Blasts in Bombay and a few things I learnt today

Kudos to the people who could not have done better. For example, the traffic policemen who made sure that the traffic kept on moving. I learnt that efficiency and empathy can be balanced well by police as well. I also learnt that:

1. Commercial spirit is alive and well. The newspapers and tabloids will come tomorrow. Thus, it’s time to rant about TV. Close ups of the dead bodies, which should be captured and pasted all over Rajdeep Sardesai’s house were not the only distasteful sight on TV. Advertisements for houses (Flats at Bhiwadi, Lucknow etc. from Mtech developers, thank you, on IndiaTV), underwear (Dollarclub Innerwear on Aajtak) and education institutes (Coaching classes on Zee News) proved that whatever happens in this world, the commercial spirit will not flag.

2. Where there’s a WiLL (wireless in local loop), there’s no way you will get through. Reliance network proved impossible to penetrate. While Hutch and Airtel gave adequate challenges in getting through to people, difficult to get into but always possible in the end, it seemed like a couple of bomb blasts happened in the heart of the Reliance CDMA network. Wonder what Sehwag ki Maa would have said about this?
3. It is okay to talk in a movie hall in certain circumstances. People can crane their necks and perk up their ears for breaking news, forgetting the action on screen. If the movie is ordinary*, this becomes even easier. However, next time, some of you should think twice before asking for the score. That word is not on. No, not even on Reliance CDMA.
4. People will search for angles on days of disaster. Suddenly, my sitemeter shot up because people were searching for “Bombay vs Delhi”. I still don’t know why.

* People did not think twice about walking out of Superman ten minutes into the movie. Yes, I know that Superman is not particularly captivating. However, don’t think the first ten minutes are that big a letdown. Why? I stayed on till the interval. Incidentally, Superman is a boring movie, but Brandon Routh did exactly as I expected. He smiles like Superman. Hell, he even smiles like Clark Kent.

Crossposted on 22nd floor.

1 Comment so far

  1. arZan (unregistered) on July 12th, 2006 @ 10:43 pm


    you bring up a great point about the failure of Reliance cell customers to get in our out.

    I think that the government should come out with regulations to make sure that cell providers have enough capacity to handle calls during emergency.

    Cell providers increase their customer base but not their infrastructure to handle the larger volume.

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