Monday, July 13, 2009

Big 10, Akka n Me

This saturday, myself and Akka were returning from the bank in Sahakarnagar. When we came to byats, we saw a BIG 10 bus. What followed will be said later but,

For non-Bangaloreans, (also, for those Bangaloreans who least travel in the bus, Hehe!) BIG 10 buses are BMTC buses which drop you off at a certain popular location within the city to the suburbs. Or as BTIS says,

Big10 services, connect the Central Business District with different parts of the city

These locations within the central where most buses wouldn't stop. Ex: BRV grounds to Yelahanka Puttenahalli. One might get confused where is this BRV grounds? Its on the Cubbon Road (parallel to MG Road), check it out.

We do have Kendra Saarige buses of which more could be found here.

Enough off the topic, but before diggin more into the post, just have a look at the BIG 10 logo.

Akka started off with the conversation.

Akka: ಹೇಯ್! ಈ ಬಿಗ್ ೧೦ ಅಂತ ಬರ್ದಿರೋದ್ ನೋಡು. ಅದ್ ಯಾಕ್ ಹಾಗ್ ಸೊಟ್ಟ ಬರದಿದ್ದರೆ?
Me: ಅಲ್ವಾ? fullu italics ಅಲ್ಲಿ ಇದೆ.
Akka: ಅದ್ ಯಾಕ್ ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲಿ ಹಾಗ್ ಸೊಟ್ಟ ಬರದಿದ್ದಾರೋ??!!
Me: ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲಾ? ಹೇಯ್! ಸರಿಯಾಗ್ ನೋಡು! ಅದು ಇರೋದು ಇಂಗ್ಲೀಷಲ್ಲಿ.
Akka: ಏನೋ ಹೇಳ್ತೀಯಾ? ಅದ್ ಇರೋದು ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲಿ. ಕಣ್ ಬಿಟ್ಟ್ ಸರಿಯಾಗ್ ನೋಡು.
Me: ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲಿ ಅದ್ ಯಾವ್ angle ಅಲ್ಲಿ ಕಾಣ್ಸತ್ತೆ ನಿಂಗೆ? ಡೈರೆಕ್ಟ್ ಆಗಿ ನೋಡು. B I G ಅಂತ ದೊಡ್ಡದಾಗಿ ಇಂಗ್ಲಿಷಲ್ಲೇ ಬರ್ದಿದ್ದಾರೆ...

(Now, both of us realize that its actually in both Kannada and English)

Akka: ಹೌದಲ್ಲೋ! Direct ಆಗೇ ಇಂಗ್ಲಿಷ್ ಅಲ್ಲಿ ಬರೆದ ಹಾಗ್ ಕಾಣಿಸ್ತ ಇದೆ.
Me: ನೀನ್ ಹೇಳೋದು ಕರೆಕ್ಟು. ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲೂ ಇದೆ. ನಾನ್ ಇದೆ ಮೊದ್ಲು ನೋಡ್ತಾ ಇರೋದು ಈ ಥರ. ನಿಜವಾಗಲು ಈ ಲೋಗೋ ಮಾಡಿದವನಿಗೆ ಅವಾರ್ಡ್ ಕೊಡ್ಬೇಕು.

Now, lemme explain to the non-Kannada readers as to what went on in that conversation. She was seeing that logo in Kannada font and wasn't aware of the english font in it, while I was seeing the English logo and couldn't recognize the Kannada hidden in it (Some of you might swear me for this... Hehe). But we came to know about this mutually when we disclosed it.

Those who know both Kannada and English fonts, check it out. It is a beautiful logo created by BMTC (the logo creator has to be awarded to come up with such a wonderful logo).

After this incident, i realised as to why there were circles on top of the B and I characters of English font. Those were to make it also readable in Kannada.

I thank Akka in sharin the info to me in this respect, she would thank for what I shared... Nullifies... =)

since this incident, I see the Kannada font more than the English font. This pic above was taken after this incident exclusive for this post.

Were you one of us? or had you already noticed both the fonts? Share it.

Feel so good to find such minute interesting facts. Aint you?


Calvin Bhai said...

Phew! That is one awesome logo!

Thanks for the eyeopener! I took some time to realize that! (just bend your neck to the left when you look at the logo to figure out the kannada logo)

SRIKANTH said...

wow chindi!!! :-)
i too saw it as an english logo...then reading further i found out abt the kannada in it....too good!!
didn't realise they would be so talented to create such a cool logo!!!

Sandesh said...

@Calvin Bhai - Aint it?

@Srikanth - Alva maga? Nangoo modlu nodidaaga heege annstu. =)

Chai said...

Nice one! when i saw it first, i immediately thought it was something written in tamil but after revisiting BIG a couple of times, and how our "Ba" is written in Kannada, i could fit it in place.

i got an idea...i will write ka kha ga gha, the whole maale out in kannada as a time capsule in a blog entry ;-)

do you know a website where I can point to for further details?

Sandesh said...

Hey Chai!

I guess blogger supports unicode. Regarding time capsule thing, I'm not so sure, but blogger may have some feature to support that i guess. I'll try searchin for it. =)

Shubha Karanth said...

Guess, the artist would have felt bad for the least imperfection that has crept in!... I meant, that the artist was not able to bind Kannada and English fonts for number 1, (Note that both the fonts doesn't change when it comes to 0, Yeah! The Universal zero!) :-)

But, we love imperfections too and dwell in it....:-)

Apart, daily I wait for this bus because it goes direct to destination and sometimes less crowded too....

Sandesh said...

@Shubha - Hehe! one can embedd kannada inside a bar i.e., ೧ within the 1 of english. that could have been done I guess.

sneha said...

Glad you liked the logo. Dig Design Studio designed the Logo - take a look at

- Sneha

Sandesh Karanth said...

@Sneha - Had visited the site long ago... Glad to get a comment from the creators... Makes the post complete...

mohan said...

gamanise irlilla guru istu dina nodidru...thanks for akka...yaakandre naanu nin tharane englishalle nodtha idhe :)

Sandesh Karanth said...

@Mohan - esht khushi aagatte alva?

Kashy said...

Gothithu saar. I once tweeted abt it also. :)

Ramya H M said...

Ist varsha inda nodta iddini aa bus na..... ond sala kooda adu kannada dalli ide anta ankondirlilla.... aa logo maadidavara tale......sakat!!

Ramya H M said...

ist varsha inda aa bus na nodta iddini... adu kannada dalli ide anta kooda oohe maadirlilla naanu!!

This was one wonderful information you shared..
thanks for sharing..