Archive for August, 2010



I had wanted to create this poll for a long time but I did not know how to add a poll to my blog. Now, that I have known how to do that here is my first poll about the layout of my blog.


For all the visitors to my blog who would like to keep up to date with the latest events in Bangalore, I have started a Bangalore events listing section in my blog. You can find the events on the sidebar under the section “Bangalore Events Listing”.

I hope to keep it up to date with the latest happenings in and around Bangalore. I also hope to upgrade it to list all the events happening around India but that is quite a long way off for now. Check the screen shot below to access this section. Do feel free to write your comments and suggestions to improve my blog.

Bangalore Events Listing

Bangalore Events Listing


Click on the link below to view a virtual tour of Mysore Palace. I guess most of us would have visited this marvel, but for those not so lucky ones this website is a teaser to the real experience,

http://www.mysorepalace.tv/360_Eng/index.html


If you wish to see the Madurai Meenakshi Temple in Madurai, Tamilnadu but are not able to do so, here is a virtual glimpse of the magnificient temple. Although it is no where close to the real experience, it gives you an idea of how the temple looks like.

Here is the link,

http://www.view360.in/virtualtour/madurai/


This goes on to prove again that when it comes to software product development and releases nobody is perfect. Even the big guns of the industry have their share of hits and misses. Click on the link below to see some of the biggest product flops by Google.

http://techcrunch.com/2010/08/18/is-google-me-nex/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Techcrunch+%28TechCrunch%29


First of all a big thanks to all those who have shown interest in my earlier post regarding Bangalore Bus Route details. In the process of constantly improving the access to information to common citizens of Bangalore like me I would like to provide another very useful link to find out the bus route details

Here is the link,

http://www.narasimhadatta.info/bmtc_query.html

I found out this link from one of the comments by Mr. Narasimha on my previous posts on Bangalore Bus Route Details. He has done a really creditable job with this site and its very easy to use as well even for a novice. Since a number of hits on my blog has been with regards to bus route inquiries I thought this site needed special mention and a post of its own.

There are few very minor jinks in the site like it does not show the approximate timings of the buses. But that is because, as the author of the site says, currently he has no up to date reference database from where he can pick up time and show. That is alright I guess, as long as we know the route numbers we can always look up for the timing by inquiring at the bus stop.

Go ahead make use of this site and leave a appreciative comment on this site for the author.


Paying bribe has been the routine way for most of us in India to get things done especially with Government departments and Public Sector Units. We must have constantly encountered snobby Babus throwing up their weight for no reason making things as difficult as possible for you until you break and agree to bribe them. Being informed and educated is the only way you can counter act these bureaucrats who have had it their way for ages now.

Corrupt babus use different ploys to extract bribes. We have mentioned few popular tricks and  their remedy.

(1)    Delaying tactics :  They keep on delaying your work on giving silly reasons,  until you offer them bribe.  Sometimes they demand unnecessary papers/ documents to harass you.

Remedy:  Send an application under RTI Act by registered post / courier.  It�s very simple.  You have to cite your application details and ask (a) When your department received my application (b) Tell me day to day progress on this application (c) Name the officer responsible for delay (d) What action was taken against said officer.

Within days your work will be done without any bribe.  You can read more about RTI Act elsewhere in this website.

(2)    Inflated demand:  They demand more fees/ penalties / taxes then prescribed under rules. For example once Hyderabad Traffic  Police  Constable demanded Rs. 600/- for expired  pollution certificate whereas as per law, it�s only Rs.300/-. If babu demands higher amount and promise to reduce after receiving bribe.  Then probably he is demanding much above government  specified fee.  No officer will accept less than government prescribed fee under any condition.  They always play safe and keep their files clean.

Remedy:  You should know exact fee.  This information can be obtained from departmental website / consultant or by using RTI Act.  In case, officer has got discretionary power to impose variable fee then record conversation. Now you can use this conversation either to pay minimum fees or lodge complaint with ACB/ CBI. You can also use RTI Act to find fee paid by others.

You may take following steps while dealing with babus.

(1)    Always record conversation and telephone calls.

(2)    Reduce visits to government offices; instead communicate through registered post/ courier.  Ask officers to reply in writing.  For any delay, remind in writing. Written communication is very powerful while dealing with babus.

(3)    If you feel that babu has discriminated against you, then you may use RTI Act to check his records.

(4)    Exhibit confidence when meeting babus. Don’t address then as “Sir”. Instead use their names.  They must display their name plates. If not displayed, ask politely reason for not displaying.  Your confidence may derail their evil plan.

Maybe we have given these babus a lot more respect than they actually deserve. Maybe this is one of the side effects of being ruled by the British for over 300 years and being submissive has become part of our culture. We must remember that every one is a human being and they will try to subdue you only if you give in.

I have to give credit to Jago Party for their continued efforts to make India a better place and pave the path to progress by educating people about their rights and make India more efficient and responsible.

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