Unseen Bangalore Photos From a Plethora of Day Outings in Bangalore city.
These are not your usual Instagram Bangalore pictures.
My motive behind this piece on Bangalore images — which is really nothing but a collection of day outings in Bangalore — is to show real Bangalore. Not the cosmopolitan Bangalore city of the Manyata Tech Park, Cubbon Park, Forum Mall, and Koshy’s that every outsider like me knows. I wish 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 dosa joints 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 dare to count my shift outs. Irrespective of how much I wanted to let go of the city, Bangalore (and karnataka state) 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 photos of Bangalore city are taken on small walks, 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 strolled 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 pictures of Bangalore city. 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 on which day out in Bangalore it was taken. That’s all.
Hope you enjoy these Bangalore city images as much as I enjoyed the outings.
Many more Bangalore photo essays will follow for I can hardly put up everything I have seen in one piece. The idea is not to impress but just to share a city I spent a lot of time in, even if reluctantly. Hope you come back to see more of my day tours in Bangalore.