Here come the rains!

Bangalore is known as a pensioner’s paradise for its salubrious climate through the year. Over the past few years, this label seem to be losing its value. There was a time when summer temperatures used to peak at 27-29 deg C. These days you see the mercury soaring past the 37 deg C mark. But it is also the threshold for Bangalore to resist. And then come the thunderstorms and showers. This is one of the best parts of Bangalore Summers! Here is a video of one such shower, taken from my cellphone from my office pantry room.

Isn’t this such a welcome sight? Mosquitoes are also less now. Temperatures are lower. Nice hot tea and tasty pakodas… life can be such a bliss! Reminds of the song “Rain” by Madonna.

Rain… Feel it on the finger tips, Hear it on my window pane, Your love’s coming down like… Rain! … Rain is what the thunder brings, For the first time I can hear my heart sing, Call me a fool but I know I’m not, I’m gonna stand out here on the mountain top, Till I feel your, Rain

Only sad thing is the power. One rain, no power for next 2-3 hours. Why? Why? Oh… Why?

29 Comments so far

  1. Prashanth (unregistered) on May 10th, 2006 @ 6:00 pm

    Its raining cats and dogs in Whitefield area, now.


  2. rubic_cube (unregistered) on May 10th, 2006 @ 6:05 pm

    Yep Prashanth. I hope it rains all over Bangalore and the city can experience a break from all the heat! This is such a welcome treat…


  3. Mehak (unregistered) on May 10th, 2006 @ 6:28 pm

    Awesome weather right now…thankfully today the power was back in 1 hr..yday was in the dark for almost 3 hrs…all alone..n that too after watching the terrible Darna Zaroori Hai !! :)


  4. Ravi (unregistered) on May 10th, 2006 @ 6:40 pm

    R_C,
    2 issues, this from a Chennaiwala point of view:
    a) 37 degrees is still bearable compared to the 40’s here;
    b) The humidity factor here also compounds the terrible discomfort.
    Correct me if I’m wrong but one never sweats buckets, whatever the heat, in Bangalore?!
    Enjoy maadi, the rains!
    Cheers,
    Ravi
    PS: Re:Madonna, what a co-incidence. Will be picking up a bootleg DVD compilation of her best songs either today/tomorrow types! :)


  5. rubic_cube (unregistered) on May 10th, 2006 @ 7:26 pm

    Ravi … bro… Bangalore is no different these days. In Chennai, you sweat at 5:30AM itself. Here you start sweating at 9AM. That is the only difference. You do not have to be doing anything. Just sitting still. It would be pouring down from the fringes of your hairline, down the groove in your back, behind your forearms and whatever other spot you can conjure up of!


  6. sinfully pinstripe (unregistered) on May 10th, 2006 @ 9:08 pm

    Rubic, I beg to differ here. Was in Chennai the other day… Trust me, if Bangalore is (or rather, was) bad, Chennai is a frying pan…


  7. shek (unregistered) on May 10th, 2006 @ 10:07 pm

    No power bcos u’re dRAINED of energy.


  8. Libran Lover (unregistered) on May 11th, 2006 @ 1:07 am

    Chennai is worse than Bangalore? We won’t dispute that! :P

    Sure – Chennai’s 40 C may be worse than Bangalore’s 37 C. But Rubic was comparing the erstwhile Bangalore peak of 27-29 C, with the current peak of 37 C. THAT, my friends, is worse than worse… and talks about the conditions of Bangalore in particular, and the globe in general!

    While we are on this topic, I want to say one more thing. I don’t want to rain on your parade, so to speak. I am sure you guys have a nice community going here, and there are equations among yourselves that I am not aware of. The list of Bangalore Metblog authors has natives of Tamilnadu (and other places outside K’taka) and at least one person who is actually residing in Chennai (NOT in Bangalore) right now. As a native born-and-brought-up Bangalorean, it is kinda dismaying for me to see that the people from Chennai tend to often bring up Chennai’s perspective and even Tamil words/sentences when discussing Bangalore, in a Bangalore-specific public forum.

    I am not saying that I am anti-Tamil or anti-Chennai per se. Nor am I opposed to Tamilian or other immigrants blogging about Bangalore on the Bangalore Metro blog, as long as they are residents of the city (as the Metroblog rules specify). I am just saying that Bangalore, its issues, its culture and language should have their own spot and perspective, and not be colored by a person’s Chennai (or other city) prejudices.

    I am also wondering how many bloggers on the Bangalore metblog are: a) Kannadigas. b) Native born-and/or-brought up Bangaloreans. Just wondering. I heard that bloggers are added to the metblogs by recommendations and referrals. So, I wonder if this recommendation and referral process has brought about a fair representation of Bangalore’s local culture. I feel that something – a valuable perspective – is lost when we don’t adequately include the “sons and daughters of the soil” in such a forum. Just something to think about.

    PS: Whew! When I started to comment on this post, even I did not realized I’d say all these things!


  9. Suyog (unregistered) on May 11th, 2006 @ 12:54 pm

    While I am not so concerned about whether the bloggers on metblogs are kannadigas or not, I do feel irritated with the constant comparisions with Chennai (wifi, weather). Guys, please focus on Bangalore. I am least bothered about Chennai.

    Also, the topics covered need to expand to focus on the various aspects of Bangalore. At the end of the day, Bangalore is not just about IT, Wifi, Parking, real estate etc… I do miss reading more earthy and grass root level stories. Akshay does a great job about this in the Mumbai metblogs. Unforturtunately, Bangalore Metblogs is unable to move beyond surface-level topics.


  10. Sinfully Pinstripe (unregistered) on May 11th, 2006 @ 4:52 pm

    Suyog:
    Great suggestion. Why don’t you and others who are reading this, help the metbloggers out a bit? Suggest a topic or two which you might want to be seen here, and I am sure the metbloggers will be more than willing to try and incorporate the same here. As in, I’m sure every member of the metblogger team loves the city, and would be happy at exploring a bit more of the city in search of articles. You see the “suggest a story” tag right underneath the world map at the top right hand corner? There, please.


  11. Mehak (unregistered) on May 11th, 2006 @ 5:27 pm

    Mausam Mausam Lovely Mausam……….
    3rd consecutive evening..some more showers….I AM LOVING IT !! :)


  12. Ravi (unregistered) on May 11th, 2006 @ 6:29 pm

    @libran_lover & his “I did not realize I’d say all these things!” comment: I’m wondering whether to let you wallow in your ignorance or whether I should clarify regarding my status re:”at least one person who is actually residing in Chennai”. I shall opt for the latter, considering you need a wee bit of enlightenment, given you are away in good ol’ U.S of A.
    I’m very much a Bangalorean, in heart & soul; my family has been residing in Bangalore since at least a 100 years! To paraphrase what Usha says, there is no other place in India I would call my home!
    Secondly, in the guise of “I have nothing against Tamils & other immigrants”, please spare us that bit about lack of ‘maninna maga’ representation. Those who run metblogs do not have time to get into such parochialism and divisiveness. A diverse, talented & concerned set of bloggers have been chosen to represent a wonderful, cosmopolitan city like Bangalore – a unique melting pot of people & cultures.
    No offence taken; none intended, only clarifications were the need of the hour!
    Cheers!


  13. Truth Fairy (unregistered) on May 11th, 2006 @ 9:35 pm

    Ever since Bangalore Metblog has started, there have been some issues going on with the kind of comments some posts seem to be getting.

    I have been a silent reader ever since I got kicked out by Sean coz I don’t “reside” in Bangalore anymore. I consider myself a hardcore Bangalorean and I am a staunch believer that there is NO place like Bangalore. I am extremely biased that way! And why not! I was born and brought up in Bangalore and I have grown up in Bangalore in a time when it was still very much a ‘Garden City’ and I am a true “Mannina Magalu”.

    While I totally side with Ravi in reprimanding Libran Lover for not getting his facts right and starting a long tirade about how he’s “residing” in Chennai now and not Bangalore, his comment is not a lost cause. People like Ravi (and me) who are born and brought up in Bengalooru are the ones who know the ‘true’ identity of the City. We don’t have to ‘live’ in Bangalore to write about the city. The rules of metblog is somewhat questionable in my opinion. Without pointing my finger in any particular direction, I want to raise this question to everyone…how well do people from other states who have been in Bangalore for a couple of years know the city? How can people who don’t even know the native language experience its true value and beauty? I honestly feel that Bangalore’s true heritage can be brought to light through this metroblog only by people who are born and brought up there.

    Lemme come straight to my point (bluntly) – people who don’t know the Bangalore ‘then’ don’t know Bangalore at all.

    Bangalore is not about 180 Proof or Black Cadillac or Night Watchman or Hibiscus or 13th Floor. It is about Guzzler’s Inn and Tavern and Cosmopolitan Club and Basavanagudi Club.

    Bangalore is not about Bangalore Mandarin or Nelson’s Pavilion or Orchids and Roses or The Gardenia or Citrus or Jamavar or Jacaranda. Its about Koli Mane, Upahara Darshini, Vidhyarthi Bhavan, SLV, Gundappa Hotel, Brahmin’s Coffee Bar and MTR.

    Bangalore is not about The Forum or Bangalore Central or Garuda Mall or Prestige Eva. Its about National Market, Burma Bazaar, Jayanagar 4th Block and Gandhi Bazaar.

    Bangalore is not about the Innovative Multiplex or PVR or Imax or their Gold Classes. Its about Urvashi, Nartaki, Sagar, Abhinay and Apsara. And the Gandhi Classes of Rajarajeshwari and Venkateshwara Tents.

    Bangalore is all this and much more. Its innate Bangaloreness is hidden in these old timers. While its well on its way to becoming one of the major metropolitan cities in the world, lets not forget what made bangalore that it is today.


  14. Thejesh GN (unregistered) on May 11th, 2006 @ 9:41 pm

    Bangalore is not about the Innovative Multiplex or PVR or Imax or their Gold Classes. Its about Urvashi, Nartaki, Sagar, Abhinay and Apsara. And the Gandhi Classes of Rajarajeshwari and Venkateshwara Tents.
    wow..


  15. Ambar (unregistered) on May 11th, 2006 @ 10:26 pm

    Ditto Thejesh..wow! :-)


  16. Libran Lover (unregistered) on May 12th, 2006 @ 1:20 am

    Ravi – You had clarified your status to me in a personal email days ago, in case you have forgotten. I call Bangalore home too. As long as there are quality posts about the city, I am not very particular about where the author lives. I raised the point about non-resident bloggers only because it seems to be the Metblogs rule that you should be a resident to blog about the place. And looks like at least one person (TRUTH FAIRY) has been kicked out because s/he was not a resident. Naturally questions get asked.

    My comment about “sons and daughters of the soil” is not parochial. It has nothing to do with “keep out outsiders” or “outsiders are bad” mentality. I am an outsider myself in my current city of residence in the US. So, I know what it means to be an outsider. However, I feel that not having adequate representation from native (born and brought up in Bangalore) people is a loss of one side of the story. Not having adequate representation from non-tech, non-IT people is a loss of another side of the story. The words of a 2-year immigrant are also part of the story and we certainly want to hear those. But we need other sides of the story as well. I think the comments after yours by Truth Fairy and Thejesh support my point.

    My whole point is only this: Is there adequate representation of the diverse people of the city in the list of Bangalore metbloggers? If not, has someone given it a thought and is there something that can be done about it?

    You seem to think, “A diverse, talented & concerned set of bloggers have been chosen to represent a wonderful, cosmopolitan city like Bangalore”. Is that the reality? Do others feel the same?


  17. Libran Lover (unregistered) on May 12th, 2006 @ 1:27 am

    TRUTH FAIRY – I want to clarify that I am not against people who are outside a city writing about it, if they are really familiar with it. I am also born and brought up in Bangalore, and I live outside the city. As mentioned in the previous post, I only asked the question because it seems to be a Metblog rule to allow only residents to write about a city.

    I totally agree with the rest of your comment. For me, a typical middle-class Bangalore resident is not just the new immigrant in Koramangala or Bommanahalli. It is the person who was born and brought up in places like Malleshwaram, Rajajinagar, Vayalikaval and countless other similar places. I want to hear from the new immigrants, but I also want to hear from the other natives.


  18. Libran Lover (unregistered) on May 12th, 2006 @ 1:38 am

    Sinfully Pinstripe – Suggesting topics is one way of getting diverse coverage. But it is not good enough.

    If we have to suggest topics which the blogger may or may not be personally interested in, what is the point of reading a blog? We might as well check out other sources like newspapers, magazines, etc. which have information about topics of interest to us.

    The point of blogs is that they are intensely personal. Individuals writing their personal stories about topics they are passionate about.

    LL


  19. F e r r a r i (unregistered) on May 12th, 2006 @ 10:43 am

    “You seem to think, “A diverse, talented & concerned set of bloggers have been chosen to represent a wonderful, cosmopolitan city like Bangalore”. Is that the reality? Do others feel the same?”

    Who asked those diverse people not to register? Are we going to bring the concept of reservations in metro blog too? :-)


  20. usha (unregistered) on May 12th, 2006 @ 12:28 pm

    May we request people who are not registered as authors on metblog to send us links to their posts on their bangalore in their respective blogs so we can link them here?
    The idea is to provide coverage on bangalore centric topics – it does n’t matter who writes about them. after all, kannadigas or not, all Bangaloreans love namma bengaloru.


  21. Ravi (unregistered) on May 12th, 2006 @ 2:10 pm

    @ Truth Fairy: Thank you for your support…my reaction was purely instinctive and seeks to
    prevent commenters from fomenting trouble on a open platform such as this. Your passion for
    Bangalore is plain to see. The parallels you have drawn to the Bangalore of old, I totally
    agree. I have been a witness to the transistion & transformation. I’m happy that B.M gives
    me the forum to write all about it. When I’m back, I hope to write about it with more passion (hopefully) than now.
    However, having said this, I urge you to consider: The new immigrants to Bangalore today are the people who are making “..Bangalore one of the major metropolitan cities in the world!”.
    They have as much a right to talk about the “now” Bangalore as a keeness & openess to hear from old-timers like me and you about the “then” Bangalore. To say “how well do people
    from other states who have been in Bangalore for a couple of years know the city” smacks of
    unfairness and feels like a policy of alienation & exclusionism is in the offing. Do remember they have come to Bangalore because the present city needs all kinds of talents & skills. They earn and they contribute. On metblogs, they share their experiences on the new Bangalore.
    In a nutshell, folks, lets all be broadminded & accepting of diversity, folks. That’s the way of the future world. Also, we owe it ourselves for making Bangalore a more tolerant, respected and loved city. I rest my case.
    Cheers!!


  22. Ravi (unregistered) on May 12th, 2006 @ 2:30 pm

    @Suyog. Thanks, bud! You’ve given me something to chew on re: ” I do miss reading more earthy and grass root level stories”! Have made a mental note to myself to go underground for some posts now! ;)


  23. Suyog (unregistered) on May 12th, 2006 @ 4:11 pm

    I agree with Ravi. It really does not make any difference about how long you have stayed here. The only criteria should be how passionate you are about Bangalore. Looking forward to reading great stuff about the best city in the world :-)


  24. Libran Lover (unregistered) on May 13th, 2006 @ 4:50 am

    F e r r a r i wrote: Who asked those diverse people not to register? Are we going to bring the concept of reservations in metro blog too? :-)

    The way you’ve written, it sounds like anyone can register and start writing on Bangalore Metblogs. That is not the reality. There is no reservation system and we don’t want it. But there is certainly a recommendation and regulation system here. One can write on Metblogs by invitation only. And one can be kicked out like TRUTH FAIRY was.


  25. Libran Lover (unregistered) on May 13th, 2006 @ 5:01 am

    Ravi wrote: my reaction was purely instinctive and seeks to prevent commenters from fomenting trouble on a open platform such as this.

    Your conclusion that I was “fomenting trouble” is also purely instinctive and way off the mark. All I did was to ask if there is adequate representation of the diversity of Bangalore’s people. If you think that is fomenting trouble, what can I say!

    Ravi also wrote: In a nutshell, folks, lets all be broadminded & accepting of diversity, folks.

    The way you say it makes it sound like we are not accepting of diversity. Where as, the opposite is true: we are advocating real diversity. We are saying that there may not be sufficient diversity if we don’t include the, by now (in)famous, “sons and daughters of the soil” into this mix.

    Instead of having kneejerk reactions to my comment, let us listen and understand. This is not just a Metblogs question. This is a question which is being played out in all levels of Bangalore’s society. Are the local people, local language, local culture getting their due in all things related to Bangalore?


  26. Suyog (unregistered) on May 13th, 2006 @ 2:37 pm

    Regarding Ravi’s question “Are the local people, local language, local culture getting their due in all things related to Bangalore?”, I would say NO.

    I have constantly interacted with so many locals here and there is a simmering anger against anyone who is not a local. Some of it maybe unjustified but many of the points are valid. The fact that many folks from outside come over here and buy or rent out flats at incredible rates is a very strong factor. Apart from that the complete disregard of the local language, is another point.

    While this should not lead to an outfit like the Shiv sena to come into force, at the same time I think that most non-kannadigas should also learn to appreciate the local culture. I think that is the way forward.


  27. Libran Lover (unregistered) on May 16th, 2006 @ 7:26 am

    Suyog – Just want to clarify that the question (“Are the local people, local language, local culture getting their due in all things related to Bangalore?”) was mine. I agree with you that they are not getting their due. Many people, especially the new immigrants, are not even aware of this. And when people like me raise the question, they don’t listen… thinking that I am simply being parochial.


  28. NParry (unregistered) on May 17th, 2006 @ 9:26 pm

    Looks like a few “Vatal Nagarajs” have popped up on this blog….In this day and age, who really worries about who comes from where… come on, grow up folks!


  29. Libran Lover (unregistered) on May 18th, 2006 @ 6:27 am

    NPARRY – Do you think the US’s rule that the President of their country should be local-born is a “Vatal Nagaraj” kind of attitude? Or what about the Metblogs rule that a person should be the resident of a city in order to blog in that city’s section? You think that Metblogs should also grow up?

    What does “this day and age” have to do with this issue? “In this day and age”, is everybody an expert on everything? One can blog for free, and in theory, anybody and everybody can blog about anything and everything. But can they all make sense?

    You need to grow up and understand the issue before you speak up. Better read all the comments and understand them before you shoot off your mouth… or rather keyboard.



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