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Which Direction Are We Going?

Posted in India, Mumbai, Women Issues by Tall Guy on November 20, 2011

Had read about this news about the Amboli killings and the reactions that it draw and only one thing comes to my mind is it going to remain fresh on the minds of the people later or is it going to be one of those incidents where the general public will voice their opinions/reactions but as the day passes it becomes a forgotten memory.

Has anybody given a thought about how to prevent such incidents to prevent in future or what steps need to be taken if one found themselves in such a situation?

I don’t think creating a facebook page or signing petitions are going to help. For such incidents we need to be practical and need to provide solutions which a person can use in case they find themselves in such position.

Merely going gaga over the episode is not going help only to be forgotten later. What happened to the Ruchika case, nobody remembers cause its not in news any more. That’s the sad part of our society.

If we want real changes to happen, we need to make them happen…………

The King of the Roads

Posted in Bombay, crowd, Mumbai, Society by Tall Guy on September 14, 2011

Bombay is the city of dreams, and there is no better way of witnessing this in a weekday morning when people are rushing to work and that would be especially catching an Auto Rickshaw.

The length people go to catch an Auto these days really shows our  desperation  just to reach at a place in time. There is no better place than to witness it on a BEST bust stop.

One can see the attempts to make halt almost every Auto even though its carrying it passengers and sometimes none and not even stopping by and tries fooling us by keeping the meter at half down. One can witness the funny side of life at this moment.

Even when an Auto do decides to make a halt, there is a maddening rush to get inside first. In fact two sisters got separated as one got in the Auto and other one got left out as a stranger occupied the vacant space.

If standing on the road does not gets you an Auto and you are with someone, make sure to send them to the other side of the road so that you can have a win-win situation every time a vacant Auto passes by…

The Auto in the city have surely become rare as one has to wait for some time (which could go to 10-15 and maybe an half an hour too) to catch a vacant auto.  There are even times when people actually pray that they are able to catch an auto in time.

No wonder the Auto Rickshaws in Bombay are surely the king of the roads….

 

The Spirit of Bombay

Posted in acts of terrorism, Mumbai by Tall Guy on July 22, 2011

I am not sure what the above words mean, but they are used every time whenever the city has faced a calamity like terrorist attacks saying it’s the spirit of Bombay that keeps the city alive.

Have started to hate those words, because people who are using it don’t know what it means. It’s not the spirit of Bombay that gets them going the next day when they come across such attacks but the need to get out and go back to their routine lives as they have no control over where the next attack will took place.

Every time such attacks took place, people talk about it, blame the system, politicians and everyone they can think of and then they forget about it unless reminded of it again.

The spirit of a city does not refer to going back to their routine lives the next day when such attacks took place, but to have a civic sense to make sure that such incidents are not repeated if we as citizens remain alert about suspicious activities.

It’s really a shame that even after such an incident, that the death of a tax driver in the city went unnoticed. I think it says it all on how much aloof we have become as a society.

So the next time you use the word “the spirit of Bombay”, think twice about what it means and also are you doing what you expect others to do to keep the spirit of the city going……..