Tuesday, October 23, 2007

No Free Parking

If you are not able to view this pic, please click here.

The guy in the green shirt is a parking attendant and is carrying a small machine which prints out receipts. He is having an altercation with the guy on the left who does not want to pay because he "just went to deposit a check in the bank" (meaning did not park long enough).

If you click on the photo you can see a guy in a black t-shirt with blue lettering holding hands with a guy in black shirt. In India if you see guys holding hands, or a guy with his hand around the other guy's shoulder while walking or chatting, it does NOT necessarily mean they are gay!! Beyond them there is a kid in orange shirt riding on the gas tank of a motorbike. The guy riding the bike is carrying TWO more kids behind him, but in the photo you can see only part of the leg of the kid sitting right behind him; there is one more kid behind that kid! Needless to say it is illegal for more than two people to ride a bike but it is a common sight to see three youngsters on one bike. It is also a common sight to see people walking in the street as there are hardly any sidewalks left, but even when there are sidewalks, you can still see people walking on the street causing traffic to go around them or causing traffic to slow down. Every day a few pedestrians are injured or killed. Walking is a risky activity.

The municipal corporation has invited tenders from developers to build parking lots, but NONE have come forth so far because the land prices are exorbitant. The municipal corporation should ideally build and operate parking lots but they are more interested in selling land at exhorbitant prices.

"A real patriot is the fellow who gets a parking ticket and rejoices that the system works." -Bill Vaughan

"There are two kinds of pedestrians - the quick and the dead." -Thomas Robert Dewar


"Ah... so many pedestrians, so little time...." -Robin Williams

9 comments:

WebOJ said...

Hi. Unfortunately your pic is not visible today. Your explaination of the pic is very interesting (and a little amusing) so please upload it soooooon. Thanks for your comments on my blog. It made very interesting reading.

Fénix (Bostonscapes DP) said...

I can't see the photo. I've tried a few times, but no luck. I'll keep trying.

Hyderabad Daily Photo said...

Weboj, fenix - thanks for trying. I don't know what is wrong. I am able to view it. I tried it from a different computer (different ISP) and am able to view it, so I am at a loss as to what could be going on...
Only thing I can think of doing is deleting and reuploading the image,
which I will do now, but I won't be able to tell if it worked.

smilnsigh said...

Sorry, but I can't see a photo either. There is a little box. But clicking on it, didn't bring up the photo.

Mari-Nanci

zakscloset said...

nasty politics! so if i ever made it out to india, should i risk my life by walking or riding a bike and get loads of parking tickets...? btw, i love how you have lots of amazing cultural observations in one photo!

Hyde DP said...

well I can see the photo fine now and I loved your long explanation of the situation.

smilnsigh said...

You asked how to make a mosaic of several photos...

{no spaces between any of these things, in the URL's below}

Go to http: slash slash flickr dot com
and join.

Then go to http: slash slash flickr dot com slash photos slash upload slash basic slash
and upload the photos, you wish to make into a mosaic.

Then go to http: slash slash bighugelabs dot com slash flickr slash mosaic dot php
and make your mosaic.

Mari-Nanci

WebOJ said...

I can't understand why guys ride without a helmet. It's just a matter of habit. I had a bike in Bombay (bought for me on the explicit condition that I'd wear my helmet at all times), and the helmet just became so natural for me to wear everytime I sat on the bike. It saved me from 2 serious falls when there was oil on the road. A friend of mine had a bike fall and she was in coma for 3 months. It took her two years to learn to walk again.

Fénix (Bostonscapes DP) said...

Looks like reuploading the photo fixed the problem. :)

I just don't know what to say about the situation you describe. I guess I just can't understand why people won't change their ways.