Bangalore – I have known this city for around 6 months now and I feel privileged and qualified enough to write this post.
The climate, the never ending hustle-bustle, the home to India’s largest IT population and the Pub capital of India! Is there anything that Bangalore doesn’t have? No! You can find almost everything in Bangalore. Anything new to India will obviously reach Bangalore before it reaches India’s capital.
Bangalore (also called as Bengaluru) is a city where people from all walks of life are fluent in at least 3-4 languages. It is probably the only city in India where the indigenous population is less in number. Throw a stone at some random place and you are bound to hit a Software Engineer! It is also the only place where more people know C, C++ and Java than the indigenous language, Kannada! Bangalore is well known for its mad rush but it is also one of the coolest, sweetest and civilized cities in India.
This mad rush brought forth a mishap that many Bangaloreans fail to notice. Litter, litter and litter everywhere! This habit of littering has gone too far that people do it out of habit and they couldn’t stop doing it! The pavement is not only used by the pedestrians but it is used by the motorists as well. It’s in fact the road adjacent to the road or it can also be humorously coined as an unauthorized extension of the road. Yeah, it’s hilarious to hear! Additionally, you can find innumerable potholes in the pavement. So, just keep your eyes open! If you fall into one of those potholes I guarantee that you will go deep inside that you can find yourself touching the Earth’s mantle! Nah, just kidding! Probably, you will end up in Bellandur lake where you can find yourself frothing along with the froth it already has. I have noticed electric cables hanging around in loose and I had a close encounter with those infinite number of times and I can assure you that those wires won’t harm you as they are free from electricity! (But, it is a concern for sure). Just remember to use “Kannada gothu ila” (I don’t know Kannada) whenever you encounter a person who starts bombarding you with Kannada. There is yet another option. Try communicating to the person in Kannada and he will figure out that you literally don’t know Kannada and you are faking it.
One thing which is really a concern is Eunuchs. Most of them are civilized and won’t bother you but there a few who won’t allow you to move an inch until you pay them. Guys, Beware! You will encounter them when you walk on the road, mostly during the evening and they will block your way and start caressing your face, hands and blah blah blah. A word of advice to the guys- Pay them if you literally have no other option left. The last thing you want to do is to be messing up with them. DON’T EVER DO THAT! If you want to pull out some stunts, do that when you are out as a group. But, remember they are human beings as well! And yet another word of advice, beware of stray dogs!
There are 2 sides of every coin. Bangalore is the ‘awesomest’ place to hang out and it is also one of the dangerous places to live if you are not cautious! The IT bubble brought in more money which in turn brought many anti-social elements into act. But, apart from all these pros and cons, one thing is for sure- You are bound to fall in love with Bangalore at first sight.
Bangalore, you taught me a great deal of life lessons in the past year, yet I love you. I will always love you and I will ensure that the year 2016 amplifies my love towards you. Happy New Year!