Once a Pensioner’s Paradise, the city of Bengaluru [also referred to as Bangalore] in the southern Indian state of Karnataka has undergone several changes in the past two decades. Vehicular traffic has increased tremendously and the cityscape appears crowded with residential and commercial high-rises.
It is not unusual to hear natives of the city reminisce about “old Bangalore” and I echo their sentiment. However, as Heraclitus said, “The only thing that is constant is change.”
Bengaluru is easily accessed by road, air, and train. There is a wide range of hotels and for your daily commute, you can use on-call taxis or car and driver rentals. Depending on where you are staying, you can always rely on the metro rail.
English is widely spoken. Learning a few words in Kannada, native language of Karnataka, is a good measure for any traveler. Recent migrants to the city might not understand chill maadi or swalpa adjust maadi but a few words in the native language is a good measure for any traveler. For example, Namaskara [Hello], Hegiddera? [How are you?], Oota ayta? [Had food?]. Do remember that during a conversation with a South Indian, a shake of the head from left to right or vice-versa doesn’t necessarily imply disagreement.
There are many ways to discover Bengaluru. What follows is my recommendation and I hope you enjoy maadi.