Raktabija Sura on Bangalore Roads

The potholes on Bangalore roads are famous! For they are in the news everyday–ambit for the wrong reasons. The Chief Minister of Karnataka has set multiple deadlines for them to be closed; none of them have been met, so far. When I see these potholes on the road, I recollect a story by my grandmother. …

Lessons from my daughter

As we rush through our daily chores, we hardly realize there is lot more “life” around us than we take note off; at least I do not! I had taken a couple of days off from work and for a change, it was not for an outing or to attend a function. Frankly, when I…

No music to ears

A music director creates the melody, while a background singer brings those melodies to life. The music company takes those melodies to the public at large. And the public hum along or move it to trash can. So, who owns the melody: Is it the creator? Or, the person who gives life to it? Or,…

When the sky opens, Bangalore shudders!

We all have heard about man-made disaster at some point or the other–but how many of us have experienced it to appreciate the extent of destruction that man (and women!) have caused? At a macro level, there is global warming that is causing sea levels to raise, maybe changes to the climatic pattern, and so…

Sustainability lessons from a swimming pool

My daughter has joined weekend swimming classes. And I had agreed to be her chauffeur. At 6.00 AM in the morning, I virtually had to drag myself out of my bed: It was a Saturday (an off day for me); it was still dark outside; it had rained (rather drizzled) most of the night and…

Traffic jams make good economics

We all hate traffic jams, but some love it! If one thing is common across all cities of the world, it is traffic jams. None have been able to escape its clutches—either in developed nation or developing nation. Traffic jams characterize a city. A day may not be far off when we start measuring distance…

Life at a Traffic Signal

I was driving to office in my car. The traffic light turned red and I stopped at the traffic signal. The traffic was pilling up; the additional traffic was because schools had reopened today after summer vacations. Everybody enjoys summer vacations: the kids for they are not bound by a fixed routine, and office goers,…