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Old 6th December 2007, 10:34   #226
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If hyuandai would have stopped...Public there would have beaten him black and blue hence fearing this he would have ran away. These type of things are common and donno when people "educated class" will learn to use correct signals while turning.
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Old 6th December 2007, 12:07   #227
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Well said M7. The so called educated people in Bangalore and not at all educated about manners and courtesy. A best example is the entry to Electronic city, which is the IT hub of Bangalore. Many of the cars, who has to take a right turn will come through the extreme left lane and cross the road to obstruct other vehicles going straight. No body follows lane discipline. If the driver see one car less in the other other lane, he will immediatly shift to that lane even if he has to turn to the opposite direction. If people follow the lanes properly the traffic situation in Bangalore will be lot more better.
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Default Bangalore Traffic Jams - Techie town

Here's a nice funny blog on Bangalore traffic. The marthahalli/whitefield one is really funny.

Over these last few years of living in Bangalore, I have slowly grown to like the jams, which this city provides in abundance.

These jams do build your patience and character. Is it a coincidence that India's most patient cricketers, Dravid and Kumble, hail from this city of jams? (Dravid is even nicknamed "Jammy"). Does it tell you something? Sri Sri Ravishankar…does he get his daily dose of spiritual inspiration while in a jam?? And will I also get a halo after a few more years of this "character building"?? There are, I am sure, thousands of future Anands stuck in the Adugodis and Anand Rao circles, who are plotting their moves against future Kramniks… those poor little Kramniks stand no chance. And if you see a professor-like guy prancing around the Palace road jam, you can deduce that a postulate in Physics has just been proved.

A few days back, I had a thought - If we can have reviews of movies, which occupy only a few hours of our life in a month, why not reviews of traffic jams, which takes up significant hours of our day?? So here is my review of some of Bangalore's famous and not-so-famous jams(in no particular order).

But before that, a general comment - As they say, the taste of food in a restaurant is dependent on the ambience ; similarly, the way I see jams, cozy inside the office shuttle or public transport, is different from the way the owner of the swank new SUV sees it. (btw, if you are the owner of the swank new SUV, don't run me down).

1. The Hosur Road Jam - Unarguably, the mother of all jams. We (ex-) Infoscions are proud of being (once) associated with a great company. We are equally proud of contributing in no small extent to this jam. This jam gives a great glimpse of the Other India - colorful music-blaring interstate buses, garment factory workers, highway trucks, smoke spewing lorries and such. Provides ample food for thought for socialist minds. (Rating: ***1/2)

2. The jams around K'mangala/Forum mall - Definitely the best jams in town. PYTs (Pretty young things), fancy cars, and fancy restaurants; this has it all. But you can't afford any of those. Never mind!! Your sadistic brain can take pleasure in the fact that the guy in the fancy car next to you is cruising around for a parking space, feasting his eyes on the PYTs , while his family is having dinner in one of the fancy restaurants. (Rating: ****1/2)

3. The KG Road jam - To be experienced in the evenings before a long weekend. Every auto/taxi in town seems to be stuck while going towards the City railway station - your hair stands on end, you start sweating, the heart beats faster, and you get the rush that a Michael Schumachaer gets on his last lap. And just as the auto moves, a movie show ends and a few hundred more vehicles pour out… Which was the train that hooted just now?? (Rating: ***1/2)

4. The Jayanagar jam - The puzzle-lovers jam; Jayanagar is maze of bylanes, one-way streets, no right-turns, no left-turns, traffic signals and whatnot. It is an establised fact that Point A to point B, in Jayanagar, can be reached in 6436 distinct ways. But whichever way you take, you are left with a hollow feeling that another route had a better and bigger jam? (Rating: **1/2)

5. The jams around Marathahalli/Whitefield - The IT professional's dream jam; As she sits in the office shuttle looking at other office buses, she can make her career plans. A typical evening in this jam goes thus:

Voice from Company A bus : "Any J2EE developers in your bus?". Three guys from Company B bus respond "Yeah" and get down. By the time, the bus crosses the Marathahalli bridge, the first guy is hired as a J2EE developer. The second guy, who didn't know what J2EE meant, is hired as a project manager and the third guy is rejected as he realised late that he has already worked for Company A last year.

(Rating: ****)

6. The Airport Road jam - Similar in taste and character like the Koramangala jam but has socialist twist. This jam treats the rich businessman, who will later travel business class on Jet, the same as a poor programmer, who had unusually come to office early in the morning, 3 months back, to buy one of those cheap airline tickets. (Rating ***)

7. The BTM 7th Main x 7 Cross jam - Close to my home, so close to my heart. But alas, the spoilsports at BDA finished the flyover at the Jayadeva circle and brought an end to this jam. But for a couple of years, this jam used to give me pure joy as vehicles of all types created a tangle in the small bylanes of BTM layout. The BDA is now planning a new flyover at the Udupi Garden junction; so there is still hope (Rating ***1/2).

We jam lovers - currently this club consists of only me - have petitioned the government to protect and preserve traffic jams as a cultural asset of Bangalore. Just so that traffic jams are not endangered in the future, we have these suggestions:

1. Build more flyovers - Flyovers do not reduce jams. They just transfer it to the next junction. And in the 2 years that it takes to build them, you are assured of some joyous jams. I am drooling...

2. No public buses - If everybody goes by buses, where will our culture go?

3. Make Tata's 1-Lakh car cheaper by making it tax free - Imagine every two wheeler replaced by a car...The prospects are mouth-watering.
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Old 9th January 2008, 16:55   #229
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LOL Vid: That's a nice thought somebody has put in. Gives an earfull of infm what can be done at traffic jams. :-)
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Old 9th January 2008, 17:20   #230
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I dont know if this is allowed, MODS please take this off if it is against the rules. But i am really disgusted by this chap, changing lanes at fancy, honking, driving with one hand - in the other a cigratte. He looked like an educated chap this was on Airport road around 1530 to 1600 hours.

Green Mahindra Scorpio fancy number so must be some moneyed individual.

If you are the driver reading this please get off the road man before you hurt anyone.

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@Vid, that surely was funny. Looks like it was written by an Infy guy. I am sure he must be sitting in the comfort of his office transportation while this write-up struck to him. He is the one who is having the last laugh
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KA 03 MS 9999 Mahindra Scorpio fancy number so must be some moneyed individual.

If you are the driver reading this please get off the road man before you hurt anyone.
My feeling is you cannot post like this in this forum. Only thing you can do is lodge a complaint at nearest PS that this guy was driving rashly and there ends the matter. Or put in your feelings as your rant.
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nice one Vid.
Just came to know that the author of this blog is my colleague. And no, i dont work for Infy.
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Amitoj, the blogger mentions he is an Ex-Infoscion.
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Thanks for sharing the blog Vid. It was highly entertaining to read.
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good one vid - interesting reading. looking at the 'jams' in a lighter vien, i say! :-)
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Hi Vid, nice write up, I loved it. There are lot of experts expressing their precious views on "how to solve the traffic issues in Bangalore" on the Times of India pages since few days (or may be weeks). I read most of them with a smiling face eagerly waiting to hear some useful solution expressed by someone someday ( no clue when that will be !! ).

Flyovers (many of them already built and many under construction) might not solve the issue as you wrote. It can serve only till next junction, very true !

High speed trains, Metro Rail, City Bus point to point coverage, Fixed Taxi, auto, cycle and pedestrian lanes etc are some of the points written by few experts on the TOI columns. Lets assume situation will be better by this till we read the next reality below.

Estimated per day new vehicles on road (only in Bangalore) = 800 vehicles ( 2, 3 and 4 wheels )

Estimated migration to bangalore city from other parts of India (Job/ Family/ Retirement/ Marriage/ Study related) = over 500 per month, which also includes entry of other state vehicles moving in with the migrants.

Tata's launch of 1 lak rupee Car this week. Also Bajaj entering 4 wheel segment with tata's budget car as the rival. So there is a cheap car revolution going to start soon. Any dick and harry can buy a car.

Considering these situations, can anyone solve the traffic issues in Bangalore ? Not in another 5 years for sure. We will have another 10 lacs new vehicles on road before that. Imagine the space requirement just to park the additional vehicles ( 10,00000 ) ? Entire palace ground is enough for that ?

Its going to be tough days for the traffic cops and the BDA. Solution is yet to be defined ! A mastermind planner suggested 'Metro in Bangalore was supposed to be in use 5 years back" !! So its a confusion between what could have been done and what is to be done !

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That was hilarious. Thanks vid!
Jam No.5 Marthahalli made me laugh loudly (BTW I was at workplace when I read it). It should have been rated 5/5
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Hey Vid! Nice write up am still laughing and surely as you see the bright side of traffic jams so will so many others too ..
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Today was wonderful, no white termites (indicas) or trucks as they were on strike. If only it rained and there was also an auto strike
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