Sunday, November 7, 2010 by Arun Mathew
It is true that our rulers in the Government have no time for issues like waste management especially when they have bigger scams like Lottery scam and Email Forward scam.

Our local politicians even discuss Obama, Barcelona and Malta during their campaign speeches but good infrastructure like Public Waste Bins are probably the last thing on their minds!

And our citizenry are supposed to be 100% literate too and are aware that they are supposed to dump waste only in a bin. But then, why do they do what you see below?


What you see is from the entrance to Jawahar Nagar, a posh locality in the Kerala capital, Trivandrum, where many a eminent personality reside and highly unlikely this is been done by the local residents. 

I once saw this dad riding his kid to school holding on to his very old scooter so that it does not fall apart yet managing to throw a bag of waste on a lonely stretch of road...so that is what wifey makes him every morning!


And what you see below is innovative waste disposal ... a scene outside a reputed school near Kowdiar.


All this waste disposal usually happens in the wee hours of the day and as it gets more and more innovative, we will soon be of hearing of Waste Mafia or Waste Scam, in Kerala. 
Sunday, October 24, 2010 by Arun Mathew
The city of Trivandrum or Thiruvananthapuram in the state of Kerala in Southern India has been facing severe road infrastructure problems for few years now. 


In one of his recent tweets, Tharoor - Member of Parliament from Trivandrum tweeted "Marxists have ruled City Corporation for 40 yrs,whom else can we blame?". Blame is all they all can do. Is anyone doing anything about this mess that throws people off their vehicles into the gutters? 


The commies are no better - every time the media picks on one of those bad roads or bridges, they are quick to stage a drama by tying a few elephants and red flags to a road-side pole, playing a live band and announcing the "inauguration of ABC four-lane bridge" when actually it is just a cover-up hoping to quieten the ordinary citizen and media.

Then there are also internet-based patriots and vandals like Ajay Puppy, Such-Shit Vijayan, Kappa-Sudheesh and so on, who  continue to hide the fact that their city is more like Mars than Barcelona by posting pictures of Kowdiar Road (where despite being a 'model' road, quite a few have actually died) and spreading false propaganda on behalf of many other fanatics indulging in edit-wars on Wikipedia.

Back in September 2007, a tiny bridge called Marapallam was razed down for road widening with an estimated completion time of March 2008. We told ourselves "Oh! 9 months, that would pass by very soon!". Sure, the 9 months did pass by swiftly. But, nothing has changed.

Tonight, as I write, I have just come back home after witnessing a young man, who was thrown off his motorbike because of the uneven terrain and now has a broken leg.

Tonight is a night in 2010. October 2010.


Nothing has changed. The 'crip'-pled Road Projects continue to cripple us in many ways. 

Some of this pathetic truth is here for you to see...a truth that reminds us more of Mars than Barcelona!


(Marappalam, shots from 2008 and 2010)



Very soon, you will need to learn to swim, coz that is where our roads are heading ... God Bless!!!

Sunday, October 17, 2010 by Arun Mathew
What if you and I talked to a few friends over coffee and expressed our dislike for the government which rules your city, state or nation? Would you be arrested? We always thought this was a Democracy?
Cyber Cops in other countries are busy taking pro-active measures running campaigns to reduce internet crime. I thought Cyber Police are also supposed to help reduce crime against children on the Internet or collect statistics to identify problems young girls face on the Internet?

The big question here is, are they just a force to deal with citizens who do not support the government that employs them?

Appreciate your use of technology and "power", but how much of the power was put to use in saving young girls molestation or victimization or to help credit card users against fraud?
I would love to read a news article captioned "55-yr old arrested for possession of pre-teen porn" especially when porn is sold openly in road-side markets. 


If our law enforcers were this swift and timely in action against "criminals" everywhere, I am sure this world would have been a much better place to live in. That is way better than misusing some stately-powers to trouble people who use the Internet to read the news and listen to some music.


Unfortunately, it seems, the law and law enforcers are here only to favor a certain section of society?


Even forwarding a funny mail can lead to cyber crime in the state of Kerala. And everyone who forwards the mail can end up in jail.

Building mega-jails is probably gonna become the next hot investment!
Friday, July 9, 2010 by Arun Mathew
To start with, our Bus Drivers might go on strike if they were denied the right to stop in the middle of the road like you see below: 

And our politicians and law-enforcers will lose the Right of Way privilege they enjoy so much ...
  

Our student unions will go on strike too if the school-kids they supposedly protect are not allowed aerobridge-like access to their school buses ...



Politician-turned-Environmentalists will cry hoarse when they cannot plant trees on the road no more, to check deforestation



The larger so-called reasons are scarcity of land (land is available in downtown Singapore, NY and Bangalore for motorways) and Bars (many of us in Kerala would rather do without wide roads if that means demolishing our precious highway bar stopover). Also, like those in the helm of affairs say "Kerala is a very peculiar state inside Shining India". God ONLY Save God's Own Country.
Friday, July 2, 2010 by Arun Mathew



You and I have been doing the "GO SLOW" for years now! Ideally, these boards should be made permanent structures with a garden around them ... The good news though is that a concerned minister has randomly announced that all roads in the state will be tarred within a short period ... wish the efforts are here to stay ...

Update: The Roads are NOT here to stay! Ok! Tell us something new, ha?






Monday, June 21, 2010 by Arun Mathew
Sunday, February 28, 2010 by Arun Mathew
I thought they would stop comin' by, But I see this blog still has curious visitors from Bangalore, Brisbane, Dublin, Balaramapuram, Kumarapuram, Nedumangad etc. Considering that some of these places still do not have proper Internet connectivity and they still keep comin' back, I must not disappoint!

I am sure they are re-visiting this blog to see if their favorite part of the world has finally turned into Mars...nah! You won't be disappointed! We are actually slightly better off than Mars at the time of writing this ... :)

Let's visit MG Road for starters...Looks like with the expertise of some Development NGOs, they have come up with a more efficient and effective way of Parking on busy streets...

This is the new, rising world-class way of parking...maybe we should take lessons from Barcelona?
Scenes from M.G Road, Trivandrum





And they keep comin' back ...

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