Friday, January 12, 2007

Dance class in Bengalooru

Bengalooru city buses....

It was a traffic signal...Not even a bus stop. My friend who was accompanying me to the bus stop suddenly yelled and in a minute I was pushed into a bus that had just come to a halt near us. She waved a 'Bye' and asked me to give her a call or message when I reached the place I was supposed to go. She is the same girl who thought I would get 'Lost' in Bangalore. :)

This city traffic had no value for any one's time, so I asked my friend to drop me off at a bus stop and promised to inform her when I reach wherever I had to reach.

Okay, the bus inched its way forward and I realized that the signal turned 'Green'. I was at the foot board and if my bus hits just another speed breaker ,I was sure to fall off the bus. Oddly, I was bothered if I would get a clear space to land on the road if I fall off the last step of the bus. So many vehicles on the road all jamming the way....

When I was lost in this train of thoughts, I was shaken back to reality as the bus driver started yelling something in Kannada. I was not affected at all because, I did not get any word of what he was saying.. Still from the look on his face, I realized that what he was saying might be serious. I should have given some expression that i myself cannot define now...

Looking at my expression and the driver's face someone offered to help me with the translation. I learnt that i was obstructing the driver's view of the Rear View Mirror. So moved ahead... but wait.. where was the space to move...? Being a software engineer by qualification and a technical writer by profession, I put forward my left foot without thinking about the chances of finding a foot place. ( That's how the IT industry works .. They just go ahead with a bold move.. consequences will be analyzed in meetings ...or surveys that happen after the problem is over..) When I didn't find one foot space to keep my left foot, I decided to put it back to where my right foot was... Little did I realise that by this time, the bus had stopped at the next station and the next set of people had got into the bus. So, I could not find the place to put my right foot... I tried settling my tired left foot somewhere but couldn't find place at all. For you to imagine better, I was kind of learning dance steps on the foot board. :)

That was just to let you know what it was like to be on a city bus in Bangalore in the peak hours. I thought Chennai was the toughest when discussing local buses, but Bangalore at peak hours is just about the same...

As to what happened to my dance class that day, the session was brought to an abrupt halt when the bus stopped at the next station and I was pushed to a safe corner (??!!!??)by a good, old, fat lady's elbow.. :) I was glad all the same, because, I did not have to further struggle with balancing myself on one foot.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Bengalooru

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It was a cold Sunday morning when I reached this "Cool" city. I was shivering literally while I waited at the bus stop for a friend who had promised to be at the bus stop to receive me. According to her, I am new to the city and there is every chance of me getting lost. :)

Quick snaps from the city over the last three days of my stay here...

Cool city - It is a great change for me from the Tropic climate in Chennai to the pleasant climate in Bangalore....

Lazy city - People take their own sweet time to start and gear up for the day ahead....

Friendly people - Everyone I met was willing to help me with anything I needed to locate in the city... I am not that used to this 'over-friendliness' that a caution alarm started ringing in my mind and it has still not stopped.

Crowded buses - Not to beat Chennai Local transport, still it is new to me as all along I have stayed away from the crowded city buses in Chennai.

Jammed traffic - For a five minute running time, you need to cross five red lights at five signals, and ten speed breakers and spend twenty minutes in any vehicle you commute. ( This statistics is extrapolated from the data I collected from my own experience .. :)

Fair North Indian Food - The eateries here serve fairly good North Indian dishes. Need to take care about the butter and paneer that gets added to your plate unexpectedly.

Complex language - Kannada seems complex to me.. Should learn, else it is going to be tough to manage the shopping and autos. Thankfully a lot of the localites here manage to understand Hindi and Tamil fairly well. I even spotted an auto with the Word 'Rajini' written in tamil wrongly spelt as 'Ra - ii - Ni' for the letters in tamil.

That 's what i am able to manage for now, as the clock is ticking and the climate outside is getting cold.. :) Need to leave , Until the next post,
:) smile and have fun.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Happy New Year 2007

Year 2006 is coming to a close according to the calendar within another 12 minutes..
I am in front of my computer trying to handle all the new wishes on my mail box, my chat windows, and my mobile's inbox...

Wishing people Happy New year and acknowledging the wishes....

My mind is tossed up to even think of a new year wish currently..An untoward incident happened in the family and i have been managing my level best to handle it on my mind apart from other things that are giving me a head ache...

Still, trudging on.. just wondering aloud.. what is stopping in this world just because something went wrong with some one?

Dogs are barking outside..

My net connection is down...
My watch shows 11:55
some one is bursting crackers.. may be his watch shows 12:00 now...
I am here scribbling away to glory...fortunately it is not handwritten..
My folks are tired and are sleeping...
My close people are travelling....
One of my friend is at a resort...
Some one i know is studying...

Just how this dawn is going to be different from the rest of the year 2006?I am thinking..

right now...My system time is 11.59...I dont have an answer still...I am praying as i type this line..

May God Bless this year with lots of joy and peace in everyone's life.I

t is 12:01 and i spent the one minute praying for all of us..

Automatically tears welled up in my eyes.. I took care not to cry...I am looking forward to a great year.. just like my mom who just woke up to pray too... :)

I am looking forward to the success in the surgery my friend is going to have...
I am looking forward to the peace of mind that was slightly lacking in the last year...
I am looking forward to my sister's prayers being answered....
I am looking forward to my friend's tension coming down....

I am looking forward to a lot of things...

I didnt realise a new year wish mattered so much till this minute as im writing..
A new year wish matters for so many reasons..

It brings new thoughts, resolutions that may or may not work, forwards to give new insights that are likely to be forgotten..

still a wish is a wish... some one out there wishes you a wonderful year... it is a way of showing u care....

Wish you a happy, healthy, prosperous, bright, joyous new year filled with musical notes of peace..

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