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My Bangalore

I grew up in a Bangalore which was far removed from the hustle and bustle of the central business district or the older ‘culturally rich’ areas. It could be best described as the industrially active and emerging area of Bangalore post independence, and the foundation for the IT revolution that was to follow in the 90s. Jawaharlal Nehru’s idea of a technologically self reliant India provided the impetus for the setting up of Public Sector Units across the country. Since Bangalore had already taken a leap forward in this area, (Did you know that Bangalore was one of the first cities in Asia to have complete electrification and street lights? and to think that we suffer from constant bouts of ‘load shedding’ sigh!), with the setting up of the Indian Institute of Science and similar institutions, the very favourable climate and distance from over zealous neighbors it probably was the ideal location for these future industrial giants. Many were setup in 50-60s years, HMT, BEL, BHEL, BEML, …

Traffic Police (India) - Challan Rules

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Who hasn't been stopped for imagined traffic violations and felt violated after the interaction with discourteous and uncouth police officers? The traffic police in India (specifically Bangalore) seem to fill their coffers and personally line their pockets by challaning motorists for real and imaginary violations . In most cases the motorists are not aware of the rules and end up enriching the police officer. That's why you've got to love RTI act, finally something to make these "upholders of the law" accountable.. i found the below post (source is the link given below) enlightening to say the least!.."The traffic police have to greet the motorist and be polite"!!! if i ever see or hear of that happening i will...i really will do something not expected of me..really!
In the picture: 1) Police man rides with the helmet straps flying in the wind. Guess who's following the law for the sake of it! 2) A police constable rides with a hat and not a helmet…