Thursday, August 30, 2012

Being 'Bangalorean' and not being tiger

Recently I have completed 6 years in Bangalore so thought it was a good time to talk about South India. Also, this post is a test to make sure whether or not I can still write. For those of you who have drifted and made to my blog by chance (read: mistake) because of google search and actually took a decision to read this post and haven't yet noticed my sir name, I'm a northie.
When I came to Bangalore some years ago, the calmness and decent people around and the language with almost no expletives struck me. Having spent so many years, I have got to learn lot of things from South India. There are some bad experiences too, but lets just talk about the good ones more as I'm not in cribbing mode today.

Things I like:

  • You will try to talk in Hindi/English just because you understand that my Kannada wouldn't be grammatically right and fluent.
  • You welcome all cultures with open mind.
  • I like the smell of gajra you tie on your hair.
  • I feel good about the way I can go out after 7 pm without much of eve teasing.
  • Bus drivers reading news papers.
  • Weather (sadly it's changing rapidly).
  • the temple sound early morning.
  • How people lead simple life without much of flaunting.

Things I don't get:

  • 2 years back, while coming back from Mysore, I didn't quite like the festival of making the cattle run in middle of fire. I was scared to see that. Is it for their own good? Seriously, I have no idea.
  • Auto drivers taking us for ride and charging double and their tantrums.
  • Reckless driving of sumo, BMTC Volvo and TTs. God! please have them slow down a bit.
  • I'm not a big fan of South Indian food but that's my personal choice. I don't like Italian food too, that way. But that doesn't mean I don't like Italy.
  • The relevance of Adding Th instead of T. Confused? say Spelling Preethi instead of Preeti.

Bangalore has changed. It's much crowded now as never before. It's got Metro finally and hell lot of opportunities for career which sadly brings a lot of early morning and evening traffic (I know, I contribute to the increasing traffic)You could revert and say its because lot of people coming in and settling here and I agree to that fact. Some land here by chance and the remaining by choice. Probably because it's a silicon city and much safer place. Recently, I traveled by BMTC bus after years and it felt nice- to be part of the crowd and lives for some moments. I'm glad to be part of such a beautiful city. Love you Bangalore!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012


Once upon a time,
There was a girl
Full of innocence
When she smiled
like a blossoming flower,
Happiness fell in love with her.
She was lost in her own world
Thinking the world is as beautiful
As her own thoughts.

But then you came around,
You were surprised and
Jealous if someone can be
So self-less and pure?
You couldn't stand the thought
And started playing a game
With that innocent life
You played and played and played
Until she was broken down
Like she can never live again
And never will again...