thread issues…

today happens to be upakarma the day when you are supposed to change your sacred thread, the three strands that declare you to be a brahmachari. Some elaborate functions are held in some temples, priests’ houses, etc. where people go en masse and change their janavaaras. And then wear two sets of threads for a day and remove the old dirty one the next day after 1008 iterations of the gayatri mantra

i’ve never been too religious so my routine over the past 4 years (before that i didn’t have a thread) has been to take bath early, wear the new thread, take bath early the next day again and then remove the old one. like i change my clothes!

however this year the issue has been simplified since i’d chucked my old thread into the thames four months ago… simply woke up (obscenely) early, took bath and wore a new thread… as simple as that!

if i’m not wrong today also happens to be rakshabandhan, the day when many a budding relationship is nipped. a piece of thread and some colored cotton that says “i’m your sister so i can’t be your girlfriend” or some such thing… i remember in school when we used to try not to go near certain girls on this day, afraid that they may do “something untoward”.

thankfully (??!??) i’ve managed to maintain a clean wrist (save my cousin who invariably ties it a few days too late 🙂 ) for the last seven years in successsion!

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…