0653 IMG_0654 IMG_0663Dakshinchitra - tamil house courtyard Bramin colonyKerala house Kerala house - long V bpcl logos 142 Kerla chistian house karnataka house rural andra

Some pictures of traditional South Indian homes taken by a traveler in one of my favourite spots in Chennai, Dakshin Chitra.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

To be or not to be a criminal, that is the question.

1. An act committed or omitted in violation of a law forbidding or commanding it and for which punishment is imposed upon conviction.
2. Unlawful activity
3. A serious offense, especially one in violation of morality.
4. An unjust, senseless, or disgraceful act or condition

1. Guilty of crime.
2. Shameful; disgraceful


1) Keep on your left, allowing the vehicles from the opposite direction to pass.
2) Give way to traffic on your right, especially at road junctions and round abouts.
3) While turning either left or right, give way to vehicles going straight.
4) While turning left, keep to the left side and turn close to the left side of the road to which you enter.
5) Slow down at the junctions, intersections and pedestrian crossings. Also slow down near school zones, temple areas etc., where a lot of pedestrians and vehicle traffic move. Give signals before you make any manoeuvre, indicating your intention, so that the other road users can adjust accordingly.
6) Always use a helmet if on a two-wheeler and always check that the strap is fixed properly.
7) Stick to the given speed limit and remember that speed limit is related to the traffic condition.
8) Keep enough distance from the vehicle ahead to avoid collision.
9) Yellow lines should not be crossed under any condition.
10) At junctions or intersections, never park the vehicle beyond the stop line.
11) At pedestrian crossings always remember that the pedestrian has the right of way.
12) At the signal, do not stop your vehicle on the Pedestrian Crossing.
13) Two-wheelers are meant only for two. Third person is not allowed, even children.
14) Do not start your vehicle on the amber light. Wait for the light to turn green.
15) Overtake only from the right side of a vehicle. Never overtake on bridges, narrow roads, junctions, school zones and pedestrian crossings.
16) Do not drive in a zig-zag manner.

The following are few of the traffic violations according to the Motor Vehicle Act.
1) Driving a vehicle under the influence of liquor (Sec. 185 Motor Vehicle Act).
2) Driving without valid Driving Licence (See. 3 rd with Sec. 181, Motor Vehicle Act).
3) Driving at Speeds that exceed limits (Sec. 183, M.V.Act)
4) Driving with only one light in front (Rule 37 (xii) read with Sec. 177, Motor Vehicle Act).
5) Using dazzling lights (Rule 405 read with Sec. 197, M.V. Act).
6) Using the horns in a forbidden area (Rule 403 read with Sec. 177, Motor Vehicle Act).
7) Use of air horn / musical horn (Rule 402 Motor Vehicle Act).
8) Parking in no parking areas (Rule 37(x)read with Sec. 177, M.V. Act).
10) Vehicle emitting excess smoke (Rule 115 (I) C.M.V. Rule).
11) Failure to give proper signals (Sec. 121 read with Sec. 117, M.V.Act).
12) Rash driving (Sec. 184, M.V. Act).
13) Failure to stop vehicle when required by any Police Officer in Uniform (Sec. 132 read with Sec. 177, M.V. Act).
14) Non-compliance of directions given by any Police Officer in the regulation of traffic in public places (Sec. 119, M.V. Act read with 179, M.V. Act).
15) Failure to observe the rule of the road (Rule 37(i) read with Sec. 177 M.V. Act).
16) Violations of all restrictions, (Rule 411 read with Sec. 177 M.V. Act).

Been a criminal today?