Spidermen of Bangalore

Where, yelli, kidhar? Well, you may not spot the Spidermen that easily, but cobwebs are everywhere. You don’t realize there is so much spider silk around you because you have just learnt to ignore.

Every house and street is in their web. Look around your home to find some silk spun in from neighbors’ houses and some weaved down from nearby electricity poles or coconut trees. The Spidermen of Bangalore use anything they can to grow their web – trees, abandoned poles, rusting vehicles, tall fences. Try spot things that stand but can’t complain and you will notice more of their weaving.

It is as if these cable men have your house in their shackles. “Let us take out house # 44 today”, they may decide. “Pole, check”. “Rear neighbor, check”. “Side neighbor, check”. “Tree, check”. “Go, go”! And then one of their men will start pulling the spider-web around your house. Up it may go in the air, plucked and uprooted from the ground. “House # 44 is down sssir”. Yes, their noose is so tight and omnipresent that you may not be alone in getting nightmares like these.

Some evidence yours truly captured:

Spider silk sneaking in from a neighbor’s:

And from the skies:

The micro cobwebs on poles, they got spare capacity, like those kite-flyers!

Hidden coaxial treasure nailed to trees:

Whats that box, spider-house atop a tree?

11 Comments so far

  1. Rajesh (unregistered) on May 21st, 2007 @ 10:03 am

    Nice post!

    This cable menace should be curtailed. I have seen some telcom companies who really go well planned and lay their cables neatly, BBMP should enforce others to comply on the tidyness.

  2. Chitra (unregistered) on May 21st, 2007 @ 10:53 am

    Nice post! Such an eyesore.

  3. Sid (unregistered) on May 21st, 2007 @ 12:52 pm

    As ugly as it is, I’m afraid this kind of overhead wiring is inevitable. Bengalouru is really a fast-growing, mostly unplanned boom town. No one will commit to dig underground cable until population patterns settle down. My guess is that it will take five or ten years to get rid of the overhead spider webs.

    In the meantime, I hear informally that there is a stealth warfare between companies over wire rights. I hear some companies cut other companies’s wire in the middle of the night. This further adds to Bengalouru’s frontier reputation.

  4. Lokesh (unregistered) on May 21st, 2007 @ 3:35 pm

    I recollect checking some pictures of this type on some email forwards. Yeah, the administration has to get down to these things as well.

  5. R.A. Levin (unregistered) on May 21st, 2007 @ 4:30 pm

    Are these the same guys that seem to pop up in the dead of night, where I live? It looks like their “handiwork”!


  6. R.A. Levin (unregistered) on May 21st, 2007 @ 5:30 pm

    I should have added something about the ubiquitous Trainers, seen hanging from “webs” such as these, around here. There’s an urban legend floating about, that the shoes are thrown up there to indicate houses selling drugs. I think it’s probably just cases of adolescent exuberance.


  7. Deepa Mohan (unregistered) on May 21st, 2007 @ 6:03 pm

    Very nice post about something that we see all around us. Nice supporting pics too!

  8. Ravi (unregistered) on May 22nd, 2007 @ 1:21 am

    Very nice post and nice analogy there – that of spidermen!

  9. Mytri (unregistered) on May 22nd, 2007 @ 3:25 am

    Hmmm…. Silkboard weaves a web of silk, eh ;-) :)) It was a fun article to read. Unfortunately, too real. Only in this case there is NO end in sight to the ‘webs” being cast on us!

  10. silkboard (unregistered) on May 22nd, 2007 @ 9:38 am

    Thank you all for the nice words.

    Its all ugly, one thing. Its illegal, could be another. Are they allowed to pin their wires to trees, use electricity and telephone poles (without permission?) and drop wires over our terraces and fences, run them over public streets like that?

    This and other things (quality, monopolistic charges, channel piracy) combined, I suspect Cable must be like the most unregulated industry in our country, even after new things like DTH and CAS.

  11. silkboard's friend who? (unregistered) on May 31st, 2007 @ 11:24 am

    Well written silkboard also called pra…

    watched some hollywood action flick recently kya?

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