Bangalore…now and then!
Bangalore…now and then
Bangalore has always been special for me. This is where I have spent ten of my thirty and odd years in addition to brief stints for holidays during childhood. This is where I met my first love, had my first heartbreak, learned to be tough and get on with life.
Except for three years in Chennai, I have never really been outside the state for very long. And going to other places has only made me realize how lucky I am to be a part of this young, vibrant, beautiful city.
For those who were not here a few decades back, here is a perspective:
Then: Laidback city with very little traffic on the road and hardly any women drivers. My grandmother was among the very few and in her glamorous avatar, never failed to get a few peeks inside the car, most of them curious and of nuisance value
Now:Girls on scooters, girls on bikes, and girls driving cars. They are there everywhere and unless dressed to kill, are at the best given a second look. Too many to stare at.
Then: MG road was closed after 8:00 because of law and order problems.
Now: Life is on from morning to late night.
Then: Eating in hotels was once-in-a-month luxury.
Now: Hardly anyone seems to be cooking at home
Then: Anyone who spoke Hindi was considered a north Indian.
Now:Hardly anyone speaks to me in Kannnada.
Then: Autos were a pain never wanting to go where you want to.
Now:Autos are a pain never wanting to go where you want to :)
Then: One could ride anywhere, turn anywhere, and two ways everywhere.
Now:You don’t know your one ways – sit at home!
Then: Plaza, Bludiamond, symphony, Galaxy, and Rex for English movies
Now: Where are they?
Then: People hardly discussed money because there wasn’t any.
Now: Every other person is an expert on trading on BSE.
Then: People talked when their children got a government job.
Now: People talk when their children land an MNC job with a US visa.
Then: Evening strolls in the park, shopping at the nearest market, and oil-baths on sunday
Now:What evening strolls? Shopping at malls, and sleeping late on sundays.
Then: People were accomodating, helpful, and generally very friendly.
Now:People are accomodating, helpful, and generally very friendly.
Bangalore was and is still the place to be!