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I was born
and brought up in
Delhi and spent 28 years of my life
there. I moved to Bangalore 2 years ago when my husband got a high paying
job with a reputed firm here. Although not very keen initially to leave
the city that I spent my entire life in, I am now hooked to the Bangalore
Being a defense kid, moving and adjusting to an entirely new place comes
easily to my husband but for me it is an entirely different story. When my
husband got a job in Bangalore, I had to quit my job, leave my friends and
family and a familiar life in Delhi for an unknown place.
Before coming to Bangalore, I spent two agonizing months talking
to friends and surfing the internet to gather as much information
as I can about the city and life here. But no amount of research
I did could prepare me for the small facts and surprises that begin
to unfold once I landed here. The city, the people, the landscape,
the lifestyle, the weather, the food, the language; Bangalore is
different in all these aspects and more.
Landscape - Bangalore
thing that strikes you as you see the city of Bangalore is its green
surroundings. It is no less than a miracle that the city has retained its
green cover even after busting at seems due to huge influx of people from
across the country in search jobs.
Bangalore is called ‘The city of gardens’
and for all the right reasons. Most of the neighborhoods have a
park that is clean, well maintained and landscaped. Due to the Bangalore
weather and plenty of rain that it receives, the public parks have a
healthy green cover and are spotted with beautiful flowers. Also there are
rules pertaining to opening and
closing times, littering and plucking flowers that are followed by most.
No vendors are allowed inside the park, neither can people take eatables
Bangalore also has plenty of natural and manmade lakes and tanks that
serve as scenic picnic spots and wonderful places to hangout.
Puram, Yellanallappa and Nagawara are some of the most beautiful and
frequented lakes in Bangalore. These water bodies play an important role
in keeping the city cool and congenial and also help in maintaining ground
water table. During rains when the water levels rise some even have
boating facilities. They add to the beauty and serve as a retreat in this
ever growing city.
Weather - Bangalore
enjoys a fantastic weather throughout the year. When most of the county is
either melting in the summer heat or shivering in extreme cold, one can
afford to take it easy here. There is no need for heavy woolens in winters
or air conditioners in summers. The temperatures vary between a
comfortable 17 to 36 degrees throughout the year with plenty of rainfall
and low humidity levels.
Warmest month: April
Coldest month: January
Rainy season: From July to September.
Most favorable time to visit: October to February
and lifestyle - Bangalore
living and high thinking is an adage apt for an average Bangalore dweller.
At 85%, Bangalore’s literacy rate is way above the national average
and that of many major cities in India. In general people are soft-spoken
and polite. Road rage and abusive behavior, which is a way of life on
Delhi roads is non existent here.
has some of the best educational institutes in country. Bangalore
University produces maximum number of doctors in India. Bangalore has
produced the maximum international sportsmen in India for all sports ahead
of even Mumbai & Delhi. The city has the highest number of engineering
colleges in the world. It also has produced the
maximum number of scientists considered for Nobel Prize nominations from
Kannada is the official language; English, Hindi, Telugu and Tamil are
widely spoken and understood.
Industry and Jobs
Bangalore is India’s answer to Silicon Valley, and this is the city where
most large software companies have set up shop and operate out of
state-of-the-art facilities. The Government of Karnataka has also been
extremely positive about the software and services marketplace and has
helped create the relevant telecom and policy infrastructure conducive to
the growth of this sector.
The dynamic industrial policy declared in 1996, with comprehensive
packages of incentives and concessions, has ensured a productive
ground for various industries. The hardware and software industries
have now brought about a revolution of sorts under these schemes.
Various institutions and computer training centers have contributed
to the large number of trained and talented professionals. On the
whole there are a plethora of opportunities available for the right
candidate in Bangalore.
Recreation and Hangouts In Bangalore
work and no play, makes Jack a dull boy therefore the locals give
equal importance to recreation and their weekend getaways. Bangalore
has a wide range of attractions. Whether it is historical monuments,
religious places, parks, lakes, treks, museums et al, Bangalore
has something for everyone.
Some of the famous landmarks of Bangalore include: Vidhana Soudha, Tipu Sultan's Fort and Palace, Bangalore Palace,
Venkatappa Art Gallery, Visweswaraiah Industrial & Technological Museum,
Lalbagh Gardens, Cubbon Park, Bull Temple, Iskcon temple and Bal Bhavan.
Some of the quick getaways around Bangalore include:
Big Banyan Tree (Ramohalli), Nandi Hills, Vishwashanti Ashram, Shivaganga,
Bannerghatta National Park, Savana Durga , Devarayanadurga.
Sometimes Bangalore is also referred as ‘The city of pubs’. It has a
thriving night life. Although one has to exercise caution when going out
at night, Bangalore is relatively safe for women, so women can also go out
and enjoy a social drink with friends. Some pubs of note are:
NASA, Pecos, Purple Haze, Guzzlers Inn, Scottish Pub, Sparks, Spinn
courtyard, Styx, Tavern at The Inn and The Eleven.
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