Well, we all know that the title of this blog was attributed to Queen Mary (Marie in French) Antoinette, at the onset of the French Revolution of 1789. When the aam aadmi of Paris and the surrounding areas petitioned the powerful queen, that they do not have “BREAD” to eat, Mary Antoinette is supposed to have said, “IF YOU DON’T HAVE BREAD, GO EAT CAKES!!” Whether she actually said it or not is not important, but that the statement is befittingly attributed to her just before the Revolution, is a great THEME in itself.
The fact of her statement is immaterial, but the attribution of that statement to a person in those circumstances is perfect.
Many wonder at the callousness of Mary Antoinette even today. But we are all Mary Antoinettes in our own ways. For us also sometimes BREAD and CAKES are not qualitatively distinguishable. Both are alternatives for sating our appetite.
In my FACEBOOK account, in a lighter vein, i had commented that to improve the roads of Bangalore the way was to use a high-end Mercedes or a BMW, so that the potholes do not send the springs of your car seats up your rectum or the pollution (both noise & air) do not harass your long stays during those interminable jams! This suggestions are similar to the bread and cake statement of Mary Antoinette.
The lidded manholes of Bangalore are the deepest in the country. At more than 20kmph, one will not be able to sight them: and when u follow another car, without aligning your tyres with the preceding car, the dip would be so excruciating that one could feel one’s big intestines rising to one’s throat. But, our elected representatives do not feel the urgency to do anything about the plight of the roads. After all they use high-end cars!!
Now that the ROADS OF BANGALORE have become the second home to most of the commuters, it is time we cocooned ourselves either inside a VOLVO bus or a high-end car that would make the journey less annoying.
The elected civic politicians are showing their inability, by citing funds position. Why not we think of PPP (Public Private Partnerships) and allocate toll roads inside the city. I am sure that the entrepreneurs, who had done a commendable job by appropriating the National Highways and made it their private fiefdoms, would be terribly interested in putting up flyovers and collecting toll for the next 40 years or so!!! Just as the National Highway 46, part of 7 etc. were hived off to private parties, thereby denying FREE access to the aam aadmi, we could hive off roads to private contractors. After all INFRASTRUCTURE is the flavour of these days!!!
IN BANGALORE THERE IS EVERY POSSIBILITY FOR HAVING CITY HIGHWAYS (JUST LIKE THE ONE TO THE ELECTRONIC CITY). BUT THE CONFUSION SHOULD MOUNT TO SUCH AN EXTENT, THAT SELLING OFF PUBLIC ASSETS SHOULD SEEM TO BE A WORTHWHILE OPTION.
we will have cakes instead of bread!