Saturday, July 28, 2012

Crowd management

Crowds, traffic jams, queues are a common phenomenon for an Indian living in a city.
The other day the traffic signals at an important junction went off at peak time. It was a cross-section of roads and did not have traffic police nearby. Such occurences do happen in cities, though most of the cross-sections do have traffic policeman nearby.
The chaos was tremendous. Everybody wanted to get out of the jam quickly and thought he was doing the right thing by moving ahead at a specific time and others were not cooperating.
I thought about this problem and tried to find a solution. The solution or the law (Ha !! Ha !!) I thought was " If the distance between you and the car in front of you is equal to or more than 1 meter;
or the distance beween you and the car in the road perpendicular to you is equal to or more than 1 meter then move forward. Otherwise stay still." If this law is followed by everyone meticulously then the traffic clearance will be faster. And the people will have peace of mind till the traffic policeman arrives back from the tea shop !!
Another thing is the queues in important govt. organisations. I had to face this problem once. At that place there was separate queues for general, ladies and govt. officials. I stood in the govt. officials queue though I am a PSU (semi-government organisation) employee. I was able to get my job done without anybody asking questions.
For other queues, passing the time by reading papers, browsing net over mobile may be the best option.
The best solution is of course is to start early. Considering that we follow IST (Indian Stretchable Time !) and general public mostly join in at stipulated time, this is the best way out.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Pirated audio CDs.

I run errands for my house almost everyday to buy some thing or the other. Most of the daily needs are met in a shopping complex near our flats. Somedays I go to the main Central market.
About three days back I went to the Central market. The market has shops for supplying all the needs of a modern consumer. In the pavements there are pirated audio,video CDs sellers.
I normally look out for audio CDs. And I do not hesitate in buying the latest dump of Hindi film songs combined in one CD and priced for 50 odd rupees.
I had been buying this audio CDs for quite some time. I then copy these songs in my PC. And then from these songs, I move selected ones to another directory.
For the last two years I was looking out for Jatin Lalit collection. I could not get them. I got Shahrukh Khan hits, Aamir Khan hits (which had a good collection of Jatin Lalit songs) but not specific Jatin Lalit songs.
Three days back I managed to get specific Jatin Lalit songs, with the title Jatin Lalit hits. It had songs from about 20 movies of them.
What made me think is that till two years back the pirates of audio did not have the guts to bring a Jatin Lalit CD. But today they have. This definitely gives an indication that music before 2000 is a history. And the pirates have managed to break into the empire of the last Sultans(Jatin Lalit) of 20th century.
A fine collection of songs which I can now hear whenever I please. Thanks to the piracy !!