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    Posted January 25, 2013 by
    Bangalore, India
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    Bangalore Diaries


    I recently visited my home in Bangalore (Bengaluru), India. I took this opportunity to visit some of the places and eat outs where I used to hang-out with my friends 7 years ago. It was nostalgic and I have tried to capture those feelings through my lens.

    8th Cross in Malleswaram (where I live) is a marketplace that always has throngs of people haggling prices with fruit and vegetable vendors. It is also host to a few good eat outs and other shops. It is has been the go-to place for all the suburban’s for years.

    Nearby is good ol' Malleswaram railway station. It not only attracts travelers but is also a major watering hole due to the popular 'Raghavendra Stores'. They offer idly, vada and tasty 'chow-chow' bath. Of course, you finish up with a good cup of tea or coffee.

    I was fortunate (thanks to my shopping loving wife) to land up in infamous Commercial Street, where every evening is like a shopping carnival. There I noticed a style icon - This dude earns his living selling tasty salted 'kadalekai' and he definitely had his style from his stance to the wave he moved his cart. I guess what he was wearing is his dress code for the Commercial Street.

    One thing that is omnipresent in Bangalore or any other Indian city for that matter is - Auto-rickshaw or tuk-tuk or tempo as it is called in different states. And here is a typical conversation that happens when boarding an 'auto':

    Typical Bangalorean: "Auto, bus stand barthira?" ("Auto, will you go to bus stand?")
    Typical Auto Driver: "Guru, meter mele double kodbeku" ("Guru, it will be double the fare if you want the meter to run")
    and then we settle for "one and a half"


    Towards the end of my trip, I also visited my village that is 200 miles from Bangalore. I realized this is true "A smile can say thousand words" when I saw this old man on his way back home on his bullock cart loaded with straw. I whipped out the camera to capture the whole scene, he had a twinkle in his and a contagious smile on him. I just could not help but smile back.

    Namma Bangalore!

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