Tuesday, 3 November 2009

We endanger others

A driver's foolishness, very common all over the world, led to the death of the two occupants of the car and the motorcyclist.

Do you see the motorcycle?

A motorcycle travelling at 85 mph hit a car whose driver, while talking on the phone, swerved out from a side street into its path. The motorcycle smashed right into the vehicle. Naturally the motorcyclist and the two occupants of the four-wheeler died on the spot.

Talking and driving

This crash was put on display to educate the public on the dangers of driving while talking on the cell phone and texting messages.

Monday, 5 October 2009

GBS telling the truth

There was one interesting quotation on speaking the truth by Shaw that went something like: My way of joking is to tell the truth. It is the funniest joke in the world."
However, experience shows that people find it easier to tell lies. Perhaps I'm a lazy chap because I know that if I tell a lie it means, if it is important enough to be questioned, I will have to tell several more to cover up the first one and that is what I can't do.

Monday, 13 July 2009

Trial run

Checking out how this works

End of statue `fixing'

Published in Capital Notebook of The Times of India dated July 17, 2000
`Our leaders are not traffic constables'
The End of Statue Fixing
Statue fixing finally seems to be on its way out with the housing and urban development minister Lalji Tandon announcing that no statue shell henceforth be installed at traffic intersections. The minister made the announcement while unveiling a bust of Munshi Newal Kishore on Friday. This, he said, was being done as our great leaders were not traffic constables! City folks, however, have already been made traffic constables? After all, Bhimrao Ambedkar is there at Charbagh while Maharana Pratap `controls' Hussainganj. Likewise, there's Rabindranath Tagore at IT crossing, Suhel Dev Rajbhar at the Nur Manzil trisection and Uda Devi at the Sikanderbagh crossing.

Since 2000 we have seen a lot of change in Lucknow with statues, colossal ones at that crowding the city. Saying that our leaders are not traffic constables is true. What no one understands is that these same leaders who are being venerated `in stone of bronze' would have themselves been against the waste of money involved.

Sunday, 28 June 2009

2,700 crore on memorials

While the Supreme Court will be taking up the issue of Lucknow's memorials that have crossed the Rs 2000 crore in costs not counting the demolition of a stadium to add to the memorial, what is surprising is that when this was being planned nobody took up the matter. What can be done now that the money has been spent? What can be done with 60 life-size elephants and the numerous other statues? They simply have to remain.

Monday, 18 May 2009

Elections are over

The little man goes back to work May 18, 2009
All the excitement is over and the UPA gets to form the government. Thankfully this is without having to work with a sword dangling over its head. The nation, rather the whole world, watched last year when the nuclear deal had to be passed, witnessing all the natak (drama) in Parliament. Now one can expect some smooth governance with the country progressing at a comfortable pace. The opposition, unlike in the past, should provide some balance to help keep the Union Government on track and not place boulders in the way to derail it. If anything this election has proved that the people cannot be fooled much longer. They will now be watching what the government does as well as what the opposition parties in Parliament are doing. A party that can recognise the good being done by the government is a party that will be respected and remembered in the next election. On the other hand the Congress Party should build upon the present success and get back to Uttar Pradesh where it had been all but forgotten.
Now, the little man who didn't really stop working during the election perion, as he cannot afford to, works harder.

Sunday, 10 May 2009

This is something more I didn't know

10 May, 2009.
How can one get a blog without even starting one? Or does it mean that it's that easy now to start one?