Recently I returned from Bangalore, went to spend some time with a part of my family which stays there and from the eyes of first time Bangalore visitor, here is the impression that this wonderful city puts on…
The first thing one notices after landing in Bangalore is its Red Beauty standing just a lane across its arrival gate, i.e. the Vajra Volvo Buses, these are air conditioned buses plying from one part of the city to another. With these buses the commutation for people using public transport service has become comfortable for they well connect the city. Though the prices are little high, the daily passengers prefer to use this because of the comfort of travelling. These are the buses making the transport to the airport cheaper and safer, be it in the midnight, early morning or in the noon these buses run for 24 hours. So no hassle of booking a cab and paying them 600 bucks. With the fair of 180 INR I reached my destination from the airport and the staff/driver/conductor were surprisingly polite and helpful. Also the separate section for luggage makes you sit and enjoy the ride without any hassles. And yeah, one such ride back to the airport earned me a new friend…
Here is what the Ahmadabad-ian counterpart of these buses looks like and also the bus stop(inset)… 😛
Well Kidding, Ahmedabad has also got its BRTS (Bus Rapid Transport System) buses which are kinda more ‘hip looking’ but yet tiresome to travel into coz they are still crowded with the bucolic majority of the city…
While sitting in these volvo buses for about 1.5-2 hours (to reach the main city from the airport) a non Bangalorean can’t miss the hoardings in regional language Kannada quite similar to the Gujarati counterparts here in Ahmadabad but one distinct feature of Kannada language is that it looks like everything is written using different orientations of Omega (Ѡ) See it by yourself, here’s a sample… And I have no idea what the text means so if its offensive then I am not the one to blame… 😛 and if you know what it means then leave me the meaning in the comments section… 🙂
One more thing I noticed is that people here add an extra ‘H’ to many words and names, example they write Preeti as Preethi and Jyoti as Jyothi… Well who knows why!!
Another amazing thing I liked about Bangalore is its pubs, I visited one named ‘Legends Of Rock’ in Koramangala on my second day in the city and ‘Hard Rock Cafe’ later in this ‘Pub City’ of India but damn they all get closed by 11 PM, max 11:30 PM and the city goes dead after that, I read an interview of some German DJ in Deccan Herald who was in Bangalore in those days and she said that in her country people head out of their houses after 11 and surprisingly here in Bangalore people head home at that time. Indeed strange it was to go out as early as 7:30 PM for a guy’s night out and be home by 12 AM, I was wondering, aren’t the cops ‘bribable’ there 😉
Talking particularly about ‘Legends Of Rock’ I found it better than Hard Rock Cafe and the most amazing part about this pub was its 3 large LCDs which simultaneously showed the videos of the Classic Rock numbers the DJ was spinning and for a classic rock fan like me its ‘The’ Place to be. Now imagine such place in Ahmedabad, being a dry city one would get Coke and Fanta instead of beer and gin and the DJ would have been spinning Munni Badnaam Hui (for this is what the people here prefer) and the crowd would hence have comprised of truck drivers… Ewww, goodness we don’t have such place and the only discotheque we had on regular basis had to shut down, all thanks to the ‘No Booze’ policy of Gujarat State.
Now talking about the food, I hate to say but Bangalore made me lose my appetite, no doubt there are damn good places to eat your heart out in Bangalore (as compared to Ahmadabad which offers little choice for Non Vegetarians) such as Nando’s and KFC but the staple food of Karnataka (and the entire South India) is just the scrumptious permutation and combination of the items shown below.
You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself hospitalized after consuming the said banquet. But the ‘edible’ stuff I really liked as per the taste was this green round stuff made of rice flour which is called ‘chhakuli’ there in Bangalore, Or the package named it so…
The climate is just AWESOME, I like to call it the air-conditioned city. Okay, that’s a bit rich coming from a town stained from chronic pollution, and choked by the pungent bowels of a million farting rickshaws, but despite this, there is some truth to the claim. For Bangalore is on a plateau elevated above the sweaty depths of South India, and thereby enjoys a temperate climate usually somewhere around 30 C and to a person like me who just can’t stand the heat this city is heaven, its cloudy most of the time and sometimes even rainy and for the first time in my 20 years life I saw December rains thanks to Bangalore, neither too hot nor too chilly. And to my surprise this lasts only within the geographical limits of Bangalore for as I remember when I crossed the border and reached Tamil Nadu for seeing Hogenakkal falls, the weather changed drastically, from cloudy-rainy to hot-humid-sticky (which confirms the virtues of this uncommon climate) and this is the reason why I hate Tamil Nadu straight to its core beginning right from its name and the feeling gets stronger every time I visit this damn furnace of a state.
And yeah, Hogenakkal reminds me that a typical bollywood musical named ‘Ravan’ is said to have been shot there, I haven’t seen the movie for I stopped watching shitty movies after Raajneeti but I was told so, hence I believe it, if you have seen this flick then see if you can recall by the following pics…
Health Consciousness is excellent in this city. In this Garden City, you can see crowded garden even at 8’o clock in the night, morning jogs on the road side in random direction. I have seen a great sense of health awareness in people. It is true in such a fast moving city where people try to earn more and remember that health is very much important. And as the city weather is same throughout the year so it doesn’t help in any kind of ‘extra’ sweating which is an added advantage for a person like me.
Climate reminds me of the geography, Well let’s not even go there. I can’t type the names of the places of Bangalore without fracturing my fingers and you can’t pronounce them without fracturing your tongue… 😛
RADIO INDIGO!!! How can I forget to write about this remarkable present Bangalore has to offer, being from Ahmadabad where you get just some harsh sounding Gujju speaking Radio Jockeys and even worse, numbers like ‘Munni’ and ‘Sheila’ and contests asking who’s assets are better amongst them, Indigo was much more than just relief for me. This 24 hour English Radio Station not only plays some really cool numbers from all genres ranging from Blues to Jazz and Top 40 to Classic Rock but also takes its stand for civic concerns and day to day problems faced by an average Bangalorean. With the collection of best voices in town such as Melodee Austin, Michelle Patrao, Kenny Jones, Rohit Barker and Sriram, Indigo rocks the airwaves of the city on 91.9 Mhz. A day after landing in Ahmedabad when I was bored one night I tuned to the abovementioned frequency as per my newly developed habit but then suddenly I realized listening to the static that damn I’m back in this Gujjuland. Also Indigo earned me some new friends back there, Hey DJ, Imp n Surya, m talking about you guys… 😉
Remember, Indigo’s not paying me for writing about it, my blog is not that popular yet…
Yeah I know all the girls who are reading this are wondering that why I haven’t mentioned about their favorite pastime, Shopping!!! Well girls, your patience paid off, here I go… Apart from those malls and stuff (I’m not gonna write about them) one place I liked for shopping was Commercial Street, Shopping on Commercial Street is…interesting. The place is packed to the gills with people, cars and shops. I went into several stores. It’s interesting to note some differences between a couple of them. Some of the stores would leave you to shop, occasionally asking if you needed any help. Others would mob you once you got in asking how many of these you wanted and whether or not you wanted to also get some of those and maybe a couple of other things. The shops are inexpensive, however. Shirts can be had for a couple bucks. Pirated books likewise, Yeah, PIRATED BOOKS, Bangalore does offer cheap deals for the reading buffs through these road side pirated book vendors with novels as cheap as 60-70 bucks, I got Mario Puzo’s 600 page classic ‘The Godfather’ for just 70 bucks (after much bargaining though)
Bangalore is getting compacted like other metropolitan city. This is an apartment somewhere around Koramangala which I was told, costs 1.5 Crores for 3 BHK. These apartments are going out of afford for even managers and big businessmen. Also I have seen that people have started moving toward the outskirts to get a cheaper house. Unlike other cities, I have observed Bangalore has less number of multi-floor buildings. Looks like that it will be the next step. Expansion is good rather than getting packed at one place.
When you tell someone that you are from Ahmedabad in Bangalore, they assume that you are a Gujju with last name Patel which I found quite funny… 😀
Its not even been 4 days since I returned but I am already nostalgic and there is one thing I have to say ‘Naanu Bengalooraanu Preethisuthene’ 🙂
Bangalore, I’m sold!!!