The city has always been my city of dreams. During my days in Dandeli, our school used to organise sight-seeing trips to Bangalore and Mysore.
As a child, it used to be a time of great excitement to be in Bangalore and see the high rise buildings, the well laid roads, pavements, organised traffic, lush green parks, etc.
We all would be thrilled to get ourselves clicked before Vidhana Souda, which was accessible then, in all cranky poses.
Our teachers would never miss out on MG road and Brigade Road in the itinerary.
For us it was a visit, nothing less then being in New York. We used to get mesmerised by the grandeur of the roads and the city as a whole.
And when back home, we had loads of memories to share with our family and those friends who were not able to make it for the trip.
After securing a job, I was posted in here. I was totally thrilled to be a city dweller of this beautiful city.
I felt, that I now had lots of time to spend compared to those stipulated hours during the school trips.
Its very nature of accommodating everyone who comes here is truly amazing.
In the initial days of my stay, I made the best of it, but slowly the increasing population, chaotic traffic, pollution took over my enthusiasm of exploring it.
I always miss out on exploring this city, which keeps changing .
The very thought of being stuck in traffic keeps me back.
Today, Bangalore is among the most polluted cities in the world. This has resulted in many health hazards, both for the young and the old.
The city which used to be like the Biblical Eden garden is being ruined.
All what is required of us is to be concerned about the city and contribute in our own little way to restore its past green glory.
(The writer is a resident of Ramamurthynagar)