Friday, March 31, 2017

Signs for Park

Jayamahal Park
Dear Park in-charge,
Sub : signs on traffic safety, civic good and animail rigths
Heard on a whatsapp group of street dogs being hit with sticks. Also I notice that many in the park, get unneccessarily scared of the 2-3 street dogs. Would be good to have a 2-3 sign boards on animal rights and dog behaviour.
* Harming animals is a crime under Article 51A(g), . IPC Sections 428 and 429 . Don’t harm cats, dogs and other street animals. Also 11 (1) (a) to (o) of The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960.
* Don’t run from a dog, it sees that as playful behaviour. It can run much faster than us. Best to stay still for a few seonds, walk slowly and don’t look at them directly in the eyes.

Next weekend I plan to collate information from :

and to make a few A3 posters on flexi board, then find 2-3 places to put them up.

Traffic safety : can see a few designs here and see the ones I have brought along. Can we please put these up in the park?

More messages:
  • Give way to pedestrians crossing the road. 50% of accidents involve pedestrians.
  • Pedestrians : cross the road in a straight line. Diagonal crossing means tuffer for traffic to avoid you. Use foot paths and skywalks, where available, even if its more effort. Better than days suffering in hospital.

I will sponsor the work but do not want any credit/ name, besides this URL to a website on traffic safety

Generic messages: Kids falling ill? Wipe mobile phone, door knobs with mild soap/ salt water to disinfectant. Wash hands before eating.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

When the revolution comes ...

I have this sentence stuck in my head. "When the revolution comes, you will do as your told". I think it came from an article I read in the Reader's Digest in the early 1990s. What a good magazine that is, except for the silly marketing of winning sweep stakes etc, put us off it with the misleading statements. Its marketing was the opposite of most of the articles it had. Gave a very "do as I say, not as I do", maybe that is what living in the over crowded, over used world today is. There are many good things, but in the end practical living is not on a predefined path used by someone else. Might not fit, most probably has changed a lot since it was experienced and written by.

Going to back the revolution. A lot of people want good change but seem to be able to focus on one or two big things only. They call that effective and what is possible by a small group. Maybe they are right about being quickly effective. But still makes me think about this statement and wonder.

In the story the revolutionary speaks about what they  are going to change and how things will be later. One common man says "But I do not want that, I want ..." to which the revolutionary says "When the revolution comes, you will do as your told!"

So besides one size does not fit all, seems the big revolutionaries can't cater to, too much choice, or to little even, as it makes everything complex and you have other wise faithful questioning the fairness and workability of the new system.

On the other hand, sometimes the way things are, are o unsustainable that change is needed. I hope the efforts of Citizens for Bangalore change for adding more buses, is fruitul and that in a year, we have fewer private vhecles taking people to office, instead using buses and other mass transport.

For that we need our tax money to subsidize bus rides, add 6,000 more buses, improve routes, have a few mini buses ... have drivers who stop at stops, not 15 feet out on the road, at least stop and not just pass by stops. More on this at Citizens for Bangaluru, their twitter and at facebook group citizens for bengaluru