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One sure way to pass an idle hour is to join some “RUN” or other…There are quite a few to choose from these days …

These are organised by people with a highly developed sense  of ‘social guilt’ . They also fool themselves that they can change the abhorrent ways of the world by running from point A to point B ! These People  want to do something , at any rate, to remain in the public eye …and running doesn’t cost you anything !

A few weeks  ago in Angamaly in Kerala some blokes thought up a fantastic idea.. why not ‘run’ for a green cause! What green cause, you might ask and so did I! It turned out to be something to do with ‘global warming’ , the latest ‘cause’ going round in the ‘socially guilty’ circles, and for which  even Copenhagen had not been able to do much…

It seems the organisers of this ‘fanta-run’ wanted to organise and run a … ahem…

‘RUN ’ as ‘a part of creating  awareness in people at large about  ‘global warming’ and its effects on Mother Earth’! They banded together a few white ‘designer T-shirt-clad’, white ‘expensive  Sneakers shod’ and white ‘topless cap’ped like-minded  members of various organisations , students and teachers ( and whom so ever they could   fool into joining the band wagon ), called it a Green Run’ and ran, yeah, you guessed right, from Point ‘A’ to Point ‘B’, some 5 kilometre apart!

As part of this joker gang  was a VIP  ,  who uttered the some   very profound    ‘thought provoking’ words…( words being VIP’s  staple food 😉 He announced pompously that ‘the World is getting warmer’ ( as though it  was his very private discovery ) ‘and warmer’ ( a second discovery!)   ‘threatening  the very existence etc…etc..’ . He also presented the  most important finding of his life  that ‘ we are all duty-bound to adopt all methods to put an end to this global warming… ” I am sure he had no clue what methods , and so possibly he too ran!

Will running help to cool down mother earth ? !  All running can achieve is to make you feel warmer…, if anything !  Ask those thousands of daily commuters who run in the morning and in the evening en mass to catch   the  speeding   red-killers ( private buses, to you ) in the city!

Then a few days ago another group in Kochi, the capital of ‘guilty-runs’ , got the itch for a ‘run’. This  time it was what the papers called a ‘Mini-Marathon’ ! It was ostensibly   for a ‘clean green city’ awareness !  What made it ironical  was  the fact that one of its  co-sponsors was  none other than the Corporation of Kochi  which could neither keep the city clean and green   nor could provide these poor guys any decent  roads
to run on !

This second ‘RUN’   also had as its proclaimed aim   ‘Creating Awareness’ . The Corporation, all by themselves and without any  running around , had already created a good amount of awareness in the city folks about the need for a clean, green city …enough  to last a life time ! These guys  were the prime cause  for  making the city a stinking  mess  ! Who wants further awareness lessons from them?

This  Run , it seems , was of a higher calibre,    in that it was tagged as a 10KM run… The Organisers also claimed this one  was the mother of all RUNs, one of the biggest events that city had witnessed in recent times’ .  It is quite likely that  the publicity angle was the one that provided the self-propulsion  for its take off !   And to hell with the ‘green and ‘clean’ and the City !
How many could have completed it is ,of course,  a moot question . Many must have retired half way after getting a belly-full of ‘awareness’  

And of course nothing gets done here without some awards tagged to it. Here too,  some guys bagged awards for the best runners, be he aware or unaware!

Looks like even if we run for our lives there will be no respite for us from these ‘runs…

Click here…>penguine-run

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One sure way to pass an idle hour is to join some “RUN” or other…There are quite a few to choose from these days …

These are organised by people with a highly developed sense  of ‘social guilt’ . They also fool themselves that they can change the abhorrent ways of the world by running from point A to point B ! These People  want to do something , at any rate, to remain in the public eye …and running doesn’t cost you anything !

A few weeks  ago in Angamaly in Kerala some blokes thought up a fantastic idea.. why not ‘run’ for a green cause! What green cause, you might ask and so did I! It turned out to be something to do with ‘global warming’ , the latest ‘cause’ going round in the ‘socially guilty’ circles, and for which  even Copenhagen had not been able to do much…

It seems the organisers of this ‘fanta-run’ wanted to organise and run a … ahem…

‘RUN ’ as ‘a part of creating  awareness in people at large about  ‘global warming’ and its effects on Mother Earth’! They banded together a few white ‘designer T-shirt-clad’, white ‘expensive  Sneakers shod’ and white ‘topless cap’ped like-minded  members of various organisations , students and teachers ( and whom so ever they could   fool into joining the band wagon ), called it a Green Run’ and ran, yeah, you guessed right, from Point ‘A’ to Point ‘B’, some 5 kilometre apart!

As part of this joker gang  was a VIP  ,  who uttered the some   very profound    ‘thought provoking’ words…( words being VIP’s  staple food 😉 He announced pompously that ‘the World is getting warmer’ ( as though it  was his very private discovery ) ‘and warmer’ ( a second discovery!)   ‘threatening  the very existence etc…etc..’ . He also presented the  most important finding of his life  that ‘ we are all duty-bound to adopt all methods to put an end to this global warming… ” I am sure he had no clue what methods , and so possibly he too ran!

Will running help to cool down mother earth ? !  All running can achieve is to make you feel warmer…, if anything !  Ask those thousands of daily commuters who run in the morning and in the evening en mass to catch   the  speeding   red-killers ( private buses, to you ) in the city!

Then a few days ago another group in Kochi, the capital of ‘guilty-runs’ , got the itch for a ‘run’. This  time it was what the papers called a ‘Mini-Marathon’ ! It was ostensibly   for a ‘clean green city’ awareness !  What made it ironical  was  the fact that one of its  co-sponsors was  none other than the Corporation of Kochi  which could neither keep the city clean and green   nor could provide these poor guys any decent  roads
to run on !

This second ‘RUN’   also had as its proclaimed aim   ‘Creating Awareness’ . The Corporation, all by themselves and without any  running around , had already created a good amount of awareness in the city folks about the need for a clean, green city …enough  to last a life time ! These guys  were the prime cause  for  making the city a stinking  mess  ! Who wants further awareness lessons from them?

This  Run , it seems , was of a higher calibre,    in that it was tagged as a 10KM run… The Organisers also claimed this one  was the mother of all RUNs, one of the biggest events that city had witnessed in recent times’ .  It is quite likely that  the publicity angle was the one that provided the self-propulsion  for its take off !   And to hell with the ‘green and ‘clean’ and the City !
How many could have completed it is ,of course,  a moot question . Many must have retired half way after getting a belly-full of ‘awareness’  

And of course nothing gets done here without some awards tagged to it. Here too,  some guys bagged awards for the best runners, be he aware or unaware!

Looks like even if we run for our lives there will be no respite for us from these ‘runs…

Click here…>penguine-run

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Stretching from the southern side of Kochi city to the north, there is a ‘road’ called ‘Kaloor-Kadavantara Road’ that takes the cake when it comes to a survey of non-motorable roads in this city. It is the mother of all non-negotiable motorways anywhere in the country ! Potholes are passe! No vehicle can hope to move through some stretches of this road with all its 4 wheels touching the ground  at the same time !

Come monsoon, such as it is, this road is flooded to the hilt at places,  posing a life-threat to the road users. One of the city’s news papers even carried a photograph of the road  ‘in spate’, looking more like a tributary of a river than a road. Their intention was to bring its condition to the attention of the  ‘ concerned authorities ‘  …

Nothing much came of it, though! Last heard, the ‘ Concerned authorities ’ were still busy passing the buck back and forth…  like in a game of volley ball!

Thank god the captains of the Volvo Ocean Race teams  which called at Kochi recently didn’t mistake it for the high seas or else…> volvorace

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They want…and she won’t…

The Mayor of Kochi has been ‘sticking’ to her guns ( and her seat ) for quite some time now, maintaining that all the ills of the mess that is Kochi Corporation are not of her making. And the Opposition will have none of that. So they are moving heaven and earth to get her to quit…easier said than done!

However, fact remains that this  Corporation is coming apart at the seams , with its numerous civic problems – waste, roads, mosquitoes- all of which have been  left unattended and ignored…  for too long!
Problems that cannot be wished away…

And her attempts to ward off the missiles that are aimed at her persistently by the
public , the media and her opponents are really pathetic , making one laugh in despair, if that is possible!

Well… you can try > mayor-of-kochi0001

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They want…and she won’t…

The Mayor of Kochi has been ‘sticking’ to her guns ( and her seat ) for quite some time now, maintaining that all the ills of the mess that is Kochi Corporation are not of her making. And the Opposition will have none of that. So they are moving heaven and earth to get her to quit…easier said than done!

However, fact remains that this  Corporation is coming apart at the seams , with its numerous civic problems – waste, roads, mosquitoes- all of which have been  left unattended and ignored…  for too long!
Problems that cannot be wished away…

And her attempts to ward off the missiles that are aimed at her persistently by the
public , the media and her opponents are really pathetic , making one laugh in despair, if that is possible!

Well… you can try > mayor-of-kochi0001

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There are 2 railway bridges that connect the eastern part of Kochi with the western part. And both are entities the road users would prefer to forget because they produce only nightmares.

Unsuitable for handling today’s traffic, these are the stages on which a macabre drama is acted out twice a day, during the peak hours…

Buses overtake with impunity,  two wheelers undertake the Unthinkables  and squeeze through gaps not even a kochi  mosquitoe will dare contemplate to negotiate,  autos show off their dare-devilry and 4 wheelers wait with stoic patience while they grow roots…

Experts have solutions but who listens in the Establishment ?

Wail, Kochi, Wail…

And when there are no more tears left  click on this link and have a loff…

The-Bridge-over

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Drop in at Kochi and what greets you is a sight and smell that go beyond description. Many of the road-sides  are lined with  plastic bundles  ( despite the ban on Plastic bags of a certain size and less ) and the stench is to be experienced to believe.

Despite the attempts of the Corporation, feeble and knee-jerking  as they are, the exercise is somewhat doomed from the start because of the kochiite’s mind set. “Cleanliness  only in my  Compound; and beyond the walls , who cares? ”

And the result? It is somewhat exaggerated in the following kar2n , but none the less,  in essence it is true…

everest-climbers

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