Archive for June, 2007

Justice, Desi Ishtyle

June 18, 2007

I’ve been in a crappy mood for the last 24 hours or so, and things didn’t appear to be improving this morning. I had to leave late for work (Mom’s in Mumbai, so I had to wait for the maid), and traffic was being especially obnoxious on the way to work. At one particular traffic junction, I just missed the yellow light, so was first in line waiting for the light to change. This was a three-way intersection, and a cop was standing there making sure people obeyed the lights. About ten seconds after my side stopped, he stopped traffic coming from the right. But scooters were still trying to sneak through. He had to physically restrain one small moped being driven by a lady, but as she was moving her vehicle back, another motorcycle tried to break through. They literally drove right by the cop, and just as they were about to get out of range, he reached out and grabbed hold of the passenger’s collar.

Then, I shit you not, he literally ran behind the bike across the intersection, with a death grip on the guy’s shirt as the driver was still trying to get away. It was like something out of Benny Hill, without the funny music. They didn’t go very far, and the cop got the driver to pull over on the side of the road. But he was still holding onto the guy’s collar, and the bike damn near toppled over on top of the bike riders. Unfortunately, that’s exactly when the light changed, and I had to start driving. But the last thing I saw was the cop smacking those two guys in the face.

Now, I’ve mentioned in the past my grievances with traffic in India. But I gotta tell you, that brightened up my mood like you will not believe. You may call it “police brutality”. I call it “about damn time”!

Good website for travellers

June 15, 2007

I found this site while searching for information on power outlets in planes. Some of y’all might find it useful. Wish I’d known about it before booking my trip to Chicago. Seems I got myself crappy seats between Chicago and Paris, both ways.

Rain is falling…

June 14, 2007

Or it soon might be. After one of the most miserable summers I’ve ever had to deal with (temperatures topping 40 degrees Celsius for many days in a row), it seems the tide might be turning. Today started out the same as usual. Hot, sunny, and stifling. But at 6pm, there’s a very strong wind, thunder rumbling in the background (with some lightning flashes), and a few drops of water starting to fall. And this is before the main monsoon has hit Mumbai (which usually gets rain a week before us).

*Update* Actually, while writing this post, I just looked out the window behind me, and it is officially raining. Pretty hard too. In fact, one of the trees in our compound had one of its branches snapped off by the wind. And this was not a small branch. We’ve lost power in the office (computers are on a generator), and I can only imagine the traffic foul ups we’ll have to deal with on the way home. The next few months are going to be very fun indeed.

What if this really happened?

June 7, 2007

God resigns . And really, could you blame Him?

Quick Shoutout

June 6, 2007

As soon as I saw this link , I knew I had to post it for one of my readers. Dunno if they still read this silly blog, but I hope they’re doing well.

BTW, I recently discovered the magic of ebooks. More on that later…

I’m back

June 4, 2007

There, that’s my update.

Incidentally, Kashmir was really pretty. And it was interesting to see police/army personnel every 100 meters on the roads. And for the record, the trip was peaceful. More details to follow.