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Harish Bijoor on Bangalore’s renaming. by theSilverBullet
January 12, 2006, 11:01 pm
Filed under: Bangalore, news, Renaming Bangalore

Harish Bijoor wrote this for India Today’s Simply Bangalore* supplement:

Bangalore! Bengaluru!
What’s in a name? Plenty! Shakespearu was wrong!
For a start, the name is a brand. The brand is a name. And the name is a very important starting point in the voyage of discovery of a brand.

Bangalore is a thought. A thought that is just about in the midst of a debate that seeks to re-christen the city to a name that aspires for the vernacularisation of an anglicized Bangalore to a Kannada-ised Bengaluru!

There are really two Bangalore’s. One is what I will call “Real Bangalore” and the other “Virtual Bangalore”. Real Bangalore is really excited about the name change proposal from the 1st of November 2006.

Marie Antoinette would be a very happy woman today. It they don’t have bread, let them eat cake.

The name change debate is an excellent opiate for the masses of Bangalore. Let’s discuss, let’s debate. Let’s forget all our other woes for the moment. If our bodies can’t be satisfied, let at least our minds be.
Personally speaking, I welcome the name change. Bengaluru is the city I was born in. Bengaluru is the city that I grew up in. Bengaluru is the city I want to be in.

I would of course be very, very happy if, along with the name change you gave me better roads, better safety for my friends who work within BPO outfits and make Bangalore roads a 24X7 affair with no closing time, a planned city where my friends in the low lying areas don’t have to drown and use a boat to work, a better system of traffic management that does not have my clients from Germany and France stranded on Airport Road for two hours at a stretch, cursing the city in native German or exciting French!

(excerpts, all emphasis mine)

I’m as much a part of the “old” Bangalore as the newer one. And Harish’s arguments are perhaps the best articulated ones I have seen on the Bangalore becoming Bengaluru.

One reason I did not post much on the renaming saga is precisely because (as Harish says) the debate would suit this State government better, as it will deflect attention from their lack of administration.

*India Today does not allow a search or even a link-to on its online edition for non-subscribers(even though I PAY to get the mag). The excerpts were obtained thanks to Harish Bijoor.


Bangalore to have more Radio stations by theSilverBullet
January 9, 2006, 10:53 pm
Filed under: Bangalore, FM radio, Radio city

Finally Bangaloreans will not be subjected to just 2 decent radio stations and will have the choice of a few more. Deccan Herald reports that Bangalore will see 6 more radio stations join the existing 3 FM stations.

I wonder if someone was reading my post on Radio City (Akon).

Sakkat South Indian (tamilian) Meal by theSilverBullet
January 7, 2006, 2:52 pm
Filed under: Bangalore, Food and Drink

Today I took a friend of mine named Abbas to Sri Krishna Kafe @ koramangala. I recommend it as the best place to get typical south indian “tamilian” vegetarian meal in bangalore. He loved it. Thought, I should blog about this place today.

Map on http://www.koramangala.com

LINK : http://www.koramangala.com/gokora/default.asp Select Restaurants from the drop-down menu.
You will find Sri Krishna Kafe’ in the list.
Click “Locate” to get its location in koramangala’s map.

This is the scene there at around 1 PM:

Tables are all setup beforehand for the first round of lunch with empty banana leafs and a glass of water. People (many of them techies) occupy their places and clean their banana leafs with water in typical south indian style.

After most tables are occupied, the “SUPPLY CHAIN” begins. First comes side-dish guy and serves 3 to 4 side-dishes. Then the big pappad and the spicy fried chilli is served (any idea wat is called ?). The next guy serves (plain) rice. Then follows the hot pure ghee for the rice. Then follows the curry guy. First round of rice with sambar, next round of rice with mor kollamb (a yellow curd based curry) or rasam, final round of rice with curd. It ends with your belly full and one last sweet.

In between the meal, like a typical south indian marriage feast, there is one guy who is generally overlooking all the tables and tracking which items are needed and directs the rice guy/curry guy/side dish guy/pappad guy/water guy towards you. Sometimes, he comes to you and asks “How do you like the lunch today ?”. Remember its unlimited, so have a light breakfast in the morning to completely enjoy the feast.

If you observe the crowd on a typical weekday. You can hear a lot of discussions on projects, technologies, office politics, job openings, business discussions etc.. Its bangalore’s equivalent of silicon valley’s pubs were VCs and techies hangout.

Happy New Year! by theSilverBullet
January 2, 2006, 12:31 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

Hope this New Year is better than the last for you! Happy New Year from the SAM team.