Friday, December 30, 2005

Things in Bangalore I won't miss

  • Aggressive beggars
  • Aggressive retailers (who sometimes are so aggressive you can't focus on their merchandise)
  • Dirt
  • Cracked sidewalks
  • Stray dogs who may be rabid
  • Fear of disease or accident
  • Auto-rickshaw drivers who try to cheat you or take you to a handicrafts shop
  • Power cuts
  • Washing dishes by hand

I realize as I write this that it may be hurtful to some and may seem like the complaints of a pampered Westerner. There are legitimate reasons for much of the above -- poverty, a chronic shortage of power, etc.

But these things still impinge on you and can sometimes wear you down. In my next post, I'll write about the things I will miss.

14 Comments:

At 12:44 AM, Blogger Bangalore City News said...

ghI am a Bangalorean.
What you said is True. We never miss these things in Bangalore. Hope some day in future.. we will see those things in the your "miss list"

Bangalore Local News

 
At 5:39 PM, Anonymous Clave de Soul said...

Wow, sounds like a tough city!

 
At 3:31 PM, Blogger punyakoti hasa said...

man dont get so critical of it! its namma bengalooro! u know wht i hate abt blore! call centers, auto drivers and the bastards who cut our tress!

 
At 3:33 PM, Blogger punyakoti hasa said...

im sorry man i thought u were a fellow bangloreaN ! U AGREE WITH U ABSOLUTELY!

 
At 11:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

dont u ever try commenting on bangalore... show me a place where there are no beggars.. even u could be one begging for a job, or something from someone,,, where are there no cheaters.. if u think auto rickshaw guys are the only one to cheat then dont ur taxi drivers do..?? or any other even top companies do in the name of branding.??? u can only manage to look at a lower strata of society and pin point at them why dont u look at corporate level scandal makers existing all round the globe..???

 
At 2:19 AM, Blogger MusicManiac said...

Dear Jonathan Oatis,

I will try not to be biased to the city I love/live in. You are right about everything. Things you miss and the ones you don't. Maybe you are comparing bangalore to the 'ideal' city where there are absolutely no power cuts, nobody cheats etc...If you know of such a place, do enlighten us.

Lastly, what would your reaction be if an indian visits your city and writes the exact list of things a little differently? (replace 'auto' with 'taxi' and so on)

Thank you for visiting our city.

 
At 3:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi all
its all by chance i came across this site. well i am from bangalore . an nri for abt more then a decade. what u dont miss from bangalore was very intresting. beggars : there r no beggars in west as in blr due to the fact that all western beggers r govt beggers as they collect dole money from post office . single mom ect who r real parisites living off the hard earned tax the working class pays. in ind i have a choice if i like to give or not to give in west u dont have that u like it or u dont like it u pay man.
yes there is power cut what can u do? its a country of 1100 million ppl. it will have its own issues .
who is not a cheat?? yes the auto guys r cheating . what abt us president and british pm . basterds have invaded ireq killing thousands in the name of weapons of mass destruction where r they?? so bush and blair r making the world safe by cheating the whole world?? now if this is the way the leaders of west behave guess abt the commons??
as the western way of life creeps into ind all the ethics , morals and the cultural values u have will get eroded the common theam will be its my life. live in west and feel the difference .what indian values are and what the west is.

 
At 3:38 AM, Blogger Ranoo Singh Yadav said...

to all the idiots above some anonymous guy : who have ranted off at the author,criticism should be taken positively even if its about your own country and place, coz that's how you try to improve your country or city, so stop this Pseudo-patriotism and nationalism. admit it our country has faults and it needs improvement like every other place in the world.No city is perfect and everybody is entitled to an opinion.

An Indian

 
At 10:04 PM, Blogger Megha Shyam said...

I grew up in Bangalore in the 50's and have lived in the US since 1961. I spent 2 months in 2010 mostly in the very north end of Bangalore. What I will not miss is the new mall culture of Bangalore. The mall culture seems to have exploded in the past 10 years. I visited the Mantri mall, the Garuda mall, the Kormangala mall and just plainly tired after just visit. Living in a small town in Oregon that has no freeways going through it, and no malls to speak off, I have used to going to small shops in the neighborhood for now 35 years. I enjoyed Bangalore a lot, meeting my old classmates from the Engineering college, spending a lot of time with my older sister now nearly 86 and lots of nephews and nieces.

 
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At 6:24 AM, Anonymous Radhika Patil said...

Anonymous...have the guts to put your name out there first of all....stop overreacting to mild criticism of the city which is fully justified. Its people like YOU who give Indians a bad name.Defensive moron!!!!!!

 

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