Grandma's Tales

September 25, 2006


Filed under: Uncategorized — Geeta Padmanabhan @ 7:06 am

September 21 is World Park(ing) Day! Hey, is there a day left as normal, ‘no particular reason’ day? The calendar is getting crowded!

Parking Day has a twist to it, as you can see. REBAR (in lower case it’s a steel, a night club), a creative collective operates in San Francisco. It transformed a metered parking lot into a temporary park (it was there till the meter ran out!). Their argument? Far too much of city space is gobbled up by lifeless wheels. It’s time we reclaimed it for people. Wow!

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Rebar threw the idea to the creative minds in ‘Frisco. Go to the areas that need open spaces, they said. And turn parking spots into Park(ing) spaces. Improve the quality of human habitat. Let’s see who creates the most innovative Park(ing) space.

Rebar asked for volunteers to help them in a series of Park(ing) installations throughout the city.

Will something like this work in Chennai? Naah…

That’s because Chennai has few specified parking areas and fewer rules on parking. The city is run on the anywhere parking theory. All lanes and by-lanes have two and four wheelers on both sides of the road. Shops in street corners have vehicles parked at the turning to resemble the rays of the sun. Busy roads have cars parked haphazardly. I’ve seen cars parked to block your left turning view completely. And where are tourist taxis and private buses parked?

All we need to do is to learn to park neatly. We always have more space when we fold and arrange clothes neatly in the cupboard, don’t we?

How good are you as a parker?



  1. Hi,

    I am enthused to fold myself perfectly after reading this.

    As you rightly said, one has to get organized better. Will do better from now.


    Comment by Baski — September 25, 2006 @ 7:06 pm | Reply

  2. Dear Geeta,

    I am enjoying your blog. Keep it up.


    Comment by Mahesh — September 25, 2006 @ 9:04 pm | Reply

  3. dear geeta,

    it was good to see you on the blogosphere. you certainly have a unique pleasant way of writing, as we have seen so many times in the ability mag. and the issues you talk about are so relevant.

    :o) do i love glasbergen’s work too? for quite some time, i visited his website daily for the new toons.

    and I NEED grammar lessons. living in delhi, and emailing constantly – my grammar and vocabulary have really gone for a toss. please do point out my mistakes and suggestions for improvement every time you notice something. and be as direct and sharp as possible, please. :o)



    Comment by Nitin — September 26, 2006 @ 12:20 pm | Reply

  4. They say that
    in new york they drive on the right
    in london they drive on the left
    in india they drive on what is left

    but if something as complex yet simple like dabbawallas(btw u shd write abt them) can be made up in an even bigger city, surely it is possibel here

    Comment by Varun Chablani — October 9, 2006 @ 11:48 pm | Reply

  5. Thanks for the suggestion, Varun. I’ll see what I can. Sure we can bring the auto guys to see reason. First accept their legitimate demands and then slam them if they break rules. Carrot and stick, should work!

    Comment by Geeta Padmanabhan — October 10, 2006 @ 6:39 pm | Reply

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