What does Bangalore mean to you?

Bangalore is the kind of place about which each resident will have a different picture.

For a person who has grown up here, the idea of Bangalore will be totally different than, say, a person who has been living here for the past 2-3 years.

For the former, Bangalore might mean lazy summers, cold winters, green avenues, eating at MTR and shopping in Jayanagar. For the latter, Bangalore might be Brigade Road, the glass buildings of Electronics City, and Forum Mall. The city is the same, but the perspectives are different.

As a child, to me, Bangalore meant
– My childhood home
– School and college in Malleshwaram
– Boating in Sankey Tank
– Concerts in Chowdaiah Memorial Hall and Ravindra Kalakshetra
– Shopping in Malleshwaram 8th cross and SAmpige Road
– A Weekend visit to Lalbagh/Cubbon Park
– A visit to MG-Brigade road, with lunch at Mac Fast Food and a book at Gangaram’s…

Now, Bangalore to me means
– Electronic City
– The traffic of Hosur Road
– Potholes
– Flyovers
– Long walks in Jayanagar
– Movies in Inox,
– Restaurants and cafes

Two perspectives from the same person.

I would love to know what picture you have in your head … What does Bangalore mean to you?

17 Comments so far

  1. silkboard (unregistered) on September 5th, 2006 @ 12:15 pm

    traffic jams and urban chaos. just kidding!

    I didn’t grow up here, came here first in 1995. and I have both the images you mention.

    I am afraid that to me, today, there is no particular strong image left of Bangalore. It has almost become like any other big city. Just a bit more prosperous, and with wonderful weather.

  2. Naveen (unregistered) on September 5th, 2006 @ 12:23 pm

    Bangalore to me is a cozy home, a big city with lots of small town attitude still left in it, much more than just IT and BT (no disrespect to them), a confluence of cultures – Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Sindhi, Gujarati, Marwadi, Anglo Indian, Mallu etc etc, and a progressive culture blended with conservatism.

    And a gateway to a host of wonderful places to visit.

  3. Prashanth (unregistered) on September 5th, 2006 @ 1:33 pm

    It was vacation place for me, used to visit my aunt’s place — long lazy window shopping in Jayanagar 4th block, frquent visits to Lalbagh and the toy train in cubbon park :)

    Now its, Home to KR Puram traffic jam to Office and back same way :'(

  4. Thejesh GN (unregistered) on September 5th, 2006 @ 1:34 pm

    Bangalore to me is home.
    When I was kid
    -Alankar plaza (the stair case)
    -Sir MV Science Museum
    -Hosur Road with tress on both sides and no traffic
    – Madiwala Sante

    When in college it was
    Urvashi theater
    VV Puram footpath
    VV Puram Science College

    – Ecity
    – No Traffic (I stay near to Ecity)
    – Resturants
    – Where all my Friends are

  5. Arun (unregistered) on September 5th, 2006 @ 3:44 pm

    Urvashi theater and college is something that I think every one would identify with :)

  6. Vinod (unregistered) on September 5th, 2006 @ 3:46 pm

    Whenever i think of bangalore, these thoughts come to my mind
    – Nimbe hulli peppermints in school breaks
    – Football matches and Waiting for the school van after schooltime in SJBHS
    – First day first show in Urvashi and Swagath theatre in PUC
    – Jayanagar 4th Block cool joint
    – Food street in VV puram and Fanoos near brigade road
    – Somari Katte in BMS college
    – Kadle kai parsey near Bull temple
    – Long Drive to Dhabhas on Kanakapura road

  7. Masoud (unregistered) on September 5th, 2006 @ 4:38 pm

    GAS College somari katte
    Homescience chicks and Maharani college langa dhawni s,
    2 rupees lunch in PU board, MS building canteens
    walking home from KR circle to home, using bus ticket money to buy fags
    morning show at Abhinay theater
    lovely rainy days and waiting at the bus stop, leaving our bus to go away, waiting for that girl to turn up
    MG road archies, wearhouse for clothes
    lots of places to play cricket
    pocket money was 20-30 bucks

    vibrant city
    lots of northies
    weather is still not bad
    fast (xtremely fast) girls
    not much inno-sense in kids
    making waves all over the world
    full of intelligent people
    makes indians proud (with all the forbes listings)
    its a wonderful city, excellent weather, fantastic people, right pace…
    expensive (nothingz cheap these days u know!)

  8. Mehak (unregistered) on September 5th, 2006 @ 4:56 pm

    LOL @ lots of northies…..

  9. anonymous (unregistered) on September 5th, 2006 @ 5:57 pm

    Older generation definitely not liking this place any more.

  10. Kannadiga (unregistered) on September 5th, 2006 @ 6:05 pm


    You could identify bangaloreans by the way they behaved.

    Bangalore vividhbharathi playing old songs.


    Horrible people – total mistrust, hatred, amongst each other. That is what we are going to be recognized for.

    Imitating the sad/bad part of America. While they are moving in value chain, we are going down in a bottomless pit.

    Lousy radio channels and zero-knowledge radio hosts – Don’t we all deserve something better than those kiss blowing, zero-knowledge hosts ?

  11. Kannadiga (unregistered) on September 5th, 2006 @ 6:33 pm

    I meant “while they are moving _up_ in value chain/system …..”

  12. rubic_cube (unregistered) on September 5th, 2006 @ 8:23 pm

    Then (1997):
    1. Climate
    2. Cosmo feel
    3. Cars
    4. Parks/Greenery/Green spaces
    5. Movies

    Now (2006):
    1. Climate
    2. Malls
    3. More Cosmo
    4. Traffic (and therefore the jams & pollution)
    5. And still, I have now grown to call this place… HOME!

    Someone mentioned that Bangalore is the central place to go and visit a list of great places. So true! Check the map and you cannot agree more. Bangalore is right in the middle of the Deccan peninsula and is only a night away from many other important towns in South India. From here, only a short drive takes you to so many other great places!

  13. monk (unregistered) on September 5th, 2006 @ 11:11 pm

    More Earnings, lesser savings
    More clothing stores, lesser clothes on
    More cars, lesser roads
    More Bangalore, same spirit

  14. Shruthi (unregistered) on September 6th, 2006 @ 10:23 am

    Thank you all for your fascinating inputs! Keep them coming :)

  15. Abhipraya (unregistered) on September 7th, 2006 @ 11:51 am

    My childhood memory of Bangalore
    – Endless and happy walks through tree lined streets when it rains
    – Shopping in Malleshwaram 8th cross (most expensive clothes probably came from wearhouse:-)
    – Bhelpuri lunch for two for just a rupee
    – Driving through Bangalore end to end in less than 90 minutes
    – Movies at geetanjali, sampige and occassionally in santosh and kapali
    – Trips to Commercial street to feel “hep”
    – Twice a month visits to cubbon park

    And now Bangalore is just traffic jams, potholes, smoke, rude people, multiplexes and sigh lots and lots of Hindi speaking Junta!

    Thanks Shruti for writing this up, it sure brought back lot of memories :-)

  16. Vijay (unregistered) on September 7th, 2006 @ 5:32 pm


    Good one…

    Don’t know if this was before your time… early ’70s

    Every Sunday my mother used to take me to Cubbon Park where they had this place called “Jawahar Bal Bhavan”.. Laurel and Hardy pictures used to be shown there EVERY Sunday. Children used to pay 50 paise and adults 1 rupee for the movie. Pop corn and Cotton Candy extra… this would be followed by dinner at Koshys.. the only “fancy” restaurant in town those days..

    Oh ya.. we lived in Jayanagar.. a 10 mimute commute to Cubbon Park by car.. try doing that today..

  17. brijuprasad (unregistered) on September 8th, 2006 @ 8:09 pm

    well the old bangalore reminds me of…………..
    >listening to “chinntana” followed by 10 minute news capsule on vividh Bharathi.
    >3hours of kannada programmes on Doordarshan including “ritharege salage”
    >getting to school on BSA SLR cycle
    >street cricket “aatukuntu lekak illa”
    >malleswaram/sampige road/8th cross
    >beautiful lined gulmour trees
    >sticky “cork balls” from seeds of gulmour trees
    >climbing guava trees to find squirrel picked guava
    >veena stores for idly and loads of chutney
    >”shetty angadi”
    >Rex theatre……dissapointment at not getting tickets……settle for another movie @ plaza
    >Indian coffee house
    >British library…..one of the few places to be air conditioned then……did not really need them
    >BTS conductor writing remaining change behind the ticket
    >Alliance Francaise………for french and ….yes girls ofcourse!!
    >Masal puri…….invention of Bangalore
    >visit to Burma bazaar
    ……….well many many memories

    thanks for raising this topic

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