Cash Pharmacy – Another landmark lost


[Photo taken from here]

It stood at the junction of Residency Road and St.Marks Road. Entering it was like stepping into another era. Sturdy pillars, a high roof, a mild smell that reminded you of your grandparents’ ancestral homes. Bangalore’s Cash Pharmacy.

The Cash Pharmacy was pulled down on Monday. And thus, another beautiful landmark of the city has vanished.

From the newspaper article:

The impending end was confirmed when the 12-year legal battle between the developer and the owner of the 20,000 sq ft land ended about six months ago. A plan for a three-storey building came in place with the ground floor to house Cash Pharmacy.

Irfan Razack, Chairman and Managing Director, Prestige Group, says “The new building will have characteristics similar to the old one.”

But it will never be the same!

Anitha has a nostalgic piece on her childhood memories of the beautiful old building.

16 Comments so far

  1. Mehak (unregistered) on September 12th, 2006 @ 4:48 pm

    The Sobha’s & the Mantri’s will take the city away… structures everywhere….

    Prestige Constructors say the new building will have characteristics similar to the old one…..But as you said ITS NOT GOING TO BE THE SAME

  2. silkboard (unregistered) on September 12th, 2006 @ 5:22 pm

    But hey, here and there, some ‘old’ has got to give way to ‘the new’. Don’t see any problems with that.

  3. tarlesubba (unregistered) on September 12th, 2006 @ 6:16 pm

    janaab let me please put it like this

    eenTH pattronki hi hoti to nayi banaalete
    baath jasbaathon ki hein, warna kudh hi manaalete

  4. Shruthi (unregistered) on September 12th, 2006 @ 6:34 pm

    Mehak, yeah, true!

    Silkboard, yes, that may be true. But some buildings are not just buildings – they have a whole history attached to them. And tons of memories, and they carry the flavour of the Bangalore of yore. The passing of each such landmark is like erasing one page of history.

    Wah, Tarlesubba, wah! Well put :)

  5. Mehak (unregistered) on September 12th, 2006 @ 7:00 pm

    @Tarlesubba…can we have that in Hindi/English?? Punjabi wud also do..

  6. Shruthi (unregistered) on September 12th, 2006 @ 8:44 pm

    Mehak, look carefully, it IS in Hindi! :)

  7. tarlesubba (unregistered) on September 13th, 2006 @ 5:54 am

    mehak that is in hindi no?

    please bear my excesses here…

    hein purana ye magar shehar hein mera
    ye mera bhi hein jaisae yeh basar tera

    geharihe jaDein inhe na ujhaaDa jaayen
    shaakon mein basae chiDhiyaanbhi kahi na bichaDjaayen

    TooTe shaakon pe naye ghosale nahi banaya karte
    jhooTe imaanon sein naye rishate nahi sajaya karte


  8. Shruthi (unregistered) on September 13th, 2006 @ 11:41 am

    Once, again, wah, Taralesubba :)

  9. usha (unregistered) on September 13th, 2006 @ 2:15 pm

    Oh so sad, just heard about it and shed a few tears too. God i used to love that building – it used to feel like time travel going into that building. sad, very sad.

  10. Vinod (unregistered) on September 13th, 2006 @ 2:27 pm

    This was the building where i used to wait for my van after school. Some five years back they brought down Joseph’s…now it is the time for this one.

  11. Shruthi (unregistered) on September 13th, 2006 @ 3:46 pm

    Usha, Vinod, pleasant memories associated with it, right? Wonder how long it will be before even the memories of this building, and other such buildings, are totally lost.

  12. Vinod (unregistered) on September 13th, 2006 @ 5:23 pm

    Another old buildings whose current state of affair really pains me is the “States Talkies” on KG road. Have a pleasant memories as kid watching Nanjundi Kalyana, Prema loka in this theatre……Now least said the better :((

  13. silkboard (unregistered) on September 14th, 2006 @ 3:18 pm

    oh god, I was away on travel just for a day, and you guys (tarle, shruthi/mehak) ganged up against me!

    I will save my long reply for a post, some complicated thoughts to share. But here is an impromptu for Tarle:

    apni aur tumhaari chaltee zindagee kee
    ek hee jaisee hai kahaani.
    kuchh aage, kuchh peeche,
    kuchh nayee kuchh puranee

  14. silkboard (unregistered) on September 14th, 2006 @ 3:24 pm

    Adding roads to the mix, that impromptu bit develops to:

    meri teri chaltee zindagee kee,
    kitnee baraabar hai kahaani!
    Raastay kuchh aagay, kuchh peechhe,
    manzilein kuchh nayee kuchh puranee


  15. rubic_cube (unregistered) on September 14th, 2006 @ 5:17 pm

    Mention Cash Pharmacy to my dad and he waxes eloquent over the staff there. In the 60s, when my dad and his family were settled in the Cannt area and my dad used to come to St. Joseph’s, Cash Pharmacy was the most important landmark and held a special place. Also most family requirements of medicines et al were procured at Cash Pharmacy. Cash Pharmacy stood for trust and reliability!

  16. Johnson (unregistered) on September 21st, 2006 @ 1:01 am

    I remember Cash Pharmacy from my school days (couple of decades ago). It was a famous landmark and have lots of memories about it. BUT, the last few years ( I do visit it sometimes) the building was “deteriorating”.

    Glad it was pulled down. BUT, hope the new building has a heritage look and not one of those glassy buildings !!!!

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