I was born and brought up in a small town in the vicinity of Davanagere. Since my early teens, it was my dream to visit Bangalore and work there, but I never imagined that I would one day settle down here. Well, I have been a Bangalorean for 15 years now.
The first time I came to Bangalore was for an interview, seeking admission into a reputed medical college. Though at first intimidated by the fast-paced life of the city, I was later enticed by Bangalore’s green look, the feel of what was earlier known as the ‘pensioner’s paradise’ and the professional opportunities it had to offer. I suppose these reasons are what have made me stay on in the city.
Studying medicine in those days was a great achievement in itself, and practicing medicine in Bangalore meant that one’s future was secured. However, being a land of opportunities, Bangalore has helped me become a successful doctor.
When I first came, the city was a haven with what it had to offer in terms of professional security, security of women and pleasant weather, among other things.
What makes Bangalore the city it is today is its nature to unconditionally accommodate any person and of any origin. During my first few years as a resident here, I found that people were cultured, highly educated and most of all, polite and well-mannered. Back in the nineties, one felt welcomed in the city. Not many cities have seen such a rapid development in 20 years. The IT boom in the last two decades has given a global diversity to the city.
Being a frequent traveller and trekker, I have visited many metropolitan and cosmopolitan cities, but no other city has given my family and me the feeling of security, rich culture and a homely environment that we get here. My social concerns and passions such as photography and literature have all been nurtured by the environment that can be found nowhere but in Bangalore.
Bangalore is a creative space for those who wish to make something of themselves, and I am a testimony to this view. Being a photographer of some repute, I have on several occasions suggested that my friends residing overseas visit Bangalore and try capture its unique flux.
An individual of any origin and of any lifestyle can easily find his/her place and identity in this city. The uniqueness of Bangalore is that it does not force any individual to adopt its own culture but welcomes what each individual brings.
What I have observed as a Bangalorean over almost two decades is that before any individual adjusts to the city, the city itself adjusts to him/her. This city rarely sleeps, but when it does, it makes sure that all its citizens are well-rested too.
In a way, I am proud to have been a part of the transition in the nature of Bangalore’s evolving citizenry. I have savoured and treasured many exquisite memories along with my family as a Bangalorean and have none to be thankful to but the amazing city that Bangalore is.
(The reader is a resident of Nandini Layout)