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Full Circle…

Ajit Lakshmiratan writes:

“Long long ago…precisely in 1977..when 27, I had parked my bike (Jawa MYM 2877) in front of Prince Hotel in Brigade Rd extn.Bangalore for a short time (No Parking zone).When I returned, a constable asked me to come to the nearby Police Station (Shoolay PS, now renamed as Ashoknagar PS).

Shoolay PS was at that time known for the strict rule book, no nonsense Inspector. My father was there with me and I was sure that he would bail me out at the Station like all fathers do when sons are in trouble. But at the station, my father changed tack and asked the Inspector to take whatever stringent action under the law. The Inspector was surprised that the father did’nt plead for his son.

My license was seized , pending return on condition that an apology letter would be written on a document affixed with Rs 2 Court Fee Stamp. And in those days it was’nt easy to get a Court Fee Stamp of Rs 2. It meant waking up early going to the Taluk office and standing in queue for a few hours. NO bribe works…because you have to personally sign in a Govt Register…The next day I wrote out an apology letter for parking in “NO PARKING” zone. The incident had a lasting effect on me…Since that day in 1977, I have been dedicated in following all traffic rules.

Forward to 2014…11th Oct..
Yesterday, I got a message from Manju Mehra that there is a Traffic Warden recruitment drive in Whitefield….Today, when I went to enroll as a Traffic Warden the very same person who was an Inspector then, Mr MT NAIK ( and who is a DCP, now retired and heading Bangalore Traffic Police Traffic Wardens ) was there to admit me.

Mr Naik is known in Karnataka as a fearless apolitical officer. It feels so nice to be among such wonderful people committed to ideals and beliefs..My special thanks to Manju for inviting me and Whitefield Rising for their commitment to better our lives in Whitefield.

On Two!

Everywhere, as people park wrongly, we find the police towing away the parked cars, but I find a refreshing interlude when I spotted this van outside IIM, Bangalore:


Perhaps they tow two cars at a time?

What to do if your cycle is stolen

Rohini Kini of

Bums On The Saddle
has created

this procedural guidance

in case your cycle has been stolen. You need to do some preparatory work, so get the details of your cycle now and keep them safely in case you ever need them.

Spring into action immediately!
Check around the area incase the thief has stashed the bike to pick it up later
File a FIR with the police (more details below). Record identifying features on the report – accessories, photographs and the frame number!
Register your bike as stolen on the BOTS Stolen Bike registry
Visit shops in your area and request them to keep their eyes open
Post up stolen bike flyers around the area it was stolen in
Share the loss with friends, social media, local bike shops and friends.
Post about the cycle on local bike forums and alert the cycling community
If you have bike insurance, time to reach out to the insurance company
Trawl forums where second hand products are sold. Keep an eye on all bicycle sales

A touch of imagination!

I saw this traffic police shelter at the island near Windsor Manor, and was tickled to find that the roof was a “folded hat” to match the hats that the traffic constables wear! Nice touch by whoever has designed the shelter!


Bangalore, 16 November 2013

When appearances are more important


Sometimes, the appearance seems to be more important than safety on our roads. I saw several autos, vans and cars bedecked with flowers in this way, on the eve of Bali Padyami. How the drivers of such vehicles can drive safely is beyond me. While such festive displays make for quaint, National-Geographic-type of photography, how is it that the traffic police look the other way when road safety is so blatantly compromised?

The System works…

Mahesh Shantaram writes on his Facebook wall:

On October 2nd, my mobile phone was stolen. The thief was caught on October 25th. Of the more than 40 phones he had stolen, he made the mistake of keeping mine for himself. My thoughts:

1. I had to get a court order for the police to legally release the phone from their custody. This picture goes to the court as ‘proof’ that the transaction is complete. The System exists, and the System works, but I am amazed and amused by how the System sees photography as a tool for evidence gathering and documentation.

2. Amongst the thief’s personal pictures on the phone, there is one of his mother (I’m guessing) proudly showing of her new phone. I wonder if she wonders, as I wonder, whether it was all worth it. Her son gets to spend the next five years in Bangalore Central Jail to come up with a new business plan.

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Mahesh Shantaram receives the phone back from the police. Pic: Mahesh Shantaram.

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