Wednesday, April 23, 2008

"Reservation"

I returned to Chandigarh yesterday and for the first time is a long time I took a Bus ride from the station to my university. There are few things really distinct about the Chadigarh Transport Unit (CTU) bus service. Recently, about a year or so back they had made a change in their system and they charge Rs 5 for one ride on one bus. Thus, it doesnt matter if you have to travel one stop or maybe several kilometers, you pay the same. Also they have introduced a "Grid System" whereby if you have to travel from one point to another in the CTU bus network, you have to make a maximum of one change of route. So the minimum you spend is Rs 5 and the maximum Rs 10 for travelling from any one point to another. Now these things combined gives you a very odd experience. The bus I boarded to reach my university actually went outside the city first, halted there for some time and they came back into the city taking a very peculiar and a long path to reach my university.

Anyways I spotted something really funny:

(Click on the photo to enlarge and read the seat reservation categories)

All this while I used to travel in Delhi, I used to find such a hue and cry about one side of the seats reserved for ladies. CTU has gone one step further. Considering the other half of the bus also has quite a few seats marked for handicapped and ladies the question is where does the general public sit?? Is there any way to prove if a guy is a freedom fighter or not?? I really do not see any reason of encouraging such system considering that in other countries there isn't any such reservation. I hope such system will soon be history.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

RDB Fort

So we finally decided to go for an outing. Many of us had been thinking of going to RDB fort for a long time now. For those of you who are not aware of RDB fort. It is a small old structure, maybe a fort, built near Doraha, Punjab behind Gurudwara Manji Sahib. Quite a few scenes of the movie Rang De Basanti was shot at this location. This place is about 100 odd kilometers from our hostel. On 12th of April all of a sudden we decided to go to this place. I proposed that we leave at night so as to watch the sunrise in the morning at the fort and this plan was unanimously accepted. This is how spontaneously we make all our plans. I guess you remember how we all went out at night last time- My back is all right now :). On Sunday few of my friends had MBA coaching classes, and therefore we could not leave that night. But we made it on Sunday night (in spite of the fact that we all had final practical examinations on Tuesday). 11 of us left at 2 AM on Monday, ie 21st April in one car and three bikes. The drive was really fun. Open roads, hardly any vehicles and the weather was chilly. I could see the pillion riders curl themselves up due to cold. It took us about 2.5 hours to reach Gurudwara Manji Sahib where we had our breakfast till about 5:15 am. The fort was just behind this Gurudwara. We went there just as we saw the skyline brighting up. This structure seemed to be quite old and is surrounded by wheat farms. Even inside the fort farming takes place. Since this place is not maintained at all, the walls and the steps are all broken. Being a fat man I had a hard time climbing the broken steps, but it was fun nonetheless. Soon after the sun rose and the view was awesome. Unfortunately I did not have my camera with me at that point of time, I really wanted to shoot a few images before the sun turned fully bright. It was indeed bad luck. The scenery around the fort was really pleasant and surrounding was really calm and serene in the wee hours of morning. We had some fun for about 2 hours and clicked a loads of photos before we turned back. We returned back to hostel well in time to have breakfast. It was of course followed by a long days sleep. It was only late in the evening that we started preparing for our practical examination which was to take place the following day.







I have uploaded all the pictures taken by my camera at this link.

Friday, April 04, 2008

NTU vs PU (not really...)

In 2004 I took a picture of a bike standing outside one of the hostels in NTU, Singapore.


And a few days ago I took this picture outside my hostel.


This bike has been standing outside my hostel ever since I got admitted. In a place where Bullets and Open Jeeps are a passion and they rule the roads, it is odd that someone has decided to detach himself with this.