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tung tung da sound bajda…

rural olympics, tractors, folk singers, tractor sounds, bullet thump, and all the sounds under the sun….


tung tung da sound bajda…

rural olympics, tractors, folk singers, tractor sounds, bullet thump, and all the sounds under the sun….

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Came across vintage airline posters on India. While most of them stick to elephant, TWA had beautifully used an indian lady for one of the posters. thumbs up to TWA. AirFrace seemed bit modern-art types. British Airways or erstwile Imperial Airways used temples, forts and “6-day” London to India via Egypt posters.
In addition there are few AirIndia posters. Most of them belong to the golder era of 50s and 60s - under the art direction of J. B. Cowasji, Air India Design Studio, Bombay. They are simple yet powerful. AirIndia needs to bring back “The Maharaja” and maintain an international identity.

Things to do before you leave chennai… Or checklist for a person to be called “Machha”
  1. Have sweat it out winters here
  2. Have been to sowcarpet atleast once and tried the thali
  3. Tried waking across Marina  beach… Tried
  4. Have been to atleast one of the multiplexes and saw a movie for Rs10 … wonly… :D
  5. And speaking of films… have seen atleast one SUPERSTAR film
  6. Lived long enough in chennai to see atleast one Rajnikant film release - and then booked a 4am show
  7. Walked across Ranganathan street during festivals or first week of the month
  8. Tried Murugun, Saravana, Sangeetha, Geetha, A2B and other restaurants only to realize that Idli “toh sab ek jaisa hi hai”….
  9. Attended at least one Tamilian mariiage at 7 in the morning
  10. Started your diwali celebration at 4am in the morning -after visiting the temple
  11. ECR ride… with friends and prospective family
  12. started your day with “THE HINDU"… and ended it with songs on Chennai Live
  13. Strolled around in the only true multiplex EA, and then went off to Specer’s, Pondy Bazar or your neighbourhood store for purchases… 
  14. 15th Aug means more than independence day - its Landmark quiz @ Music Academy
  15. And while we are on Music Academy - have attended atleast one concert/play there
  16. Chennai style buffette - had chennai/andhra meals - with all you can eat rice and “side dishes”
  17. Bhajji on the beach - and for the non-veg - grilled fish at besant nagar beach
  18. Rode a Royal Enfield - Handcrafted in Chennai
  19. TASMAC - hated it to the core, but still….
  20. but for the quality/price seekers - got contra from Pondicherry or Bangalore - or better from your “videsh” touring friends
  21. ditched the cappucinos of the world for some good “kaapi” - filter coffee
  22. Ate rice all day - breakfast to lunch to dinner - idlies - dosa - utthapam - rice meals - evening tiffin - rice cakes - and still not missed the humble roti…
  23. Danced to ~Gemini gemini~ or ~Apdi podu~ in clubs… 
  24. Missed Curd Rice in a 5-star - 7 course all-you-can-eat buffet
  25. Learned the art of communicating in sign languages with domestic help (only for non-Tamil speaking junta)
  26. Cursed non-tamil speaking junta for their inability to learn the language (for Tamil speaking junta only)
  27. went trekking/holidaying atleast once near chennai - tirupati ranges - nilgiri ranges - coorg area - ooty region: realized there is life 120kms beyond the city in any direction (except east maybe)
  28. Bought winter wear for your trip to bangalore…
  29. Spent a day at Madras Race Track…
The list is endless… feel free to add more here in comments…
also see the Ahmedabad checklist:
With the tricolour at topmost position, india’s national anthem was played at olympics after a gap of 28 years… and for the first time for an individual event….
guess the pic says for itself…

pic courtesy: DD Sports

Confessions of an Electrifying Mind

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A Nation Full of Reservations

Ever been to Bangalore? Well I’d been there for my summer training and as a student my saviour in the chaotic traffic was the city bus service –BTS. I had always heard about reservations, seen them in action but had never experienced them. It was in these humble BTS buses where I had first hand experience with reservations. I generally sat in the back rows, a habit from my college, but here it was due to the mad rush. One fine day I was early and was surprised to find the bus sparsely occupied. I occupied the 2nd row seat. The conductor came and said something in Kannada, which for me was all French & Greek. I paid for the ticket and tuned into RadioCity on my walkman. After 15 minutes, when the bus was jam packed, the conductor came towards me and again said something in Kannada. Someone translated it for me in English and said that since I was sitting on a seat reserved for women I had to get up and make way for women to sit. I then realized that around a third to half seats, and those too front seats, of the bus are reserved for women (those marked in red on the back).

I somehow did not like this scheme of reservation, maybe because I was asked to leave my seat and was made to stand for rest of my journey. I’d experienced this scheme in other cities too, but there the % of seats reserved for women was not so high. After few more days, the reason for such a scheme was evident. When men treat men in dingily manner on the bus, just imagine how they will behave with women on it. To make public transport safe and easy for women, it is necessary to have such a scheme.

The ongoing debate on increased reservations in educational institutions is somewhat similar. Those who are asked to make way for people belonging to the deprived classes (and remember the word is Deprived not Backward), feel that their rights have been infringed upon. However, they fail to see the manner in which people from deprived classes are treated in schools, offices, in small-scale private entities, by bureaucrats and in various spheres of life. Majority of those voicing opinion against reservations are from Metros and BigCities or belong to well to do communities, where discrimination is not so evident. But after having a look at the thousands of towns and villages, where majority of these deprived people live, one can’t deny the need for reservations

Students argue that there is no point in reservations, as the needy don’t get it. And this is why I have used the word ‘Deprived’ and not ‘Backward or Minority or SC ST’, because many well to do people from SC/ST/OBC etc… tend to take advantage of reservations and the system fails. But if the scheme is made limited to only the deprived sections, there won’t be such cases.

Another argument is that of maintaining Quality. It’s argued that students from deprived classes are not that good and would be a compromise on quality ,especially for esteemed institutions like IITs, IIMs etc.. But nowhere has it been proved that students from deprived classes have lower IQ or are less intelligent than others. Take the example of National Innovation Foundation where around 70% of awardees are school dropouts. The only area where they lag behind is English language. IITs and IIMs have been made exclusive preserve of the English-knowing social elites.

Those from Deprived sections need the right kind of support, so that they can climb the social ladder and help make India an egalitarian society.

To prevent anyone from taking advantage of such a scheme again and again, a clause can be added where a student would be allowed only once in his life to enjoy the benefits of reservation. After enjoying that benefit he/she should be placed under General Category. Also the Reservations should be there only for a certain period of time, as they where originally supposed to be, say till 2015 or 2020.

If we feel that only reservation schemes can bring equality in the society, then we are mistaken. Reservations are a part of the bigger scheme. As the Mandal commission had suggested that inaddition to reservations in educational institutions, govt. jobs we need separate coaching facility for students aspiring to enter technical and professional institutions, special vocation-oriented programme for deprived sections, progressive land reforms, creation of chain of financial and technical bodies to assist entrepreneurs from deprived sections , upgradation of skills of village artisans and providing loans for setting up SME’s , and over and above strict imprisonment for anyone discriminating on the basis of caste/religion….

Nevertheless, any of these should not compromise with quality , something for which India is known.