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VOL. XXII NO. 8, August 1-15, 2012
By Ranjitha Ashok

Mixed messages

With your over-efficient 'traffic' messaging, you have diverted the entire traffic into this empty road!

Now let's understand this.

On the one hand, authorities are clearly against anyone using cell phones while driving.

Very wise.

Cell-phone-chatting-while-driving types are a menace both to themselves and every-one else.

On the other hand, the authorities recently announced that they will be sending SMS-es to all regarding traffic congestion and snarled up roads.


This needs some thinking through, don't you think?

I know what you're going to say: 'No one says that you should check your phone for messages while driving, dummy. Do so while stationary.'

Er...have you met our special brand of people-who-drive-on-our-roads?

They're mostly happy, insouciant creatures, given to sudden impulses and inexplicable thought processes and, quite literally, a law unto themselves.

So you can bet they'll check their phones for messages regarding traffic at the exact point of intersection between several irresistible forces, including themselves – and then argue loud and long over how it was all the fault of those-in-charge who sent messages asking them to watch out when, in fact, they should have been watching out for real and not reading messages asking them to do so.

However, the authorities, indefatigable optimists obviously, prefer to keep the faith – a real challenge.

Like Chennai roads.


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In this issue

Where are those water bodies?
Marina to undergo yet another facelift
Homes of yore
Draw up your plans for Madras Week
Changing face of the game
Ravi Varma's heroines come alive on stage
A cityscape and a chronicle
The day Dara Singh was arrested
The return of the Redvented Bulbul

Our Regulars

Short 'N' Snappy
Our Readers Write
Quizzin' with Ram'nan


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