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A  Marxist MP  of the ruling party in Kerala had recently had come out vehemently against the tendency of the party to  declare ‘hartals’  and ‘bandhs’ at the drop of a hat which brought on him the wrath of his fellow Marxists and party bosses. As expected the poor guy was suspended from the party yesterday . However what he voiced was in fact the feelings of the average man on the street  who gets caught willy-nilly in this  dreaded situation  that has now become the bane of the Kerala people.

Despite court ban on these  frequent ‘strangle holds’ declared by the political entities in turn to bring attention to their sometimes silly issues  and grouses and to gain mileage in the media , these events have now become a part of the Kerala’s  social scene . The yearly statistics on these  are indeed mind-boggling! 83 ‘ hartals’ in 2008 alone! The judiciary can only give directions and it is the Government which has to implement them. However, here the fact is that the fence itself is eating the crops.

One can no longer plan any activity in advance because when the ‘hartal’ strikes , public life is paralysed and even essential services are badly hit. Cases are aplenty in which loss of lives have been reported  due to non-availability of timely attention to medical emergencies. The ‘ goons’ who are employed by their political masters to make the ‘hartals’ appear  ‘successful’ do not care a hoot about the human tragedies and follow their leaders blindly.  The most pathetic is the hardship caused to the hundreds of school going kids who are at the receiving end of these political muscle flexing  since there is no guarantee that they and their vehicles and transports will not be spared from hartal-related violence.
It looks like the parents will have to gear up better for facing these dangers now…

This is one way

CLICK HERE…>the-day-of-the-hartal

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A  Marxist MP  of the ruling party in Kerala had recently had come out vehemently against the tendency of the party to  declare ‘hartals’  and ‘bandhs’ at the drop of a hat which brought on him the wrath of his fellow Marxists and party bosses. As expected the poor guy was suspended from the party yesterday . However what he voiced was in fact the feelings of the average man on the street  who gets caught willy-nilly in this  dreaded situation  that has now become the bane of the Kerala people.

Despite court ban on these  frequent ‘strangle holds’ declared by the political entities in turn to bring attention to their sometimes silly issues  and grouses and to gain mileage in the media , these events have now become a part of the Kerala’s  social scene . The yearly statistics on these  are indeed mind-boggling! 83 ‘ hartals’ in 2008 alone! The judiciary can only give directions and it is the Government which has to implement them. However, here the fact is that the fence itself is eating the crops.

One can no longer plan any activity in advance because when the ‘hartal’ strikes , public life is paralysed and even essential services are badly hit. Cases are aplenty in which loss of lives have been reported  due to non-availability of timely attention to medical emergencies. The ‘ goons’ who are employed by their political masters to make the ‘hartals’ appear  ‘successful’ do not care a hoot about the human tragedies and follow their leaders blindly.  The most pathetic is the hardship caused to the hundreds of school going kids who are at the receiving end of these political muscle flexing  since there is no guarantee that they and their vehicles and transports will not be spared from hartal-related violence.
It looks like the parents will have to gear up better for facing these dangers now…

This is one way

CLICK HERE…>the-day-of-the-hartal

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Kochi is a busy city which has outgrown itself shamelessly in terms of traffic. However the  Kochi roads are not designed to handle the present volume of traffic which is evident from the traffic congestion witnessed frequently. To make matters worse the road users, especially the 2- and 4- wheelers   have their own ground rules  ( Traffic rules?  You must be joking’ ! )  which are expertly applied  by  each one , firmly believing that the road belongs to him and him only , to do what he pleases with it…

The 2-wheelers overtake cars from left and give their drivers a jolt of their life time. Not to be out done in traffic matters, the 4-wheelers declare independence by decisive actions  at road junctions and firmly establish by action the fact  that they alone have the right of way over the traffic coming  from their left… and right too!  These are the people  who jointly contribute to the large number of road accidents occuring frequently, the figures of which are used by the Corporation , police and other government agencies for doing statistical calisthenics…

Compulsory wearing of helmets by 2-wheeler drivers  and fastening of seat belts by drivers and front seat passengers of 4-wheelers are being enforced by the traffic police to rein in the galloping accident figures , which is welcome move . They also claim that their efforts are proving effective. Be that as it may,  we in Kochi are a resourceful lot. You can see some of the 2-wheelers weaving past stationary and moving vehicles wearing only the yellow helmets mandatory for construction workers, and even keeping them  under arms at times ! As for the  seat-belts ‘fatwa’,    well, I am sure a way around would soon be found  by these clever ‘circus artistes’ to hoodwink the police hawks..  Before long you can possibly expect to see road-side scenes like this one.

CLICK HERE..> seat-belts

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I wanted to include a post wishing all the folks who visit my blog  the very best for the New Year . But I wanted to do it somewhat differently because I thought things like the 123 Greetings are passe 😉

So I sat down and made this short and ( what I think) funny animation for you!  Being my first attempt it might look a bit amateurish but let me assure you,  the Good Wishes are of the best variety 🙂

Click on the link below which will take you to my album in Photobucket where the video resides patiently, waiting for your arrival.. Make sure you keep the speaker/head phones on!

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