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Behold the unassuming Ugly Indian

Behold the Ugly Indian. The Kaam Chalu Mooh Bandh Ugly Indian. The non-preachy Ugly Indian. The not-your-activist Ugly Indian. The anonymous Ugly Indian. The inspiring Ugly Indian. The unassuming Ugly Indian. You can’t change your country. You can’t change your city. You may be able to change your neighborhood. But… You certainly CAN change a spot. What’s […]

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Bike parking lot on Commercial St receives TUI makeover

The Ugly Indian Chronicles Volume 13: Close Encounter of the Babu Kind

Last evening, I visited the The Ugly Indian Facebook page after a long time. While I was sleeping, they’ve apparently continued doing what they do best, you know, beautifying Bangalore and changing people’s behavioral patterns. The latest iconic street that received their makeover was Commercial Street. It’s all Mr. Manivannan’s fault that I’m writing this […]

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Before (top) and after (bottom)

The Ugly Indian Chronicles (Volume 12) – Setting New Social Media Records

1000 Facebook Likes and 56 shares in 22 hours – for ONE picture! My original headline read 500+ Likes in 2 hours. I changed it to “725 Likes and 26 shares in three hours”. This morning I was about to update to “900 Likes in 18 hours” but, instead, decided to wait for the 1000 […]

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TereBin in use on a city pavement

The Ugly Indian Chronicles Volume 11 – of poets, philosophers, psychologists & designers

What will it take to clean up Bangalore? The answer is certainly not just corporators and bureaucrats. My favorite Bangalore citizens, The Ugly Indians (aka TUI), will tell you that the battle has to be won “in the mind.”  In the mind of its citizens of course. On Jan 26, 2012, they released this 6-minute “Ugly […]

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Before (and after Spotfix) at Bagmane Lake; 8547 cups cleared - 16 bags of 500 cups each + another 47 to top it off.

The Ugly Indian Chronicles – Volume 10

It’s been a while since I did an Ugly Indian update. To be precise, three months since Volume 9. I’d like to highlight two key developments in this edition. The start of ‘engagements’ (for lack of a better word) with Bangalore’s technology firms. Dell, Netapp and Sasken (Spotfix videos below) are the early adopters who are […]

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Road Reclamation – The Ugly Indian Way

The first few news articles I read this morning were depressing ones about the UP elections. That probably explains my less than cheerful previous post. “A quick Facebook session should lift my spirits,” I told myself. And boy, did it? My favorite uncategorizable community organization, The Ugly Indian, had made a foray into a new area […]

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Kembattahalli sidewalk (before spotfix)

The Ugly Indian Chronicles – Volume 9

Things are a bit quiet… over in The Ugly Indian corral. Almost like the calm after the storm? Surely after 60-odd consecutive weeks of SpotFixes and maybe some well-deserved revelry over the holidays, TUI is resting on their laurels? Nah! These are not the “resting on laurels” types. More likely this is the calm before […]

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