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Carlton Fire Accident – will we ever learn?

(Image courtesy : )The whole city was buzzing with the news of the unfortunate fire accident at Carlton towers, a well known landmark in East Bangalore near the bustling Indiranagar Flyover. There are too many loose ends as usual to the story. No setbacks to the building, all emergency exits were locked (astonishing part of the irony), fire tenders could not reach more than fourth floor, no water nearby and only fire tender in Karnataka to have hydraulic ladders. Neither did fire alarms did not go off in the building, and nor did the water sprinklers.This was a recipe for perfect disaster and disaster it was – or should I say a shame to the government with due respects. 108 is a great effort by the CM as a nice service to have. Believe me I have personally used 108 and found it ultra effective. Its free as well. But what about FIRE ? The fire engines, equipments, and firemen all belong to 1980 era. Unfortunately no government has spent any money on upgrading the f…

Mysore – Chennai Shatabdi – evolving change – then and now

I recently had an opportunity to go to Chennai, using the already famous shatabdi express from Mysore to Chennai. I thought it was worth a blog post considering some nice changes that have taken place. So it finds a mention on the Bengaluru Blog.Initially the Shatabdi’s looked to be just a variant of normal trains. The insides were plastic cushioned seats of blue colour, which were at best described as being reasonably though not ultimately comfortable for a long journey. For what was served on the train as food, you can see it yourself here.Since then, this train has now metamorphed into something similar to European train standards in terms of the service, compartments, general cleanliness etc. The entire compartment set looks flashy, and of high grade design, with much larger windows to see nature at your heart’s content. One look at the new compartment and you realize the country has had some major technological and manufacturing advances recently. The seats are now plush green ve…

Standing ovation and self speaking testimony for FIAT

The real testimony to the FIAT multijet diesel engine was never really available. Finally one of my very own forum friends at Team-BHP, has written a standing ovation to this engine gem which not only speaks volumes about FIAT’s technical prowess, but also leads one to believe what quality FIAT cars and engines are made of. Arguably FIAT did have a tough time in India with respect to marketing and they continue their ways with the rather unholy nexus with TATA which is somewhat clicking and somewhat not. The owner has a swift diesel VDI, which has a FIAT engine inside as we all by now know and here are excerpts from his opinion.Well thats all i've experienced with the swift. what i've seen is that its a very forgiving car. you dont need to change oils every 5000 kilometers and you dont need to look under the bonnet or anywhere else for that matter very often. a little care and this car will go a long way. even with so many kilometers on the odo, the car has managed to hold to …

Seasons change, as Bengaluru embraces Summer

(image source: from here) This February has seen some unusual temperature variations. Bengaluru was ultra chilly at 12-13 degrees C. Added to this were few virii in the air, and everyone were down with viral fevers, cough, sore throat and other typical Bengaluru syndrome. My case was similar and trying out different modes of treatment did not help much. What really then helped was a shift to summer which I was eagerly awaiting. And change did happen. The second fornight of Februrary is bound to see the minimum temperatures hovering around 17-19 degree mark, while the maximum temperatures feel like May really at 32 degrees and above with very little humidity levels. Whatever happened, has happened for the good, and atleast we have sunny mornings these days! :)
Time to welcome the summer and its showers to cool us down once in a while. Enjoy your summer and holidays if any!Technorati Tags: ,,,,,,,,,,,,

KHB Suryanagar 2nd phase allotment announced ! (Allottees list and other info added)

For those of you who have legitimately been thinking of owning a government allotted property in Bangalore here is some good news. The government has listed out in  Prajavani its intention to allot different types of sites/houses and apartments in KHB Suryanagar the most sought after and debated layout near Electronics city/ Anekal area.(if you are looking for part 2 please click here)The details are as given below:1633 sites are on offer which is meaningless compared to the aspirants 487 built houses are on offer as well which are higher on the cost side – more below 1577 apartments also on offer which might bring some succor to low income and middle income group people aspiring properties at lower pricing Shopping complexes, hospital, school, playground, police station and parks are part of the layout. Coming to the cost structure – this time its not going to come to you cheap.Sites:For weaker sections of society – sites are distributed at 300 rupees per sq.ft For Low income group –…