wanted for bangalore

had a guest lecture today by Leo Saldanha of some NGO talking about the Bangalore Mysore Infrastructure Corridor Project and why it is flawed. Was a very sensible talk for someone from an NGO.

Had another lecture presenting the other side of the same story. Was delivered by Manjunath (formerly “Master Manjunath” of the Malgudi Days fame) who is currently PR for NICE, the company implementing the project.

Definitely don’t regret the course “Technology, Infrastructure and Market Reforms”. Prof. Narasimha Rao rocks bigtime.

AFter the talks here is what i think should be the state govt’s plan for bangalore:

1. Develop a REALLY outer ring road… one that won’t come into the city’s confines for another 50 years. and it SHOULD NOT be tolled. this would be a good passageway for trucks just PASSING BY bangalore.

2. Develop infrastructure at Mysore, Mangalore, Dharwad and Gulbarga. Set up incenives (something like tax breaks for at least another 10 years) for IT and other companies to shift to these places from Bangalore.

3. Develop the public transportation facility at Bangalore. Build teh Metro Rail or whatever ASAP. Develop dedicated bus lanes and drastically improve frequency and quality of BMTC buses.

4. Once the public transport system is sufficiently developed, impose a “congestion charge” (a la London) and extremely heavy road taxes and parking fees.

5. On an immediate note, encourage companies to have company buses to ferry employees to and from office. Probably incentivize companies where a larger proportion of employees use company/public transport to reach office. Incentives could be in terms of tax or otherwise.

6. Implement the above point for schools also.

will take time and a lot of initiative but if it is done it would make bangalore a much better place to live in…

memento…

saw this movie last month… *ing guy pearce… about a guy who has lost his short term memory and who tries to track down his wife’s killers.

could relate to it instantly as i too generally go into “memento state” after two in the morning, especially when i’m putting a nightout for academic purposes.

don’t know why but I totally lose my short term memory… i won’t know what i was thinking even a few seconds ago… I keep repeating myself not knowing that i’m saying the same things again… especially if i’m writing a report, I’m generally in a state of horror if i see any of my sentences… first half of the sentence would suggest some idea… second half would be something totally different…

something like “Dalmia Cement can afford to stock cement only at its headquarters but I don’t think Kajol should’ve married Ajay Devgan”. actually it gets much much better than that… difficult to recreate when wide awake…

if it’s a group assignment and we’re working together, I somehow try get around the problem by using my groupmates as “polaroid photos and notes scribbled on them”. I continue rambling while they try to make sense of what i’m saying and somehow piece it all together…

trouble comes when the group part of it is over and I have to do “my portion” though… I believe I’ve screwed up no less than four assignments for my groups this term due to this… I keep getting hifunda ideas but unless I tell them to someone in that split second, they are lost forever… Though i must assure you that I generally do a check after I wake up and have thankfully not submitted sentences such as the one two passages above.

Wanted: Additional memory which can record all my thoughts and piece them together in a cohesive manner

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was doing assignment… felt sleepy at 1:45… postponed the rest of it to tomorrow and went to bed… it’s 4 am now and haven’t yet gotten sleep… feeling totally lousy in life…

long time since i have been so worried in life… life was going on pretty well… was managing decently… then this arbit woresht thing (don’t ask me about it now) comes up and throws everything off gear… and there are so many other things to tackle… opinions… beliefs… whatever… life is really at its pits now…

sleep cycle is off schedule ever since i put a nightout 10 days back and my parents didn’t allow me to make up for it… and it doesn’t look like i can get back to normal for another 10 days at least… so much else to do… and so many other commitments…

life’s never been so lousy…

two of clubs

IIMB has this stupid system of “clubs”. every non-academic activity that happens on campus is organized by one of the numerous freeriding “clubs” on campus. There are elaborate selection processes (where we put 2 nightouts taking arbit interviews only to select candidates arbitly in the end). And there are maajor intra-club and inter-club politics that take place. And one is not free to do any extra-curricular activity one wants on campus because it would be a part of the “charter” of one of the clubs so you would be “treading on their feet” to do it (it is another matter that the point is simply there in the charter and no one actually does anything about it).

I was passionate about doing a couple of events this year and decided that the best way to do it was to join the club which is supposed to do it. when the club decided to split up its activities among members, i’ve taken full ownership of these things i’m passionate about…

Now, i’m saddled with this arbit work and that arbit work which someone else is incharge of but i “need to be there to help out”. lots of arbit crap. which i’m least interested in. it’s like “buy a dog and get a white elephant free.”

Feeling woresht about it now.

hophelezzz…

Yesterday i suddenly got a call from KK and suddenly remembered our “hophelezzzz gang” in school… we used to be a group of 6 guys who used to hang around together. and we even had a

just figured out that the 6 of us are in 6 different places: West Lafayette, Jamshedpur, cardiff, delhi, hyd, b’lore now…

how time flies…

large project groups

the last time i was part of a huge project group was when 17 of us tried to simulate a superscalar processor back in 7th semester in IIT. That being a tech project, it could be easily split up and 6 sub-groups did our respective parts. the final integration took time but still it went pretty well….

i’m now doing this other project here with 16 people in the team. somehow no enthu to work. this being “hardcore management” stuff, it can’t be split up easily. still we’ve made arbitrary cuts and split it up among ourselves. and no one seems to be having the enthu to do a good job. after all, if you do a bad job, half hte class will get screwed, so why worry seems to be the attitude…

done about half an hour of work till now. don’t hope to do more than another half hour of work.