Category: Society


I have never seen such a third class bus – Tata Marcopolo. Even local buses in my village are much better than these (in terms of emission / pollution).

The Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) is a government agency that operates the public transport bus service in Bangalore. According to a news dated 30th Jan 2013 in Times of India, BMTC has got 96 Tata Marcopolo buses in operation.

I have never been on these Marcopolo buses, but I have ridden behind these pathetic Marcopolo buses many a times. The amount of black smoke it releases can make your face black and can choke you to death. Even the loading trucks which more often than not runs on kerosine do not emit such smoke.

Its disgusting to even think how BMTC officials agreed to buy such buses. I feel like putting their face against the exhaust of Tata Marcopolo bus.

These buses not only cause nuisance from outside but they are no good inside as well. Do a quick serch and you will find people complaining about:

  • The engine making a lot of noise and making the travel a “DEAFENING” experience
  • The AC not working efficiently
  • The back part of the bus getting heated up in spite of insulators.
  • The doors not working properly
  • The bus struggling to move up the slope
  • Dust coming inside because of gaps in the door

I guess BMTC launched these buses in 2010 and while I am aware that Tata Marcopolo are half the price of Volvo, something which is not acceptable is the amount of pollution these buses do. BMTC would be better off running normal buses instead of plying Tata Marcopolo in non Volvo routes.

I had written this article originally for The Alternative. Reblogging it here.

For all those who are not aware there was the demolition of EWS quarters of around 1000 families at Ejipura just opposite the National Games Village, Kormangala in Bangalore last week. This demolition has happened for building up another mall by the builders of Garuda Mall. Even the Garuda Mall at MG Road is not legally built. The land was given for a multilevel car parking but the mall has come up instead of the parking. The residents of Ejipura whose houses have been demolished are out in the open in the cold without water, power, food and shelter.

“My 8 months old child is suffering from jaundice and fever. My husband is not there and I have lost my job. “says one on the residents of Ejipura whose house has been demolished. In spite of all these challenges she has been helping the volunteers in distributing food and clothes to the right people.

Pic Courtesy: Mayank Rungta

Can we who live in our comfortable houses with food and snuggled into warm blankets be so strong? I am really amazed by these people who are greeting us with a smile even in the difficult times when they have lost their shelter. They have not forgotten to care for their neighbors checking if they received the food and blankets. Apart from that they are also taking care of their pets, mostly dogs and cats.

They are out in the open, on the footpaths on both sides of the road with their minimal belongings with nowhere to go. What was their crime that the houses of 1000 families have been demolished? Even a criminal has a roof over his head in the jail. The toilets have been destroyed. The first day itself water supply and power supply was cut off. And in just 2-3 days the ground where once these people used to live has been grounded and the area has been fenced. I really should appreciate BBMP for the efficient work they have been doing in demolishing the houses. They have carried out this eviction very strategically in phases, first the houses were demolished, then people were pressurized to vacate the place, then they started leveling the ground without looking at what’s on the ground and this debris was piled on all the sides to block various entrance so that supply of food, water and other essentials arranged by volunteers can be ruptured and finally fencing the whole area with very high tin sheets. If they channelize this efficiency towards the grappling problems of our city, I am sure Bangalore would be a much better and a cleaner place in no time.

With no access to power supply, water supply, toilets, food and shelter the government has left them out in the open to suffer and not even taking the responsibility of providing them an alternative shelter. To add to it yesterday they demolished more houses in the area. It is only because of the continuous efforts of few people and volunteers that these victims are able to get food, water and blankets regularly. Even we volunteers faced resistance by the police in distributing food and blankets. The vehicles carrying food was not allowed to enter the area. We had to walk with the food cans to find people among the rubbles in the dark and distribute food to them. It is really unbelievable how much callousness exist around us.

My emotions have been overwhelming to put everything in words. I feel angry. I feel helpless not able to fight for them. I am sure after all this my conscience will never ever allow me to step into the mall which would be standing here in next few months or years or rather any mall. How many malls do Bangaloreans need? I and my husband rarely visit a mall and our life goes on smoothly.

I, along with other volunteers, have been visiting the site for the last one week. I can’t really explain the plight of the people in words; how people have been sitting or sleeping in the cold. I would request that we all to go to the site and see for ourselves what it feels like when you lose your home. At least, the residents would feel that they are not alone. We know how much it matters when someone is there with you just to talk to you in the difficult times. Many of the residents have lost their jobs and it would be good if we can help them find jobs. They are mostly home maids, driver, cook etc.

Appealing all to come out and help the residents of Ejipura in any way – helping them fight for their ‘Right to Shelter’ or help in spreading the awareness or help with the logistics or finding them a home or a job.

You can follow the updates on Ejipura and volunteer for relief work through the Relief for EWS Ejipura Demolition Victims Facebook page or the hashtag #EWSEjipura on Twitter.

There is an organization called India Sudar who wanted to provide stationary to 84 students from slum in Pondicherry.

Below was the requirement –

Note books  1030 No; @ Rs; 2o/-               =Rs; —20,600/-

Natraj Pencil -140 Nos; @ Rs; 2.40             =Rs; 336/–

Rubber 120 Nos; @ Rs 0.60                         = 72/–

Scale 1 Feet 120 Nos;@ Rs5.50                   = 660/

Grand Total                                                        = Rs; 21,668/-

I managed to get a donor who was willing to give this amount in August while this requirement was for July. Based on this India Sudar went ahead and did the expenditure. But now it turns out that the donor has given the amount to an old age house (which he has genuinely given).
India Sudar needs this fund urgently to make payments towards teacher’s salary.
Here’s the link for the distribution which happened – https://picasaweb.google.com/indiasudar/StationeryDistributionStJohnsPondicherry
Since I promised him the this amount I need your help in arranging for the funds..
It will be great if you can contribute. I have got the Bank Details of India Sudar which I can share once I get a confirmation from you on your contribution.
Please reach out to others as this is a big amount.
They have 80G.

Cloth Donation is very common in social work. Most of us want to give our old cloth and for a social cause they are more than happy to donate. Thanks everyone who has such a like mind. But some of our volunteers in Pankhudi, gave more meaning to cloth donation when they came up with the idea of “absolute need”.

Pankhudi volunteers decided to roam around in the whole city(You just need to see your place :P). Finally they got those who are in “absolute need” and some happy faces …

Arrangement of cloths before donation. Mind it, most of it were new with minor fault.

After setting up all the cloths and boxes, guys were ON.

Downloading the material at sight

And here goes the donation...

And more.

HAPPY DONATION !! If anyone of you have such kind of stocks at home, do drop a comment here. We do “cloth donation” with “absolute need”.

Classic show by SRMAB Students

Here goes one more great work by SRMAB kids – Witness of SRMAB Annual Day 2011. Its a blind school for 140 kids located in J P Nagar, Bangalore.

Roopini and Nagveni - a deadly combo

Kavya joined Roopini - in a tough step

And the gang in one step - Kavya, Nagveni, Nivedita, Roopini, Nandi(that boy)

One more step

And the kids were also awesome

Sync.

Time for Punjabi

On full swing

14th November, it is Children’s Day, also called Bal Diwas in Hindi 🙂 celebrated on the birth day of Jawaharlal Nehru. I remember the cultural programmes organized for the day.

Incidently it is World Diabetes Day as well and there is a cyclothon/walkathon happening on 13th November.

Details:

This event is a non corporate, purely voluntary cycle rally. This is to avoid expenses on things like t shirts or caps, also permissions etc are a hassle for any majorly organized event.

This is the route map:

Route

The aim is to cycle about 12 km ( MG Road Taj to Banashankari) through the city culminating at the institute in Banashankari and with a light snack here :-).

The Estimated start time is 8 am ending at the hospital at about 930 am. There will be a pilot vehile/car to lead the group. Some pamphlets to distribute along the route ( an awareness sheet on diabetes, not an ad)  and this will be done by the staff.

If you or your group would like to participate and the do let Mr. Subbakrishna on 9448137963 or Mr. Nataraj on 9449348275 with your estimated numbers.

Background:

An estimated 50.7 million people in India have diabetes and the number is projected to reach 87 million by 2030 . Recent studies have reported high rates amongst the rural poor, who often remain undiagnosed for long periods.Increasingly urban educated professionals too are being affected. This is due to a remarkable increase in sedentary lifestyles and food choices. In many cases the appearance of full blown diabetes can be delayed or prevented by inexpensive lifestyle modifications.
Adapting a more active lifestyle is one of the cheapest and easiest routes to stopping diabetes. Every year the 14th of November is marked as the World Diabetes Day. The Global Diabetes Walk is a remarkable example of awareness creation about diabetes and its effects. We are seeking support to conduct a walkathon/cyclothon in Bangalore. This event is aimed to be purely voluntary and is not supported by any corporate.

About the Institute:
Sri Keshava Trust is a “Sustainable Charity” engaged in provision of eye care services primarily in the Southern Indian State of Karnataka. The Trust has its activities in clinical work, outreach programs and in research. No patient is turned away for economic reasons and no effort is stinted to be at the cutting edge of eye care in all spheres. The trust undertakes research and training in all areas of ophthalmology and is currently in the process of creating comprehensive care models. The trust has built Vittala International Institute of Ophthalmology (VIIO), a Rs.20 Crore (3.5 Million USD) super specialty charitable Ophthalmic Hospital and research center, with the help of over 3,500 donors big and small. The institute focuses on clinical work, Research and Training as its core areas with main motto as Dedication is the Ultimate Goal.Since 2005, we have been engaged in one of the biggest diabetes outreach programs in the country.

SRMAB – grown with time

I had many times witnessed the classic work done by SRMAB kids in sports and dance. Yesterday, I remembered it again when Ram called me. Ram was one of the progressing students of SRMAB. While talking, he told me that he joined Vijaya college, which is off course one of the best colleges in Bangalore. Somehow felt happy that guys are getting benefited of what we are teaching. It’s almost more than 4 and half year to me. I never got problem in teaching, never got the complain that kids are not able to concentrate in class. And time passes so fast that boy who was a kid at 8th or 9th, is now in PUC final year and thinking perfectly what to do next in life and talks about girlfriends.

Here goes Ram, student of the year with Srinivas Sir, principal and founder, one of the most inspiring person for me.

3-4 weeks back, we decided to have quiz competition at SRMAB. Shardha, who handles lot of work at SRMAB, came with the complain that students are not doing too good in some subject and its good to give a holistic knowledge rather than just focusing on computer. For that purpose, we decided to take a quiz. It was beautiful to see that they go somewhere in the deep and replied to the answers so maturely.

We were organizing the quiz. Why on ground - that's our style. Photo courtesy: Priyanka Varma

More of such events will be definitely be our next step, whereas marking them “good” is important for us. Knowing theory and knowing where it exactly going are too different things and our education system now demand to have a correct balance of both. I want to say more but right now just enjoy the pictures. Probably some dancing competition :).

Roopani and Santosh performing the classic dance which was classic

Just adding the quiz paper for fun :).

Round 1: Here

Final Round: Here

Puttenahalli Lake – A beautiful lake now crowded with multi-floored building from almost 4 sides. Usha, one of the great nature lovers is fighting high to save the lake.. and I personally believe she will, if we are going to help us as well. Some of the pictures here from lake and a mini-forest nearby.

Common Coot and the love

Common Coot and the love

Shikra - Female. People have spotted it commonly there

Juv. Bronzed Winged Jacana

Through this blog, I will request more people to visit this lake and try to put a sense of importance of nature in people around.

Spotted Billed Ducks

Grebe Family

Great tit

Brahminy Kite - At flight

Asian Paradise Flycatcher

Pale billed Flowerpecker

Magpie Robin

Small Minivet

Some small creatures and butterflies…

Glassy Tiger

Palmfly

Luna Moth

The Baronet

Common Four-ring

Bamboo Treebrown

Common Castor

Common Rose

Jewel Bug

My attention to write is clear. I just want to tell, there is an amazing life existing because of a small lake which people like us want to finish. So, please have little concern and have a visit of lake. Important links: More picture sets:

http://www.facebook.com/#!/media/set/?set=a.10150412527131281.408683.569911280&type=1 (Vaibhav and Deepu)

http://www.facebook.com/#!/media/set/?set=a.10150325638368878.355992.587058877&type=1 (Deepa)

http://www.facebook.com/#!/media/set/?set=a.206795052721777.47299.100001738515620&type=1 (Sushil)

http://puttenahallilake.blogspot.com/2010/07/puttenahalli-lake-is-ready-and-waiting.html – By Usha.

Posting so much about Bangalore, my hands never got tired, I thought to put some more recent pictures I have taken but then I thought to write something good which Bangalore chaps are doing. Here it goes:

Most of us know about Orissa Flood and Sikkim Earthquake, if you not, then you are software engineer like me who hardly go near TV. Yes, these disasters happened and happened recently. What a disaster cost can’t be explained in figure, though government try to give some figure, we should simple put one more zero at the end of it.

Flood - the level of water

Flood-Gopa Region

There are many more pictures but I hate sad pictures. So, pardon me here.

A NGO “Pankhudi Foundation” which operated in Bangalore and I am a proud member of it, started a campaign Nation-wide to get relief for Sikkim/Orissa victims. Lot of my Orissa friends are working at the spot and they are continuously providing me pictures/images and more important stats.

If you are interested in taking part, please contact any of these chaps at your place/location. If your home, don’t fall down in any of this, you can call last 2 no’s.

Where I can read more: http://pankhudifoundation.org/pankhudisahayata.shtml

City Name Contact Email
Bangalore Mr. Mohan Rajendra/
Ms. Prathima Kharvi
+91 90357 75116 /
+91 87221 44753
sahayata@pankhudifoundation.org
Delhi Ms. Chhavi Negi/
Ms. Richa Singh
+91 99582 39780/
+91 88609 42604
sahayata@pankhudifoundation.org
Hyderabad Mr. Murthy Penugonda/
Ms. Jyoti Singh
+91 81218 76553/
+91 93947 34328
sahayata@pankhudifoundation.org
Mumbai Ms. Mukta Matta/
Mr. Akram Shaik
+91 98675 11042 /
+91 97735 63351
sahayata@pankhudifoundation.org
Pune Ms. Srushti Dhok/
Mr. Sangamesh Kallur
+91 94225 41951/
+91 97625 22467
sahayata@pankhudifoundation.org
Other locations Mr. Vaibhav Choudhari/
Mr. Satya Narayan Mohanty
+91 98867 96985
+91 99080 27775
sahayata@pankhudifoundation.org

How can you contribute?

  • Medicines, baby food, sanitary napkins and other immediate materials required.
  • Wheat, Rice, Pulses (Dal), Chiwra, Buiscuits, dry and packed eatables.
  • Clothes, bed sheets, blankets, Tarpaulin (Large plastic sheets), Mosquito nets.
  • Cooking utensils, ropes, feeding bottles, water purifying tablets.

Monetary Contributions(better you give me a call: +91-9886796985):

  • All Monetary Contributions will be utilized towards purchasing the above material in bulk and for transporting it to the relief camps
  • By CHEQUE/DRAFT drawn in favor of “GOONJ” or “MIGHTY CLUB” (No cash accepted). Please write your name, postal address, phone no, email id, and PAN no behind the cheque/draft for receipt purpose.
  • For online transfer, please get in touch with Sahayata representaives in your city.
  • All donations will be eligible for Tax Benefits under 80G and FCRA.
  • Your contribution will reach the needy through GOONJ or Mighty Club.

Taking material to Orissa or Sikkim is costly and difficult therefore GOONJ will be using the money we raise to buy materials from nearby cities

The LAST DATE for sending in your contributions is 20th OCTOBER 2011 .

Empowered by the unity and youth of the country, Anna Hazare was never ready to get convinced and break his fast, with nothing less than a victory. This historical win of republic system has been celebrated hugely whole day, all over the country.

The fight against corruption does not end here, rather its just a warm beginning.

Few captures from Freedom park, Bangalore, where many were fasting throughout, as with Anna Hazare.

Ready for a new fight tomorrow

Blowing sound should reach all India and Indian

dancing and full with celebration mood

So much strength in the slogan together....Jai Hind. National Anthem is been sang together by the whole mass

Candle march in the night after Anna announced breaking of his fast.

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