Notes For 23rd May

  • Demolition on encroached areas in M G Road continues
  • I had to go to our client’s office and copy a file to their systems via pen drive
  • I feel like I am not getting enough sleep (5 to 6 hours on a working day)
  • I was busy preparing a presentation slide for a training program
  • For the first time since I joined this company, I had lunch on my own
  • We planned to buy a gift for our departing training manager
  • The office is looking very hectic and with good reason
  • I spoke to recruitment about them conducting interview for people I want to recommend
  • I have some ideas I want to implement in the next few days; keep your fingers crossed for me
  • I want to break free

Song for the day – “Nymphetamine” – CRADLE OF FILTH

Champions League Final is tonite

It comes down to this – a repeat of the 2005 final, where a resurgent & courageous Liverpool FC came back from 0-3 to tie the game against a much fancied AC Milan side and then went on to win in on penalties. Perhaps one of the most dramatic finals of all time, that was pure magic and a night to remember. This time around AC Milan will be looking for revenge and redemption and will be wary of the Merseyside club. They will be out for blood and if they get an early goal or two, look for them to sit on that lead and probably keep 10 men behind the ball and only send out a lone striker forward. Liverpool will look to the attackers to put dents in the Milan defense.

Players who could decide the match tonight : for Milan Kaka & Seedorf; for Liverpool Gerrard & Kyut.

Breaking The Roads

Hmmm, how to explain what has happened in the city of Cochin and that too the main commercial areas? Well go back many years and know that the business and stores in M.G Road have actually built part of their stores / shops / parking areas / displays on portions of land that is not theirs! Meaning the government owns that section of the road, which is meant for the public to walk / cycle / ride or drive through. But most of the big business and stores in this area have encroached on the areas that are not theirs and built on it. It seems that the government had given out repeated warnings to those business owners not to build outside of what they were provided. And later, after these stores were guilty of encroachment, they were warned that the government could at any time take necessary action.

But the businesses did not take heed and many, many years passed. I’m talking years – children were conceived, born, grew up and got married in that time! Finally now, the government wants to take action and severe action too. Achuthanandhan is here with a bulldozer or three.

“Speaking to reporters at the demolition site, district collector A P M Mohammed Hanish said the demolition was carried out after a survey was done and notice was served on the encroachers in M G Road in the heart of the city. “We have planned to demolish 25 encroachment on the M G road today (Tuesday),” he said.A host of government officials including a strong police force had been deployed at the site of demolition.The collector said the demolition would continue in the coming days.Kerala Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan had recently said here that the Munnar model will be implemented in other parts of the state where encroachment was reported.

So yesterday, the bulldozers arrived and demolished part of the buildings at M G Road. The affected businesses – a huge book / gift / cd store, a bank, a supermarket, a shoe store, several jewelery showrooms etc etc. People gathered on the streets and traffic was blocked for hours at a stretch. A huge group of onlookers start cheering and dancing as it became apparent that the road would now be wider than usual! Which means less traffic blocks along M.G Road.

A new hotel was the worst hit as they had just finished construction on their brand new building which was guilty of encroachment. The huge loss will be difficult for them to bear. I only got a glimpse of the demolition as I came home last night, since I don’t have to go by M G Road on the way or back from work. I hope to see the new M G Road sans encroached sections in a day.