low cost housing??



Saw these concrete structures being built just beside RMZ Ecospace. They look like a low-cost housing development to me. Could that be it?

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Thus begins...

another mass murder of trees in Bengaluru. All in the name of "development".






Agara junction and Iblur junction on Sarjapura ORR are getting flyovers. This stretch from Silk board to Iblur has quite a nice avenue of trees - good shade on the road and awesome morning light-plays. They will be sorely missed as they give way to a tar and concrete landscape. Looking forward to two years of traffic snarls at the minimum.


I hope against hope that these flyovers, after such a sacrifice, don't turn out to be farces like the silk board flyover is - Expensive and Useless. I wonder when the city planners will come to their senses.
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Sweet(?) World



Sugar coated candies at Sweet World, The Forum, Bangalore.

Bloody expensive. Rs. 70 for 100 gms. For the same candies that I used to buy as a kid at 5 for a rupee or lesser. Ha, consumerism!!!

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monsters



These monster cranes are a common sight on B'Lore roads these days. Spot two at the least on ORR everyday. There was even one with "NL" (nagaland?) license-plates.

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Hep JP



@ Aurobindo Circle, JP Nagar. The new iStore. Looks awesome.

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Road less travelled


An alternate off-road beside the ORR between Agara junction and Sarjarpura Rd. Junction

I decided to take the plunge after two days of relentless traffic mess-ups

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When



.. the rain catches you by surprise.

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Southie Treats

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Perhaps one of the oldest Saravana Bhavan outlets. This one is off the busy Usman Road.

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Expensive Living



@ Veggie Seller, JNR 4th Block.
India's Inflation rate has been hitting new records and prices continue to move up.

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Alter-native



@ Jayanagar 4th Block, Bangalore

This dude specialises in alterations and has a steady stream of customers even on a week-night.

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Far from home



@Now, that's far away from home. This letter addressed to somone in Bangalore, India got missent to Jakarta, Indonesia courtesy of the USPS. Interestingly after the redirection it was dropped in my apartment although it was meant for another street number. A case of bad luck?

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Realty Check

I received a phone call from SJR's legal department on 04th June 2008 claiming that the contents of the post were defamatory. Consequent to that I have modified the post until I get legal counsel on whether SJR has for suing me.

The Realty industry in India is booming. Yet, none of the builders and promoters display the organizational maturity, commitment and accountability that other industries show. This, inspite of the fact that some of these builders are listed in the stock exchanges. Some builders are turning around, showing early completion, etc. The truth however is that many of them - even Tier I and II builders are riddled with problems and apathetic towards their customers. Customer satisfaction is a facade that exists only until you sign the dotted line. Once you do that, you will be guaranteed quite a lot of misery.

The latest trend in the Realty industry is to promote "luxury" apartments. At a higher price point, they seduce the customers with promises of better service, top-notch quality and delivery on schedule. The picture they paint when you book the apartment is a bed of roses. Very soon, you will realise that what you have chosen is a path carpeted with thorns.

Best of luck, fellow apartment owners! May the force be with you!


In the meanwhile some facts:

1. My construction agreement with SJR for my apartment in SJR Verity sets the delivery date for February 2008 with a 3 month grace period. It is past that date and SJR now claims that my apartment will be delivered only in September.
2. I received an email from SJR in Jan 08 stating that handover would begin in March and continue for 3 months from then. Again in April after sending another mail about status, I was told that my flat would be handed-over for interiors by July 08. The last update from SJR said the apartment would be in livable state only in September. That's a delay of 7 months.
3. SJR Brooklyn has been delayed by more than a year.
4. About 50 SJR Brooklyn customers staged a protest in front of SJR's corporate office on May 24th 2008.
5. SJR management has promised to set things right. We're waiting to see how it goes.

Get, set, GO!!!

 

After quite a longtime, I got to do a short ride on my motorcycle. 5 bikes, mostly aimless, awesome country roads, loads of greenery...

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Meerut Report


Hot!!!! Temperatures were in the mid 40's (deg Celsisus). Even the gulmohars were dull orange and not their usual fiery red


Transportation: 1) A gaily painted auto-rickshaw


2) The ubiquitous cycle rickshaws. I am surprised that given the hot summer, the cycle rickshaws didn't have the retractable hoods.


Some strange fad around there. I saw a lot of bikes with their rear view mirrors turned inwards as if the rider wants to see himself in the mirror rather than traffic at the back.


The funny looking phat-phatis. Another common mode of travel there.

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Painting the town red



Gulmohar's are the flowers of the season.. Also known as Flame of the Forest, these bright red flowers add some colour to Bangalore's traffic laden roads.

Jacarandas came and went a month or so back...

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Konnapoovu



@ Konna that my bro and I fetched for Vishu

@ aka Cassia Fistula aka Golden Shower, tt's the national flower of Thailand.
@ The state flower of Kerala and an important part of the Vishu festival (new year) in Kerala.

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Grill on table



@ Barbeque Nation, Koramangala

Unlimited kababs Work if you have a big appetite!

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Laptop?

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Coorg




on a recent drive to Coorg with friends...

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Asymmetric



Found @ my workplace

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Dr. Quacker

 

Found in many places - these Ayurvedic "Camps". Almost all of them feature the funny punctuations.

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Wonka's Wonder Elevator?

 

@ an apartment in B'Lore

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