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Old 7th April 2020, 19:54   #18496
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On a lighter note:

Bellandur lake this morning:
Hehe. If only these dinosaurs were policing our roads during this lockdown...

On a different note, would be interesting to hear from employees (still having to go to office) working in Ecospace, Ecoworld, Manyata etc. of their experiences these days. It's a different world I imagine.

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Old 8th April 2020, 11:48   #18497
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On a lighter note: Bellandur lake this morning:
That's hilarious! I'm going to send this to the next person that sends me one of those 'nature is healing itself during this period' forwards. But the risk is that people like that might also believe this is real!

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On a different note, would be interesting to hear from employees (still having to go to office) working in Ecospace, Ecoworld, Manyata etc. of their experiences these days. It's a different world I imagine.
I know there are some security staff and minimum support staff going in to our offices. Not sure how many of those IT companies are still asking employees to come in though. But yeah would be interesting to know.
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It maybe too soon to say so, but in what I've seen, the people in Bangalore have reasonably followed the book, are maintaining distance, have been quite friendly and helpful when in need (people have pointed me out to the stores where I could get required groceries and milk in case they're not available anywhere). Most of the blue collar women use their sarees or dupattas to block their mouths and noses, 90% use masks, the police have been more than reasonable until now, I entered their checkpoint only once just to buy stuff a 100 meters away from them, they confirmed my need and address and sent me on the way.

Such a situation has never happened in the history of earth, of course pre 1900s the history had wars and famine and plagues which were far worse but this is our battle, with ourselves, a battle of mind and body to just.. be, a difficult task no less.

Though each day passes by quite slowly and often, drudgingly, we've all learnt to make time our own, to live and survive in this blandness and monotony, focusing on just getting through to the next so that one day we may go out again. Of course the filter coffee tastes better these days, as also the Parle G and family conversations with it, television is a friend (apart from the screaming, paranoia inducing news) and those precious time spent walking outside (within society premises) gives the outdoors an all new perspective.

Butterflies are fluttering about, today I saw an eagle pick up a rat and fly away with it (been years since I saw an actual eagle, leave alone one in hunting mode), almost any time I look outside, it's a Kodak moment. While it maybe clichéd and overstated, nature does seem to be bouncing back, giving us possibly, the last flashback as time stands still.

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Old 12th April 2020, 11:26   #18499
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We do our grocery shopping from a local grocer since ages. Usually, he delivers the monthly supplies after we hand him a list. This time however, I had to go pickup the groceries, since his helping hands had scooted back to their villages once the lock down was announced.
Due to lack of hands to manage the business properly, he's shuttered his shop and is handling supplies only to his regular clientele only, purely on a call-order-pick up basis.
He was telling his turnover is affected, and he's a bit harried since he is getting incessant calls to make deliveries, and he can only manage so much with a pair of hands.
But, he's indicated that his supply chain is not affected yet, which was a big positive to me.

Incidentally, this was the first time I hit a main road since the lock down and the roads appear wider and cleaner now :-)
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For once, after the inauguration of this thread, Corona has managed to silence this thread for almost two days! Who would have believed if, a month or 45 days ago, someone said that in April, all of Bangalore's roads would be practically empty? It reminds me how little human beings are and how wonderfully made we are - cowered by a small virus but still resiliently living on! Kudos to the human spirit today!
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Old 14th April 2020, 18:31   #18501
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As someone else has mentioned earlier, Bangalore's roads are wide enough after all!. If you happen to notice during this lockdown, I am eating a lot of my words now.

But yes, the roads are so empty you are actually gazing here and there when driving losing concentration .

Having said that only roads on which there is no commercial activity are totally deserted. Roads on which a lot of shops and restaurants are around are quite busy. And for cops, they have their duty timings obviously and we do not have a million cops here. So they cannot keep an eye everywhere.
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Butterflies are fluttering about, today I saw an eagle pick up a rat and fly away with it (been years since I saw an actual eagle, leave alone one in hunting mode), almost any time I look outside, it's a Kodak moment. While it maybe clichéd and overstated, nature does seem to be bouncing back, giving us possibly, the last flashback as time stands still.
I too witnessed a similar incident while returning from the neighbourhood grocery store. An eagle was carrying its prized catch with a couple of crows in hot pursuit. The eagle, obviously, successfully dodged the duo and soared high into the sky.

Another incident which intrigued me was the sweet chirping of the koel at 8:30 AM in the morning. It was indeed a welcome digression as I sat down in front of my computer to commence the day's work.

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...today I saw an eagle pick up a rat and fly away with it (been years since I saw an actual eagle, leave alone one in hunting mode)
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An eagle was carrying its prized catch with a couple of crows in hot pursuit. The eagle, obviously, successfully dodged the duo and soared high into the sky.
Just asking for clarity, was it a Black Kite that you guys saw? https://www.flickr.com/photos/mohdshareef/11547400773

Or perhaps a Brahminy? https://www.beautyofbirds.com/brahminykites.html
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BBMP has now released the detailed list of containment zones in Bangalore. I have to say- it's pretty detailed with lot of information on specific areas, apartments etc. Good work BBMP. Strict lockdown in all these containment zones from today.
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Ex-staffer of TV channel booked for flouting lockdown.
Siblings ‘heckle’ policemen at checkpoint; only to be bundled into a police jeep and taken away .
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So we got a couple of sweet singing Bulbuls making the balcony their home (they made a nest of discarded tissue paper). They're just too swift to catch on a phone cam
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Just asking for clarity, was it a Black Kite that you guys saw? https://www.flickr.com/photos/mohdshareef/11547400773

Or perhaps a Brahminy? https://www.beautyofbirds.com/brahminykites.html
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Sec 144 imposed on BLR again. Please have a solid reason for venturing out!
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Local TV News reporting Jams in Singasandra and Hebbal. Looks like people read the news of partial easing of lockdown in Karnataka and started venturing out.
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Local TV News reporting Jams in Singasandra and Hebbal. Looks like people read the news of partial easing of lockdown in Karnataka and started venturing out.
Yes, there is definitely more traffic on the main road in my area too. Nowhere near normal, but definitely more than there has been for a couple of weeks. Obviously not everyone outside is on duties that are a part of the relaxations, but I hope the government doesn't see such reports and have the knee-jerk reaction of extending strict lockdown again! Instead they should start checking and punish those out in vehicles without a valid reason.

We have to start testing the waters sometime. And this is still nowhere near normal traffic by any means. Some of those jams must have been because several roads are blocked, not because of too many vehicles out without reason.

(PS: Before any of the 'corona-shamers' jumps on me, I was walking barely 300m from my house, with a mask, just to get some fruit.)

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BBMP has now released the detailed list of containment zones in Bangalore. I have to say- it's pretty detailed with lot of information on specific areas, apartments etc. Good work BBMP. Strict lockdown in all these containment zones from today.
I guess the containment list is getting updated every day / once in couple of days based on the +ve cases.
I see new list getting tweeted by BBMP commissioner / CM's official twitter handle.

I could not find any official link as such.
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