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We have not charged the business listed here. 2 CITIZEN MATTERS 23 May - 05 June 2009 InSIDe MaTTerS Pickup Points vol 1 ISSUE 9, 23 may - 05 jUnE 2009 n You can also pickup copies of Citizen d i Matters at these stores: te ibu r/btM tr Nagasri book shop dis naga fOR YOU j p 25th Main, behind Jayanagar post office, 9th Block, Jayanagar A PEEK AT bAngAlORE The K O Shop OnE CEnTRE 8 24th Main Road, J P Nagar, just north of the road block Vaishnavi Vittal nEIghbOURhOOd S N Refreshment 22nd Main, 12th Cross intersection PAInT YOUR dAY AT RETAIlERS ACCUSE JP Nagar II phase PAInTEd PlATTER! 14 hIjRAS OF Pot Luck siri srinivas mICRO-ExTORTIOn 6 Opposite IIM Bangalore Gate, Bannerghatta Road, Bangalore-76. Ph: 3247-2057 InTROdUCE YOUR ChIld Vaishnavi Vittal Pragathi Books & Stationers TO gREEn IdEAS 12 mETRO’S lInE nOT In BTM Ring Road, near Silk Board, next to Bajaj Vinita showroom. 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The doZinG iTs way The milk delivery was leaders have been ThrouGh souTh more than an hour chosen. banGalore away. no second cup of tea till then. how do i Public workshop or- kill time? Go To arTicle 1100 ganised by hasiru Go To arTicle 1091 usiru dissects social, economic, and envi- a film TranslaTes ronmental issues re- leT’s maKe The ciTy inTo oTher lated to metro work in beauTiful... mediums the southern reaches. The sad plight of Paintings inspired Go To arTicle 1103 vacant sites. ‘slum dog millionaire’ Go To arTicle 1087 Go To arTicle 1044 FrOnT DeSK EdITOR’S Dear Reader, municipal officials, most of whom have never been held nOTE Very often, complicated social problems are left to activists and NGOs to battle accountable. Members of ABIDe, and equally, the Chief Minister must listen to his detailed response, laid out with clarity and depth. He also pointed out which legislation governments for resolution. But our needed to be amended. Look out for the detailed interview politics being where it is, these issues in Citizen Matters soon. never get settled with the clarity and In the meantime, things are settling down after brouhaha force that they merit, and in turn they over the Congress-led UPA’s sharp victory at the national come back to bite us at the local level. elections. In Karnataka the state-level cross-wind prevailed This week’s lead story on the Hijra in the elections, and Bangalore’s three urban constituencies problem at JP Nagar is a clear case voted BJP MPs to Parliament. Ananth Kumar (Bengaluru of such a felt-and-seen local ‘irritant’. South), Chandre Gowda (North) and P C Mohan (Central) are Shopkeepers are tired of shelling all seasoned politicians. Chandre Gowda has even switched out money to groups of Bengaluru’s from the Congress to the BJP. Mohan is also a businessman Hijras day after day. Commuters at with a retail background. intersections have their own encounters to report. However, These MPs will no doubt be aware of the series of attacks the Hijras are themselves ostracised in our society (read: on women earlier this year, including several in Bangalore. no jobs), and what’s worse, have met with police brutality. In response, a large number of Bangaloreans got together Read Vaishnavi Vittal’s story on page 6 to learn about the and signalled that enough was enough. As our MPs get into many sides to this reality. office this time, they have a choice between indifference Moving on, we recently reported on a new ABIDe-proposed and leadership. When the next rowdy group shows up legislation to bring governance reform to Bengaluru, one on our streets to assault women, they must step forward that promises more transparency and accountability and be seen and heard to be speaking out against narrow- according to its drafters. Citizen Matters met Karnataka mindedness and divisiveness in Bengaluru. LokAyukta’s Justice Santosh Hegde and asked him whether editors this law was really going to help him prosecute corrupt fEEdbACK sms 97409-18300 wiTh your feedbacK Citizen Matters eDITors Subramaniam Vincent On “Whitefield hi-voltage bridge in steely Meera K suspension “ sTaFF JournalIsTs i’ve gOt Supriya Khandekar This is an excellent report. Is there an Vaishnavi Vittal update to the situation now that we are recenT conTrIbuTors pas March/April 2009 and obviously the Deepa Mohan bridge is not done yet. Appreciate it. Divya Kumar On “Can a new law save Bengaluru?” ashish mathur sOmething Lakshmi Menon Poornima Dasharathi tO say! Reshmi C It is unfortunate that a senior member like A Sharath Bhat Siri Srinivas Ravindra thinks public hearings are not needed as ‘people come up with personal objections’. DIsTrIbuTIon While this is probably true, it does sound like a www.citizenmatters.in Raghavendra statement from a hierarchical culture. 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No because they want as little mess in their part of this publication can a relevant way. To deny this is to not allow the be reproduced without the compound as possible. That kind won’t worry permission of the publisher. process to mature. usha srinath about this. email@example.com aswin s Ph: 41737584 4 CITIZEN MATTERS 23 May - 05 June 2009 www.citizenmatters .in lOCal MaTTerS uncOnference gREEn TAlK A group of green enthusiAsts gAthered to discuss their ideAs And experiences on environmentAl conservAtion, eco sustAinAbility And green development. At the lush green campus of Indian Institute of Science (IISc) eco friendly products, adopting pubic transport whenever possible, buying local goods, tapping into alternate energy in Bengaluru on 9th May, around 170 people from over 60 different organisations got together for an ‘Unconference on sources, recycling products, unplugging chargers, taking Green and Sustainability’. People from start up companies, short showers, washing clothes with cold water, ditching large firms, educational institutions, governmental bodies plastic, developing a self check list and choosing alternate and freelancers, collectively brainstormed at a full day careers. session organized by IISc, jointly with Wipro Technologies. There was also a brain storming session with the audience WiCamp (pronounced we-camp) is Wipro’s innovation camp, on the topic ‘Awareness of Green’ where 108 ideas got an event for thinkers and doers in the areas of innovation generated in just 25 minutes! Some of the interesting and creativity, where they can share their perspectives and ones were green penalties practices. for citizens; places for This conference on green recycling paper and other innovations was the first- waste products; green of-its-kind in the country. forums for conducting The only thing common competitions and reality among the participants was shows; tax exemptions/ an unwavering passion for benefits for green environmental conservation, behaviour; instruments that eco sustainability and green show energy consumption development. The focus and money spent on was on practice rather than individual usage; personal/ theory, with the thrust being community benchmarking on practices that could be (Mr./Ms. Green or Green adopted by common people, Community); celebrating communities or organizations, green week using radio towards creating and honing a Participants at WiCamp (pic: author) channels; a green resource more sustainable ecosystem. directory listing all solution providers in a locality; green So what did these people talk about? There were many wish foundation (wish a tree); green gifts; green buddy interesting sessions like: Green at the workplace, Roles of and green mentors at the workplace; green agenda for the research community and so on. A close look at two of politicians; green fashion (recycled clothes); tree adoption; the sessions. green games (showing cause-effect of our carbon intensive activities); green credit cards that give points for every green at the grassroots level: Dr. Chanakya from the purchase of eco friendly products; green VC networks; and Centre for Sustainable Technologies (formerly ASTRA) at popularizing green sports. IISc shared his experiments and experiences from over 30 years in the space of sustainable rural development. The event itself was green. To start with, at the Chouksi Hall His aim was to create a low carbon, green society for the at IISc, no artificial lights were used and there was no air future. He talked of the design and deployment of modern conditioning. There were no disposable glasses at the water biogas plants across 980 villages. These biomass plants dispenser, no plastic water bottles were given out, and also produce rooting medium, inoculants carriers, vermi everybody who came for the event adopted car pooling. compost waste, seed treatment, pest repellent, mushroom Events such as WiCamp are vital in bringing together like and other sources of livelihood. minded people who will think and act. Such events have been conducted throughout the country over the last green for you and me: Rajiv from ThoughtWorks talked one year and the intention now is to take this forward, about how individuals and communities are making a with the theme of Green Innovations being hosted jointly difference and gave the instance of Vipul Kasera who started with premier educational institutions. To learn more about commuteeasy.com (that facilitates car pooling). Apart from upcoming events, visit http://barcamp.org/WiCamp. using modern, energy saving gadgets and being part of eco communities, other practical suggestions included using PAVAN SONI is an innovation evangelist at Wipro read the complete article online Technologies and the conceptualizer and moderator of Go To arTicle 1102 WiCamps. His blog can be viewed at www.pavansoni.net 23 May - 05 June 2009 CITIZEN MATTERS 5 In FOCuS neighbOurhOOd RETAIlERS ACCUSE hIjRAS OF mICRO-ExTORTIOn shopkeepers in Jp nAgAr complAin About cAsh they Are forced to shell out to eunuchs. but members of the hiJrA community sAy there Are both good And bAd people Among them And Ask the public not treAt them As outcAsts. Umesh V and his colleagues at The Mobile Store on 24th on Nanda Road. You can speak to the Jayanagar police Main Road, JP Nagar 2nd phase shell out around Rs. 1200 station. Hijras are said to go there in the night time near the parks. We have not received any complaint. This is a general society problem. They shouldn’t trouble anyone. What can the police do? If we get a complaint, we’ll take action,” Deepak says. On questioning the shopkeepers as to why they had not filed any complaint, there were mixed responses. “Cops don’t take these cases because they can’t make any money out of this,” says Chengappa. What do the hijras have to say? Even as some hijras admit that others from their group harass people, use profane language, make obscene gestures and even make sexual advances, they say they do not endorse the same. In turn, they complain about victimisation by society and the police, and the lack of government recognition for their community. Shops in JP Nagar (pic: Ramachandran P) Bangalore is home to more than one thousand hijras. Around 600-700 of them work with Sangama, a sexual minorities human rights organisation for individuals oppressed due to their sexual preference. Sangama’s to Rs. 1500 a month, from their own pockets. The reason? head office is located in JC Nagar. Sangama, holds weekly Hijras come to their shop every day, demanding money, meetings for their members, at all their nine offices in the forcing them to pay anywhere between Rs. 10 and Rs. 50 city, during which they advise their members not to indulge per day. “In a day, they come around four to five times. In a in such behaviour. group there are around three or four of them. If you do not give them money, they use bad words or attack us and pull Twenty-eight year old Kokila, a hijra who works with our clothes,” says Umesh who has been facing this problem for the past year and a half. Umesh’s complaint is echoed by several other shopkeepers in JP Nagar who are facing ‘extortion’ by hijras. The store manager of JP Nagar-based The Home Store, C K Chengappa says, “We end up giving around 200 to 300 rupees a month. We write it in our accounts.” Karthik V who manages the Genesis Fitness Forum, a gymnasium on 24th Main Road, JP Nagar 2nd Phase says he never says no to the hijras. “They take advantage of this and inform their friends. So more people come.” Known as the third gender, a hijra or eunuch is a transgender person, biologically male, who takes on the role of a female. Hijras usually dress as women and do not necessarily have genital modifications. Hijras explaining their side of the story (pic: Vaishnavi Vittal) shopkeers vs hijras: harassment vs a denied dignity K P Deepak, Inspector, JP Nagar police station, says they Sangama, says the only options for hijras are begging and haven’t received any complaint from shopkeepers with sex work. “We are poor, part of the lower class of society. We regard to the hijras. “I have heard that this problem is there do not have jobs. This is the way we can feed our stomach,” 6 CITIZEN MATTERS 23 May - 05 June 2009 she says. way.” The ALF wants Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code repealed because it denies constitutional rights to sexual Selvi, 33, who lives on Bannerghatta Road, says even they minorities. Chairman of the Karnataka State Commission are harassed when they go begging.”If we go into a bar, they for Backward Classes (KSCBC), Dr C S Dwarakanath says ask us if our breasts are original or duplicate. They touch our the main problem is that hijras and kothis do not have an breasts. They threaten us,” she says. identity in society. The KSCBC is thinking of an Act for the underneath the layers Scheduled Castes like Prevention of Atrocities, he adds. “We want to bring out an Act for them. I have spoken to National That victimisation of the hijras, and in particular, police Law School,” he says. brutality against them, has been documented in several reports. Arvind Narrain of Alternative Law Forum (ALF), Coming back to the troubles causes by hijras, the a Bangalore-based lawyers’ collective, is a co-author a shopkeepers at JP Nagar are a glum lot. Chengappa agrees study of kothi and hijra sex workers in Bangalore. Narrain that jobs for hijras are the issue. Umesh says they have says, “This is a human rights issue that can no longer be spoken to some shops and are thinking of giving a formal ignored. The law conditions the way the police perceive complaint. Karthik, on the other hand plans to take matters transgenders. They look at it as ‘animal-like’ and ‘dirty’ in into his own hands, by deputing a security guard for his terms of behaviour. Therefore, they deal with them that gym. read the complete article online VaishnaVi ViTTal is a staff journalist with Citizen Matters. Go To arTicle 1099 mETRO’S lInE nOT In TUnE wITh CITIzEnS, PlAn the bAngAlore metro is turning out to be A clAssic cAse of A confusing proJect plAn, unAnswered questions on routing (Alignment) And A divided house of citizens. On Saturday, 9th May, N Sivasailam, Bangalore Metro’s chief, Second, the DPR did consider an alternative to routing the Metro explained his position on the Metro using the Lalbagh and RV Road via Nanda Road, viz., from Southend Circle to Jayanagar via 11th to a group of waiting citizens, even as those against the tree felling Main and thence to JP Nagar. It says: “Ridership on the corridors is and Metro’s way of functioning protested. However, the Metro’s more or less similar. However, the alignment in JP Nagar comes to own Detailed Project Report (the document on the basis of which an (sic) dead end with no possibility for its extension in the future”. the Karnataka government gave its approval) and Sivasailam’s This does not seem logical since the alignment could go either left explanations do not sit well together. or right at the end of 11th Main, just as it can go either way at the end of 40th Cross on RV Road. That morning, hundreds assembled along RV Road (popularly called Nanda Road) in Jayanagar. Two events were being held But crucially, the DPR goes on to make the case for RV Road simultaneously. Jayanagar MLA Vijaykumar at the behest of because a terminal station was planned there, initially. “The RV Citizen’s Action Forum and some Jayanagar Resident Welfare Road alignment is straight with Associations (RWAs) had invited N Sivasailam, Managing Director, sufficient land on both sides of Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (BMRCL), to talk to residents the road for stations, integration “If BMRCL doesn’t follow the about the impact of Namma Metro on trees along Nanda Road. At areas, receiving substations and DPR, which plan are they the same time, a protest meeting had been called by the coalition stabling of rakes.” But given that following? How are people Hasiru Usiru (HU), media collective Maraa, women’s organisation the Metro will now extend to supposed to know their plans Sanmathi and the Lakshman Rao Park Walkers Association. Puttenahalli (JP Nagar), RV Road if they won’t consult the public station is no longer a terminal in making these plans? And if alternatives not possible and will not require land for they make unilateral plans, On the feasibility of the KR Road alignment, Sivasailam told Citizen stabling rakes, it is not clear if it is how do we know if they Matters said it was not possible to take the Metro along KR Road still necessary for the Metro to go will follow them?” – Vinay since ridership was lower there than in the current alignment. He through RV Road. Sreenivasa, a volunteer with added that the present alignment had been chosen as being most steaming ahead Hasiru Usiru. cost-effective based on ridership, constructions costs and land acquisition. Meanwhile, the Metro steams ahead, despite protests. Soil but what does the DPr say? testing work on a Phase 2 connecting Puttenahalli with NICE Road The Detailed Project Report (DPR) - prepared by consultant Delhi and RV Road with Electronic City has already begun in earnest. Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) in 2003, lays out the blueprint According to Sivasailam, DMRC is preparing the DPR for these for Namma Metro. Surveys of traffic density were carried out do stretches. “Public consultations will be held after the DPR is ready,” not exactly corroborate Sivasailam’s statement of lower ridership he said. on KR Road. According to the DPR, the average daily traffic at KR Road was 52,621 vehicles, and at RV Road, it was 52,870 vehicles, a negligible difference. First, in contrast to what Sivasailam claimed, read the complete article online the DPR has not considered the KR Road alternative at all. Go To arTicle 1101 meera iyer is a freelance writer who lives in JP Nagar. 23 May - 05 June 2009 CITIZEN MATTERS 7 guIDe citiZen service A PEEK AT bAngAlORE OnE CEnTRE whAt’s AvAilAble And whAt’s not in your locAl bAngAlore one service centre. Bangalore One (B1), a Karnataka government’s e-governance fined for violating parking norms, you can now pay the fine initiative, has been serving citizens since 2005. This ‘One- amount at any B1 centre. Traffic Violation Payment Service stop-shop’ facility that is open 24x7 (Mini centres are open allows you to pay your fine for traffic violations such as 8 AM to 8 PM) aims redefine public service, under one roof. riding without a helmet. Here’s a round up of available services at the B1 centres. Regional Passport Office Service allows you to buy a These centres allow you to pay your BSNL telephone bills, passport application form and apply for both new passport Spice, Airtel, Tata Indicom, Cell One and Reliance phone and renewal. Payment is only through cash or credit card. bills. Bills can be paid through These services are available only between 9 AM and 7 PM. cash, cheque, or DD. You can You can also check the status of your application at the also pay your water bills to centres. However, at the mini centres, you can only buy the BWSSB and electricity bills to forms but not submit them. BESCOM at these centres. But Domestic flight ticket booking is also available at Bangalore even as their official website One centres. You can book both one way and round trip (http://www.bangaloreone. tickets for all airlines gov.in) mentions that you except Indian airlines. can apply for a new water JP nagar bangalore one You can check connection and retrieve the Ground Floor, BESCOM Building, booking status and statement of accounts at 14th Cross, 1st phase, JP Nagar cancel bookings (up these centres, these services Phone: 2295 5456/2295 5455 to 24 hours before are not available. Similarly boarding). J.P nagar - Mini b1 centre you cannot file any grievance Dental College Premises, 2nd related to BESCOM or get a Western Union Money Phase, 1st Main, JP Nagar statement of your account, Transfer services pic-Meera all which are mentioned on help you collect Ph: 2295 5458 the website. transferred money by bTM layout bangalore one producing an ID card. (mini centre under JP Nagar B1 Another service introduced about a year and a half back is This service, however, Centre) Bank Officer Colony, BTM the ING Life Insurance Service. You can pay your insurance is available only at 2nd Stage, Aicobanagar premium or cancel any premium payments within a day of select Bangalore Ph: 2295 5496 payment. One centres such Facilities presently available All these bills can be as Shantinagar • Pay Phone bills paid 24/7 at the main and Banashankari. You can even buy movie tickets from • Pay ING Life insurance centres. According to Bangalore One centres for select theatres such as Innovative premium the website, between Multiplex and Vision Cinemas. All the above mentioned • Buy BMTC bus passes • Pay Traffic violation fines 8 PM and 8 AM, you services are available without any extra payment. • Book domestic flight ticket can pay only through What’s not available? • Passport renewal and cheque, DD, credit card application forms or debit card. Cash will Even as the Bangalore One website states that they provide • Buy movie tickets (for select not be accepted during BBMP related services, none of them are available at the theatres) this time. centres. “Birth and death certificates used to be issued at • Western Union Money transfer Bangalore One centres but are no longer available because service (at select centres) If you are looking to the BBMP has not allotted any doctor for attesting the buy a bus pass, either a certificate,” says Anand S G, Centre Manager, Koramangala monthly or a student’s Bangalore One centre. The website also mentions payment pass, you can go to your nearest B1 centre. Under the BMTC of property tax, Road Transport Office services and Stamp services, you can buy Pushpak Pass, Red Board Pass or Black and Registration Office services, none of which are available Board Pass. You can also book KSRTC bus tickets using the at the centres. Red Bus service. Bangalore One has also temporarily suspended railway The Bangalore Police Service has integrated its Parking ticket booking services. Fine Payment Service with Bangalore One. If you have been VAISHNAVI VITTAL 8 CITIZEN MATTERS 23 May - 29 May 2009 lOCal vOCal citiZen pOsts bUS wOES AT jP nAgAR there is lAck of A proper network of bmtc buses in Jp nAgAr. Be a citizen journalist. Send us neighbourhood New routes are regularly introduced by the BMTC. However, hassles of the middle-class citizens. updates, event reports, we the citizens of JP Nagar V Phase are at the non-receiving We do not expect them to travel in your ideas and opinions end of the new buses. Let alone new ones, even the old buses, but, I think that something Submit online at: routes seem to have disappeared. BMTC seems to have can be done about the travails we www.citizenmatters.in wiped out JP Nagar V Phase from their route-maps. There are facing since we live in a power- are bus shelters, beautiful ones, but no single bus passes abiding society. this route. Number of representations to officials have It was believed that the buses were rerouted because drivers proved futile. were finding it difficult to manoeuvre the buses at 3rd Travelling from JP Nagar, you have a few buses but Phase. Please do not take the middle-class and the working coming back to JP Nagar is a nightmare. Alighting at the class people for granted. We pay our taxes on time, we are Bannerghatta Road stop, one needs to walk quite a stretch to law-abiding citizens and, we have a right to demand good reach V Phase. We were adjusting without grumbling about public transportation. the routes at 15th cross. The underpass work has been going Elections are over, now we are left alone to fend for on endlessly. Auto drivers refuse to come to this area unless ourselves, with bare bus-shelters, long walks home from far you promise them to pay extra. Children going to school in off bus-stands and greedy autorickshaw drivers. Who will BMTC buses are the most affected. Students carrying their take care of our children walking on lonely roads back from extra baggage of lunch boxes, braving the sun and rain is a college or school. Living in JP Nagar V Phase is like living in regular sight at the V Phase. the 1950s! A number of celebrities and politicians reside just across VASUDHA MURTHY the road. Politicians of this area are not bothered about the RESIdEnTS CAmPAIgn AgAInST UnAUThORISEd IllEgAl gARbAgE dUmPIng TEmPlE In ST bEd We, the members of Apartments HSR Layout Sector 2 is The campaigners visited residential areas and shops in the area. We Owners Association of Aradhana Apartments in ST Bed Layout, witness to numerous unauthorised highlighted the importance of proper Koramangala are concerned and filthy garbage dumps with pigs garbage management to ensure a regarding developments leading and stray dogs adding to the menace. clean and hygienic environment. to an unauthorized construction The HSR Layout Sector-2 Residents of a planned new road side temple Welfare Association conducted a We have recommended the BBMP structure alongside our apartment. garbage awareness campaign in should take immediate action on the April 2009. Officials and staff of BBMP following. The road is connecting the 80 feet also participated. road and the Ring Road through ST • Designate and notify to residents, Bed Layout. A temple would result through various media, on the in traffic congestion through these authorised garbage disposal places narrow roads. There are already many in our sector. temples in this area and another • Regular aggressive door to door temple is being built in the corner near garbage collection system. the Ganesha temple. • Remove encroachment on pavements by shopkeepers and We have requested MG Nagaraj, Asst. issue strict warning/notice and Engineer, and Murugesh Mudaliar, levying of hefty fines. Work Inspector from Ward No. 68 to • Eviction of labour camps. take appropriate action to ensure that this construction to be stopped in the • A proactive action on elimination very beginning so that we do not face of pigs and stray dogs before it is any major issues in the future. Garbage in HSR Layout (pic courtesy: Brig. too late. Murthy) Some action has been taken by SV KRISHNAN is the President, Aradhana the ground level staff. It needs Apartments Owners Association (AAOA) BRIG (RETD.) R S MURTHY is the to be addressed by the senior in ST Bed Layout, Koramangala. President of HSR Layout Sector-2 management of BBMP in totality. RWA. 23 May - 05 June 2009 CITIZEN MATTERS 9 FeaTure exhibitiOns PhOTO-dOCUmEnTIng ThE CITY An exhibition of photogrAphs of the city At f&b restAurAnt And A show of AbstrAct pAintings At kykyny. There are many instances when you find Abstract art in different styles yourself staring at something and wondering, ‘have I seen VIVID – an art show by three masters, is on at Kykyny on this somewhere?’ M S Gopal’s photo exhibition which Infantry Road till 25th May. The artists are from different opened on 11th May and will go on for a month at F&B parts of India, with all three portraying extremely different restaurant off St. Marks Road, makes you ask that question. styles of abstract art. Gopal, a young professional has found his metier in shooting HR Das, from Bengal who completed his Bachelors in Fine Bangalore with his pocket sized Canon A350. Many may feel Arts from Indira Kala Sangit Vishwavidyalaya, Khairagarh, that this is too small a tool for taking photographs, but Gopal looks at it as an opportunity. He can carry it anywhere and pull it out of his pocket at the right moment. He blogs about his adventures at http:// mainsandcrosses.blogspot. com. Gopal’s collection of photographs brings together the modern and old halves of Bangalore. The busy and crowded streets of Avenue Road, Kalasipalaya and Cottonpet have been captured in their most colourful moments. The entire collection, through two years of effort, shows the changes in the city, such as UB city From the ‘Lure of Bangalore Series’ by M S Gopal. Jeevan, Security Guard from Guwahati, Assam, says “Bangalore towering over us and the achcha hain!” disappearing coffee houses. There are a few pictures that are very personal to Bangalore. has on display a series called ‘Bulls and Cows’. The paintings The photograph with the Indian Coffee House waiter at the also have some intricate yet subtle backgrounds based on window is a beautiful moment captured on film. Then there the bulls and cows theme, which make the work complex are the jataka gaadis. Gopal and fascinating. Sachin Jaltre has taken his art through the has got a few frames of the country, including Chitrakala Parishath in Bangalore. His jataka gaadis at Kalasipalaya work at this showing has a soothing feel, with the characters Malleswaram circle before in all the paintings being in a relaxed and calm mood. those too lose the battle for survival. Sujata Achrekar, a student of Raheja School of Art and JJ School of Art, who has had more than 20 shows to her credit, There is a photograph has a very prominent and strong style. The protagonist in of earthen water pots the series on display here is a Brahmin boy. Every painting kept outside a durgah at has the Brahmin boy but with a different story to tell. The Shivajinagar, which invites expression on the boy’s face is identical in each painting, people from all religions to showing the spiritual and detached life of a yogi. quench their thirst. Collections that are different in all aspects are very rare to Gopal has captured sights find; this is one show that fits the bill. that are common and part of our daily lives; it’s just that we do not stop for a moment laKshmi menon is a hardcore bengalurean; techie by A painting by HR Das (pic: LM) and notice them. day and passionate art, theater and music lover by night. 10 CITIZEN MATTERS 23 May - 05 June 2009 blOgger Volunteer Diary » Adventures of an eco-nut » Off beat » Campus Diem » Deepa’s Jottings » More blogs » PRIvATE SChOOlS FOR SOnS OnlY By Pushpa Achanta You may have come across a maid or driver striving hard to such workers prefer to invest more in their sons’ education. ensure that her/his children study? Probe a little and most Worse still, a girl’s education is often sacrificed if the parents probably the daughter will be in a government school are unable to afford it. and the son in a private or a government funded English Janaki, my aunt’s unlettered housemaid did not hesitate medium school. The latter have a better student-teacher to invest extra money on her lazy English medium school- ratio and the teachers are motivated or at least compelled going son Navin. She bought him expensive shoes, satchel, to teach properly and regularly. Unlike the vernacular bicycle, et cetera. But her daughter Manju had to manage medium government schools! with ‘hand-me-down’s or cheap stuff and studied in Talking to Joseph, a fruit vendor in Benson Town whose vernacular medium until high school. This was despite the regular customer I was, revealed that he had a daughter and fact that the girl was a keen student who supplemented her two sons. The girl Lila was in the Pottery Town Government family’s income by doing domestic work before and after Kannada School while the boys were in a private school school. “Why do you do this Janaki?”, my aunt asked, only nearby. She happened to be one of the promising students I to hear her “Oh, I am saving for her wedding!” justification. had noticed in class V while volunteering at the school. “Why It was heartening to learn that Manju too questioned her don’t you move her to the same school as her brothers?”, I mother’s rampant favouritism often and managed to get asked him. “I would if I could afford it”, he replied. her fair share. Actually, she even started saving some of her monthly wages for herself instead of handing over Even if their daughters are much better students, many everything to her mother! QuICK lOOK headlines in suicide by Sivarasan and other Tamil Tigers. However nAmmA Muniyamma is now leading a distressed life. Though the government had announced Rs. 15 lakhs as reward for OORU informers, she was given just Rs. 60,000. She brought some cattle with that money. Sometime back, seven of her herd were stolen. She now lives in a hut in Konanakunte. (Vijaya Karnataka Tuesday, may 19) recent scAn of bAngAlore’s kAnnAdA dAilies bbmp rejects lOkayukta repOrt Lokayukta report on alleged encroachment by UB snAkes creep from drAinAge pipes City on Vittal Malya road is rejected by BBMP. The technical committee set up by the BBMP has rejected Snakes in Bangalore seem to find a new place to stay. They Lokayukta’s report on encroachment. Though Lokayukta have started visiting houses through drain pipes. About had complained against this, BBMP commissioner preferred 50 such incidents have been reported so far this summer. to stay quiet. Lokayutka N Santhosh Hegde says his sleuths Scorching heat is said to be the primary reason. Snakes have all records to prove the encroachment. He also said look for cooler places and ultimately end up inside houses. that he will submit the report to the government soon. Environmentalists guess that about 65 per cent of snakes (Prajavani Thursday, may 14) in Bangalore house in drainage pipes. (Vijaya Karnataka pOlice lOOk fOr the rOyal dOg wednesday, may 13) Apart from keeping vigil on city crimes, the police have the untOld stOry Of halu muniyamma got one more responsibility. They have been asked to find Very few people know about this old lady. Meet Halu the Wodeyar family’s missing dog. The dog named ‘Bottom’ Muniyamma, who sells milk for her livelihood. She is the belongs to Srikantadutta Narasimharaja Wodeyar and person who gave a clue to the police about LTTE militants has been missing since a month. Srutikeerti Devi filed the hiding in a house in Konanakunte. The rest is history. During complaint with High Grounds police station on April 10. the investigation of former PM Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination Police are searching for the dog in every nook and corner case, the police got a tip off from Muniyamma. They then of the city. The royal family has 14 dogs and Bottom is their arrested house owner Ranganath and operation ended favourite (Kannada Prabha friday, may 15) COMPILED BY: AMRITH JOGI 23 May - 05 June 2009 CITIZEN MATTERS 11 herITage children InTROdUCE YOUR ChIld TO gREEn IdEAS this book with the Attention-grAbbing title Daily Dump 2992, 12th A Main HAL II Stage Bangalore 560038 dailydumpcompost@gmail. com spreAds ecologicAl AwAreness Among children in A unique wAy. 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Authenticity is a tough art to master. There begun to make comparisons to Corner House when he corrected me: “Corner House makes Ice Cream. We make was one time when I went to a restaurant abroad that claimed to be Chinese, had interiors that was roughly Dessert.” Touché! Customers walking into Painted Platters Korean, displayed Japanese art and was called, hold your and seeing, to their surprise, that they can’t find Ice Cream is breath, Dalchini (Cinnamon in many Indian languages). The a situation he encounters all too often. “People hadn’t gone Confused Orient would have been a better name. A food beyond regular Chocolate, Black Forest and Mocca flavors, critic once wrote about how any self respecting European back in 2002. chef would take the next flight out; livid with shock, on Now, the more esoteric Tiramisu and Mudpie feature among seeing what was passed off as Italian cuisine in the city. Chocolate favorites” he points. Gulping down a Chocolate You must sympathise with the purists for the raw deal they Concorde (with favorable amounts of gooey chocolate get. Or perhaps, you could take them to Painted Platters. sauce), is a good lesson on how a cake and biscotti dessert can give ice cream a good run for its money. When you order any dessert at Painted Platter, you’ll see why presentation is the priority. Manavalan’s ideas on food are nearly pedantic. Except for a handful of creations, he keeps off ‘fusion’ in dessert. Having worked with the Oberoi group for a number of years, his outlook is austere. Food after all is serious business. He particularly remembers his experiences with European chefs. Each of them were driven hopping mad by “short cut” wielding Indian chefs versed in that charmingly indigenous ‘Chalta Hai’ philosophy. Comical pictures of frenzied chefs apart, it is difficult not to agree when he says “Food is about Culture”. I listened, fascinated, as he related how he sees the world in a slice of pastry. Specialising in Viennese, having learnt of various sauces from the French and the plate painting method taken from the Swiss, Manavalan serves the world on a Desserts at Painted Platter (pic: SS) platter. Painted Platters is a dessert bar that was started in 2002 Manavalan believes that innovation in style and presentation with outlets in Jayanagar 7th Block and Indiranagar. The is nearly dead. “When I go to a restaurant and I’m served a name comes from the store’s unique dessert platters that tomato rose, it drives me mad” he says not for a moment are painted with a generous spray of chocolate paint. So joking. He finds that the tricks most cuisiniers adopt are when you indulgently polish of their sinful desserts, you decades old and the desserts at the Painted Platter were do so literally. Painted Platters offers popular European created trying to ward off culinary ennui. desserts and original creations presented so artistically, that the same sensibilities fittingly pay obeisance to Picasso Staying on the topic of presentation, special mention must with an eponymous dessert. be made of the interiors of the Jayanagar café. If you are the nostalgic type, you will love reading a menu card that Even a couple of years back, when Häagen-Dazs hadn’t looks out from the inside of a hardcover novel. Also, ask for made it to the Bangalore retail scene and Baskin and a dekko of the menu printed on CDs inside a Rolling Stones Robbins was the cutting edge in ice cream, it brought joy to Forty Licks album. Creativity is such joy! the sweet tooth to see a menu card that bore classics such as Mississippi Mudpie and Crème Brulee, seen until then Painted Platters is not exactly your local sugar-high only in books and movies (Remember that scene in Amelie providing, chocolate sickness inducing ice-cream shop. Hell, where she cracks a Crème Brulee?). it isn’t even all about ice cream. But where else would you get to feast on an absolutely sinful (and dare I add, beautiful) But then, the brain behind Painted Platters, Joe Manavalan, Malakov Torte on a plate painted with chocolate? wouldn’t be pleased with that observation. 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