Scribblings of a vagrant soul...
Almost 10% of the global road traffic accidents occur in India. Much of the world wide web is full of sarcasm & mocking of the indisciplined driving on Indian roads. Unfortunately in since 60 years since independence the authorities have failed to publish a National Highway code. Licences are given to anyone who can demonstrate an ability to use the clutch-accelerator, consequently the motoer driving schools teach just that and no more. Concepts such as - blindspots, principle of MSM, the tyre & tarmac rule, 2 second gap and most improtantly giving way are not known to the average Indian driver. This site http://driving-india.blogspot.com/ has been created with the purpose of providing driver education and training to all Indian road users. It is by far the most comprehensive website providing training in defensive driving. Learning simple road habits can make our roads safe and also free up congestion caused by traffic chaos. At present 17 driver education videos aimed at changing the driving culture on Indian roads are available. The video are unique in that the footage is real life action from streets of London. We have copied the Western habits: Replaced the dhoti with denim, high rise buildings for Indian cottages, burgers and coke instead of Indian breads and perhaps sugarcane juice. Surely we can copy the Western ways of travelling too. To watch the videos, interested readers may visit: http://driving-india.blogspot.com/ The videos cover the following topics: Video 1: Covers the concept of Blind spotsVideo 2: Introduces the principle of Mirrors, Signal and ManoeuvreVideo 3: At red lights, stop behind the stop line Video 4: At red lights there are no free left turns Video 5: The Zebra belongs to pedestriansVideo 6: Tyres and Tarmac (rather than bumper to bumper)Video 7: Merging with the Main roadVideo 8: Leaving The Main Road Video 9: Never Cut Corners Video 10: Show Courtesy on roads Video 11: 5 Rules that help deal with RoundaboutsVideo 12: Speed limits, stopping distances, tailgating & 2 seconds rule Video 13: Lane discipline and overtaking Video 14: Low beam or high beam?Video 15: Parallel (reverse parking) made easyVideo 16: Give the cyclist the respect of a carVideo 17: Dealing with in-car condensation Many thanks
Bangalore.. once a beautiful city, adorned the rightful name 'Garden City'. It is disheartening that this city is ruined. Anyone courageous enough to take the responsibility? A big laugh. The city planners and ministers will be the first to wash off their hands. Is there any punishment for bad city planning? Well what is that???! If given a chance will anyone punish such planners..? I am sure to get an overwhelming response. Bangalore has been ruined the day IT companies were given lands in and around the city. Interesting part is that the government was able to bring in big MNCs and created jobs for lot of us.. but did not care about their own land. Roads were left as narrow as possible. Buildings coming up everywhere but not enough road for the people of those buildings to go through. Take example of EPIP/Whitefield area. How many roads lead to this place from the main city? Just 2 actually. Airport road and Old Madras road. Interestingly they both converge to one road, which leads to the EPIP entrance. It takes one 1 hour and 15 mins (if you are lucky) in a small car to reach EPIP/Whitefield office. Just about 12km. Do you think this is the time one should spend traveling every day one way to work? Anyone really bothered? Each one of us makes noise that it is so bad being here in this traffic. Anyone cares about it really enough to look for a solution? Our city administrators did not care about keeping land for roads to accommodate for the traffic, which they facilitated by introducing so many companies in one small place and that too very close to the city.. some being within the old city limits itself. Now to ease the traffic they have to build enormous number of flyovers, which will cost dear to the government. Wish they planned well, which would have saved this expense. Any idea how much taxes Bangaloreans pay to the government? Well you wont be able to imagine. So where is the people's money going? Bangaloreans pay the highest tax compared to any city in the country. But still the infrastructure is not in any form good enough to call Bangalore a city. A1 city status!!! This city seems doomed. And still see the drama at that the governance. Ministers are becoming friends one day and same group becomes bitter enemies the following day. And our ex-'sleeping' prime minister.... we should be ashamed to have this kind of people to govern us. Can any of us feel the consequence of electing these fellows? Well...we have a Bangalore city which they simply raped and made money. People from all over the world are buying a flat or land in this city. To rape the city further. Do you have any idea.. a large number of the actual dwellers of this city can't afford to stay in this city any more and a significant number have sold their living in the city to settle outside. It is well understood that if the city is growing.. it will eventually become a cosmopolitan city. But should it be at the cost of the city's own people who couldn't hop onto the growth train? It is pretty amazing that people here are still buying flats, apartments and houses and ignoring the fact that at the price we pay to stay here the city is not in any form worth living. Whatever you buy here is costlier than any city. Infrastructure can not in any form be called good. And still no one bothers. To top it all, our Blackberry police is doomed by its own corrupt officials. Wish I had a reset button to start the city all over again. Bangalore... my lovely city is taken by a sever disease and I don't find any help. I don’t know if you feel the same. Speak please.
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