When I moved to Bangalore ten years back, this was a different city from what it is now. Malleswaram seemed like a massive garden. Walking on the roads was a calming experience, with trees forming a canopy of sorts. It was certainly a change from the sunny streets of Chennai. I moved to another part of Bangalore soon but can fondly remember the serene aura of Malleswaram from nine years ago. I hear it has changed now.
Despite not travelling much around the city, the little that I’ve seen has definitely changed over the years. The traffic has worsened. The metro was supposed to be a solution to all problems but its incomplete status doesn’t encourage much hope at this point.
However, the city for all its failings has a huge fan base. It is hard to not like Bangalore, given that it has so much to offer for all age groups.
Residential areas with independent houses, vines creeping over pale white and yellow walls are a soothing sight when you are out for a stroll. There is no shortage of places for the youth to head to on weekends.
From bowling alleys to paintball and laser tag arenas, the younger crowd can keep themselves occupied.
Book readings for the young and old, regular staging of innovative dramas at affordable prices bring variety to the events that are hosted in the city every week.
Even if one is bored, the colourful display of clothes in those tiny shops on Commercial Street can keep one occupied for hours, even if you have no money. And if you like reading then Church Street is where you should spend all your time and money. It is a haven for bookworms like me.
However, the city does have its share of problems. The increase in prices of autos has burnt a hole in our pockets. While there are those who unblinkingly charge exorbitant prices, there are also those who use the metre, without being asked to. But the fact that this honest display leads to a surprised passenger is testimony to the number of those who openly cheat their passengers. However, other forms of public transport are not as bad. Since the time I have moved here I have depended solely on buses. It has been a pleasant experience overall, especially if you have the right amount of chillar and you are the conductor’s best friend. The best part though, has always been the food. For an expensive night out to a broke brunch, Bangalore keeps you fed.
(The reader is a resident of J P Nagar)
Awesome public transportation
Inefficient waste management