I’ve been too busy moping and self absorbed to notice how glorious you are. To be honest I wasn’t so crazy about the sun. There’s something about the sun here .. it’s not the warm, gooey, sweaty sunny Chennai kind of sun. It’s dry and it hits you hard with no humidity to ease you on the skin. Ahem! Yes I did say ease you on the skin, I’m sure my Chennai friends are cursing me right about now! With the monsoon now, I’m loving every bit of you though, Bangalore. EVERY LITTLE BIT. Every drop of rain, the smell of the earth .. and all the other cliches typically thrown into monsoon descriptions. I used to despise the Portland weather and the annoying rain there. This is not like that. The rain here is pleasant, fun. Well for one it’s not so cold that I’ll get frozen if I step in the rain like in Portland. Everytime it rains, I feel like Madhavan and Shalini are going to pop up in front of me with their yellow cloth .. I imagine that wonderful Alaipayuthe movie scene! Something so romantic, so lazy, so cozy, so warm about your rain. And even when it’s not raining, the after effects of the rain linger for days at a stretch. Suddenly the annoying traffic isn’t so annoying anymore. Suddenly, there seems to be so much to see at each traffic signal. You can tell that my head feels a lot clearer too. Things are slowly settling back. Well I haven’t been to the hospital in a week for one … that’s progress isn’t it? I just feel like I’m alive again … seeing and observing things I never used to. Suddenly you look so beautiful to me. Where have I been these 4 months! Lost, I suppose. I’ll get better as the months go by – I promise. For now … here’s a quick look at the things that I managed to capture. There were so many other things that caught my eye, but I was too engrossed observing that I forgot to rudely take my phone out and mess with the moment with a click! Here’s saying thank you .. for being as wonderful as you are!
Two simple lovely street views – right at the intersection of 100 ft and CMH – an artist at work. Sun or rain – this guy’s always there. This is the first time I paid attention though.
I find it so much more therapeutic to shop a day after a downpour than under the sun. Bangles in Commercial street. I bought 4 dozens for $8 aka 400Rs. Seriously!!!!! Well for the Indian folk that are going to chide me for paying so much … they charged me 800 and I got them for 400. My haggling skills certainly need some sharpening but I was more than happy to get them for 8 bucks. 😉
OK now the METRO!!!! If you haven’t taken a ride on the metro yet in Bangalore … well .. I gotta say you’re missing something. Though it’s only 4 stops long it’s absolutely stunning. Especially given the rains, I felt like I was in a train in Munich in October/Nov or something!!! Wonderfully pleasant outside, with a light chill, light rain and rain drenched views of the city! No the city didn’t look dirty at all for some reason. 🙂 The trains and the stations are clean and neat. And they look really well planned! My little girl, my nephew, pretty P and I looooooved the 45 min ride, stopped regularly posed at different parts of the stations when not inside the train. LOVE LOVE LOVEEEE the Bangalore metro. I only hope it’s as clean and efficient when the entire system falls in place and there’s a zillion people in there! GULP! (probably not!)
Here are two more places you’ll love, with or without kids. The UB City mall. I’ve mentioned this before. But I can’t seem to get enough of it. Watching your kids dance in the rain, with the colorful fountains on is like double bonanza for everyone! The kids love all the water from up, down and everywhere .. and you can sip on some awesome coffee or herbal tea while nibbling on Cafe Noir’s warm goooey quiches. Just the kind of thing you need in the rain!
The Someshvara temple seems so inviting a day after the rains as well. Your feet are not burning as you go around the temple. My little girl prances around there like a little pony everytime we go. She loves the open spaces, and the stories mommy makes up about Nandi and Parvathi. (Well ya I’m making this stuff up coz I’m not telling her slaughterhouse stories of Ganesha and Shiva .. umm .. no I’m not!)
Just by the side of the temple there’s a small market – Ulsoor market! Pretty scarves, silly cheap school bags for kids and lovely cheap printed cloth (I’ve been ODing on projects at home, I can’t seem to have enough scraps of fabric! This is an awesome place for that – a meter for 50 rupees ($1)! I held myself back and stopped at 10!
Then there was the Karnataka State Fair. I remember a bunch of people insisting I shouldn’t go there and that it was for the ‘poor’. This class bug seems to have bitten everyone .. I’m determined to break it. Pretty P picked a date and we all went together – daddy and little A, myself and our lovely nanny pretty P. It was every bit awesome. I pigged on random cheap things, little A pigged out on cotton candy and her bounce house rides, while daddy A patiently indulged us! Unfortunately this is one time the rain wasn’t welcome. It totally messed up our trade fair party and we had to leave in 2 hours. We could have stayed there for another 3 easily!!! Loved it.
I had to throw in the photo from the older post here as well. Just soak in that lazy rain I say!!
Last but not least I wanted to leave you with MAMI ON BIKE!!!! Clad in a lovely blue saree on one of those ruggedy rowdy bikes, sat a mami who looked exactly like Usha Uthup I must say .. posing for Puravankara’s advertisement!! Fun Fun Fun. We are being wonderfully progressive in some ways these days I must say! The traffic in Bangalore indeed is not as annoying anymore … there’s so much to see everywhere. I love it!