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Look at the lights and at safety too As the “FESTIVALS OF LIGHTS”, DEEPAVALI, is approaching, we really need to be aware of the harmful effects and tragic consequences it can cause if proper care is not taken. It is very disheartening to see people losing eyesight due to fire-cracker injury.
It is not only the persons bursting the crackers who get injured, but bystanders, innocent onlookers and pedestrians are also the sufferers. Most common crackers are the flower pots, rockets, bombs plus newer fancy crackers whose usage instructions are not clear.
Of late, due to awareness programmes through media-radio, TV, News papers etc., the incidence of injuries are on a slight decline. We do see a variety of injuries due to crackers. It could be the propelling force of the cracker burst, its thermal effect, or the chemicals in the cracker that could lead to devastating consequences. It can be as simple as superficial skin scalding and singing of eye lashes or eyebrows, to a sight threatening corneoscleral tear with internal hemorrhage and /or with small pieces of burst crackers retained inside the eye. Chemical injury due to crackers can actually melt the eye and one can be blind with in few minutes after the occurrence of injury. It is really pathetic to see a child losing vision after a colourful glittering DEEPAVALI.
FIRST-AID after the cracker injury Immediately wash the eye with clean water (drinking water or boiled and cooled water) Copious irrigation is needed at least for five minutes. If there is bleeding from the eye, apply pad and bandage. Do not wait and waste time as the chemicals can percolate in to the internal parts of the eye and can cause irreversible damage. Rush to the nearest eye hospital. Most eye hospitals offer 24 hours service during the Deepavali period
We hardly get any time to react or move away when the actual accident occurs-as it happens in a split second. All that we need to do is to follow safety measures.
Tips for a safe Deepavali Always wear cotton clothes, protective glasses for the eye and proper footwear.
Children should always
burst crackers under the supervision of adults.
The type of crackers to be
given to children should be chosen by parents.
Longer agarabattis only to be used for safety purpose.
Choose a proper open space and well lit area.
Do not burst crackers on the roads.
Every one should wear protective glasses while driving during Deepavali days compulsorily.
Always wash hands thoroughly after bursting crackers. People who are asthmatics, have allergy to smoke and dust should refrain from that environment.
Proper storage of crackers disposal of waste after the festival is also important.
SHEKAR NETHRALAYA WISHES EVERY ONE A HAPPY AND SAFE DEEPAVALI
Dr RajaShekar Y L Medical Director, Shekar Nethralaya.
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jayanagar jp nagar & BTM
Learning beyond school
age no bar
Curious what a lawyer’s life When G S Narayanan, now 80, retired as a DGM from NABARD is like? Or a scientist’s? This in 1992, he had already made his retirement plans. His avid interest in study centre has satisfying different subjects led to him forming an informal group of people, mostly his neighbours, to come together to listen to expert talks. Shifting to this curiosity for two Jayanagar from Basavanagudi in 1979 where he had regularly attended decades now. talks at the Indian Institute of World Culture, he found, “Jayanagar had nothing of that sort and I wanted to start something”. Thus, the Jayanagar Study Centre was started.
“I called it study centre because no matter how old we get, there is always something to learn” G S Narayanan, Founder, Jayanagar Study Centre.
Narayanan says that many of his neighbours were experts or intellectuals in the field of law, engineering, health and other fields and readily agreed to come and talk. The talks were held at Narayanan’s home in 4th ‘T’ Block, on alternate Saturdays. From five people, the An interactive meet with Praveen Sood. number of people attending the Pic: Yogaraj Mudalgi. lectures grew to 30 in just a few months and Narayanan’s house could not accommodate them all. The Rashtriya Sharirika Shikshana Kendra in 5th block supported them with the venue. Since then, the centre has held over 400 lectures and currently has 150 members from different parts of the city, most of them in their fifties and sixties. Lifetime membership costs a fee of Rs 500 but the lectures are open to the general public as well, free of cost.
Previous talks include Late Dr Raja Ramanna on Science, film actor Tara on the role and life of an actor, BESCOM Managing Director P Manivannan on power conservation and Jayanagar 4th block coMplex former Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic) update Praveen Sood on the role of citizens in handling traffic violations in their localities. B Nagendra, Executive Engineer at Pic: YM
Infrastructure Division-6 of BDA, says that the renovation project got stalled as the two companies that applied for the contract did not qualify. “Two companies - Unity Infrastructure Pvt Ltd and CCCL - had applied. They qualified in the initial stages, but failed in the technical qualification stage.” The project is now up for re-tendering. The new tender documents will be uploaded in the BDA website by 19th and the tender process will be completed in the next two months, says Nagendra. Work is expected to be complete within 18 months of the tender being finalised.
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Apart from the lecures, the centre also honours one person or organisation every year, with considerable achievements, as an “Achiever”, which entails a citation and a purse, raised by contributions from members. This year, Dr Jayant Kumar, 41, a social worker who is also visually challenged, is being felicitated.
The centre is celebrating its 20th anniversary at 5 pm on 22nd October with a function at the Rashtrottana hall in Jayanagar 5th Block. Justice V S Malimath, former Chief Justice of Karnataka and Professor S C Sharma ,Vice Chancellor of Tumkur University will release the souvenir. M N Vidya Shankar, IAS, Principal Secretary, E-Governance and IT/BT ,Government of Karnataka will honour Dr Jayant Kumar. ⊕
No more voltage fluctuations in Jayanagar? After almost
Hosamani said that the substation will improve the voltage profile in the area. “Because Jayanagar received power from different stations, it would sometimes cause low voltage. This will be solved by the new station in addition to meeting the energy demands of Jayanagar and surrounding areas,” said Hosmath. He The contract for building the added that the construction substation has been given to Thebuilding that will get demolished. Pic: YM would begin in a few months Godrej & Boyce, a Mumbai based but declined to give an contracting company, and will cost Rs 20 crore. A J estimate on when it would be complete. Hosamani, Chief Engineer (Tending and Procurement) Narahari Mukund, a member of 5th Block Jayanagar attributed the delay to a dispute in the tendering Resident’s Welfare Association had written to Citizen process which had reached the High Court. “An order Matters about the issue. ⊕ was passed to call for fresh tenders and it has been Yogaraj Mudalgi awarded to Godrej & Boyce,” he said. three years of delay, a 66 KVA substation will finally be constructed in Jayanagar 3rd Block by Karnataka Power Transmission Company Limited (KPTCL). The old BESCOM office in 3rd Block, near NMKRV Women’s College will be demolished to make way for the substation.
From left: Chandrashekhar Raju, Avinash, Malavika Avinash, Dr Y L Rajashekar, M A Chowdappa, Desi Ramam Rao. Pic: YM
“After three decades, we need young blood” JP Nagar Citizens’ Association (JPNCA) on 9th October celebrated its 35th Anniversary at VET School Auditorium. A little over a 100 members gathered at 530 pm in the evening as three senior past presidents of the association – Colonel (Retd) G K Burli, V S Rao and Bhoja Shetty were honoured on the occasion. Film actor Avinash, his wife and television
actor Malavika Avinash, who live in Rajarajeshwarinagar, presided as Chief Guests while Dr Y L Rajashekar of Shekar Nethralaya was the Guest of Honour. Also present was JP Nagar BBMP councillor Chandrashekhar Raju. Speaking at the event, current President M A Chowdappa said that apart from focussing of
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civic issues plaguing the locality, the Association will embark on membership drives in the coming months to increase participation. “We need more youth to participate in the association’s activities for it to grow,” he said. V S Rao, who served the association as president in the mid-nineties, recalled how the association has grown since its formation in the late seventies. “JP Nagar had barely any houses then and no street lights. We would go to KEB’s office after work to get a lineman to come with us and install the lights,” he said. Some of the other achievements of the Association include getting to shut down a hazardous gas emitting chemical factory in the late eighties and more recently, legally reclaiming land given to a religious organisation but which was originally allotted to build the Dhanvanthri Park in JP Nagar 2nd Phase. ⊕
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Where to buy Deepavali sweets? The marathon of festivals is now peaking with Deepavali around the corner. There seems to be no festival fatigue in sight as shops court their customers in different ways. Armed with an opportunistic license given by the festival, corporates and clients felicitate each other with gift hampers of dry fruits, sweets of salted savouries and sweets. Adyar Anand Bhavan, next to BTM Petrol Pump, Maiyyas, G Pulla Reddy, Sri Venkateshwara Sweets, Dharwad Mishra Peda, Parimala Sweets (4th Block) are gearing up to meet the consumer rush. Dr P Sadananda Maiyya, Director of Maiyyas Beverages and Foods Pvt Ltd says that their mechanised production makes it possible to make bulk sweets such as Mysore Pak in minutes. In order to ensure freshness and quality, they will cater to the estimated 100% increase in sales about three to four days before the festival. Demand is maximum among corporate clients, who go in for almond based sweets. A half kg of mixed sweets is likely to cost Rs.250/-
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when people from North India usually buy steel utensils, silver or gold coins and jewellery. The adverts of new launches are hogging the front pages of dailies, be it camera, mobiles or laptops, cars or property. This is the time to exchange that old TV or grinder or cook-stove for a new one as exchange offers. Check out branded as well as your local electronic goods shops. ⊕
Dhanteras , observed on 24th October, is the festival
Hakoba, fabric of the royalty embroidery is an ancient art. Centuries ago, embroidery added grace and refinement to royal finery. Hakoba has revolutionised embroidery in India. In the recent past, Pioneer Embroideries Ltd took over Hakoba. Hakoba has evolved from pastels and old world charm into a statement of international contemporary fashion. Hakoba is headquartered at Mumbai with the manufacturing unit at Pic: Nagashree Gururaj. Gurgaon. The fabric is sourced from Mumbai. “The price range for tops is If you have a penchant for embroidered fabric from `195 rupees to `645, and Salwar kameez sets range in pastel colours, then Hakoba is the place. It offers from `195 to `595 per meter,” says Senthil P, manager of fabrics with beautiful embroidery in subtle colours. the Jayanagar showroom. Bengaluru houses exclusive showrooms of Hakoba at Jayanagar, Gandhi Bazaar and Commercial street. The Hakoba material is available at many local shops in Jayanagar store sells sarees, salwar kameez, dupatta sets Malleshwaram, the bylanes of Commercial street, to embroidered fashion fabrics. It also offers Kurtas and Gandhi bazar, Vijayanagar and other shopping centres party wear shirt for men. too. ⊕ A privilege once reserved for kings and queens, 10 CITIZEN MATTERS 22 Oct-4 Nov 2011 Vol-3 Issue-19
The festival of light, a lovely sight Above: Electrical lamps, Jayanagar: Rs 50. Above right: Electrical lights.. Rs 50 for a string of 10 lights, Jayanagar Complex. Top row: Painted earthen diya, painted by Pallavi. Rs 50 a pair; Earthen lamp shade, Rs 150 at Jayanagar complex. Bottom row: Brass lamp Rs 400, Gudi, Gandhi bazaar. Clay diya Rs 150 each at Jayanagar complex, Glass swan Rs 165 each,.Jayanagar complex. All pictures and info: Nagashree Gururaj.
Below: Porcelain diyas at JP nagar: Rs 30 a pair. Below right: Chinese type lamp shades - Rs 200.Jayanagar Complex.
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BTM layout saibaba temple
Park flattened to make road The road
Cover credits: BTM KEB Layout pic: Navya PK. House Graphic: Vikram Srinivas.
connecting 6th and 7th main roads of KEB Layout was built to facilitate traffic and parking for a Sai Baba temple opposite the park.
The board indicating way to the temple on 7th main. Pic: Navya P K.
residential area. “It is worse on Thursdays when there are bhajans and a large number of devotees visit,” says Shantaraj.
Children play on this road. “It is dangerous, but children KEB layout RWA filed a case in High Court against BBMP, have no other play area. Elderly people also cannot move BDA, Samithi and others in 2009, saying that the road was illegal and that the park around easily as vehicles pass through these roads often,” says P Shantaraj, 82, In KEB layout in BTM 1st stage, should be restored. In May 2011, the court dismissed the case a resident of the layout. the only children’s park area saying that the road does serve The layout formed by KEB Employees was demolished by the BBMP public interest and BBMP was Co-operative Society in 1979, is home to build a road two years ago. free to use the park the way it to 220 families. The temple authorities wanted. Residents approached started requesting BBMP for a road through the park the Supreme Court after this, but SC has now refused to around 2000. The temple was built in the layout’s Civic admit the case. Amenity (CA) site by Sree Sadguru Sainath Seva Samithi, which had taken the site on a 30-year-lease from BDA In High Court, residents had cited the Parks, Playgrounds and Open Spaces Act, which says that BBMP should in 1997. notify all its parks annually and protect them. The law BBMP demolished the children’s park in January was passed in 1985, but the Palike had never made 2009. Backed by a letter from MLA B N Vijayakumar, a list. But the HC ordered that since the park was not they built the road connecting 6th main with 7th notified, it did not have to be protected. Residents main, which otherwise were dead ends. Now vehicles may now file a separate case on road width - BBMP are perpetually parked in front of houses in this fully was to make a 3m wide road, but an RTI shows the width to be 7m.
RWA members C Shantaraj, Umesh P N, V N Rao have been fighting to get the full park back, seen at the back. Pic: Navya P K.
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When Citizen Matters contacted the Samithi, they were unaware of details of the case and the judgement. R Suresh, President of the Samithi, says, “The case was primarily against BBMP, we never got involved.” He was not available for further comment. Vijayakumar says he recommended a road, as “Thousands of devotees visit the temple, causing traffic congestion and parking problems”. ⊕
Navya P K
Out with the Khata
In with the Property Card It's a massive project. After much delay, it is getting started in Bengaluru. Get ready to get your Property Cards that establish title. JP Nagar resident M Srinath had relinquished his property in Jayanagar 8th block for Metro construction last year. The property was part of BDA layout, and was supposed to measure 1500 sq ft. But the city survey department which measured the land on the instructions of KIADB (Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board), found that the property in fact measured 1530 sq ft.
City Survey Department at K R Circle. Pic: Navya P K
a Property Records Card (PRC). PRC will assign a Srinath could have got compensation for the additional unique plot ID to each property. It will have details land if he got a letter from BDA. But he has no such plans such as location of property, plot/building area, “I do not plan to pursue it with BDA as it might take at owner’s name, tenure/mortgage details, history of least two years to get BDA’s approval. But the survey was transactions and an overview map. useful; I would not Rajeev Chawla, Secretary have known of the Unlike khata and sale (UPOR and Bhoomi project) at actual area without deed - which are only state government’s Revenue it.” documents of property department, says that the tax and registration reThis is just one government has agreed example. Many spectively - PRC will es- informally to start the project properties in the tablish title to property, in BBMP limits. Chawla was city do not have and hence is a more solid instrumental in implementing records of accurate document. After this, all Bhoomi Project, which led to measurements. property transactions computerisation of Revenue Disputes on extent would be possible only (agricultural) land records and ownership of on producing PRC. across the state. Copy of the Property card. property are also Records exist now, but only partly common, sometimes with respect to BDA layouts too. The current records with SSLR are based on a survey
Urban Property Ownership Records project All this may change if the government implements its grand plan of surveying and creating records for all properties in Bengaluru. The project, called UPOR (Urban Property Ownership Records) is already being implemented in four other cities since January 2010. In Bangalore the project may start in the beginning of next year. The city survey department i.e. Department of Survey, Settlements and Land Records (SSLR) will be in charge of the project. SSLR is a state government department with its head office in KR Circle. With the UPOR project, each property will be surveyed, property records verified and the owner will be issued
done about 40 years ago, around 1970. SSLR has detailed maps and records of that time when Bangalore’s are was just 125 sq km. Current area of the city is around 740 sq km. “Property cards were issued at the time, and there are some citizens who still own and update these cards”, says V Manjula, SSLR Commissioner. However, many long term residents in the city are unaware of the department or the cards issued. The department has not updated any of its data in tune with transactions that happened after the 70s. For instance, if BDA had acquired land in the 90s, the details will be only with the BDA and not with the survey department. ⊕
Navya P K
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for your Info
All about MLC graduate constituency What is the election all about?
district/BBMP etc. For the full list of officers, visit bangalore.citizenmatters. in/MLC-graduate-constituencybangalore Take your original degree certificate or marksheet as proof while submitting the form. If original certificate is not available, submit a copy of the degree certificate or mark sheet attested by Gazetted Officers.
Forms, Guides and FAQs at http://citizenmatters.in/MLC-graduate-constituency-bangalore
In Karnataka Legislative Council, seven of the 75 members are elected from graduate constituencies. A graduate constituency is one in which only graduates from any recognised Indian university can vote. This election is held once in six years. You have to register separately as it is a separate voting list from the usual voter list used for MLA, BBMP and MP elections. Registration closes on 5th Nov 2011. Elections will be held by June 2012. You need a registration Form 18, address proof and attested degree certificate. Download from online or collect from designated officers.
What are the Graduate Constituencies? Bangalore Urban, Bangalore Rural and Ramanagaram.
Who can vote? The voter should be an ordinary resident of Bangalore, and should have had completed graduation
by November 1st 2008 from Indian university.
What documents are required? 1. A copy of your Address Proof (Voter id card, Passport, Driving License, Ration Card, BSNL Telephone Bill, Electricity Bill, or any other generally accepted document) 2. Copy of your degree certificate self-attested, if you are personally submitting it.
Where to submit the registration forms? 39 officers have been designated for the entire constituency. Of them 21 are Revenue Officers from BBMP, and the rest are Tahsildars, Deputy Commissioners of Urban
Need help with registration? Volunteers from Smart Vote and other like-minded organisations have started a campaign to help citizens register. Contact 9742001080, 9632228287, 9731490490, 9886764822 or 9620210078. ⊕
Hypertension: The Silent Killer Every minute 3 people die, somewhere in India, because of cardiovascular diseases, namely heart attack and stroke, according to studies. The sad part is - they need not die.
family history of heart attack, stroke, hypertension or sudden death. Your chance of having hypertension is increased if you have an abnormal Lipid profile or/and you are a smoker as well. It is important to check, since, often you may not get any symptoms.
According to a paper published in Current Science journal in 2009 hypertension or High Blood pressure is responsible for 57% of all stroke deaths and 24% of all deaths due to heart attack. pic credit: James Gathany, CDC
Tragically, in majority of cases , patients are unaware of their high blood pressure. Hypertension is called the silent killer .If not treated properly, it can lead to heart attack, stroke, heart failure, kidney failure and eye complications.
How to prevent hypertension? At individual level, you can change your lifestyle to mitigate hypertension risk , and subsequent complication. Get your blood pressure checked at least once in six months, if you are not a hypertensive. If you are a known hypertensive, you need more frequent checks. Check if you are overweight, diabetic, have a 14 CITIZEN MATTERS 22 Oct-4 Nov 2011 Vol-3 Issue-19
You may ask :“ What can I do in addition to taking medicines if I am an hypertensive?”
The answer is , reduce your weight, cut down on your salt intake-No additional table salt, no pickles, mixtures, salted groundnuts, Cashew nuts, No alcohol , No smoking. Have a brisk 45 minute walk at least 4 times a week. Yoga and meditation are known to help hypertensives. Regular review by your doctor is invaluable. . Also remember, that it is not only longevity, which may be affected, but quality of life that is at risk. ⊕ Col (Retd.) Dr Mukul Saxena has over 30 years of crossfunctional expertise in healthcare, both in the public and private sectors. email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi-tech cleaning for your mattress Even after making her home in Koramangala, dust-free, Shilpa Rao, 55, a teacher at an international school, suffered from persistent allergic reactions. Her doctor suggested that the problem might lie in her mattress and she needs to get it cleaned. She contacted ‘Clean Fanatic’, a company specialising in cleaning mattresses. Shilpa says that after the cleaning, her wheezing has reduced considerably. Brothers Anuroop and Sanjay Prabhakaran, 34 and 38, who live in Banaswadi, too opted for the service after constant allergic reactions to dust. “We thought it was the pollution but we are not exposed to dust outside so we decided to see if this helps,” says Anuroop. Mattresses harbour millions of minute dust mites, that feed on dead skin and dust. These mites thrive in all seasons and do not go away after washing or shampooing. Dr Nagendra Prasad Komarla, Allergy Physician at Bengaluru Allergy Centr, off Mission Road says that the mite float easily in air as they are small and light. “Every one inhales mite bodies along with fecal
Clean Fanatic charges Rs 700 for a double bed mattress and Rs 125 per seat of a sofa. If one wants to opt for an Annual Maintenance Contract (AMC) service, which consists of cleaning twice in a year, a discount of 15 – 20% on the bill can be availed. Sanitair charges Rs 300 per sofa seat and Rs 700 for a double and 500 for a single bed mattress. A discount of 15% can be availed if opting for twice a year service. particles. The body and the droppings of mites are rich in proteins and those vulnerable to allergies get nasal allergy, lung allergy (Allergy asthma) and skin allergy,” he says. Businesses like Clean Fanatic and Sanitair claim to specialise in sanitising mattresses. They use a HighEfficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter based vacuuming equipment, which can suck out particles of up to 0.3 microns in size. Dr Komarla says that HEPA fitted vacuum cleaners are better than normal vacuum cleaners as they can suck in more minute particles. He adds that traditional methods of putting the mattress in the sun and beating it can help but does not entirely get rid of mites as they might settle down again with the dust. “Sunlight is strong enough to kill mites but their droppings might still remain in the mattresses,” he says. He adds that an average person does not need to go in for specialised mattress cleaning services regularly. “It can be of help to people suffering allergies or asthma,” he says. Nishant Prasad, 34, who started Clean Fanatic seven months ago says that their cleaning process consists of three steps. It starts with sweeping the mattress with Ultra Violet light stick, then vacuuming the mattress with a HEPA filter and finally, sprayed with an organic neem based spray to minimize recurrence of dust mites. The HEPA filter does not collect the dust in a bag but in a bowl of water, attached to the machine, making the Continued on Page 24 Vol-3 Issue-19 22 Oct-4 Nov 2011 CITIZEN MATTERS 15
Dear Readers, We are happy to present to you a special literary supplement on this festive occasion. We are proud to bring a small sample of the fine talent this city offers, from established writers to upcoming ones. Hope you enjoy reading these as much as we did putting it together. Wishing you a very happy Deepavali,
Subramaniam Vincent, Meera K, Padmalatha Ravi, Navya PK, Yogaraj Mudalgi, Raghavendra G, Ramachandran P, Vasanth
Off to school...
When I was in my 2nd grade, my school used to start by 7:30 in the morning and I was one of those kinds who’d be late most of the times. The school wasn’t very far from the house, but to my tiny feet and small eyes, everything looked big and far. My mother would comb my hair and give me the bag and the tiffin box and my father would be waiting at the door asking me to hurry up. As soon as I was equipped with all the stuff, my mother would pass me on to my dad and we’d rush out of the house. I was pretty lazy and I’d wonder what’s the rush for anyway. He would drag me down the stairs holding my hand and I’d try to catch up. My father was a fast walker, that’s what I thought then. He’d take a step so big that I had to keep running to be with him. He’d never let go of my hand and the walk to the school was always like an engine tagging along a bogie. From my POV, my fathers head was somewhere up there, everytime I looked at him I could see the coconut trees in the background, he was so tall, or that’s how he appeared to me. This would happen everyday till I got in to my 5th grade and we bought a cycle and the routine changed from there. I enjoy the memory of him dragging me to the school. Now when I remember that episode, I find myself standing away in that memory and I can see the very young me being dragged by my young looking father. And I can clearly see how we both were like the engine and bogie. And as I am growing older I am so looking forward to be the engine. Pawan Kumar’s debut film as director, Lifeu Ishtene has been running successfully for more than a month now. This 29-year-old engineering dropout started out in theatre and then moved on to films with acting, scripting and now directing. He says ‘I used to take my mom’s ribbons and tie them around my lower back thinking they’d look like the tail, and then take the little yellow plastic cricket bat on my shoulder, and jump around the house acting as the Indian god – Hanuman. That is the first bit of acting I think I started with. Growing up as a very shy child, it was in my 9th grade that I slowly started opening up to being on stage. Something that my parents wish had never happened.’ 16 CITIZEN MATTERS 22 Oct-4 Nov 2011 Vol-3 Issue-19
U. R. Ananthamurthy
There was a woman called Abbakka-literally, sister Abba--who came to our tile-roofed large house in the midst of a jungle. Each large house like ours, a kilometer apart at least, had the name of a village and it had a few thatched huts in the vicinity where the peasants who worked for the land-owners lived. One of them was Abbakka and I remember she had twins whom she carried in both her arms tucked in her arm-pits. They clung to her neck. Abbakka had jasmine flowers in her oiled and tightlyplaited hair and a large kumkum on her forehead and turmeric powder on her cheeks. I think I remember her kind and mischievously smiling face and the fragrance of the jasmine flowers in her hair and the tobacco she shared secretly with my mother. She was familiar and yet mysterious to me. This ordinarily smiling friendly domestic help who gossiped endlessly with my mother about her well-to-do and not so well-to-do relatives, broken marriages and miscarriages, her waywardly yet fond husband, her twins who clung to her always and didn’t let her cook, was transformed on some nights, once a week. She would turn into a Devi whom the neighbours came to propitiate. She would then hold bunches of areca flowers, and wave them in the air with her eyes closed or staring into empty space and her freshly washed wet, dark hair gleamed over her shoulders in the light of burning torches
respectfully held in front of her. Her forehead was covered in kumkum and the whole face in saffron. Her whole body swayed rhythmically and she made an ecstatic moan as she swayed. People fell at her feet as if she was not the everyday Abbakka. She was no longer a low caste woman but a Devi. who advised you where to look for your lost cow, where to get medicine for your child, how to set right the young daughter-in-law who strayed away from the path of wifely duties. My grandfather, himself a priest who consulted the almanac and cowries shells and found the right star and date for auspicious occasions, would be a witness of this Abbakka with me on his shoulders. ‘Abbakka has power when the Devi possesses her which I don’t have,’ he would tell me. After one such night Abbakka came home to work, as usual, for Mother in the morning. This is how my mother used to tell me the story of my gift with words. Abbakka stands there with her twins tucked in her armpits under a pomegranate tree in the back of our house and I, standing beside the well, cry out this sentence: Ábbakkanna gubbakka kachchikondu hoythu’. It appears Abbakka was so delighted with my gibberish that she went near a drain and emptied her full mouth of half-chewed tobacco--a real sacrifice--for, she wanted to hug and kiss me. What had I said after all? It was just a silly rhyme of Abbakka and Gubbakka. Gubbakka is an exContinued on Page 22
U R Ananthamurthy, 79, is Jnanapith award winning Kannada writer and critic. He was born in Melige village, Shimoga district. He has been awarded with Padma Bhushan and Rajyotsava awards. His prominent works include short story collection Ghata shraddha, Mouni, Prashne, novels Samskara, Avasthe, Bharathipura and essays Prajne mattu parisara and Poorvapara. He now lives in Bangalore. This is an extract of the speech ‘Five decades of my writing’ he delivered at Sahitya Akademi in 2007. 18 CITIZEN MATTERS 22 Oct-4 Nov 2011 Vol-3 Issue-19
Directions The Hanuman temple street is one way now come from the old pond side, its right opposite the big Banyan tree'' Chandru wanted his mother to close down the old house and move with him to America, she wanted to give me a pair of traditional brass lamps, a heirloom piece, so come and take it It was not the old familiar place any more In less than two kilometer I had lost my way four times. Asking for directions is a woman's preoccupation they say The auto driver was quick `oh its right next to the next road hump, just slow down and you will hit it' I missed it. The traffic police was more helpful `just go back and its at the first signals' It was the same one I had passed The doctor in a fancy car was more specific `Take a right Its right next to the superspeciality diagnostic centre, you cant miss it' His right was my left. Surely they were on a weekend picnic the SUV was full of sweat shirts and foot ball `its behind the gym auntie, just drive on' What gym? The post man, I thought would lead `I am going on the other beat, this is the old number, now all that has changed,88 comes after 97, ask any one' 20 CITIZEN MATTERS 22 Oct-4 Nov 2011 Vol-3 Issue-19
Chikpet. Pic: Vivek Muthuramalingam, an independent photographer based out of Bangalore. He specializes in documentary, editorial and travel photography.
The priest, aha, he will definitely know the Banyan tree, there must be a temple and the old pond near the tree `what pond? there is no pond here, all water has dried up, I take my holy dip under a tap, it doesn't even wet me whole, this is the house next to the xerox shop, the old lady rent out a portion of the garage for my son, he will show, tell him his father is going to the market, will come later' I just stood there wondering which way to turn
Someone was frantically waving out from a window. It was grand mother. I looked around. The azbestos sheet roof superspeciality diagnostic centre, next to a corner called gym, behind number 97, opposite to the signal with out lights turning right to the hump, a small tree sort of a trunk cut into half, an old temple hiding behind a gaint bill board calling out freshness, my old ancestral home that was going to be pulled down to make way for a mall
Prathibha Nandakumar is a Bangalore-based poet, short story writer and playwright. She has also been active as a journalist and documentary filmmaker. She has five collections of poetry to her credit. Prathibhaâ€™s other publications include books of short fiction, translations, essays, biographies of women artists and an autobiography.
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The Parking Life One day, when we were fishing near the pond, Santosh found a grasshopper. “It’s a girl” “No it’s boy.” “How do you know?” “Only a boy knows when it’s another boy. He put the grasshopper in a matchbox and showed him to everybody. The grasshopper was even given a special place under Santosh’s bed. “I am going to look after him till he becomes a big boy.” The grasshopper was named Fighter. Santosh put soft grass in his box and he fed him rice from his lunch plate. Two days later, when Santosh opened his matchbox, Fighter was dead. We remembered the Doctor who came home when I had measles. “Mummy, can we take Fighter to a Grasshopper Doctor?” “There are no Grasshopper Doctors. “But, what happens to Grasshoppers who fall sick?” No one was sure about that. We had a Funeral for Fighter. We carried him in his matchbox and dug a hole for him in the park. “Fighter was a good grasshopper. We will miss him very much.” We wrote his name on a piece of paper and stuck it on a stick over his grave. Then, we all went home.
When Santosh came back to the Park the next morning, the stick was missing. None of us could remember the exact spot where we had buried Fighter. We searched till late in the evening before we gave up. “Why don’t you get another grasshopper?” “Never.” I do not know whether Santosh loved Fighter. But he had lost something that he owned. He was sad about that. I knew then that we owned nothing. We lost nothing. Only life continued. In the background was the sunset. It was just another day for the universe.
This is an excerpt from Ginger Soda Lemon Pop by Christina Daniels, a novella that looks at growing up through the perspective of a fiveyear-old child. Christina Daniels is a writer, photographer and communications professional. In 2010, she also co-authored Mind Blogs 1.0, a book of contemporary conversations, with Bangalore as its landscape. Her filmography I’ll do it my way, studying the cinema of the actor Aamir Khan, will also be published shortly.
U R Ananthamurthy Continued from Page 18
pression of fondness for the bird gubbi, a swallow--a small bird. Abbakka was large and gubbakka was small but I had ventured to imagine that the big Abbakka was carried off by gubbakka in her small beak which picked up seeds and worms. Had I tried to match a supernatural sight of our Abbakka becoming a Devi with another fantastic happening of a small bird carrying her away? I must have done this not as an idea but as a sheer delight in
rhyming a word. I remember this, thanks to the love and pride of my mother, and I wonder: don’t I work even now to balance a sentence and get the right kind of rhythm in my prose and thereby admit into my writing, from an unknown source, meanings that I did not consciously or deliberately pursue? It is like a sudden gift when you get it in your language. Only in your language spoken by your people,
can you do this. This is indeed a primitive kind of source, and, however intelligent and sophisticated you are in your meaning, if you lose this primitive magical gift you can’t be a poet. You can only be a theoretician. Our great poets-- Bendre, Adiga and Kambar-have this gift of making a play of words, a leela of shabd, create great meanings. But as a writer I am aware it can’t be done deliberately and self-consciously.
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Half a century of musical passion
In the era of MP3s, cassettes, long play (LP)
and 12-inch extended play (EP) are rare to find, but for T Nagaraju, 70, a retired LIC executive and a resident of JP Nagar, cassettes, LPs and EP s and CDs are his first love and priced possession. His collection of 60,000 playing hours (around seven years) of Carnatic Classical music is noteworthy. “I developed the hobby of collection of music records in 1960, music has always been my priority”, says the knowledgeable music critic. One cannot escape seeing the magnificent Gramophone, which looks like an antique piece, when you enter his house. He has a collection of over 600 LPs. His collection ranges from T N Rajarathnam Pillai (Nadaswaram), T R Mahalingam (Flute), G N Balasubramaniam (vocal) to Palghat Mani Iyer (mridangam) and of course the violin wizard Chowdiah. “Many of the records recorded almost 40-50 years back by old masters like Mahalingam and Chowdiah are still in my collection which may not be accessible to a commoner,” he avers. Nagaraju has compositions of Bidaram Krishnappa (Chowdiah’s guru) and Mysore Vasudevachari. “The present generation wouldn’t have even heard of these
stalwarts, which is a great pity and I feel they are missing out on something,” he says. M S Subbulakshmi, the famous Carnatic Vocalist is one of his favourite singers. Nagaraju has a colossal collection of all her recordings. “I have a rarest of rare recording of seven minutes, a master piece, with a combination of two maestros, Subbulakshmi and Chowdiah - which is one of my precious possessions”, he says with pride. Nagaraju has also been an organiser of various sangeetha sabhas and had the privilege of being friends with T R Mahalingam and M D Ramanathan, the renowned vocalist of yesteryears. Chowdiah and Mahalingam’s recordings are not easily available nowadays. Suresh M L, Sales Executive in Calypso, a major music store for all genres of music in Jayanagar says, “People ask for Chowdiah’s recordings the most, but only one or two of his renderings are available with us, there are many recordings from other famous musicians which cannot be found today”. ⊕ Nagashree Gururaj is a final year Journalism student, residing in Hanumanthanagar Her passion is photography and writing. She loves reading novels, specially RK Narayan. Vol-3 Issue-19 22 Oct-4 Nov 2011 CITIZEN MATTERS 25
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