Sunday, August 30, 2009

General Welfare

They are full of pride and high expectations. An appointment with the minister! Finally they are admitted, and finally they have the opportunity to make their cause heard. The petition is submitted to the minister. Great injustice and unbearable sufferings have befallen them, they add. The unfair competition of the sun was a burden not only to them, but to the whole people. If government could only decide to compel all citizens to darken their rooms with thick curtains during daytime, the candle-makers would be fine. And not only they! Also the butcher would have to slaughter more animals to produce tallow for candles. This would improve nutrition for everyone. And the producers of beeswax... and, and, and...


Even the meanest selfish interest will be concealed as a contribution to the “general welfare” in the political debate – even if it causes more damage than benefit. Extracted from The Essential Frederic Bastiat

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Getting into groove @ Bangalore

Over the just commenced weekend, I did the rounds of the good places in Bangalore and have since come to realize why people are so in love with this place. And why the place around church street, brigade road is still happening.

Amoeba - good bowling alley. lots of lanes. yet if you go after 7ish in the evening, you need 2 wait in queue for a while. address - church street. valet parking available.

Bangalore Bistro - awesome food, cool setting. you get your choice of food - Mediterranean, Lebanese, Mexican, Continental, and anything else you can think of and the chef can cook up. Beware you should know what you are ordering - a couple of people in the group I was visiting with, made the wrong choice and landed up with something they did not like. Well, I did surely make hay while the sun shined. I need visit sometime in the evening for the setting outside - looked cool and people recommend it too. address - Brigade Road ( couple of years earlier it was in cunningham rd). Valet parking available.

13th Floor - the destination pub in bangalore. Actually situated on the 13th floor, with a terrace setting - smoking area. They also have a inside setting - non-smoking area. Be sure to make reservations in advance if you are going on a Saturday. Or shell out a few extra bucks for the tables on the terrace. The view of the city and the UB City is amazing, the crowd is happening, and the music is good. address - M. G. Road (entrance available on church st. also without parking)

All these places are within walking distance of each other. So your afternoon lunch extends into a matinee movie (INOX Magrath Rd) extends into a early evening bowling session and peacefully ends with a evening session on 13th Floor. What more can you ask for on your birth-weekend !!!

I am loving it !