Looking at Bangalore over these 7 years, there is so much of growth in the environment, Pubs and the IT companies flourish. The pollution and pot-holes have increased with the number of vehicles related to this increase. The 'power' sector has not really kept up with the expansion and forethought of the future, generators are a must in every building and shop. I seriously ask the question to all you environmentalist. There was an article that came in the Deccan Herald that it may soon become necessary to show the 'emission certificate' when taking petrol or diesel. Who checks the pollution from all the thousands of generators of the city, do they get checked, is there a system that these generators get 'emission certificates' ? It is high time that those pointing fingers remember that there are always 3 fingers pointing back at them when they do so. Crime, has spurted in the one quiet and safe city, a 'Pensioners Paradise', the cause is directed to 'movies, tv, and culture', all regular whipping posts. When we open our doors to the 'rich & famous', we open our windows to the 'parallel society'. We encourage bribery, corruption is a way of life, breaking laws is part and parcel of living. The richer and more influential you are, the more you can get away with. Bangalore, that used to be famous for her 'bungalows', now boast of being competitive to Bombay, Delhi and New York with the 'Towers' sprouting all over, without any plan for parking, water drainage, water supply and above all power supply.! If you have been away from Bangalore for more than 5 years, you are sure to need a re-orientation course to go from place to place. First your part of the town may have a change of name, roads renaming is an art left to the politicians, and instead of naming new localities with new names, old historical names are being systematically obliterated, sometimes on purpose. It is really strange how 'Brigade Road' and 'Commercial Street' still maintains the name, perhaps because they do not have a 'persons' name!
Ok, sorry let's stop all this wining, and face the facts that the next
generation does not care what Bangalore was in the past. Where the water tanks
were, what the roads were named. What the houses looked like. Many a time
I have been asked about the 'old house' where I stay, (mind you it was built
in 1965-66!!), I guess they hardly see houses that were built beyond that
anymore around, so I'm not surprised, so much so that the house appeared
on 'Star News'!!! . I have basically kept the same format that I sarted
with 7 years ago, and it seems that this format has been easily viewed by
over 3,00,000 visitors, and I have just lost count and removed the counter.
You may always presume that you are the first one to visit the page, and
that is what gives me the greatest pleasure, giving someone joy, even for
a moment, a recalled thought, a memory, a smirking smile when viewing places
that may have been important in your past. This is the fist real update since
1999, and I have lost count on the number of pictures and pages that I have
linked. Most of the photographs are mine except where mentioned, and permission
has been given to use the same by their owners. Some of the really good collections
of old photographs can be found on a collection page at
Photos Of India
, which is part of my pages on Bangalore..
Some of the relations and friends that supported and encouraged me in this effort to maintain the site for 7 years are my brother David, and my sisters Cynthia and Florence. My friends are mostly musicians like Gussy Rikh, Santosh Mani, Peter Issac, Tommy Chandy, Kittu Ratnam, Ruth Croft, Sydney Mendens, Cary Thomas, the Old Boys of St. Joseph's B.H. School, the India-List, Admiral O.S. Dawson, Members of Family Researchers, Mother Teresa's visitors, Fr. Ronnie Prabhu sj, the Sisters of the Good Shepherd Convent, Sophia School, the Bread of Life members, and many more ... there are infact too many to put down, and after having more than 2,00,000 visitors, one can hardly keep count of the numerous mails that I have received of encouragement, inputs, corrections, and questions too!
Have a great time, Love and God Bless, Ronnie
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Thought for the Day: " Blessed are you poor, For yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you who hunger now, For you shall be filled. Blessed are you who weep now, For you shall laugh. Blessed are you when men hate you, And when they exclude you, And revile you, and cast out your name as evil, For the Son of Man's sake. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy! For indeed your reward is great in heaven, Fon in the manner their fathers did to the prophets. But woe to you who are rich, For you have received your consolation. Woe to you who are full, For you shall hunger. Woe to you who laugh now, For you shall mourn and weep. Woe to you when all men speak well of you, For so did they fathers to the false prophets." Holy Bible: Luke 6:20-26