Is Bengaluru rotting away?; Raman and his research institute; Better way to manage periods

In this edition, read about the litany of problems that Bengaluru is reeling under. We also have the third part in the series about CV Raman. Also check out the newest blog on our site, Oorjana. All this and more...

Bengaluru this week

November 16th 2015


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This week’s highlight: Work with us or go hibernate

Traffic police forced to find temporary solutions to potholes. Pic: Meera K

Bengaluru is reeling from a litany of problems – potholed roads, miserable traffic, stinking garbage all around, scares of epidemics, lakes spewing toxic foam. What more do we need? Here’s a request to all politicians: work with us or go hibernate.

Read: Dear city leaders: something is rotting in the city of Bengaluru.

Rains and ruins

On the days it rains in Bengaluru, it feels like the city is struggling to limp along – traffic jams, flooding, overflowing sewage… However, the rain cannot be blamed for these problems – there’s more to it. Read: Problems caused by rain have different reasons.

From being a pretty water body, the lake Ibbluru lake has become messed up in only five years. With the onset of the rains, sewage is flooding into the nearby the park too. Why is this happening? Read: The sewage dilemma at Ibbluru.


EMBARQ India is conducting a survey to understand the impact of app-based cab services on mobility. Your response could help design better, long-term mobility solutions. Survey: Impact of shared mobility in Indian cities.

Remembering Sir CV Raman

CV Raman explaining scattering of light in a crystal. Pic courtesy: Raman Research Institute

Presenting the third part in our series on CV Raman, where he established the Raman Research Institute with his life savings. This is the time he also chased many of his passions, and worked on sound, light and diamonds. Read: Raman, his research institute and his many hobbies.

Health: Sustainable menstruation

Ever thought about all the sanitary pads that end up in landfills? Is there an alternative? Here’s a user’s perspective on making the shift to menstrual cups. Read: Switching to sustainable menstruation.

Blog: Oorjana

If you are willing to listen, people always have stories to tell. Here’s the first post in Thejaswi Udupa’s new blog, Oorjana, which will feature poignant stories on the people of Bengaluru. Read: The Actor.


Remember the bedtime storytelling sessions from your childhood? If not, let Chandra Shekhar Balachandran refresh your memory, with the tales of M and fly, The Two Tykes and home-made dosays. Read: Tykes x 2.


Chitra Santhe 2013, Pic: Rudreshwar Sen

If you have an eye for the visual arts, you’re in luck. Namma Bengaluru is home to several art galleries which showcase a plethora of work. Here are some of the must-visit galleries in the city. Read: Art galore in Bengaluru.

Deepa Mohan review’s Mein Hoon Yusuf Aur Yeh Hai Mera Bhai, a play about the political unrest in Palestine and the social chaos that results.

The week that was

  • The Bengaluru railway station will soon be named after freedom fighter Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna. A railway official has said that the Railway Ministry and Union Home Ministry have accepted the State government’s recommendation to rename the railway station.
  • In a bid to reduce the use of plastic, BBMP has banned the use of plastic and plastic-based products in BBMP premises and its zonal offices. The ban order was passed on November 1st.
  • A 19-year old nurse was allegedly raped in a moving bus at Hoskote Friday before last. The police arrested bus driver Ravi and cleaner Manjunath based on the complaint filed by the victim. In a separate incident, two security guards, Raju Kodi and Shivu, were arrested after they confessed to raping a 30-year-old woman at the Cubbon Park premises.
  • The Urban Development Department has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Dutch government for adopting waste to e-energy technology to dispose of Bengaluru’s waste. The project is expected to dispose of 600 tons of waste generated in the city.
  • With open gyms in parks becoming a hit among citizens, specially senior citizens, BBMP now plans to install gym equipment in 1,011 parks across the city. Parks in Jayanagar, Malleswaram, Sadashivanagar etc already have the facility under a PPP model.
  • The much-awaited double railway track between Bengaluru and Mysore is expected to be commissioned by end-November. Once commissioned, it will help to cut down the travel time between two cities by 30 to 45 minutes.

Events this week

  • Musical trio Natallia K Kapylova (piano), Martina Lohmann (violin) and Patricia Wind-Smith (flute) present Dances and Romances, a music concert at Jagriti Theatre on November 17th.
  • Visit Goethe Institut to view the works of nine Bengaluru-based photographers on display as part of Yuva Karnataka. The exhibition is on display till November 18th.
  • World Court of Women Against War for Peace is taking place in Kolar and at the Metro Station on MG Road across November 16th, 17th and 18th. The event includes talks, vigils and film screenings.
  • Get your mid-week dose of laughter at Brewsky Funnies, a show featuring stand-up artists Satish Perumal, Suhas Navarathna, Kjeld Sresth, Sanjay Manaktala and Adithya Shridhar at Big Brewsky on November 18th and 19th.
  • Listen to The Raghu Dixit Project rock the stage at Hard Rock Cafe on November 19th.
  • American group, Rod Heron and the Tea Pad Orchestra will be performing at Windmills Craftworks on November 20th and 21st.
  • Get a glimpse of Bengaluru’s cathedrals at the Cathedral Walk on St Johns Church Road on November 21st.
  • Have you always wanted to learn rock climbing? You can attend Basecamp Adventures’ workshop at Turahalli Rocks on November 21st and 29th.

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  1. Devasis says:

    Cry my beloved Bangalore cry.
    My beloved Old Madras Road dotted with trees where I have lived for 20 years is today one congealed strip of non moving traffic, both up and down.
    A quick trip to Ramakrishna Ashrama at Ulsoor used to take 9 minute.
    Today a minimum of 45 to 55 minutes.
    I despair there is no solution until one day every thing grinds to a snail pace movement.

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