Jahnavi Pai, a 31-year-old ecologist and a resident of Malleshwaram is a bajji freak. So much so, that she wants others also to have a taste of them, many sold at petty shops, with no branding.
The idea cropped up during her frequent visits to the bajji shop at Vyalikaval. She then thought of giving some publicity to this taste. The result was Bangalore Bajji Bonda Map (BBBMP), created using Google maps.
“The menasinakai bajji and pakoda is yum here. But this shop does not have a name. Then I realsied that there are many such small shops which prepare tasty bajjis, bondas, and the likes but not many from other localities know of it. That is when I created BBBMP in July 2012,” she explains. Jahnavi, who also loves mapping, merged her idea of giving publicity to these bajji-bonda shops using Google map.
Within three months, BBBMP has more than 3,000 views. Jahnavi has added many places, right from hotels, petty shops to roadside vendors, who sell a variety of bajji, bonda and other snacks. With one click on the particular mark representing bajji or bonda shops on google map, they get to see the speciality of that shop. For instance, a click results in ‘Sri Sagar condiments near Matthikere bus stop, baalekayi bajji is the best. Capsicum bajji is the best opposite to Upahar Darshini near Netkalappa circle.’
Jahnavi has also allowed the public to add more such places. Jahnavi tells that there are couple of companies like Just Dial who have listings of various small and large business. However, petty shops which make yummy bajjis or bondas are not listed. “They neither have names nor a contact number. I want more people to participate in this and add as many shops/ghaadis as they can,” she adds. Though it is not accessible directly, one can just check this link, http://goo.gl/maps/7TUr.