Sunday, April 22, 2018

Why Are Parks Not Free Entry?

This cute little park near my colony was free entry until recently. Then they started charging Rs. 2 and then Rs. 3. Then they said there would be no charge until 8 am from 5 am for morning walkers. Then it went to Rs. 5 - all in the space of a couple of years. Now it is Rs. 10. What's the idea?

Then there are a whole bunch of rules as to what not to do. No games. No cameras. Especially shuttle, volleyball, cricket etc are strictly not allowed. Also video tapes and birthday cakes are not allowed. Birthday cakes? What's wrong with these people.

There is a huge list of people we are supposed to contact.I have no clue that so many people are involved in the upkeep of this park. I also have no clue what their jobs mean. Horticulture, Engineering, Street lights, HMWS and SB, Sanitation, Sports??, Veterinary, Entomology??, Police, Traffic. Are they serious?

The average citizen needs very little to be happy. A few trees, a water body, some shade, some grass...and they forget their troubles for a long time. Public parks should serve the purpose of providing them the space free. Why is everything being charged for like its a private enterprise? How many people can afford Rs. 10 to gain into a park like this? Why cannot the man on the road also access this because this seems exactly like a ploy to keep them out. And why cannot kids play? Give them areas to play. If people are misusing the property - which very few will - you have security guards all over. Tell them to step in when anyone steps out of line. But no. We must have a huge list of rules, a list of officers and make it inaccessible except for the rich. Give me a break! 

Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum - Movie

Brilliant.

The Square - Movie

Abstract. Not my cup of tea.


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

50 Greatest Short Stories - Selected by Terry O Brien

A wonderful read. Some of the greatest masters. Some great stories that haunt you forever - Model Millionaire, The Last Leaf, The Lottery Ticket, A Pair of Silk Stockings, The Rocking Horse Winner, The Lady with the Dog, The Cop and the Anthem, To Build a Fire, The Gift of the Magi, the Necklace, The Tell Tale Heart, The Bet, Trust, the Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Dancing Partner.

The Model Millionaire by Oscar Wilde
The Fly by Katherine Mansfield
An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce
The Last Leaf by O. Henry
The lottery Ticket by Anton Chekov
A Pair of Silk Stockings by Kate Chopin
How the Leopard Got His Spots by Rudyard Kipling
The Blind Man by D.H. Lawrence
The Valley of Spiders by H.G. Wells
The Music on the Hill by Saki
The Rocking Horse Winner by D.H. Lawrence
The Lady with the Dog by Anton Chekov
The Cop and the Anthem by O. Henry
A Chameleon by Anton Chekov
The Lady or the Tiger? by Frank Stockton
The Monkey's Paw by W.W. Jacobs
The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin
The Cactus by O. Henry
The Pit and the Pendulum by Edgar Allan Poe
To Build  a Fire by Jack London
The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry
My Financial Career by Stephen Leacock
Mrs. Packletide's Tiger - Saki
Hunter Quatermain's Story by H. Rider Hoggard
The Necklace by Guy de Maupassant
The Tell Tale Heart Edgar Allan Poe
The Fiddler by Herman Melville
A Horseman in the Sky by Ambrose Bierce
The Begging Letter Writer by Charles Dickens
The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe
The Crystal Egg by H.G. Wells
The Boarded Window by Ambrose Bierce
The Bet by Anton Chekov
A Coward by Guy de Maupassant
A Child's Dream of a Star by Charles Dickens
Trust by Jack London
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald
A Resumed Identity by Ambrose Bierce
A Little Cloud by James Joyce
Dracula's guest by Dram Stoker
Amy Foster by James Conrad
The Man Who Could Work Miracles by H.G. Wells
A Terribly Strange Bed by Wilkie Collins
A School Story by M.R. James
The Dancing Partner by Jerome K. Jerome
Rain by Somerset Maugham
A Haunted House by Virginia Woolf
My Own true Ghost Story by Rudyard Kipling
The Horla by Guy de Maupassant
The Body Snatchers by Robert Louis Stevenson

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Nice Link - How to Persuade Others by Daniel Pink

They are more likely to act on their own ideas rather than yours. So make them come with reasons why they are even doing what they are doing right.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAL7Pz1i1jU

Monday, April 16, 2018

A Bronx Tale - Movie

Robert De niro. Chazz Palminteri. A young boy torn between two people he admires - one is a mafia don and the other his hard working and honest father. Based on true life incidents. Gripping. A