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Monday, December 5, 2011

Where the heroes have gone?


Today, Kannada cinema lacks the focus and vision. 

It lacks a leader to take up on the drama created by the system it has created on its own.  Movies have failed to influence the people and the best among the produced movies try to make an effort to make some difference. Off late, the movies have failed to create hero’s who are having mass appeal across all segments and every individual are trying to cater to specific set of people.

Darshan constantly chooses scripts which glorify violence. It has created an audience and has reduced the market of B segment Telugu and Tamil movies to some extent. In long run, his movies are not a good influence on the society especially the youth.
Ganesh, Sudeep, Puneeth and many others want to play the role of lover boy who can fight, dance, sing, sacrifice for love etc ; but these actors fail to connect to the audience on all occasions. Some of the notable movies or characters played them don’t offer anything new to learn for a common audience. 
Diganth and other set of new actors seem to be confused about choosing script and tends to make mistakes often by selecting new ventures. It better that I dont talk about 50+ year old actors who still think that they can rule the silver screen with their loosely made scripts and so-called comedy flicks.
In present context, heroism is not just about showing courage, superhuman abilities, sacrifices etc. It’s all about the strong characters that understands the social, political and economic situation and shows the way out of the mess. A hero has to know how to talk to the masses and ride the storm on which he/she is sailing across.
I doubt that too many of you might have noticed but never thought in the same lines as mine. Writing down these thoughts into a clear message or understanding it might be an issue for me/you. But, to start off; we all know that there are few things which we care about in this land.

‘First Cricket, next is Movies… Rest all can wait. ‘

Time to time, the movies have influenced our lives, our food habits, dressing sense, talking mannerisms etc. Back in the 70’s, one could see lot of youth’s working in the cities opted to migrate back to their village inspired by the Rajkumar movie Bangarada manushaya. the degree of influence is so varied that , it  ranges from being a life changing decision for few folks  to being a ‘choice of the season’ while buying the clothes (ex: women flok going ga-ga over the saree worn by Soundarya in Apthamitra movie).  

Today, we tend to see that most of movies in last 10-15 years have failed to influence our thoughts, never provoked them nor provided an entrainment value. Most of the movies are created to please the front bench section or it’s made to satisfy the aspirational needs of the film makers. 

During the golden period of the Kannada cinema, we could see so much of versatility and variety in the content offered by the industry. It could be in terms of subject, character, issue in question or the depiction of the life style itself.
There were set of people focusing on creating movies which can be termed bold attempts to change the mindset of the people. 

Film makers produced movies on various social topics like Kasinath debunking the taboo around the sex , GV Iyer giving an raw feel of the social stigma’s  , Suresh heblikar with his signature documentary styled movies, Puttana Kangal who made powerful screenplay oriented movies and so on. Raj Kumar (Annavaru, namma Annaavaru :-) ) was one of the leading actors who took roles of grape farmer in Bangarada Manushya, entrepreneur in Kasturi Nivasa, social activist in Bidugade and so on.



This various set of producers, directors and technicians lead to creation of a platform for many actors and actress alike.  Movies set in the rural background with contemporary image setting become an instant hit with the masses who could connect well with subject, plot and issue on celluloid screen.
One could Ananth Nag dressed in dhoti and short towel even though; he was playing the role of educated youngster in the village. We could see Ambarish, Vishnuvardhan acting like any commoner found on the streets of Mysore/Bengaluru.  In short; actions, mannerisms and minute details of the character were executed so perfectly that people used to feel the presence of the character even after the movie is over.

Artists were ready to mold into the role of character instead of worrying about the stardom, image of last movie etc. Therefore, we could see Lokesh playing the Kaaka in Kakana kote and effortlessly changing into a village boy in next movie , Shankar Nag being auto driver, thief, journalist etc in various movies and still maintain his charm, Jayanthi being pampered girl, prostitute, devoted wife according to character in the movie or Balakrishna playing the role of villan, comedian and character artist so easily. It shows that even artists placed trust on their colleagues and were ready to shed their image in the quest of providing the best to the present assignment.

Movies created today, seem to be disconnecting from the reality or unaware of the present happenings in the state of Karnataka. For ex:  underworld/ rowdies is not a major issue concerning the city of Bangalore, thanks to efforts of the police and other government agencies. Even then, every 10th movie churned out from KFI talks about hero taking the route of rowdism to ensure justice is done.


Whats even surprising is, one actor plays the role of honest cop and takes on rowdies in movie A. 


Few months earlier or later, he does a movie B where he takes on the system i.e politicians, police etc in order to restore justice in the system. So, this leaves the audience confused and wondering; which role is right!  

Note : The posters of Darshan movies are just a illustration, this act is done by others in the KFI too. 


During the 70's and 80's ; the actors used to act as ambassadors of the language. Raj Kumar took the lead and others supported him during the Gokak chaluvali movement. People flocked to see Rajkumar, but he also ensured that they are educated about the need of the language. 
Today, Govt. is trying to close to 700 Kannada medium schools. I have not seen anyone from film industry taking a note of this and trying to bring some change and awareness about this dangerous move. 
This shows that present artists are only concerned about the commercial aspects and fail to see the social side of the mass media which they represent. 

In short, what does it finally result in?
The movies rolled out from the offices of Gandhinagar fail to impress the people since they are neither a reflection of the past, present nor future.

so,where the heroes have gone??? 

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

I 94 correction saga


When one is having a jet lag and long hours of travel, it needs to leave the brain slow and sluggish. So, if you find out after few days,weeks,years etc that there is incorrect information entered from your end or from the federal officer on your I-94 ; then don't wait till you leave the country.

Its always good to get the wrong information corrected on the I-94 form since it affects the future visits and entry to USA. The departure record is one important document which provides information on the type of visa used to enter the USA, the period of stay allowed and most importantly the name, date of birth etc.


While leaving the country, one has to make sure that they submit the I-94 to the federal officer or to the airlines so that they can file for the departure record and duration of stay gets updated in the consular records.

If I make a mistake in entering the wrong details in the departure form :

File form I-102 , one has to pay a fee to get this corrected.

If the mistake is from the federal officer, one can get it corrected free of cost.

Best resources on internet are : http://www.immihelp.com/visas/correct-i94-errors.html

https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/752

The above 2 links give info on what needs to be done in case one finds out that I-94 form is incorrect.

The below 2 links give more info about CBP (Customs and Border Protection force).

http://cbp.gov/xp/cgov/toolbox/forms/

http://cbp.gov/xp/cgov/toolbox/contacts/ports/

I found these info after hours of searching for info in various web sites. So, I have put across the info which I found and there can be something specific to your case. So, use the information according to your discretion.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

coming soon!! "RIP-KFI", a different movie

For some years I had left watching Kannada movies since I didn’t want to get inspired and become a another long machu seena or maada of Kalasipalya....
A few of my friends who are keen abt KFI insisted me to watch Mungaru male and Duniya.. These movies made me realize that there is still some talent left in the Industry. Also, these were movies which made me gain back my interest in Kannada films...Later ‘Aa dinagalu’ and Milana came out, I think I got a feeling that industry is bouncing back........ after these so many movies came out.. BUT ..

A film industry which has seen 75+ years of existence and still struggling shows that there is something wrong. The general perception is that quality of Kannada films is slipping day by day and the market is shrinking also. Where are the theaters in Majestic road?

We have to get innovative, not look for dvds of successful Tamil, Telugu films. ;-)

Life in Karnataka provides enough fodder for script writers, just look around.

Keeping that argument aside, let’s take a look at KFI. Lets do some self introspection.

For an average person in Karnataka, it looks like sinking boat. I feel that, KFI is not able to market itself or create a good value proposition out of content which it generates.

Why??

Bcoz

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Kannada film makers are still in the era of 1940’s where they think that film boxes shipped out of the Gandhi nagar office would bring them revenue.

Look at ocean of opportunity still untapped; the film producers are chasing non-value adding things!! The best example is closing down internet sites which are promoting KFI. How can one even think of throwing the hammer on their own feet?


The viral marketing can be best seen in sites like kannadaaudio.com or videogirmit.com which links the videos uploaded on different sites and creates a fan base of its own in long run. One cannot sit in Hotel Capitol or Kanishka, have a press release and expect audience to rush to theater on next day. The idea is to bombard the public with so many images, promos, content for the movie that it becomes a "can't miss" event.

One more major problem with our industry is that they have accepted that the best we can do is “mediocracy”.

The below average competent people are not fit to run the modern age cinema nor they understand the new business structure, complex commercial framework on which it operates.

Today, majority of the profits from a motion picture release do not come from box office ticket sales. The bulk of the profits come from a myriad of other marketing (revenue generating too!) avenues.

  • VHS
  • DVD/CD/Blue-ray
  • Toys
  • Games
  • T-shirt
  • Other merchandise
  • Itunes or selling songs on internet, mobile
  • Movie sponsors,
  • Location sponsors,
  • Television programming,
  • Musical records (CD,Audio Cassette)
  • Stage shows,
  • Remake/dubbing rights,
  • Award Ceremony,
  • Trailers,
  • And the last is Theater ticket sales.

If you look at KFI and see how it has fared in each of these aspects:

VHS/DVD/CD/Blue-ray – To produce a single piece of DVD which can contain upto 4 movies; we need to wait 3 years!!

Imagine waiting for 3 years to see a movie at your comfort in home! Doesn’t it sound so foolish??

Toys/Games/T-shirt/Other Merchandise – Whats that? might be the Q if you ask can I get a toy of Jogi (Character played by Shivarajkumar) once the movie is released. I would ask these producers of such movies, ever watched Toy story movie or ate in McDonald’s?

Itunes/Mobile ringtones – Even though few of Kannada songs are listed in the major network providers of India, its still a long way to go. There is virtually no presence on Itunes and other websites which “promote” music.

Movie/Location sponsors – KFI is slow aping the Hindi cinema but has miles to go considering the limitations it has imposed on itself.

Television programming – Promotion of movie is not equal to conducting a dial in program with stars. It involves a dedicated campaign and till date, I have not seen any Kannada movie making a campaign which made me feel ‘wow’.

Stage shows: Gone are the days when stars used to feel that doing stage shows is second class and it’s similar to touring talkies. The artists, producers who are crying that there is no market should form a group and go around the world, promote their movies, stars etc. I don’t remember a single world tour conducted under the banner of KFI. Do you?

Remake/ dubbing rights: We are good in copying but we won’t let others display their content in our language. So, a person not knowing English can see Avatar movie only in Hindi Tamil or Telugu. Not in Kannada, ok?

Trailers : Movie is an art form and if its good, it can attract audience irrespective of language. Is there any rule that trailers of Kannada movies should be screened in theaters playing Kannada movie only? What about the concept of adding new audience? Did somebody forget about that?

Anyway, I have not seen trailers of upcoming Kannada movie even in theaters playing Kannada movies.

Award ceremony: This might sound crazy! But it’s true. It’s a way of promoting the industry in different parts of the world and introducing the glamorous stars to audience away from home. Have you ever seen a Kannada cinema awards function in Dubai, London or USA? If not, then you know why KFI has not been able to grow beyond the Indian ocean.

I liked the patience of average Kannada audience who is still waiting for the day when the directors would make movies of his/her choice. But I think its high time now. I am not seeing any ascending growth; lets be more open and tell them how to run the show.

Let’s not put all the blame on the punters sitting in the by-lanes of Gandhinagar. We have to wake them up from deep slumber and show them how the world has advanced. It’s not just enough if one knows the basics of movie making, one has to know the art of selling it also.

Disclaimer: My intention is not to critize the KFI or the current situation. We all want good things to happen to Kannada cinema, that’s why folks like us are putting down our time and effort on making these analyses on KFI.

Kone maathu "Namma mane chennagilla nodokke antha pakkada manege hogokke aguthha...banni namma mane ne swachha maadona...namma bhashe ulisona...namma Kannada thaayiya hesru ulisona..."

Monday, April 11, 2011

Namma metro?

People from all over the world come to Bangalore for making a mark in the IT domain. I was surprised to see people from so many different countries knowing the name Bangalore and linking it to the IT field.

Even though the people of Bangalore have accepted the people from other parts of the world, as more and more diverse people settle down here; it creates an invisible walls among the people.

Immigrants are more likely to interact with people of a particular language; some people do business with people from their people of their region etc.

Also, based on their experiences; people tend to make good or bad prejudice against other races. Ex : An immigrant recognizes the name or face of Dr. Raj kumar and links it to the riots which are considered as unfortunate by everyone in the state. They oversee the fact that he is more popular and respected in the land of Karnataka for his larger than life roles in cine field.

Bangalore is often referred as cosmopolitan city or a melting pot of cultures etc. Melting pot refers to the idea where a place/society formed from a variety of races, cultures, or individuals assimilate into a cohesive whole to produce new hybrid social and cultural forms.

Seeing such prejudices and invisible walls among the people in this city, a question rose inside me; is this melting pot theory real? What’s the best possible way to have a cultural assimilation?

In words of sociology, Bangalore is trying to preserve its culture in the face of the influx of hordes of persons from different nationalities.

Population dynamics of a place that has human inhabitants will always have two ethnic groups, a minority and a majority. Minority members can choose whether or not to assimilate into the majority.

Globalization, and the technology that is its foundation, has in a sense allowed us to see everything that we could possibly imagine. Sitting in the city of Bangalore, I can figure how the system works in different parts of the world.

Lets take the example of the Metro station which is coming up in our city.

These are the metro stations in few cities which are considered as cosmopolitan and melting pot of cultures.

Paris : Metro station website of Paris : http://www.ratp.fr/

It’s available in 5 different languages, but the primary language or default language is French.

A sign board in the city of Paris.




Budapest, one of the upcoming vibrant cities in Europe also has got its primary language of its metro operations in Hungarian language.

Metro website for Budapest : http://www.bkv.hu/

It’s available in 3 languages.




Our very capitalistic economy is based in the assumption that someone will copy someone else only to do it better in the future, hopefully.

So, cities like Paris , Budapest etc are able to maintain a high degree of diversity and still evolve without losing direction. When we see something that works, that we like, or that makes us feel good, we copy it, its in our nature.

Seeing those cities, I would have expected the officials in the Namma metro dept. to go ahead and have a system which is designed to understand the Kannada language.

But, what have they done?




The instructions are in English , which can be understood by a small section of people.




Lets see what has Namma metro done for other signage like doors, windows and other areas of the coach.


Safety instructions has omitted Kannada and has made way for English and Hindi. Public transport system in different countries have all the info in local tongue. I just hope this wont be the case with the actual or real coaches and expect the info to be in provided in Kannada along with any other language.

By doing so, it would help more than half of the Bangalore population and this would also serve as a gateway to showcase the culture and language of the State to others.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

it is not frustation, its ...

2G Spectrum Scam
Loss to Govt. : Rs.1.76-lakh crore

Commonwealth Games Scam
Amount spent : Rs. 70000 crore
Amount misused : God only knows!!

Madhu Koda Scam
Money laundering to the tune of over Rs 4,000 crore

Telgi Scam
Amount lost : Rs. 20000 crore plus (if its adjusted to todays inflation, it would be even more)

Bofors Scam
Deal : Rs. 400 million in year 1992
Kickbacks : no official news yet..

The Fodder Scam
Estimated loss : rs. 1,000 crore in year 1996

The Hawala Scandal
Estimated loss : Rs. 810 in year 1996

Harshad Mehta Stock Market Scam
Scam amount Rs.4,000
Loss due to crash in stock market : Rs 100,000 crore in year 1992

There are so many scams which has rocked the daily life of the common man that we can dedicate a museum to it. I can no longer use the word corrupt since it has become part of the life here. I can say that "Our political leaders have gone mad. "
They are linking misuse of power/fund to subsidy.
They are using our country resources as personal property and looting the nation.
They are running parallel administration system (mafia) and claim to be ignorant of same.
They are claiming to be helpless in the game of coalition politics and still claim to be men of clean character.
They lack the guts to hoist a national flag on the Indian soil and think that it would affect the sentiments of few anti-social elements.

Our political leaders are not understanding that we are tired of listening to their excuses .
Are they creating a succession of scandals keeping us thrilled and happy??

When can I see "I" being honest, a policemen being helpful, bureaucrats being the system of change, businessmen being a catalyst for economy, ministers getting selected based on merit, journalists who can act like revolutionaries and last but not the least , a society of clean and clear people around.


Egypt has shown the way that any force(political,administrative etc) cannot be bigger than people! Take a look at this video.

For 1000 of years, India is known for getting suppressed!! for last 60 years, it happening from our own men in the name of political system.. isn't it time to remove puppets, idiots, rogues, rascals from the corridors of power???? As one of the female voice in the video says
"Its not frustration anymore, its more!!!"

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

somatic preference n its strange inferences

I think most of the men would have read the reports that staring at breasts daily increased the life span (of men, of-course ) and blah blah.. Many of them have read this report and turned into self acclaimed cleavage critics. ;-) Also, there are secret breast analysis and appreciation groups which just like to talk about the nice things they have seen on TV or elsewhere. Anyway, if you are still reading this and scolding me for putting such a post. I would have to just one thing to say" Men will be men". But, today I would like to take it in a scientific angle :-)

Somatics is the study of the human body from the perspective of a first person observer, as opposed to a third person observer. This field of study and practice is derived from a predominantly oral tradition, however some methods and technique have been formalised.

Today, I found a interesting report (Traits of men who prefer breasts, booty or legs by Wiggins et al.) and its called somatic preference in short.

It was funny and somewhat interesting also, so I am repasting few parts of the report here.
The complete report can be found here.
http://www.mdpi.com/2073-8994/2/2/1081/pdf

It has been 40 years since this study was done, so social preferences might have changed.
Researchers asked 95 male college students which silhouette drawings they preferred, and these independently varied the size of the breasts, butt, and legs: each appeared in a "normal" size, somewhat large, large, somewhat small, and small. They completed personality questionnaires and provided demographic background info.

Men who preferred the "large" figure - large breasts, large butt, and large legs - were characterized by "a need for achievement."

Blame it on the men who still think that porn movies are based on reality!


Those who preferred the "standard" figure - normal size for all parts - were characterized by "a tendency to be disorganized in personal habits."
oh, expecting a normal figure leads to disorganized lifestyle?

Those who preferred the small figure tend to persevere in their work. They are not cynical about authority and reported coming from an upper-class background.

hmmm.. small figure, but big fat purse! now, I can make a connection why rich people eat less, aspire for zero size figures etc.

Men who like large breasts have a tendency to date frequently, to have masculine interests, and to read sports magazines. Further, large-breast preference was related to a need for heterosexual contact and for exhibitionism. In social relations, men who preferred the large breasts tend to be non-nurturing and independent.

A long list of celebrities would fall into this list and this would be wish list for most of the men folk too.

Men who prefer boobs that are friendly and unpretentious i.e. small breasts tend to hold fundamentalist religious beliefs and are mildly depressed. They are nurturing in their relations with others. They are not cynical about authority and come from large, nonworking-class families. They are lacking in achievement motivation and are indefinite about career plans. As a group, they tend to be engineering majors.

I never knew that there were "friendly boobs" :-D

Heterosexual men who prefer large buttocks were characterized by a need for order (neatness, organization, orderliness). Those who preferred the largest buttocks figure tend to be accounting majors and tend not to be agnostic. In social situations, they are dependent and given to self-abasement (guilty, self-blaming). Their value orientation tends not to be stoic in nature.

This one is hilarious.. certainly, fat ass has large following in the accounting dept.

Those who preferred small buttocks tend not to be self-abasing. They tend to persevere in the completion of their work and do not feel the need to be the center of attention. Their reading interests do not include sports magazines.

HMM.. I m checking my butt now.. :-)

The results and inferences of such scientific research makes you think, what made them to pick such a topic. There has been no follow up studies on this topic and leaves me wondering why it has been left out in later years also. Anyway, it left me amused when I read about this report and hopefully you found it worth a read! :-)

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Political Economy of Onion

Food inflation is seeing a good double digit increase since last year and despite a better harvest year, prices of few food items are touching the sky. The Indian government food policy is mostly adhoc and driven more by vested interests rather than any strategic long term policy.
Out of the 5400 cold storages in the country almost 90% are owned by private investors which indicates the government’s lack of investment.
http://www.rediff.com/business/report/india-wastes-59-tonnes-of-fruits-vegetables/20101221.htm
•The Major Onion producing states area Maharashtra, Karnataka, Gujarat, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh.
•Maharashtra is the largest producer of onion in India with a market share of 29%, followed by Karnataka with a market share of 22.35% and Gujarat with a market share of 10.39%.
•Indian onions have two crop cycles, first harvesting starts in November to January and the second harvesting from January to May.
Maharashtra and Karnataka are the main onion-producing states in the country, accounting for almost 50 per cent of total production. The Nashik-based National Horticulture Research and Development Foundation's (NHRDF) Additional Director, Satish Bhonde had made public statements that there could be reduction of output ranging from 1.5 to 10.5 million tonnes since the production has dropped by 35% due to untimely rains.
http://www.fruitnet.com/content.aspx?ttid=14&cid=9232
Inspite of having information in hand, Govt. (both central and state) have not taken any measures to take stock of the situation. The proactive indicators given by the agro system is not taken seriously by the policy makers.
Government still has a supply structure which involves middlemen and mandis.These middlemen add no value and lead to higher retail prices for food besides indulging in hoarding practices. Even today, processing industry cannot buy produce directly from the farmers in most of cases. Even attempts to simplify the process of procuring the goods from the farmers have landed into mess when foreign players like Metro tried to enter the scene. Attempts from the corporate players to control the agricultural produce is also a concern for the consumers. Also, the reforms in agricultural scenario is a state concern and center - state government only does a blame game when things go bad.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

So-called International schools, first follow the state!!

On Monday the Karnataka High Court ordered schools affiliated to the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education (ICSE) and Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) syllabus to follow the Karnataka Education Act (KEA), 1988, when hiking school fees.

The Karnataka High Court held that all private unaided schools in the state imparting education in Indian Certificate of Secondary Examination (ICSE) and Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) syllabus should adhere to the Karnataka Education Act, 1983.

This has been a landmark judgment considering that some of the schools were charging fees in range of 2-5 lakhs per year for middle school or high school. In order to preserve ‘elite’ness and to have a ‘rich’ status symbol attached; these schools had been raising fees and charging enormous amount of fees every year after year. The accounts should be audited and it should be made sure that the unaccounted admissions and donations are curbed by having proper accounting system.

They schools are very lenient on Kannada as the third language and most of them are offering to study French or even Spanish in order to give an international feel. There is no use in educating a kid to speak the lingua franca of the West when it cannot speak the local dialect correctly. The International schools have come up with the sole purpose of taking care of NRI kids.

The ICSE and CBSE schools have been given exemption from property tax, concessions in electricity tariff and Karnataka Motor Vehicles Tax by the state government. When these schools are enjoying the benefits given by the State govt. ; it also makes a moral obligation to give back something to the state. It should ensure that kids studying in these schools dont miss out on knowing the rich language, culture, art and history of the place. Government should step in and ensure that kids educated here are not felt out from the main stream and forced to study foreign languages in the name of international schools.

According the Karnataka education act, government will now have control over the curriculum and it has to ensure that kids develop basic linguistics skills and literary appreciation of Kannada. Even, the study of social science w.r.t State should be imparted so that they know the history, geography and civics. This would ensure that they would be able to join the mainstream seamlessly and create a nice better and homogenized society.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

hit n escape!!

09-Jan-2011 time nearing 3 o clock.. I am cruising at around 80's on the bannerughatta road and the radio indigo is playing out the top 40 singles of the week. The volume is little loud and it was kind of good relaxation for the brain. I was getting a feeling that sunday was going just right.
As I am nearing the city limits, I see a jam and traffic slows down as usual. Using the usual Bangalore style of maneuvering, I make my way through the traffic!
As I move forward, I see a slightly scratched santro coming out of the traffic mess. Cursing the fellow santro driver for coming on wrong side, I move ahead. I see around 10-20 folks have assembled near the BMTC bus and are checking out something.
I sense that santro might have hit the bus or vice versa and move forward. To my surprise, I see that bus is around 10 feet from the spot of accident and I see a man lying in a pool of blood.
Next, I find that around 10-15 men who have surrounded this accident victim and they are clueless of what next to do. I stop my car beside them and ask what happened? One person says' Its common saaar.. sunday alwa. kudi bandu gaadi odisi hinge madtare. nivu hogi ' I think, ah.. I ask the next person, "yaru adru hospital ge kardu kondu hoga barada?" he replies, "ambulance ge phone madtha idivi saar, nivu hogi hinde jam agide!".
I have seen the jams on the Bannerughatta road and decided that its better I pick this person and take him to the nearest hospital. I ask the folks in my car and the ladies readily get down from the car in agreement to my thoughts.
I get down from the car and I think I should do something for this bleeding person on the road. I check for some kind of cloth and see a newspaper waste shop nearby. I run and pick up few papers without even asking the owner. I come back to car and spread these sheets on the seat. I ask the folks to lift the victim and put him in my car. The folks around the victim , look at each other and expects other one to do the honors. Getting impatient, I call Vatsa and Deepak . Seeing few folks coming ahead, 3-4 more people jump in.
Huh, Indian public.. Always needs to be lead or shown how to do a task! the typical fear factor about the accident cases must be hovering in their mind. I ask the people on the road to shift the person onto my car.
Now, that the person in the car. My next problem is to find the nearest hospital. Our sign boards talk in all languages and give all info except about hospitals, police stations or fire services. I can ask few people around and come to know that next hospital is around 3-4 kms away.
I take the mobile of the victim and hand it over to Deepak. I asked him to search for names like Appa, Amma or Mane and make calls to them. He scans through the mobile and finds that there are only 3 names. We called up the first 2 names and it was busy. The last name , Mama in the phone did not exist. Deepak was able to connect to one person and explained him the situation. The person appeared to be least bothered and said I know this person when he was working with me. I dont know his whereabouts or have any other info. The last person is the only hope and still we dont know the name of this victim correctly.
Deepak calls the third person and find out his name. He also asks him to inform the news to his parents or the concerned folks.
We arrive @ hospital and the security guards @ the hospital do the needful since the there is less staff on sunday. We rush him to the emergency ward and doctors make a quick round of checks. They ask us few q's and came to know that we are just strangers who have helped this victim.
We try to head back to the same place to pick the remaining folks when the doctor says that its recommended to wait until the victim's relatives or parents arrive to the hospital. We would be able to give them the necessary information which can be useful to them.
We make calls to the numbers listed in the cell once again and came to know that the victim's brother is on the way. Once he was there, we explained him the situation, gave him the number of the car and left for the day. After we drove back to the dhabha, few lines said by the doctor left me thinking..
The doctor said that usually private hospital dont entrain the accident case patients. Since there is change in rule, they can treat the accident victim. I was shocked by the statement of the doctor and asked him what are we supposed to do in case of such instances. He coolly says that we need to take the patient to the nearest available government hospital. I was surprised at such rule which our country is having. We all know that medical care centers are lesser in number and no one would remember the nearest government health care center in case of such situations. even then having such a rule is sheer inhuman and at time of need, it would be forcing the accident victim to look for nearest "government" health care center rather any center which can provide medical help.
Given the state of facilities and corruption in our government hospitals, I wonder if accident victims can even hope for a good treatment at such places.
Wish the government considers that time is the essence and its important to save the lives of the people rather than expecting the medical fraternity to function according to the archic rules of the law makers.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Real estate.. how it works?

I got a mail from Purvankara and I had time to put the maths so that others can make out how RE firms are looting us..
text extract of the colourful emailer sent to my inbox from one of the property websites (another intrusion of privacy !! even though I didnt ask for promo mailers)
Purva Skywood
Purvankara has launched a new project, Purva Skywood at Kudlu, Haralur off Sarjapur Road. Seven imposing towers that greet you from a distance. Thirteen acres of serenity that transport your senses to different world. 728 aesthetically designed 2,3 & 4 BHK apartments that range from 1285 sqft to 2382 sqft. Amenities that is straight out of a dream.

Purva Skywood at a Glance

* Location: Off SarjapurRd, Kudlu/Haralur, 4 kmsfrom ORR junction.
* Land Area: 13 acres (approx.) -728 units
* Floors: G+15, G+18 & G+20
* Type of Flats: 2, 3 & 4 Bedrooms
* Bank approval for home loans(expected): ICICI, HDFC, CITI, Axis, India Bulls, HSBC, Deutsche Postbank, LIC, SBI.


Size (sqft) Super Area (sqft) Rate (Rs./sqft) Basic Cost (Rs.)
2 BHK 1263 2920 36,87,960
2 BHK 1309 2920 38,22,280
3 BHK 1662 2920 48,53,040
3 BHK 1834 2920 53,55,280
4 BHK 2340 2920 68,32,800

Now, I was curious to know how these costing of these properties work. According to me, the computation part :
728 units * 1263 sqft (considering all units as 2BHK for computation purpose)*2920/ sqft
= Rs. 272,16,13,440 or in short 272 crores!!
cost of land : 13 acres in SarjapurRd, Kudlu/Haralur, 4 kmsfrom ORR junction would be around 5 crore/acre at the max = 65 crore
cost of construction @ rs.1,000 per sq ft
1263* 728 *0.7 (since carpet area is 70% of super area ) = 643642 sq ft.
643642 * 1000 = 64 crores..
additional costs = 10 crore (i know this is on higher end )
project execution cost = 2 crore
grand total = 141 crore..
considering a profit of 30% (which is again at higher end), the total project should hve been 141* 1.3 = 185 crore

but, they have jacked up the prices such that they would make a profit of atleast cool 150 crores on this project..
Earlier days, flats are cheaper and individual houses are costlier. Nowadays, there is not much difference between them. The cost of owning a flat in outskirts is 80% of owning an individual property in the residential area. Time for RE investors to ask for spilt up and ensure fair pricing is done..