Bomb Blasts in Bangalore!!

NDTV report:

Bangalore has been hit by five serial bomb blasts at crowded locations on a stretch from Brigade Road to Hosur Road.

The blasts reportedly occurred at Nayandahallil, Anepalya, Madiwala and Koramangalam within a span of 12 minutes, leaving at least 3 dead.

According to preliminary reports, the first blast took place at 1.30 in the afternoon. The low intensity bombs were planted mostly near refugee settlements and appeared to have been triggered by timers.

Bomb squads have been rushed to the blast sites. The telephone lines have been jammed.
The city police commissioner has urged the people to ”carry on with their daily activities without any fear.”

As the report reads, 5 (or rumoured to be 7) blasts occured in Bangalore’s many crowded locations. The bombs were low-intensiity ones (thanfully), made of gelatin. The blasts ended up killing 3 (feared to be 7) people and about 15-20 people injured. Irishtimes.com says Islamist militant groups of Pakistan and Bangladesh are suspected to be behind these blasts. The Commissioner of Police is supposed to have urged the people to continue with their daily activities without any more fears. Easier said than done!

Hopefully things will be cleared up soon and the situation will not become a setback for the newly formed government in the state.

Update: 8.30 PM

There have been totally 8 bombs that have gone off today until now. All have been recognized to be low-intensity ones. The number of dead people is 2 and injured ones are more than 20. The government has assured a sum of 1 Lakh rupees to the families of the deceased.

The bombs were mostly placed in the southern parts of the city; in areas like Audogodi, Mallya hospital region, and Mysore Road. Another bomb was found (which did not go off) mainly made crudely of gelatin sticks.

The traffic has come to a stand-still at many places owing to the large number of checkposts that the police have set up around the city. If you are in the city, you can do the following to avoid having to walk into another bomb (God forbid!):

  • Movies and parties can wait. Don’t make them the last ones you attend.
  • Stay indoors. Contact any one who is yet to return and make sure they get to a safe place (closest friend/relative) ASAP.
  • Call the police if you are in trouble or need help! Here is the list of contact numbers based on the zone you are in: Police Contact Information
  • If it is inevitable for you to go out, carry all the necessary vehicle documents and personal identification to avoid any confusions when the Police check you.

The central government claims to have alerted the state of an imminent attack and says the blasts were the result of the state government’s complacent attitude. The blame game begins!

As Bangaloreans, we just hope that the night has silenced for good.

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To Chennai, Tirupathi and back!

It was a tiring but enjoyable trip. I left for Chennai early morning on the 9th of July by the Lalbagh Express and was pleasantly surprised when the train reached the destination at 12pm, 15 minutes earlier than it was supposed to. 😮 Not always do you get to see that happen! 🙂

Chennai is HOT! Its not just the temperature but the humidity, owing to its coastal location. I stayed there for two days, and since I do not know Tamil, had a tough time communicating with people there. I shifted to English when people did not understand my Tamil and gave me blank stares. It did not help much either. Anyways, another surprising fact is crow population of Chennai is not less than 10 times as that of Bangalore! Its crazy! I guess the sewage management of the city is the main reason.

We then went to Tirupathi. My 70-year old grandmother climbed the hills! Yeah!! We started early morning at around 3.30 AM and by the time we reached the top of the seventh hill, it was almost 10.00 AM. Wonder how she could muster all the strength from? I also met a few of my college friends from the Mechanical Department while climbing the hills.

And as usual, the shrine was thronged by millions of people, and it took 3 hours for us to move through the entwined queueing system and finish our darshan. Overall, the trip was an enjoyable experience. 🙂

P.S: This entry has been due for a long time. I came back from my trip on the 14th of July.

Going out again!

I was of the opinion that sudden plans spring up only among friends. And I was pleasantly surprized when my grandma, yes, my grandma called me up this morning and asked me to accompany her to Chennai tomorrow! We’ll be visiting my uncle there, and also, leave to Tirupathi on Friday, then return to Bangalore on Monday. (Which leaves me just 3 days after I come back to get my Driver’s License done; or else, my Learner’s License would lapse, and I’ll have to start all over again! Talk about dumb rules!)

I’m off to reserve tickets for the morning train tomorrow; we’ll be leaving at 6 ‘o clock. So another week away from my computer! Aww.. 😦

Indian Premier League match at Chinnaswamy Stadium tonight!

I had been to today’s IPL cricket match at Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore. The match was played between the Rajhasthan Royal and the Royal Challengers. It was to begin at 8PM, but we (3 cousins, uncle and me) reached there early (around 5PM) to avoid the last minute rush. The stands were pretty empty at that time, however, it began to fill up pretty quick later on. We were wondering how to kill time till 8, but thanks to Kailash Kher’s amazing concert from 6PM to 7PM, time just flew. He sang his hit songs from the album Kailasa and also, Chakde Phatte, Allah Ke Bandhe and a few others. He even quipped in a few lines of a Kannada song! That was a good surprise. 🙂

The concert was closely followed by a laser-light show. It lasted for 10 minutes during which the stadium was plunged into darkness and multi-colored lasers light filled the whole area in a variety of patterns. By this time, the players had come out to the field for their warm-up exercises, inviting huge cheers from the crowd and the announcer shouting out the rules for the third time in the evening. By about 7.30PM, the toss took place, and the Royal Challengers (the team I supported) lost it. 😦 Sharne Warne the captain of the Rajhasthan Royals elected to field and put the Challengers on to bat. (This was actually good for us, getting to see the boys bat first!)

Our joys lasted only a few moments, when the Challengers put up an awful show, losing a lot of wickets very early and desperately tried to put a decent amount of runs on the board. We used to cheer aloud for every boundary and also for extras! Lol! We were all hungry and drank soft drinks and ate chaats, paying twice the amount of money we would have normally paid for it outside! Anyways, the Challengers after putting a very low target on the board, started off the bowling pretty well taking two quick wickets. But that was the end. Shane Watson and Graeme Smith took the match away from the Challengers with awesome shots all round the park!

Though we lost the match, the atmosphere of the crowd at the stadium was amazing and always kept us at the edge of the seats; screaming, shouting and singing along to the tunes that were played every time anything happened (Like a fall of the wicket, a boundary or end of an over).

And I really couldn’t end this post without mentioning the beautiful cheerleaders (flown all the way from the US of A – The Washington Redskins). They were clad in the least possible clothing and rocked to the tunes of Justin Timberlake, Jab We Met, and a few other popular Kannada and Hindi songs.

After the match got over, (by around 11PM) I got the bike and returned home; enjoying the ride zooming through the (very little) traffic. All-in-all, it was an enjoyable experience and worth the money that we had paid for the tickets!