Thursday, January 4, 2018

'Alas! Delhi would never be the same again' - by K.J.S.Chatrath

I say this with lot of sadness that Delhi, including New Delhi would never be the same again.

One has been complaining about traffic congestion and terrible pollution in Delhi. But wait for what is in store for Delhi-ites.

National Building Construction Corpn. is going to build a huge, yes really huge World Trade Centre in the very heart of New Delhi on the Ring Road on the orders of Government. It would be bang opposite the AIMS and Safdarjung Hospitals. It appears that the plan is to have 12 Towers of commercial space, each Tower having 10 floors.

Just imagine the pollution that the added traffic would add to already gasping for breath Delhi! And traffic would see many fold increase in congestion.

On the one hand one talks about de-congesting Delhi and on the other hand we have this. Even if this Centre has to be in Delhi, why not in Dwarka or Janakpuri or Rohini areas, for example.  

It is a really sad development  ....

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Sapiens: A brief history of Humankind' by Yuval Noah Harari.

Since the last few days I have been thumbing through  an unusual book: "Sapiens: A brief history of Humankind" by Yuval Noah Harari.  'Thumbing through' as this book requires readers to devote considerable serious time to it- some thing which I have not been able to devote. 

The writer, Yuval Noah Hariri has a PhD in History from the University of Oxford and now lectures at the Hebrew University of Jarusalem, specialising in World History.

Page two of the book (inner cover) summarises this historical journey of the Sapiens in a remarkably pithy manner. He says:

FIRE; gave us power;
GOSSIP: helped us co-operate;
AGRICULTURE: made us hungry for more;
MYTHOLOGY: maintaineed Law & Order:
MONEY: gave us something we can really trust;
CONTRADICTIONS: created culture, and
SCIENCE: made us deadly.

One may not agree with all these formulations, but still it is a wonderful book to start the new year with. .......

'Blot on metro: ' - Editorial in The Indian Express

"Blot on metro: Yes, the BJP plays petty, but the DMRC undermines its autonomy by not inviting the Delhi chief minister"- Editorial in the Indian Express

Lack of grace..........

Friday, December 29, 2017

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Delhi's CM not invited for Delhi Metro's Magenta Line opening- News

Delhi's CM not invited for Delhi Metro's Magenta Line opening- news.

Lack of grace and sensitivity on the part of function organisers.

'Phew! I am so glad to be awake' - by K.J.S.Chatrath

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I am convinced that lucky are the people who  enjoy good sleep without bad dreams.

I sleep badly and I get terrible dreams.

Earlier these used to be dreams like action movies with a beginning, tense middle and an end. Now ever since I have started travelling a lot, the oft repeated dream is that I get up at night and go out of the place where I am staying and then can not find my way back. And to make it more complicated, I do not have the address of the place where I am staying.

But last night/ this early morning's dream was dead (pun intended!) serious. I am travelling by plane and the Captain announces that we are going to crash and one sees lights. I am surprisingly calm and wait for death without any panic.

But ultimately the plane lands safely. I get up and am writing this note.  

Phew! I am so glad to be awake.