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7 Feb

Going back in time, there used to be this old woman who ran a popular roadside eatery (Bonda, Vade etc) in Jayanagar. For the longest time she had this young man who was an assistant. Obviously he was learning the tricks of the trade, recipes etc.

One fine day he decides to branch off on his own and set up across the street. To attract customers he puts up a sign that said “Opposite Shop Moved Here”.. much to the annoyance of his previous employer.

Not to be outdone the old woman puts up a sign that said “Opposite Shop Not Moved Here”.

Sale, Sale, Sale – People, People, People

16 Jan

Scenes from a 50% off sale of shoes by Nike. Who says we don’t like a good deal. Yes I was there buying Nikhil a new pair (cheapskate that I am).

Was witness to a couple of arguments where two people wanted the same shoes. The parents were arguing. The children were smiling at each other.

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31 Dec

According to a friend of mine, theres another scam going around in the city.

Theres a company that sells the “Chapati Maker”. They usually demo this in stores like Nilgiris. Now they offer to do a demo at your house. For this you need to give them a “refundable” deposit of Rs. 100. They will return it in case you dont buy. Of course they come home and if you dont buy, they give you the name of a manager who will return the money.
The Name of this company:

Basic Associates in Cambridge Layout, Ulsoor.

P.S: I do have the receipt.

Sundry Thinkings

24 May

Three things hit me as I was reading the news today…

First my favorite subject… our own “Prince of the Soil” Kumaraswamy’s visit to Bidar district where he supposedly stays with the villagers. This time apparently he was at the house of a farmer who committed suicide. Well.. thats great except that the farmer’s family was made to vacate the house for the night and stay elsewhere. Apparently the entire house was whitewashed and redone for his visit.

Isn’t the whole point of these visits to spend time with the common folks?

The other was a picture sequence in the Deccan Herald which compared the Bangalore Metro Corporation’s work on MG road to the BBMP’s work on Race Course road. While BBMP as usual had strewn stuff all over the place, the Metro work in contrast was neat without causing any inconvinience to commuters. Why is this?

I guess the answer lies in accountability. The BBMP does things its way because they are arrogant and think they are NOT answerable to anyone. On the other hand, hawks are just waiting for the Metro to make even a small mistake so that they can pounce on them. They are ACCOUNTABLE which makes them more responsible.

I wonder when the BBMP will act with such professionalism… maybe if they are privatized?

Finally DD is piloting airing its channels on Mobile Phones. That is just great !!! Now we can be subjected to half baked, badly produced programs on the Mobile as well.

Another one let loose

15 Apr

Looks like our judiciary is making a habit of this.

Alistair Pereira the guy who ran over and killed 7 labourers is now serving a pittance of a jail sentence. The judge said that the police “botched” up the investigation. Hence the reduced punishment.

Does something smell fishy here?

Collection Kings

3 Apr

Ended up at home early on Tuesday evening and took a walk with Nikhil. We stopped by a Pani Puri gaadi to get a snack.

Suddenly this guy on the bike shows up and demands “collection” money from the Gaadi guy. “Yen guru ninne nu kotilla. Hege madidre boss ge kopa barutthe” (Loose translation: You havent paid up yesterday as well. The boss will get angry). So the guy hems and haws and makes excuses about how collections havent been good etc. The guy leaves with a promise/threat to show up later in the evening.

Exactly 5 minutes later 2 cops show up. The guy puts something in their hand and they walk away.

I ask him what this was about. Turns out that this guy has to keep both the cops and goons happy to stay in business. He wouldnt tell me how much he paid out.

So much for guardians of the law.

Ugadi Greetings I dont need

19 Mar

Driving around I see posters and banners from every two bit corporator, councilor, MLA and MP wishing people a happy Ugadi. Some of these even have strobe lights around them. As if thats not enough, their villanous pictures stare out of these posters.

Thats all I need. Getting wished by goons.

Oh ya. Guess who pays for this. Its the very people these guys are wishing. All the bills for these are footed by the small business owners who have to contribute to the “collection”.