'Changing Bangalore for the Better is in Our Hands' - The New Indian Express

'Changing Bangalore for the Better is in Our Hands'

Published: 21st January 2014 08:38 AM

Last Updated: 21st January 2014 08:42 AM

The city holds a special place for me because it has given enough space to innovatively find my strengths and weaknesses. Not that I could not have found it in any other place, but what makes Bangalore more profound in finding myself is the kind of people who easily relate to my thought process.

The kind of wavelength that people live with here, is something that I will not find in any other city, especially in India.

I would call Bangalore the ideal cosmopolitan city because there is hardly any stronghold of one thought. It has harmoniously blended itself with various thoughts, each of which has a substantial amount of weightage in its own way.

I have friends from almost all parts of the country and even from some parts of the world. And what we share is certainly not the aspects that would be within the boundary of our age...it is way beyond and this particular exposure is probably because the city has given us so many avenues to explore such thoughts and actions.

Be it the small time darshinis or the chic pubs...be it the umpteen number of options to explore nature few kilometres away, be it the numerous hubs of book reading and sharing thoughts, be it the numerous religious entities, the city has evolved from a conservative sleepy existence to one that has enveloped many futuristic trends within a short span of time to become one of the most sought after cities for people from across the country and even abroad.

And with the ounces of positive energy that the city holds, one is bound to look at the numerous issues too. But certainly, for me, the negatives of the city have always been a lesson. A lesson that when there is growth, there are bound to be loopholes and it is in man’s hands that lies the remedy to these bruises. I am a strong believer that what Bangalore has become today is definitely for the better and whatever woes that the citizens face, can easily be addressed as community.

It is not easy, probably, but if we all love the city, the way I do or my friends do, then it is very much possible. We have been trying on our own to do so...by ensuring that issues like potholes, garbage, littering, urinating, stray dogs, lawless driving, drunken driving, etc. are addressed in a citizen-friendly manner.

We have called our initiative as ‘Whole’ and it is a small social initiative in which we as a group of friends set up an agenda for the month to be addressed and in any small manner, we try to address the issue, on our own, without depending on anybody else.

Such is our love for Bangalore, that we believe that if there is change required, it can be found within.

(The writer is a resident of Jalvayuvihar)

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