‘Unliveable’ many would say getting frustrated at the traffic jams plaguing the once garden city, Bangalore.
But there’s always something about the place! Many a times I would wonder what it is.
The weather, yes at 3000 feet above sea level, the city enjoys a very comfortable mild weather. When asked, this is the first mention as a plus for the city.
Bangalore certainly has evolved over the years, not just into the name Bengaluru but from garden city and retirement paradise into the undisputed Silicon Valley.
That drives the techies to migrate here. I remember someone telling an interesting story of world’s richest man making a data based decision. His analytics found a large number of experts from Indian state of Andhra Pradesh working in his company.
That made Microsoft to open their second development centre outside USA in the state. But apparently the preference of these talents after USA is to work in Bangalore.
The migration brings in more jobs, employers, buildings, home demand, taxes and traffic.
Many of world’s back offices are located here. But like a Bombayite who just shifted said ‘there’s no night life in Bangalore while Mumbai never sleeps’. He however added hastily ‘but I like it here’.
Perhaps those working on US timings may get inside their offices by 9 pm when the city goes to sleep.
There’re pockets of hope and progress. Namma Metro, the city’s rail network, though terribly delayed is set to be totally covered when completed. The segments already completed are running full and brimming.
And then this view from our balcony in Jayanagar. Here’s a forest before the 270 degrees view of the Bangalore skyline. We can point at the landmark buildings from World Trade Centre in Yashwantpur through to Vidhan Soudha, Kanteerava stadium, UB City, my former office in ‘Raheja Towers’, Koramangala, Banarghatta to Sarjapur.
The title ‘Garden City’ may be in dispute, but Bangalore still has those trees protected dearly by the well wishing residents.