Monday, May 12, 2008

Mindless driving

I get reminded of the story about the Monkey's Heart everytime somebody does something crazy on the road. Though in this scenario, instead of the heart, it is the mind that is hidden away safely. Bus, taxi and autorickshaw drivers keep their brains hidden somewhere and imagine (?) themselves to be the sole owners the road and nobody else.
Two incidents today:
This is what I presume goes on in the head (?) of a
1. bus driver:
OK. I am on the right most lane. Looks like there is a bus stop there... OK. Should I stop the bus or not. OK.. Let me stop. OK.. No point stopping on the right most lane. So, let me switch lanes. Who cares about rear-view mirrors. OK.. There is something called a brake pedal. OK.. let's press it.. OK.. Nobody in the stand, so no use stopping. OK.. Lift up the brake pedal, push down the accelerator, turn right and shift to the rightmost lane.
2. taxi driver:
Hey, I drive a Scorpio, very powerful, and very responsive steering. It is nice to wriggle through the road (Snake style, reminded of a friend at IISc who does paambu cycling) at high speed. Who cares about other motorists on the road...

What happens to the other people who keep their brains with them till then??? Get scared, angry, and ultimately lose their mind (?).

Friday, April 11, 2008

Last few days at IISc :(

Have been starting to think about what I will miss most once I leave IISc. Very few (and mostly involving music), but whatever I will miss, I guess it will be huge. And I can continue to have some things even after I leave.

  1. Rhythmica... First year in IISc, i wasn't very involved with Rhythmica. But, when I became the Music Club Convener, got really involved. Didn't participate much, but kept hanging in the music room while others were practicing. Have had a really nice time there. Even though I can't participate in its programmes, I definitely want to continue hanging out in the music room, which I can, if I have time off my job.
  2. Food at A-mess. Again, first year wasn't significant. 2nd year was quite significant, once I started hanging out with the Rhythmica guys.
  3. Department lab/sem hall... Exams/presentations mean spending nights at the sem hall or the lab. The sem hall belongs to the 1st years. So my first year, I spent most of my pre-exam/pre-presentation nights at the sem hall. pre-exam/pre-presentation nights during the 2nd year were mostly spent at the lab.
  4. The few times I went out with my class mates. I couldn't spend so much time with them in the second year, but had fun...

To be contd...