Life's Like That

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Hard Rain

Ki brishti ki brishti..oops sorry Seema...that can be loosely translated into "so much rain!!" am sick of dreary grey mornings that turn into dreary grey afternoons and dreary wet evenings. I have forgotten what the sun looks like...or feels like. It really is awful.
The floods in Bangalore havent reached Mumbai proportions yet...lets just hope they don't at all and the rains stop soon. This city is really not equipped to handle this kind of rain...if it rains the way it did in Mumbai we will witness more deaths, more chaos and a total meltdown of administrative machinery..if such a thing exists in the first place. I have been in this city for almost 8 years...and have been a horrified witness to its decline over the past 2 years. From being this happening developed yet green garden city Bangalore has become this nightmarish place to live in.
I am not exaggerating. You only need to see the road outside my house (Hayes Road..connecting road between Richmond Road n Residency Road) to understand where I'm coming from. ..it cannot be called a road at all...only war ravaged Bosnia or Afghanistan could have roads like that, as a result of all the bombings and shellings. Just about a week back some people blocked off St. Marks Road w/o any warning.. and proceeded to dig it up...now its open...but it can hardly be called a road...more like an unploughed field...whoever dug it up was responsible only for filling in the earth again...not levelling the damn thing and leaving it the way they found it. ..not their job profile you see.
As for publ;ic transport...what public transport? Buses are few and far between..there are no taxis (yeah no taxis!!!!!) no Metro..only overpriced death machines otherwise known as autos..I have ranted enough and more about autos earlier, but no amount of ranting can be enough...when it rains its IMPOSSIBLE to find an auto..that its difficult to find an auto in the best of climactic conditions is another matter..auto drivers are rude dishonest and reckless drivers....how many of us have had bad experiences in autos driven by maniacal drunk men? Of late they are also turning into lechs...and worse....they play suggestive Hindi numbers, touch you unnecessarilyunder the pretext of returning change or adjusting the seat or..oh a 100 other things...sometimes its so subtle you cannot even describe it. Horrible.
The weather here used to be thebest thing about it..now with the indiscriminate cutting down of trees, its getting hotter and hotter..when its not raining of course. They say they are going to improve the infrastructure..build flyovers, start the Metro rail service.....they say...thye Airport Road flyover has been underconstruction FOREVER....n the likes of Deve Gowda are doing their best to prevent the Metro, and the international airport and the further development of industry in general and IT in particular.....well pretty much anything that would improve the current state of infrastructural collapse that Bangalore is in...
I could go on n on n on....but there is a slight respite from rain..I must leave and wander on the streets till I find an auto..which will demand at least 50 bucks to get me home....which I think I will have to pay...or be prepared to walk home in the rain..through the dark roads and craters and potholes and stuff..

7 Comments:

  • i've just been a visitor to Bangalore - for a week in 2001 and then again for a week in 2004 and within these three years i noticed significant changes - while in 2001 i was totally taken aback by the organized and young feel of the city, in 2004 it was like any other big city

    By Blogger Sagnik Nandy, at 8:29 AM  

  • Aunty,thank you.Am obliged.

    By Blogger Seema, at 12:39 PM  

  • @sagnik: Hello..nice to see you here. Yeah Bangalore has changed horribly in the last couple of years...if you visited now you would see how much worse everything has become. And with the political leadership we have at the moment I doubt if things are going to get any better..

    @seema: ur most welcome child :-)

    By Blogger Ron, at 3:11 AM  

  • Life's Like That. And Life's Not Bad. Bangalore Forever!!

    raj

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:42 AM  

  • @raj: Bangalore is getting "badder" unfortunately..

    By Blogger Ron, at 2:43 AM  

  • What a wonderful blog you have, I look forward to more.

    If you don't mind I would like to link to you for my English as a Second Language students in the US.

    By Blogger Lucky, at 9:39 PM  

  • @lucky: umm...you don't seem to be spam (how could you be?? I have spam block. Duh!!) and you seem to have 2 blogs...so..umm..(even though I doubt how far my blog would help English as second language students, so much of it is in Bengali)go right ahead.

    By Blogger Ron, at 10:23 PM  

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