Updated: Helplines and support for people in #Bangalore #makeyourcityinclusive

With all that is going on between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, life has been affected in Bangalore. Earlier yesterday, Section 144 was declared in the city. Transport has been affected. Shops have shut down. Life has come to a standstill in several parts of the city.

If you are in Bangalore and stuck some place or know of people who need help, then here’s a list of places that you can find help and also check before you venture outdoors:

Travel & traffic update

  • Bangalore City Police Facebook page at 12.56pm 13/9/2016:

Situation absolutely peaceful in city.bmtc,autos,cabs startd plying.BCP,BTP,RAF on high alert.144 still in force.No fresh protest/rd block

Map of affected areas:

You can find details of the affected areas and safe areas before venturing out on this map.


This data will not be publicly available keeping in mind the safety of these open establishments. However, Ashwath Nair and Jayanth Sridhar can be contacted on Facebook with request for details.

  • You can also whatsapp the phone numbers +917411557555 and +91959176674 if you need any help with transport, stay and help with getting picked up and dropped home.

Update: 2PM, 13/9/2016

  • Bangalore City Police:

Public are requested 2 use Karnataka Police Help Line 18004250100 or 155365 for any emergency/assistance/help

Update: 2:50PM 13/9/16

  • Bangalore City Police:

#CauveryProtests :Reach us on twitter @BlrCityPolice @blrcitytraffic @CPBlr ,FB https://www.facebook.com/blrcitypolice/ & whatsAPP 9480801000 for any info!

Update: 3:41PM 13/9/16

Please contact @BLRAirport for any assistance related to Airport. Their WhatsApp number is +918884998888

Update: 4:14PM 13/9/16

Contact Ashwin Murali on Twitter (@cruisemaniac)  or Facebook to get information about a list of shops selling milk, vegetables, medicines that are reported by others to be OPEN.

Update: 4:27PM 13/9/16

The map with information on shops is now open for public viewing so you can pick up provisions from your nearest spot.

The legend for the map is as follows:

Green – Verified 
Blue – User Generated Data
Red – Shut at the moment

The link to the map – https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?mid=1Jz9gy_tUml6kUSKkxDv4yS0cezY

If any of you still want to make a contribution, please fill out this simple form: https://goo.gl/forms/ezegQesIciDAYbeu2

Update: 4:33PM 13/9/16

Please call 080-22942503 to check if the area you are travelling to is safe or has curfew!.

Update: 5:46PM 13/9/16

According to @BlrCityPolice:

: CrPC Is Imposed In Bengaluru City From 12-09-2016 to 14-09-2016. Strict action shall b initiated agnst miscreants

Update: 5:55PM 13/9/16

If anyone is in need of an ambulance and is finding it hard to get one, you can call on +919986618553 to get help.

Update: 6:02PM 13/9/16

Here’s a free helpline for parents looking to consult a Paediatrician for their child – 080-330-85805. Call this number and they will connect you to a doctor.

Update: 7:09PM 13/9/16

For flight status update, DM @BLRAirport using <flight name> or get updated using their app ‘BLR Airport’ available on Android / iOS

Update: 7:17PM 13/9/16

@BLRAirport says minimal bus services to & from the airport are operating currently. Route 10 to Satellite town continues to stay off road. Travel safe.

Update: 8:46PM 13/9/16


Announced by @BlrCityPolice

Update: 9:09PM 13/9/16

Send photos/videos regarding destruction of public/private property by miscreants to

We’ll keep updating this space. Also request you to let us know through message on Hidden Pockets Facebook page about other updates that you think would help people in Bangalore. We are all in this together! #makeyourcityinclusive

Colour should not define my Chennai! #makeyourcityinclusive

“But you are fair! Are you really from Chennai?”

Yes I’m fair and I’m from Chennai!

Frustrated by people’s problems with anyone and everyone, for either being fair or dark skinned, tall or short, thin or fat, straight or gay, young or old or actually being anything for that matter, I said let’s start our campaign, #makeyourcityinclusive on a powerful note.

What can be more powerful than the face of the man in this poster? Super Star Rajinikanth is probably the best icon that represents everything inclusive, after defying everything that is stereotypical. From his skin colour and his education to his language and roots, the list is endless. Ask any of his ardent fans and they’d probably give you a longer list of things that he has defied! Getting a fairness cream to sponsor his movie was the biggest insult to him and all that he represents. This is our ode to a man who has defied all that.

The answer to the question, which city do we start with, seemed rather obvious. Chennai! With Hidden Pockets being mostly based out of Delhi and with a few of us in Bangalore, it seemed absolutely necessary to start our campaign in a city that is in the other end of the country.  It is a campaign about being inclusive after all.

But that’s not all. After having a love and mostly hate relationship with Chennai for over twenty-five years, I realized that I don’t know so much about this city where I grew up. My experiences in Chennai have been limited by the areas that I frequented. I blame it on my limited experience with the city even through twenty years. But this began to change about nine months ago, during the Chennai floods. I was in Chennai, stuck and struggling to get to safety with my uncle who is physically disabled. The drama that unfolded and the help that found us is a complete miracle. What could be more inclusive than all that help that people gave each other going beyond their usual inhibitions?

But isn’t there more to Chennai than just saving people only during a flood? Wouldn’t you want the world to know about it? Are you from Chennai? Have a story to tell us about Chennai that hasn’t been told before? What are those hidden pockets in Chennai that people don’t know about? Or do you have places and people that you’d like others to visit and become a part of? Tell us here –

Follow the hashtag #makeyourcityinclusive for other updates on our campaign. Coming soon to other cities too!

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#makeyourcityinclusive is Hidden Pockets’ campaign on making all cities inclusive, making everyone more inclusive. Tell us about all the places in your city that are disabled-friendly, open to single women even late at night, safe for senior citizens or not homophobic. How do we talk openly about mental health? Is your city inclusive to all them and more? Tell us by filling this form:


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