The city with a glorious and rich and historical past, city with many plus points like a weather many cities cannot even dream about,a greenery still not completely gone,lakes still existing though dwindling in number,many parks almost one in each locality,to provide walking and jogging tracts for the fitness conscious and older citizens,a play area for kids and friendly atmosphere and friends generally and lots of employment opportunities in the I.T.capital.
We belong to Bangalore in the sense that ancestors of both my parents were from Bangalore.All of us siblings were born here.My grand father was Professor of English,Central College and was so popular that a road is named after him and still exists in Chamarajpet.Hence my roots are deeply rooted here very firmly.
My father was posted in different parts of India and as such we had a bringing up which was cosmopolitan and we also came to know about different cultures and languages.This exposure played a great part in moulding our character.Wherever we lived,our holidays were always spent with our maternal cousins and some with our cousins in Bangalore ,where my uncle was librarian,public library,Cubbon park.
I have been visiting Bangalore since the fifties from my school days.It was according to my father,a “glorified village”.It was a different world altogether.The feel of a hill station and it was cool and cooler climate.Many houses did not have even a fan.The roads were hilly and the houses had gardens,many of them their owner’s pride and beautiful.There were no public transport worth the name.Buses started plying later,perhaps in the late fifties or early sixties.,Before that it was Jutkas which was the mode of transport.Autos were non existent.It was even a pleasure to commute by buses since the city was so beautiful that you would be enveloped by it.There were fresh flowers and vegetables available throughout the year.People travelling from Bangalore to Chennai used to bring loads of these.
Cut to the present,many things have changed.The one which is much discussed is the traffic situation.Multiplicity of vehicles ,a growth in population with migrant population entering every day,depletion of water resources,a consequence of lakes dwindling and depletion of green cover- the reasons are manifold.This post is not intended to list what is ailing this great city.It is a recall of an era gone by and some memories associated with it.
There are several green spots still.The flip side is the unpredictable weather.What is a blessing and joy to the young plays havoc with older people.Apart with breathing problems all the aches and pains increase.There are many potholes resulting in many people with back problems.There is a very unscientific development of infrastructure.In many areas there is a surfeit of malls and shopping arcades leading to more congestion of roads and more vehicular pollution Every day trees are cut to make room for wider roads.Despite all these factors there is still lot that is left.Let us hope the city will regain some of its past glory and elegance.There are various entertainment options available.Apart from films in all languages,there is a vibrant theatre and art scene.For the foodies,there are cuisines of all regions to taste.Then of course there are pubs etc for the young crowd.
I like Bangalore,though my first favourite is Calcutta,followed by Madras.I may be in a minority since the general vote seems to be in favour of Bangalore.