A little bit of this & a little bit of that

Yeah, the night life in Bangalore needs an extension. Yes, we should have sex education provided in the schools. It’s nice to know that the government or the city administration actually has thought of some serious issues to be dealt with. And the media seems to have something to write about other than new roads getting constructed somewhere. Bangalore the new happening city has finally begun to grow up.

What happens if the restaurants & pubs & bars get an extension? For most of us when we speak we speak thinking probably that the whole of Bangalore is the way we are, educated and sane to be able to make a difference between the right & the wrong. But is it actually like that? May be not.

It will mean that the bars will remain open longer, where the crowd that doesn’t work in call centers & software companies generally frequent. What could be the impact of something like that? Remember there was a time when wives would get beaten up by their drunken husbands.

Also what kind of an impact will something like this have on kids. Imagine mama & papa returning home after a great party at 3 AM in the morning. They are hardly available during the day & now it will be the same in the night. May be it can start off a separate industry of Night care centers (like day care centers). People are surprised when they hear someone say “I go to bed by 10 PM”. Whatever happened to the early to bed & early to rise system. And what is going to be the impact of this entire thing on the pocket? The money will flow like drought beer.

Excuse my cynical approach to this. But I am sure people out there think that way and these obviously have to be factored in. Just as an aside, the reason why this entire thing came up again is because of a lot of foreigners visiting the city & them wanting to have a good night life. The other thing that is stated is that Bangalore is an international city, global city, international metro & all that. So are we doing this for ourselves or for the foreigners who are coming in here?

The other heated topic was & continues to be is Sex Education for kids in schools. The question we have to ask about sex education is – how do we want our kids to get information about sex – through the formal route or through informal route of magazines, internet, friends & so on. And there seems to be plenty of info out there through the informal route. Irrespective of how much awareness is created about parents playing the teacher here for the kids, it’s not going to happen. A topic of this sort needs to be addressed by a neutral person who can put things across in a correct perspective & who the kids are comfortable learning it from. This said I don’t think the present school teachers can do a good job of it. What we need probably are people who are specialized in this domain & know how to deal with the kids & their questions & so on. When I was in school, I remember there was a group from the US that had come down to talk to us about AIDS. After their initial talk about it when it came to the question & answer session most of the questions that were asked were about sex, the human body & related things. Very few asked more details about AIDS. The fact is there are a lot of questions at that stage & a formal & correct system of getting the answers is required. But all said & done, sex for some reason is made out to be this oh my god thing so much so that I don’t think we adults ourselves are completely clear about it.

If we are for the extension of the pub & restaurant deadline then sex education in schools should be thought of on similar lines. Don’t you think it’s connected?

The thing about both the extension of pubs & restaurants & the introduction of sex education in schools is that it is a major cultural shift for most of us. If people are what makes the city then the fact is Bangalore is not all call center & software employees. But for a forward looking Bangalore, its better if we are forward looking on all aspects.

11 Comments so far

  1. Just some dude (unregistered) on May 9th, 2007 @ 1:12 am

    Also what kind of an impact will something like this have on kids. Imagine mama & papa returning home after a great party at 3 AM in the morning. They are hardly available during the day & now it will be the same in the night.

    We, the pub-going people, would like to apologise in advance for holding a gun to people’s head and making them go to pubs and restaurants. As we all know, nobody voluntarily does this. So what if a city like Mumbai is open till late and has a lower crime rate than Bangalore? This city used to be called the “pensioner’s paradise”. There is no reason why we need to change.

    We also offer our sincere thanks for enforcing your idea of parenting on everyone. Without people like you, people would have no idea how to look after their kids.

    Whatever happened to the early to bed & early to rise system.

    An excellent point! Just because this is supposed to be a free country does not mean adults should be allowed to live their lives as they see fit! Instead, we should enforce certain living conditions upon everyone. Only then will this city be crime-free. In fact, I propose we go one step further and BAN all BPO companies from Karnataka. These companies force employees to work late shifts and sleep during the day. This is unacceptable!

    sex for some reason is made out to be this oh my god thing so much so that I don’t think we adults ourselves are completely clear about it.

    On this, my learned friend, I must differ. I am completely clear about it and have great sex regularly. Remember, hands and lips are your tools. ;)


  2. Kiran (unregistered) on May 9th, 2007 @ 8:38 am

    Thats a very nice article, i completely agree with all the things pointed out.

    But for a forward looking Bangalore, its better if we are forward looking on all aspects

    Forward looking, one of the key aspects of good living. Getting complete freedom does not mean you can do all that you would like in a reckless manner. It gives me jitters when i think we are completely free. It brings lots of responsibility, responsibility towards society, surroundings, people and our lives by itself.

    We have to think more on how to induce and teach people or making them aware of what really freedom is.

    Bangalore really needs one, starting from driving on the roads, garbage disposal, healthy living lists go large.

    Creating Awareness should be our mantra for all the bengalurians.

    Cheers


  3. Kiran (unregistered) on May 9th, 2007 @ 8:39 am

    Thats a very nice article, i completely agree with all the things pointed out.

    But for a forward looking Bangalore, its better if we are forward looking on all aspects

    Forward looking, one of the key aspects of good living. Getting complete freedom does not mean you can do all that you would like in a reckless manner. It gives me jitters when i think we are completely free. It brings lots of responsibility, responsibility towards society, surroundings, people and our lives by itself.

    We have to think more on how to induce and teach people or making them aware of what really freedom is.

    Bangalore really needs one, starting from driving on the roads, garbage disposal, healthy living lists go large.

    Creating Awareness should be our mantra for all the bengalurians.

    Cheers


  4. Vatal Nagaraj (unregistered) on May 9th, 2007 @ 9:16 am

    Drinking is against our culture? Can you please define what our culture is? If you want to sleep at 10 or even 8, it is your wish. What makes you think that everyone should follow the same rule? Why don’t you go one step further and propose a blanket ban on drinking in Karnataka, and as Just Some Dude said ban BPO’s. And finally rename Bengalooru as Talibanooru. Why are you folks trying to live the life of others?


  5. blr bytes (unregistered) on May 9th, 2007 @ 10:37 am

    I, for one, welcome our new moral overlords.

    All your vice belong to us!


  6. Lokesh (unregistered) on May 9th, 2007 @ 10:59 am

    Dear Commenters,
    I sometimes wonder should one write exactly the way one thinks about something? Why cant I think about this differently just for the sake of understanding this better? a la Devil’s advocate. This is written completely from that viewpoint and what I write here needn’t always be my exact views. Blogs have certain limitations as in it caters to only a certain section of people whose thinking is for various reasons of a particular type. Hence this attempt to bring in a diverse viewpoint. Appreciate your comments.


  7. Deepak Shenoy (unregistered) on May 9th, 2007 @ 11:02 am

    Yo, Mr. Blr Bytes, you have absolutely no culture. It is “All your vice *are* belong to us”, no!

    To this fantabulously deep-thinking post, I must say yes, I agree, ban everything. Why just sex education, ban education at schools; since it is difficult nowadays, for parents or teachers to explain, without ho-humming, how a binomial co-efficent series expansion is going to make a difference to one’s life.

    Of course spending money is horrible. We should remove all methods of spending money, even if it were the result of one’s hard work. After all what will our children inherit if their spendthrift parents went to (god forbid) PUBS? In the same vein we will also ban all expensive clothes (peter england ought to be good for everyone), mtr’s Rs. 75 thali (my god man, adigas gives you Rs. 35 thali), upmarket cars (take the maruti 800 or leave the city dammit) and all soap other than hamam.

    Perhaps there will be a day when people will wear blinkers to work, to which they walk or grudgingly drive a vehicle. No hoardings, advertisements or anything that “corrupts” this city’s fine established 400 year old culture shall be allowed, which includes “cold drink yaake” by namma famous upendra, who should also be banned for corrupting the clean shaven culture of this city.

    Ban them all. Ban the food, the spices, the aromas, the vices. Ban the women. Ban Brigade Road. ban Silk board junction. Ban Forum, Garuda and whatever the hell happened to Lido. Ban Abdul Kalam. Yes. It will finally be ban – galore.


  8. Kiran (unregistered) on May 9th, 2007 @ 11:25 am

    Hey Guys….

    Lets think rationally, my argument in my previous post was, banning everything is not the only solution, we have to look much forward, we have to educate on how to use everything sensitively.

    I definitely agree that opening bars for long time would bring in more problems, may not be. opening bars for longer hours brings problems only in bangalore as it is said It happens only in India .

    What i meant was, we have more people there who have to be tamed or let know how to behave responsibly. Until that is not done, we will face mamooth of problem in what ever rule is introduced.

    Act responsibly, half of all our problems will be solved automatically .

    We can set an example for others, come on Bengaluru LETS DO IT TOGETHER….

    CHEERS !!


  9. Vladimir Lenin (unregistered) on May 9th, 2007 @ 12:05 pm

    Apparently what we failed to do in the Motherland is being done in Bangalore.

    I must tell Marx and Mao of this last outpost of communist heaven.

    Long live the revolution!


  10. Rajiv4Ever (unregistered) on May 9th, 2007 @ 4:08 pm

    Yes. We want to move to the next level of civilization, but we have a boundary of traditions which is expanding slower than the pace of globalization or cultural impact of foreign media invasions. So the thing is we need time. we need time to let our kids hang around at 1 o’clock in downtown, we need time to shift our interest from panipuri to lasagna, we need time to improve our infrastructure. INDIA is only 60 year old but its culture is 5000 years. So guys chill out give some god damn ‘TIME’.


  11. Nimish (unregistered) on May 10th, 2007 @ 6:28 pm

    I must congratulate “Just some dude” and BLR Bytes for their excellent tongue in cheek commentary. I was ROTFL as I read the comments :)



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