Travel to Germany

Finally I have got my Visa and am travelling to Germany tonight. I am going to Barcelona this Saturday 29th Oct 2005. If anybody knows of good places to see send me a mail.

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New investments in Chennai

While Bangalore is losing out on projects due to politics, Chennai is gaining because of politics!!
With the party running the State Goverment and the main opposition party part of the coalition in Central Goverment and both trying to win laurels from people before next election its boon time for Chennai and TamilNadu. Lots of new projects, new companies opening up centers and improvement in road infrastructure.

Latest in these, Cisco is investing about US $ 10 million for a lab to be setup jointly with BSNL, Chennai. Read more in lazygeek’s blog.

BMW is setting up plant in Chennai near Mahindra City. They will be importing not the complete assembled car but only half and then assemble in the Chennai plant. Their investment will be about Rs.10 crores.

Ericsson is setting up a lab in collaboration with Bharti Telecom which will run to million of dollars.

Chennai is picking up after its slow start and gaining more from Bangalore’s loss.

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Such a difference

I am not trying to sell Chennai nor am I trying to bring a black mark to Bangalore. After many years am spending a weekday in Chennai and travelled by the public transport bus to Mount Road and back home. Having been in Bangalore for close to 4 years now, in the past 1-2 yrs the traffice situation has worsened a lot that to cover a stretch of 2km during peak hours would take not less than 1hr, compared to that in Chennai to cross the same stretch under same conditions took just 30mins. Not that there wasnt any traffic but the vehicles are moving and not static for long.

There are police everywhere that too with Diwali and Ramzan nearing they got to keep constant vigil. They are there in bus stands pushing off any autos trying to slow down, getting people to stand on the platform and not come on to the road, regulating traffic. Though am not sure if they are also checking for people kissing around!!! 🙂

Any traffic violators would be fined unlike what happens in the capital city of neighbouring state.

Everything is in favor except two things. One is the climate, even though its been raining for past two days for about 2hrs still you sweat. Though sweating is good for health people are averse to shed drops of sweat.
The other thing is the auto rickshaws. Today I took one auto and was chatting to know what he does daily. The auto he drives is not his, he has to pay daily Rs.120/- as rent to the owner. Rs.30 – Rs.50/- goes for fuel expenses. He would make approximately Rs.200 – Rs.250/- per day. Finally deducting all he would take home about Rs.50 – Rs.100/-. From his side he is justified when he tells a rate and starts off without putting the auto meter and he always charges extra when he gets a customer who does not know local language.

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Death Penalty – New Controversy

Our President Abdul Kalam asks Govt to review the death sentence and there is some discussion happening in Indian Express over this.
On a humane touch one would say it is not right to put a person to death. But one should also think of the anger and vengance in the minds of victims and its family. If there is such a humane touch and death sentences are not delivered any more one should think about the rise in crime rate that can happen.
All papers splash headlines ‘Minor Girl Raped’, ‘Minister shot dead’ so on and on which also hog the limelight in the media. A minor girl raped and declared dead what would be the effect on the family. On top if the rapist is given just life sentence he can come out after the term and still be the same old guy. On the other hand he can get reformed and be a nice man when he comes out of jail but what about the victims family can the girls life be brought back. Why should a rapist be not awarded death sentence.
Minister shot dead, what if he was the only bread winner in the family. The family would like to see to it that there is some justice done but if he is allowed to go scot free after some years on the pretext that he has reformed, the family will be thinking only of revenge. This would develop many more anti-social elements rather than reducing the crime rate.

If found guilty of crime there should be no second thoughts on awarding death sentence. This would also bring in fear into the minds of other people who are potential to cause violence or trouble in the society.
I hope our President would consider the other side and not just the humane touch. Our President might be right in his decision but what would be the reaction of family members of the victims is the question.


Trip to Kerala

Not much to write about the trip to Kerala. Visited Thrissur, Cochin, Kodengallur, Shornur, Palakkad though no specific tourist spots. At Cochin we drove on Marine drive and visited nearby islands and Cheraic Beach.
I liked this photo specifically which displays peoples emotion with sunset as backdrop, people jumping around splashing in the waves enjoying themselves and also people standing quitely.. All moods in the photo..

Did not click much photos this time as its always the same in Kerala, greenery and water sources.

IIPM Vs Bloggers

I was reading out all the developments in recent times that I did not post anything on My Blogs. This whole thing is getting shitty and till date has resulted in negative publicity for IIPM and more publicity for Gaurav Sabnis. Though I would like to refrain from commenting on this subject now, I liked the idea of caption in t-shirt designed by Kribs. (I hope he wont mind me using his image)

Check out desipundit for more updates on this issue.

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Aiyanar – Hotel review

Aiyanar is located in the Inner Ring Road connecting Airport Road to Koramangala. They have varities of Chettinad, Tandoor, Chinese.
I should say this place is also not worth the money one pays. The quantity they give is less. The quality is also not good.
They also make mistakes in the order and bring differently from what one has ordered though not to all customers.
Such errors and quality has to be improved if they are to retain their customer base.

I still feel after trying out many places, the best for Chettinad food is Anachi on Indiranagar 100ft Road.

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