What makes Bangalore Bangalore for me…

The OH, our home and that of his parents.

Being able to have my own home garden.

The flowers of many hues that seem to be blooming around the city, irrespective of the season.

Sudden spurts of rain, at any time during the day or night.

Falling in love with the gorgeous, gorgeous weather.

The highly Kannadiga way of saying ‘Maestic’ and ‘Yenktesaaa’.

Gorging on the freshest of fruits in every season.

Clear, clear, clear blue skies with hints of clouds at times, and grey, leaden, overcast skies at other times.

Isn’t that blue gorgeous?!

The beauties that the local markets are, especially before a festival.

The ‘Darshinis’ and the ‘Sagars’.

Silk sarees, roses and strings of jasmine.

Aunties in their silken and golden finery, thronging temples during festivals.

Bisi bele bhaat and chow chow bhaat.

Grabbing a bite on the go at Taco Bell or at one of the many eat-and-go restaurants around the city.

The Volvos.

Vada dunked in sambar and filter kaapi.

Obattu straight off the stove.

Shopping for fancy toe rings, earrings and neck pieces at Bhavani Kangan and Mahila Bangles.

Buying gifts from Sutradhar.

Lots and lots and lots of beautiful trees and tree-lined avenues.

One of my favourite roads – the New BEL Road stretch to Sadashivnagar Police Station

The number of artsy and cultural programmes that seem to always be on in the city.

Exhibitions like Dastkar, the cake show, the book fair, and the flower show.

Cheeky, cheeky songs which are sometimes in bad taste, but fun nevertheless

Shopping for books at Blossoms.

The book h(e)aven that is Church street.

Fine dining at Barbeque Nation, Cream Centre, Italia and Toscano.

Experimenting with the various types of cuisines that the restaurants in the city have to offer.

Masala dosa, khali dosa and benne dose.

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful stone buildings and the loveliest of houses.

A house that I spotted on my wanderings around the city, and instantly fell in love with, mostly thanks to that canopy of brilliant orange flowers

Learning new recipes and keeping the faith in old ones alive.

Strolls in Sankey Tank, Lal Baugh and JP Park.

Cheese-Β  and calorie-laden pizzas and soups on winter nights.

The joy of discovering fresh manathankalikkai or ari nelikkai in the old markets of the city.

Loads of travel. Always planning for the next trip.

Being awed at the variety of Christmas decorations, and setting up our very own tree at home.

Lots and lots of new experiences.

Shopping – both for real and window shopping – at the many malls across the city.

Getting mehendi on the hands on the pavement in Malleshwaram market.

Ice creams at Corner House, Swensen’sΒ  and Naturals.

Dharwad peda.

Pineapple kesari.

Poori and sagu.

The lovely temples and churches around the city.

Candles at the St. Mary’s Basilica on Christmas day

Learning to love the fruit biscuits from Karachi Bakery (not that it needed much learning, anyways!).

Chances to introspect and rediscover myself.

Loads of photography.

Dil pasand, stuffed buns and masala bread from Iyengar’s bakery.

Gobi manchurian and masala poori on rainy nights.

The Bangalore Palace.

Icons like Koshy’s, Vidyarthi Bhavan and MTR

The ‘swalpa adjust maadi’sΒ  and ‘channagiddira’s.

Horrible traffic and taking an hour for a drive that should ideally take 20 minutes.

Waiting for the metro project to materialise so that the drive to office can get infinitely better.

The yellow and red of the Karnataka flag.

The big banyan tree.

Struggling with the rudest of auto drivers I have ever seen anywhere.

Discovering the charm of rural life.


Inspired by Cupitonians’ post on Bangalore here.


60 thoughts on “What makes Bangalore Bangalore for me…

      1. Re-reading this post of yours today, made my dull day, so much brighter! πŸ™‚ Bangalore has been very close to my heart and I feel sad sometimes with the things changing fast. But reading this post (again!) of yours, reassures me that there is still hope and not all is sad.

        P.S: That tree lined new BEL road, is one of my most favorite too! πŸ™‚


      2. @Arch

        I have not been witness to the changing of Bangalore, honestly speaking. I have seen Bangalore as it is now, and I love it as it is. πŸ™‚

        Glad the post brightened up your day. πŸ™‚ Thanks!


  1. Awesome post. A at Cupitonians has a rival and I didn’t think that was possible! πŸ˜€

    p.s.: Please add kilo book stores for me, the one in Jayanagar where I got my copy of Under the Tuscan Sun at long last! πŸ˜€


    1. @Sangitha

      πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

      So, you finally got your copy of Under The Tuscan Sun, eh? How did you like the book? Did you get a chance to read it yet? What about other books by Frances Mayes? Have you read any of them?


      1. Okay, this is really silly of me. Just figured out that I thought this was her second one, the one I have been looking for since reading your posts. Can’t find those and I had already read this! Even have my own copy from the original printing! Darn it! I loved her book and you made me want to buy all her other ones.


  2. TGND, Awesome post and pics too..This post describes the very essence of what Bangalore is today..Always we read about how Bangalore was like many years ago, sans traffic, pollution etc, you have captured the many faces of the city as it is today and makes one fall in love with it, inspite of the traffic-woes..


  3. I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVED this post TGND. I love B’lore and can’t say it enough. If there is some place I love more than Bangalore, it is obviously Mysore! πŸ™‚

    Loved going through this post repeatedly. I cannot share more without writing a post here. I will just draw inspiration to write one for Mysore sometime ! πŸ™‚ am vey very happy that B’lore worked its magic on you. Wheeeeeeeeeee! Lots of hugs and a big toast to that! πŸ™‚


  4. Hey TGND..

    The pic of the house you posted is my home in Bangalore – Can you believe that ??? I’m pinching myself !

    Just kiding re !

    Awesome post ! Superb observations !
    My home town – My dream of living a happy peaceful life in there ! Love namma Bengaluru !


  5. Such a beautiful post TGND πŸ™‚ Your love for the place resonates in this post πŸ™‚
    When I visited Bangalore I did think that the sky there was more blue than in Mumbai…Yes, really πŸ™‚ and yes I loved the greenery there … and of course the weather there is great.
    Great pics! Maybe I can do a similar post for Mumbai sometime πŸ™‚


  6. TNGD.. I dont know how many times I will say the same on this blog – I just loved this post!
    Frankly speaking, I hated Bangalore and loathed everyday I stayed here.. until I got married. Its not the hatred towards Bangalore itself.. but my lonely paying guest life and a few incidents pushed me to that place. Things changed instantly when I had a nice company in the form of S. I started enjoying this city, but can never list anything as good as you have done.
    It would be Chennai in my case. I guess, its the place where I can call home and that immediately brings the feeling of belonging-ness. I would do a post on it sometime soon πŸ™‚


    1. @Greenboochi

      Thank you so much for the kind words. πŸ™‚

      I can totally understand what you mean. Not being able to find your personal spot in a city can make the entire city look dark and gloomy. I am glad S made you look at the bright side of Bangalore, because it is a city that deserves to be loved. πŸ™‚

      Looking forward to your post on what makes Chennai Chennai for you. Would love to read it.


  7. πŸ™‚ wow! namma Bangalore beautifully captured and penned. For lovely houses adorned with flowers, you should stroll through Indira nagar. Karachi biscuits are available in Bangalore as well?


    1. @Filter Kaapi

      Oh, I love the houses in Indira Nagar. Only most of them are way too expensive to buy! πŸ˜€

      Yes, Karachi Bakery biscuits are available in Bangalore these days. Please click on the relevant link in my post – I’ve written about it. πŸ™‚ It was in Bangalore that I fell in love with these biscuits.

      Thank you! πŸ™‚


  8. You wont believe it. I have goosebumps reading this post πŸ™‚ awesome awesome post. Loved it-nanna bengalooru and you have described it sooo beautifully.am going to show this to both dad and fil πŸ˜€ imsure they would enjoy this post.


  9. I have just begun to read your blog and can’t tell how much I am able to connect to it..probably the way you say..and the picture of the house you have in here reminds me of mine, I want to come back. Living in the US with family now.


  10. Lovely post, I love Bangalore too, ever since the first time I visited it when the violet and purple-hued flowers were in abundance. Love the sound of Kannada spoken there too, so different from Hubli Kannada. What do the words Maestic & Yenktasaa mean? I love Bhavani Kangan too, though it’s always super-crowded.


    1. @Chattywren

      Bangalore is a beautiful place! πŸ™‚

      Yes, Bhavani Kangan is always crowded, but I love going there all the same.

      ‘Maestic’ is the word typical Kannadigas use for ‘Majestic’, and ‘Yenktesa’ is the Kannadiga way to refer to ‘Venkatesa’. πŸ™‚


  11. Bangalore..i miss that place. The sudden rains, the blue skies and sankey tank, my 3 favorites… Thanks for the Picture of BEL road, one of my favorite roads too..spent last 3 years walking there every evening..loved those road side Jamun vendors. I never really thought i would miss Bangalore this much. Now, the mere mention of this place makes me nostalgic.


  12. Lovely post!!

    For me, memories of Bangalore will always start with learning the word – gothilla and the beautiful, beautiful weather. It rained all night long at the start of March – just a few days after I landed here, cannot tell you how awesome the rains felt πŸ™‚


  13. All pictures are gorgeous TGND πŸ™‚ Isn’t it said that home is where your heart is? Your heart is certainly in B’lore πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    Lovely Blue Skies those, today we have the same kies here in my city…blue and romantic πŸ˜€


      1. @Ajay Kishore

        Hey there! Welcome to my space! πŸ™‚

        Yes, I lived in Ahmedabad for quite some time before I shifted to Bangalore. Both the cities are equally dear to me now. πŸ™‚


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