(I still prefer the old name, Bangalore)
B couldn't be anything else for me. Bangalore is not only my home town or the place I live. Bangalore to me is a way of life. Bangalore is my lifestyle and I'm a true blooded Bangalorean. I have always been in awe of Bangalore, but after my recent trip to the National capital, my respect for this city multiplied ten fold. This is my heaven and no matter what I shall never leave this place. I have travelled pretty much around India. I even stayed in Chennai for four whole months, thanks to my initial job training. I hated it to no end. No, not only the weather. The people, the culture, the transport and every thing else. When I went to Mumbai, the land of Bollywood, I was welcomed by slums and the cost of living there shook the living day lights out of me. The weather conditions are extreme too.
The USP of Bangalore has always been its weather, which now is rapidly changing thanks to the IT boom and the thousands who pour in to the city everyday to make it their home. I have seen this city change right in front of my eyes. The garden city it sure was once upon a time. It still is in some parts of the city, yet, most of it has made way for an IT park or a residential haven. The cost of living has risen too, but not shot up. But more than all this, what I love the most about Bangalore is the lifestyle. I can never thank my parents enough for settling here. I have lived here for 27.8 years of my life and plan to do so till I shut my eye. People who come here for work and call themselves a Bangalorean after three or four years should go take a hike. The place you have been brought up in matters a lot. It in fact, defines you. It represents what all you have learnt in your growing up years. Like they say, you can always take a person out of his city, but you cannot take the city out of him. Yes, that.
(Bangalore International Airport)
During my training in Chennai everybody looked at me like an alien and spoke trash behind my back. Bangalore, modern, party, drinks, sex, different, were some of the words they used while talking about me. I did not care two hoots about it. Yes, Bangalore is all what they spoke about and I'm proud of it. At least what happens here happens in the open and people accept it whole heartedly. Bangalore is modern like no other place. Maybe the technology boom has somewhere helped. I have seen this city change from a fruit orchard to a shopping hub and I love it. I have seen landscapes being converted to concrete jungles and I love it. I have seen the night life extend from 10 pm to 11.30 pm and then finally to 1 am, and I love it. Everything about this city is dear to me. All of it. I have spent my childhood on every street and grown up in every lane. I know every nook and corner of the city and I'm totally proud of it.
I can recognise a Bangalorean from a mile. No, they don't have red hair or a halo around their head. Its very easy for me to spot them. The way they speak, the way they dress, the way they hold their drinks, everything. I have dated many non-Bangaloreans, of course you don't like a person just because he is from the same city. But all of it broke apart due to lifestyle issues. They did not understand why I wore modern clothes, or why I loved to drink rum. They asked me out for what I was, but later turned into a "In my city, girls are like....." kind. That's when I knew it was not working out. Thankfully I am married to a typical Bangalorean who is more Bangalorean than I am. We both just sat admiring the Bangalore International Airport on our recent trip. I mean, it felt like heaven.
(Skyye Bar at UB City)
Be it breakfast at a roadside shop or at The Monkey Bar, lunch at Airlines Hotel or Millers 46, dessert at Truffles or Berry'd Alive, we have it all. From street shopping at Commercial Street to high end shopping at UB City, from cozy cafes to high end bars and pubs, from 2BHKs to independent villas, the life in Bangalore is wonderful. We have our very own flea market too in 'Sunday Soul Sante'. Almost all the musical concerts are held here and every movie is released here. Any language, any time. We have art and theatre too. We now have the metro which will soon connect us to every part of the city. You name it, we have it. This city is paradise.
Yes, the auto drivers and the traffic do irritate me, but it is all a small price to pay, to live in heaven.
My city my pride. Bangalore, my home for life.