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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!

11 comments:

  1. Agree with most of your observations about Bangalore.. though in some areas (mainly suburbs), the anti-non-Kannada feeling is pretty strong and obvious.

    The weather is the best thing about the city :)

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  2. I haven't been much to the suburbs of Bangalore....so that could be a thing....Weather used to be the best thing but its changing drastically these days :(

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  3. Hi Gargi!

    i like your blog very much..and i feel i have lot of personal experiences to share with you, as i am not a writer and cant explain how u explain so beautifully...
    i am livingin delhi from last couple of years...mail me on saumya.manoharan@gmail.com

    love
    saumya!

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  4. Hey Saumya,
    Glad you liked my blog.
    Thank u so much..
    I shall talk soon.
    take care.

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  5. I have never been to B'lore....I heard it's a gr8 city...and about it's great weather....i hope it does not change too much before i am able to go there

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    1. and I will hold off to the changes....Come with your little sweetheart here whenever you get time...

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    2. :)...thanks soo much .....definitely, someday

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  6. Very well described, though havent visited Banglore yet but lotsa my friends say the same things. :)

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  7. GG, looong, loong rime, eh? :)

    Congrats on ur 6,GG.. I'm hitting 8 out here. And I've no pressing complaints(I'm getting used to the damn 11 PM pub curfew).

    I like the attitude of the people out here the most - u know, u cud do anything out here and ur neighbors usually never care, which is unlike the case in Kerala from where I'm from.

    Congrats once again on ur 6 GG.. n welcum back :)

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  8. Thank you and yes, it's such a peaceful city!

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