Boramma BengaLoorige bundaaga…

17 Jun

I am ‘stealing’ time from my holidays to scribble a few lines..

My visit to BengaLooru this time was a little tizzy at the start. I stayed with my bil and family at Koramangala and once our planned activities got over we statred freaking out to visit all the malls in the vicinity.

We circumambulated Forum, Star Bazar, Big Bazar, both the Lifestyles, Garuda …… Our footwears showed signs of wear and tear and by night my twice injured  left foot ‘sang’ songs . Once home I felt as if I was still precariously walking on the slippery mall floors…And  soon started expecting  an escalator in the next room or a Macdies in the  next floor ..

My senses were  revolted by the overdsose of vanilla essence near the cookie /cream and fudge  factories  ,the sight of dark red chaats in the roadside eateries, the open gutters in national games village, the kids ‘playing’ in barricaded play pens at the so called fun  place  in  one such mall.

The kids were being minded by teenagers who were more interested in chatting with themselves, or tossing the balls among themselves.I don’t blame them, however. The poor kids were in a make -believe playground. The slides and seesaws were all so cozy that it wouldn’t have been any fun !! There was no thrill in sliding down those slides as the gradient was so simple , the ‘plastic’ world around was exactly that!There was no sand for them to play with. Instead they had a wide array of coloured plastic balls to throw at each other or sink into.The place was quite tiny. Elsewhere it was full of virtual games letting out  screaming lights and sounds.Yeah, the lights were screaming too.. They were that obnoxious. Kids were  busy counting the tickets won and calculating what they would eventually get . They barely enjoyed the game as such.The ‘gifts’ on display included silly looking incorrect  rulers and  useless pencils. There was just too much of showiness and unreality in the whole place. Some grandparents were enjoying more than the kids. This was the only pleasing sight.

When I came down to Malleshwaram, I somehow felt I had come close to my old BengaLooru. The long , slow sojourns on Sampige Road and Margosa Road , the scents of mallige and grandhige angadies, the sight of MaakLi beru, nallikai, Amtekai , the discourses at Madhwa Sangha, the taste of Panchaamruta at the SP extension Rayara Mutta ,the slow climb over the 11 th cross , the gradual roll down of the 10 th cross , the lure of Sandiges from Loveluck Stores,the scented adike from Srinivasa Stores, the visually appealing Hurigaalu angadi, the beckoning happalaas of Radhakrishna Stores, the come hither looks from the second -hand , yellowing ,ageing ,books , the unputdownable Real cane (this was available at K mangala in an unappetising way ,though  ) the ‘aaseya dukhakke moola ‘ freshly unravelled jackfruits , the  unrelenting call of the friendly  hanchu, sowtu , baandle ,halguLu mane shops , the stop – pray and scoot shrines that abound here …….

…Oh!! Paradise revisited.

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13 Responses to “Boramma BengaLoorige bundaaga…”

  1. ramsblog June 17, 2008 at 9:55 pm #

    Nice – hope you had a chance to visit CTR in Malleshwaram.
    -Ram

  2. neela June 18, 2008 at 10:35 am #

    yeah, I did.
    After my relatives forced me to.
    I don’t regret the visit, though.

  3. Harsha June 18, 2008 at 5:47 pm #

    Nice comparison of two faces of Bangalore. It is sad that the way the things are changing. Bangalore is not bangalore anymore atleast of half of it.

  4. Vani June 23, 2008 at 2:28 am #

    It was great having you over……….We enjoyed your stay as much as you did.I guess it was quite long since we spent so much time with each other and each moment was truly memorable.

  5. neela June 24, 2008 at 1:24 pm #

    Thanks ,V.
    The presence of M , A and you…all under one roof was like a dream come true.
    It was a home away from home.

  6. M O H A N June 26, 2008 at 8:44 am #

    Neela,
    I remember koramangala in 1992-93, except for raheja arcade, there was nothing around. I still remember peole being afraid to go beyond audugodi those days after 6..

    The best joke was the yawning buffalloes and its owner who created cow dung cakes in the place where acropolis stands today – people have paid 5000 Sqft for that place – how lucky the buffallos where.

    Sure, come down to gandhibazar and you will notice the kichidi of both old and new bangalores there.

    cheers
    mohan!

  7. praneshachar June 26, 2008 at 11:26 am #

    your write up took me back to last year when some of us met you in cubbon park nice memories and what you have written is really true it is very difficult to day to walk in malleshwaram 8th cross or majestic etc., so much of crowd bangalore bengalooru adrene bendakaluradarene bada boregodanige tapatrya tappiddalla boramma avre

  8. Madhvesh September 12, 2008 at 7:49 am #

    hI praneshachar
    your writeup was nice .to read thanks
    I am going to buy some Huragallu etc from Sampige road now to be sent to US .
    your land marks aroubd 8th cross Malleshwaram is very much there even now .same as it

  9. srik September 18, 2008 at 10:56 am #

    Boramma busyamma agbittirohangide!!

    How are you? Bengalooru ge onnond sala bartaa iri hange 🙂

  10. neela September 24, 2008 at 1:21 pm #

    howdu ri.
    vacation ge kaaytaa iddeeni. As usual.

  11. praneshachar September 24, 2008 at 11:42 pm #

    hi
    madhvesh dhanyavadari hurigalu export aita
    neela
    yavaga nimage vacation? banri bendakaloorige bega

  12. Vani October 2, 2008 at 3:41 pm #

    Sister of mine,

    Please post something new……………tumba dina aagide……..not that I’m doing some serious blogging myself………….Guess ur hols must have started………when r u coming?

  13. praneshachar October 9, 2008 at 12:06 am #

    i second strongly vanis thoughts we expect something new madam can we see it befor deepagala habba deepavali

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