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Awesomest Road Signs – Where can you find it? India, ofcourse!!

August 1, 2013

Until a few years back, when I was living in a suburb of Chennai famous for its temples and dusty unpaved pathways, the term “Road Sign” to me meant  pretty much what “Ice Fishing” means to a Libyan. Only thing about a Road that’s tangible in those parts of the town is “road tax” that all vehicle owners pay to the government. Coming from such a background, when I went to college in the city, I failed to notice the road signs most of the time and fell pray to the ingeniously criminal ways in which the Chennai traffic police laid traps using the road signs. I then learned that the two most important road signs in Chennai city are the ‘No Entry” and “No Free Left” signs.

Important Sign no.1 - No Entry

Important Sign no.1 – No Entry

Strategically placed behind a tree or a lamp post, these signs usually don’t fall in the visual spectrum of the passing vehicles, especially if one is driven by a guy from the dusty unpaved pathways suburb. And when the vehicle misses the road sign and turns left on a “No Free Left” road, one can meet the pound to pound equivalent of a Spanish matador. In case you don’t get it, I’m referring to the Chennai Traffic police here who jump on the middle of the road without a care in the world and catch the handle bars of a still moving motorcycle and stop the traffic violator, all with the ease of a Spanish matador taking a large-ass bull by its horns.

el matador de Chennai

el matador de Chennai

Heard about the term “Culture Shock”, used to describe the strangeness in ways of a new foreign land? Well I experienced it first hand on my first visit to the US when I saw a multitude of road signs everywhere. Further shocking was the fact that they had to be taken seriously and if not Uncle Sam’s long arm wouldn’t hesitate to take out a hefty fine for the violation, that is if you’re still alive after the accident that you get into by violating the road sign.

But nothing quite prepared me for the awesomeness of road signs within India itself, on the mountainous border states in the north. I learnt that road signs can have genres too. Patriotic, romantic, quirky, witty, cheesy…you name it and we’ve got it. And what better way to ensure the motorists listened to the road signs than when they are put up by a bro!!

Touching an emotional chord!

Touching an emotional chord!

Scare Tactics

Scare Tactics

A little advice to the passenger as well!

A little advice to the passenger as well!

And then there is patriotism with a tinge of secularism!

And then there is patriotism with a tinge of secularism!

Sometimes just plain facts are useful too!

Sometimes just plain facts are useful too!

This is the land of love!

This is the land of love!

Can't say I don't agree.

Can’t say I don’t agree.

And then there is good old prohibition!

And then there is good old prohibition!

And ofcourse, for the philosophically inclined.

And ofcourse, for the philosophically inclined.

And even if these signs don’t convince you to follow the road signs, you’ve got to atleast listen to your authority, especially if its your BRO!!

BRO – Border Roads Organisation

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Contextual Learning Series – Anniyan and the Wave Particle Duality!

July 9, 2013

There have been numerous debates through the centuries about the nature of this thing we call “Light”. Newton said light is made up of particles while the larger scientific community including Huygens and Maxwell argued with their tooth and nail for light to be considered to be composed of waves. That is, until a Swiss Patent Office clerk, came in and pacified the divided scientific community by saying that both the groups were right. If you think the clerk was just being politically correct to pacify the scientific community and resolve the issue amicably, then pray let me tell that he did so with experimental  proof called “photoelectric effect” that light is “also” a particle, depending on how we choose to look at it.

The Swiss Clerk

The Swiss Clerk

If you have studied in IIT Madras or belong to the group of people that say Wave particle duality is nothing but the age old hindu concept of Advaita, then this post may probably not be easy for you to digest. On the other hand, if you are anything like me, that is, slept during the physics classes in schools and just about passed the examinations by way of cramming up stuff, then behold, this post will enlighten you!

Indian movies, most people think, has done more to discredit scientific theories than all the flat earth enthusiasts and creationists put together! If you’re one among those, then I really don’t blame you. Infact I’ve heard many horror stories of kids who when they first step into IIT and learn universal laws such as gravity, they almost get a nervous breakdown since they have always believed nothing is impossible for their movie heroes who have moved trains or punch villains with a mere hand wave.

Science Killer 1

Science Killer – Watch the pic to see what I mean.

However, if you are an inquisitive mind, you would know that while a lot of our movies have always tried to disprove universal laws, there are certain movies that have tried to explain physical laws for the simple minded folks!

“Anniyan” for that matter contextually explains the Wave Particle Duality.

Anniyan and the Wave Particle Duality

Anniyan and the Wave Particle Duality – Click on the pic to enlarge.


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