In all of India, we drive on the left side of the road. In Bangalore, we drive on what is left of the road.
I was riding to work today thinking about what my next blog topic would be, and suddenly there was this crater in front of me. Yes, I meant crater itself. It certainly did look like a meteor had left its mark. I haven’t traveled through too many roads in Bangalore, but from what I have seen, I believe Bangalore sees quite a few meteor showers.
Apart from the fact that this causes a jam in traffic or that it could mess with the suspension of the vehicle, these “craters” make Bangalore roads very unsafe. As it is, we have more than enough drunken driving cases every Friday or Saturday night (or even a weeknight for the really fun ones). The pathetic roads just add on as an extra reason for the folks drunk drivers/riders. For a person driving under the influence, this “crater” is more like the Grand Canyon.
I am in no way supporting drunken driving. It is a cardinal sin. But the sorry state of the roads here don’t help the cause either. There are certain under repair roads, which have been blocked for ages. Finally when the road opens up, there really isn’t too much change. Have any of you gone on the road between the HAL signal and Old Madras road? 5 years ago, this road was a pleasure to ride/drive on. Not too wide, but enough for 2 buses to go side by side. It had trees on both sides provide ample shade, and a serene green environment. Today that road is anything but that. All the trees are gone, in the name of road widening. The sides of the road are being “worked on”. The dust makes you feel you are in the Sahara desert in the middle of a sand storm, and for some reason the remaining part of the road suddenly has its crests and troughs.
The NICE road is a wonderful road. In fact all the roads that have tolls are nice. But that comes at a price. This leaves me wondering. All the money from road tax, where is it going?
P.S. I am in no way looking to criticize Bangalore, nor am I saying anything about the roads in any other city. I stay in Bangalore, and this directly affects me. Thus the post. Namma Ooru Bengaluru. 🙂
My Dad and Mom have been doing the same job for the past 30+ years. Same office, same colleagues, same everything. I think the only thing that has changed is the furniture around them, or the computer OS to be more precise. That was a completely different era. I am not sure if it is loyalty to the company or whether the hikes were unbelievably good, whatever it was Employee Satisfaction was at a very high level.
Nowadays it is common practice to see people switch jobs very often. My friend’s Team Lead has switched 8 jobs in 8 years (come to think of it, that’s almost equal to the number of houses I have shifted. That’s a different story though). What really does happen to one’s career with these jumps. Surely, the salary goes rocketing skyward. But is there a negative effect? Do some companies see such a candidate as a potential hopper, and will that impact his/her candidature? I would say no (purely personal opinion). There are many companies who see what you bring to the table, rather than whether you plan to stay for dinner at the table. There may be clauses though, like a bigger notice period, or in some other countries, a non compete. But there are people who want you.
I have seen also the other extreme. A few friends of mine are currently on their sixth year with the same company. They don’t seem to happy about it, but then that has more to do with the work I guess. When friends hear about this guy who hasn’t changed jobs yet, they just can’t understand why someone would want to stay in the same company for so long. No level of money beats job satisfaction, but I have come across a lot of people also ready to give up on Employee Satisfaction for a fatter pay cheque at the end of the month.
If you ask me. Well yes, money is very important. But there comes a point where one should draw the line. Trust me, if you look far and hard enough, there are companies willing to pay you what you need (and in one weird case I heard, they pay even more than what you ask for). Try to make an impact on a company such that they want to keep you, and are willing to go that extra mile (read as extra hike) to ensure you continue to work with them.
P.S. Just had these thoughts, and felt I should pen it down. Cheers.
Every football fan’s dream would be to watch a live football game. This dream of mine was fulfilled a couple of weeks back when I went to watch the BFC game. Frankly, I did not know what to expect when I was on my way. I thought it would be like watching my college team play. I was so very wrong. Though the quality of the game was not like watching an EPL game, the intensity was very much there. It was just 6,900 odd people there for the first game that we went, but the atmosphere was bloody brilliant.
Everything you needed was there. A bunch of football crazy people watching the game. Chants for the home team and certain players. Boos and jeers for the visiting team. Abuses for the referee when a decision went the wrong way. Joyous celebrations when the home team scored. Yes, everything was there. The stage was set, Bengaluru FC versus Churchill Brothers. I had no idea what to expect, but the huge line at the ticket collection counter gave me hopes that the next couple of hours will truly blow my mind. Needless to say, “blow my mind” was a complete understatement.
Out of the numerous chants that one can hear in the stadium, a few of them stand out.
- “When the Blues go marching in” – Definitely a front runner for our new anthem.
- “He scores when he wants, he scores when he wants, Sunil Chhetri, he scores when he wants” – El Capitano proving his mettle game after game.
- “Who needs Batman, we have Robin” – in support of Robin Singh (our very own Balotelli maybe?)
- “Let’s go Johnson, let’s go” – every time BFC are awarded a corner, this chant definitely is heard.
The fans do definitely make a big difference to the game. This was evident from the gesture made by the players at the end of their last home game. A big banner thanking the fans, was carried by the players around the field. Sunil Chhetri’s intensity was clearly visible as he got the fans going with his BFC chant. The fans, or as they would call it #12thMan #BestFansEver , have brought life and inspired the team to perform better.
But it isn’t all about the chanting, and the atmosphere. The football is good too. Yes, we are not close to being compared to European football. But at times the stuff that happens on the field, lets you believe that football is very much on the rise in India. And with the kind of support that the BFC fans are dishing out, all one can truly say is “Namma Ooru.. Bengaluru !! Who are we?? BFC !!”
Have you ever been told that you look like someone else? Have you been told that you have a doppelganger? maybe a sports personality, maybe a movie star, maybe some random person walking on the road. A lot of us have heard it. A lot of us have felt it. Well this blog post is about the times that I have been compared to anyone at all.
2004 – The first comparison I remember is that I look a lot like Randy Orton (WWE superstar). I have heard this from quite a few people. This was not because they heard someone say so, but because they felt so. Frankly I do not see it, and I won’t be surprised if you do not either. By the way, this comparison is purely neck upwards.
2010 – Another comparison was to Christian Bale (more famous as Batman) – image no. 2). Now I understand if you need to laugh this one out. The first time I heard this was from my brother’s friend. The moment he saw me, he said that I resembled the Batman guy (pity he did not know Christian Bale’s name – then again, they’re doctors – no pun intended). Although I do not think I have heard this one from anyone else. So this maybe a “doctor error”. This comparison too, very much neck upwards, I am guessing.
2013 – Another very confusing comparison made was to Sushant Singh Rajput (Kai Po Che guy). A colleague just pinged me out of the blue and said “Dude, you look like that Kai Po Che guy”. It was only once he said it that I even knew the movie released. Sorry, very bad with dates. Though I did not understand this one, I played along. Even to the extent of creating a Team Sushi (another story for another day). I was not over the Sushant Singh comparison when the next one hit me.
2014 – The most recent of comparisons came while I was watching “Highway”. I supposedly resembled Randeep Hooda (Bollywood actor). Another comparison I do not really understand, and which I am sure is neck upwards. This too has been told by more than one person.
Now I do know that I look nothing like any of the above mentioned people. But then maybe, I was thinking, that they look something like me (maybe). So this is what having a Doppelganger feels like.
For all those who haven’t been to this “temple town”, this would serve as a good review (I hope not). Well, after all the hype about Gokarna, I finally made a quick fire decision to go there. I was there for 2 days, and through this post I will tell you some quick tips about the place. So you can go there, a little bit better informed than I was. One word review “Awesome”. More words review “READ ON”.
I reached Gokarna Railway Station at about 11:30 am, Saturday morning. The half an hour auto ride to Om beach (the only beach I have heard of over there, thus the obvious choice) is not very pleasant, but the sights you get to see once you are approaching the beaches are picture perfect. So all you DSLR boys and girls, keep your cameras ready as soon as you are in the rick. Once at Om beach, I checked into the Namaste Café (the only place of stay I have heard of over there, thus the obvious choice). Frankly, the stay is not that great. But then I had to make do.
Changed and came out to lunch to the café. Just for the information of all interested, there are no ATM’s for about 10kms, so please ensure you are loaded. Most places don’t accept cards as well, atleast Namaste Café doesn’t. Anyways, the food was not that great initially, but that was perhaps I did not know what to order, because after every meal we had there, the food was showing signs of improvement, and the last meal I had there was WOW. Once the walking down Om Beach was done, it was time to check out the adjacent beach, called Kudlee Beach. There are 2 ways to get there. One is a 45 mins strenuous walk on a hilly path (upslope only), which we took while trying to get there. The other way, which I was made aware only when we planned to leave from there is a 7 mins walk in between a slight forest. It might seem a little scary to walk that way in the dark, but then the long route is just as bad. So try to go and return when there is sufficient sunlight. To ensure you do not lose your way, there are white arrows painted on the ground to guide you.
Kudlee beach is definitely the best in Gokarna. The water is so very clear, and to watch the sun set here would be a dream come true. The resort on Kudlee beach (Gokarna Resort I think) is expensive when compared to those on Om beach, but it looks posh, and the view that one would get would make it worth it. The other beach in the same line is Half moon beach. Off season it is nothing at all, so I will not comment on that. I haven’t gone to the Paradise beach, so once again, can’t comment on that either. Another beach (which is in the city actually) is about 10kms away from the rest. There is nothing great about this beach. It is just another beach. A lot of people, kids, young people, elders, all of them. There are more localites here than others I believe.
I have heard people say that it is a Mini Goa, and I do agree. One could say that it is Goa minus the massive crowd and the cheaper alcohol.