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!

9 Comments so far

  1. Raj (unregistered) on January 24th, 2008 @ 9:32 pm

    Nice!

    A welcome relief from all the “It used to be so good and really sucks now” posts.

    And autos really are a pain :)


  2. Cindy (unregistered) on January 24th, 2008 @ 9:41 pm

    I couldn’t agree more with the final statement!
    I am loving Bangalore…


  3. Ravi (unregistered) on January 24th, 2008 @ 9:48 pm

    Hey Preran!
    Welcome to MB, buddy! Yup, nice post…enough to go on a nostalgia trip particularly the ‘theatre’ aspect. One point I’d like to add is about hotels ( sit back and enjoy ) those days vs. darshini’s ( eat fast and quit ) these days! Coffee House on MG’s is perhaps one of the few survivors of those days!
    Ravi


  4. gowri (unregistered) on January 24th, 2008 @ 10:33 pm

    Oil baths on sundays and eating out once a month. How true. Have lived those good old days. Remember those English movie theaters so well.


  5. preran (unregistered) on January 25th, 2008 @ 8:54 am

    Thank you for the comments people. I think cities that we live in are like our own families. We hate them, we love them, and we cannot do without them. Like people, cities change too, and either we change with them or get left out.
    Bangalore has a lot of problems but it is something that we will have to solve together. Meanwhile, enjoy maadi!


  6. Lokesh (unregistered) on January 25th, 2008 @ 9:29 am

    Nice List Preran. Good one first up. Change is bound to happen adapting to the change is also bound to happen. and then talking about how it used to be is also bound to happen.


  7. bhuvana (unregistered) on January 25th, 2008 @ 3:33 pm

    Good Listing Preran. To add one more to this list
    Then:Traffic was smooth , There were less vehicles on road, more space to move freely on the roads and walk gayly on foot paths .Dust air pollution was less.
    Now: Roads are widened to accomodate more vehicles, even then congested traffic , foot paths are vanishing, heavy dust and air pollution
    Takes 3 hrs to move a 10 kms stretch in peak hours. But still we all love Bangalore and we need to solve this problem together.


  8. bhuvana (unregistered) on January 25th, 2008 @ 3:35 pm

    Good Listing Preran. To add one more to this list
    Then:Traffic was smooth , There were less vehicles on road, more space to move freely on the roads and walk gayly on foot paths .Dust air pollution was less.
    Now: Roads are widened to accomodate more vehicles, even then congested traffic , foot paths are vanishing, heavy dust and air pollution
    Takes 3 hrs to move a 10 kms stretch in peak hours. But still we all love Bangalore and we need to solve this problem together.


  9. Pisipati Sriram (unregistered) on January 25th, 2008 @ 10:33 pm

    Though costly, its a pleasant place. Cool climate, in spite of heavy urbanisation and concretisation. By and large native Kannadigas are soft, good-natured, cultured and accommodative. Maybe I have had the good luck of running into such nice people only during my two-year stay in the city.

    Invariably one faces many problems in any capital or fast growing city. B’lore is no exception – particularly the annoying bumper-to-bumper traffic or the high house rents and the rental advances etc.

    It maynot be anymore a pensioners’ paradise (going by the high cost of living), but yet a livable and nice place with all its greenery, landscape gardens, its nice darsinis, nisargas and numerous food courts etc. The city presents an admirable blend of the ethnic and the modern features. Ultimately it depends on the way one looks at a city. I feel it is a fine, cool city.



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