Monday, 10 November 2014

Bang Bang Bangalore



The City
In the year 1927, Bangalore was named as the “Garden City of India”. By the end of 2014, it can be named as “one of the most polluted city of India”. There is a saying that goes like "first impression is the best impression". This city failed to impress me at the first sight. It left me frustrated and irritated to an unimaginable level. I still remember the day I arrived at Bangalore. The climate was breezy and pleasant. It was indeed soothing, but the effect did not last for long as the pollution spoiled the experience. The roads were nasty and dusty and most of them were narrow. As I traveled towards the eastern part of the city, I was surprised to witness the traffic jams. The traffic was not at all moving. I had to wait for at least 15 to 20 minutes at each signal for the traffic to clear. For a 20 km journey it takes almost 3 hours during peak hours and 1 hour during off hours. It clearly indicated how unplanned the city was. The eastern part of the city is completely engulfed with dust and it is the highly polluted part of the city. 

The People
The city is an amalgamation of people belonging to different cities, cultures, and even belonging to different countries. But in this article, I want to stress on people who belong to this city (Bangaloreans). Not all, but few of the Bangaloreans I have come across were RUDE, especially the BMTC bus conductors. Let me explain you a situation I witnessed while traveling in a BMTC bus. The conductor gets the money from the passenger and do not provide any ticket. When the passenger asks the conductor for the ticket, the conductor asks the driver to stop the bus, looks at the passenger with a face filled with anger and asks him to step out of the bus. If the passenger fails to do so, the conductor forcefully pushes the passenger out of the bus, which is totally insane and rude.

The Climate
The cool breeze mixed with particles of dust is really fatal to human health. Even though the climate is cold and soothing, the pollution makes it harmful. I am already falling sick at least once in a week and I am not sure how long it is going to take for me to acclimatize to this climate. 

The Food
In India, it has become a myth to expect a good quality food from a restaurant. The place where I reside is filled with roadside hotels and all we get is average-tasting food mixed with particles of dust and smoke emitted by the vehicles. There are few dine-in restaurants that serve high priced pathetic food, which I occasionally visit to avoid over-expenditure. The foodie in me is left unimpressed. 

I would like to highlight few more points in addition to the above mentioned. 
  • The cost of living is too high in Bangalore. On a weekend, the price of the movie tickets are almost double the rate you spend to watch it on a weekday.
  • Amount you earn = Amount you spend, and sometimes amount you spend will be greater than the amount you earn. The savings is limited when it comes to Bangalore.
  • The annoying horn sound from the vehicles are irritating to the ears. As the vehicles are struck in traffic for longer hours, it gives us no way to avoid the noise pollution.
  • The waiting time is more and travel time is less. It takes just 4 hours for me to reach my hometown from Bangalore. Taking the city's traffic into consideration, it takes almost 6 to 7 hours for me to reach my hometown if I'm opting for a road transport. 
  • Patience is all you need to survive in this city. 

10 comments:

  1. Hari Om
    ....hmmm... another Delhi or Mumbai then..???

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    1. Not sure about Mumbai.. But Delhi is definitely better than Bangalore (in terms of transport and infrastructure)

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  2. Wow, looks like a city to cross off one's bucket list of places to visit. : (

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    1. Yes it is.. You have many beautiful places surrounding this city.

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    1. I'm already missing it bro.. Damn! We had a blast there!

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  4. I agree the traffic is irritating during peak hours. Other than that am having a good time in the city. the illness, perhaps its cos of the climate change from chennai to b'lore. tkcr :)

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    1. Let's see how much time its gonna take for me to get acclimatized to the climate as well as the city

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  5. Hi Ashwin! Very detailed post. I like when I can learn something new. Wow! The traffic is crazy. I thought the morning traffic here was bad but Bangalore has got us beat.

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