My motive with these piece — a collection of day outings in Bangalore —is to show how real Bangalore is. Not the cosmopolitan Bangalore city of the Manyata Tech Park or Cubbon Park or Forum Mall and Koshy’s that every outsider like me knows. I wished to bring forward the old city, the city dense with flower shops, colorful food, coconut stalls, cycle hawkers, chaotic streets, and ubiquitous hot chips corners. Bangalore would be incomplete if we don’t mention its giant trees jutting out of buildings and breaking out of concrete roads, multicolored Hindu temples with a cornucopia of deity sculptures towering above, the most random stuff being sold in bazaar shops, old-style South Indian eateries authentic to their practices even 100 years later, and the feeling of the night during the day when thick Bangalore clouds threaten the residents way more than they would like.

In this essay of Bangalore photos, I share moments that have sparsely studded almost ten years of my life. Starting in 2010, I arrived in and left Bangalore so many times I won’t even try to count my moves. Irrespective of how much I wanted to let go of the city, Bangalore didn’t leave me, not so soon.

Finally — after ten years — I’m all moved out of Bangalore— like many times before. But this time I don’t plan to return to Bangalore ever (unless destiny has some other plans for me). My partner and I are traveling in India in our car. We are now in Himachal and would stay in this beautiful state for a few months before moving onto another destination (taking it slow and careful in the pandemic).

I won’t say I miss Bangalore, but I long for some particular essence of the city. Maybe putting together this memoir on day outs in Bangalore is my attempt to keep those memories and feelings that Bangalore arouses in me close. Most of these Bangalore pictures are taken on small walks or half-day outings or full-day outings either done alone or with some lovable company. I walked or sometimes took a cab and even metro or our car and cycle and auto-rickshaw and anything else that has been seen on Bangalore’s busy streets. Mostly I trotted around aimlessly, but sometimes I also had an outline of the walk I was going to do.

I won’t apply any particular order to these Bangalore photos. What sort of seemed the best fit for the moment has been put in its place. I’ve added small descriptions of what I think of the photo or where and when was it taken. That’s all.

Hope you enjoy these photos of Bangalore as much as I enjoyed the experiences.

 

weird mannequins of bengaluru
Near Commercial Street. My guess is the shop owner used these weird bucket-like mannequin faces to grab street shoppers’ attention.

 

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Stay near defense lands in Bangalore. Your best bet to a good and green view and open setting. This is in HSR.

 

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Now you get every vegetable all the year round in Bangalore. But Russell Market, where I clicked this picture, especially caters to the expats, of which about 10,000 live in Bangalore.

 

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Again in Russell Market. The same columnade comprises of meat shops, dairy, vegetables and fruits, flowers, clothes, and much more.

 

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Don’t miss these handy advertisements on the trunks of old, fat trees throughout Bangalore.

 

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The running track of HSR Agara lake. Tell me the name of the tree? At one time I used to go running at this lake almost four times a week. One circle of the lake is about 2.5 km. The timings of the lake are weird. It shuts down for long hours during the day for no good reason.

 

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Pink Poui. What a funny name. This tree beautifies large parts of Bangalore. Blooms around November-December.

 

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How can buildings restrict the dance of the sky?

 

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One has to see the Bangalore sky mostly through the intricate net of the leaves and branches of these generous trees that fill the city.

 

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A sunset as seen from Agara lake.

 

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Just resting on top before descending further. Bangalore’s twilight time is gorgeous. The sky takes so many hues within an hour you would not be able to count.

 

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This is me stuffing a bitter gourd with raw mango and onion mixture. The city gets all these ingredients through all seasons. Do try.

 

smoke over bangalore
The evening traffic doesn’t stop for anything. In the background smoke released from a fire looms over the neighborhood.

 

small wooden cart horses being sole in bengaluru
Wooden toy horses. Somewhere near Shivaji Nagar. You can find everything if you just walk and don’t shy away from obscure mucky streets. Mostly the rain is the culprit.

 

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i told you you can find anything. Sheep tied to Activa scooter.

 

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How lucky are those who wake up under the shadow of a tree! Just a regular Bangalore home.

 

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Can you see? I’m not religious in the traditional sense but I love this photo.

 

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Shot in the pandemic when the cases in Bangalore had gone really low. Business doesn’t seem as usual.

 

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These green friends will keep showing up.

 

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Again somewhere near Commercial Street. Bangalore introduced me to shopping for footwears on street kiosks. Though some of the slippers could be exquisite, they don’t last long.

 

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Streets at night.

 

moth in bangalore
Just found her still on the pavement one morning (or was it evening?). Exquisite colors, eh?

 

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Well, we can see the moon from anywhere. But here it is on one Bangalore night when I must have taken the effort of bringing out my Nikon. The photo is never as gorgeous as the real though.

 

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Matt making in progress. Bangalore is skilled. But seldom do you see such intricate handwork being displayed on the road free to see.

 

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Oh, stuffed and grilling in the wok now.

 

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The red Kerala bananas. A bit earthier than regular bananas. You also see the tiny avalakki bananas at the back. My father loves avalakki bananas and talks about them as if they have come from a place out of this world. I guess that’s how we feel about any other place (and its things) that is not our own.

 

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Totapari mango is often eaten as a spicy snack in all of India. This mango is a bit sour even when fully ripe so goes well with salt and chily. Bangaloreans love it.

 

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A glorious sunset beckoned me to bring my camera out.

 

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Gulmohar tree, unmatched beauty of Bangalore.

 

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Mornings can get really foggy in Bangalore. You just see the beginning of a forest.

 

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99 varieties of dosa stall. Crispy and crunchy.

 

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Do you think it will work? Clicked in the MG Road and Shivaji Nagar area.

 

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I told you mornings can look like evenings. Agara lake.

 

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As if the clouds are the crown.

 

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I love the painting of the broken patient.

 

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Clicked from under the HSR bridge. This photo has so much.

 

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The crape myrtle flower. The shiny purple stands out against the grey cloudy skies of Bangalore.

 

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Beautiful bougainvilleas of Bangalore

 

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In Koramangala, Near Jyoti Nivas college. One of my first photos in Bangalore.

 

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The colors and her beautiful smile. I can smell the roses and the marigolds up until here.

 

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Snow Aura ice cream in Bangalore. I think the store has shut down now. I wonder why. This is one of those rare ice creams I liked. Lots of fruits, shavings of flavored ice, and simple cream. Yum.

 

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These tree-studded photos can never be too many. This could be any Bangalore road.

 

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Yes, bras are sold in loose pieces like these. Collecting dust, insects, pollution through the long day.

 

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I shared these plates of vada with a friend in an old Shiv Sagar restaurant in Basavanagudi area.

 

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Here are the chefs in action.

 

bangalore mosque
A mosque rising high up in the sky. And together with the birds this scene is complete.

 

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Outside MG Road metro station, one of the few metro stops in the city.

 

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And here is the station.

 

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Mayo Hall. This building was not always red. Frankly I don’t know what is done here. I just love the colors. Would I try to find out? No. Because for every piece of memorized information we don’t need, we have to give up a knowledge we could really make use of (courtesy Sherlock Holmes).

 

bangalore lakes

 

bangalore koramangala view stay
View from a temporary stay in Koramangala. I met my husband in this building where I was crashing at my friend’s place. Lucky days.

 

bangalore karnataka dosa camp
A very very old eatery of Bangalore. Four idly in 20 rupees. Just beautiful.

 

bangalore images uttapam and dosa
The chefs above were making this rava dosa and onion uttapam for me and my friend. We ate a lot that day. You can’t not eat when roaming Bangalore streets.

 

bangalore images old eatery
The chefs had this wood fire going on underneath this steel machine. I think I asked them what they were doing but I have forgotten now.

 

bangalore hot chips shop
Hot chips – jackfruits, potato, bitter gourd, banana, peanuts, all flavors.

 

bangalore hindu temple
An army of deities.

 

bangalore deity temples

 

bangalore city images of shops selling bangles
Bangle store in Commercial Street.

 

bangalore book shops
I really love this picture clicked at a bookstore. Enjoy the music of the books, that’s how I think about it.

 

bangalore art gallery on street
If you pay attention, you are never far away from art in Bangalore.

 

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Want an astrologer? Follow the directions.

 

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I was not sure if I should click this photo. Slums fill Bangalore city. Most of the people staying in them are construction workers who set up temporary abodes near the building they are making. Sometimes you will see the slum dwellers going on with their regular activities out on the road. What option do they have? The scene seems complete to me but if I have to cook on the street on a temporary earthen chulha every day I will pull my hairs. or will I?

 

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I just never get tired of these vibrant temples.

 

 

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