Stop cribbing, Bangaloreans!
My trips to Bangalore are always intriguing. While some of the locals crib about the place for one reason or the other, the beautiful city of gardens, Benne dosa and filter coffee gets me hooked every time I visit it.
I have been to many, many cities and here are five reasons why I think Bangalore is better than any other metro city of India.
1. Greenery – It is not by chance the city has earned the moniker “Garden City”. The city indeed has trees lined up on both sides of almost all the streets, even smallest of them and it is not some new plantation drive by the present government. It’s been like this since my first visit many years ago. There are several parks and gardens, that are scattered around the city. Sure, urbanization has claimed some of the green patches, but it is still, by far the “greenest” city in India.
2. Weather – The moment I step in the city, what welcomes me is the weather. The locals still grumble about the ‘hot’ weather but believe me, no other city in India has better weather than Bangalore. If it is hot for three days in a row then you have some rains on the 4th day immediately cooling the place. It is like some super natural sensor that is in place, much like our room Aircon. 🙂
3. Dust-free – Go to Mumbai, Chennai, Delhi or Hyderabad. You’ll end up eating dust. You might argue that dust accumulates on your table in Bangalore too but here I am talking about the quantity. This is probably linked to the greenery. There are pockets, especially the new settlements, that have more dust because of construction activities but generally speaking, the amount of dust is much less.
4. Tech savvy – The fact that Bangalore is a tech savvy city is not unknown to anybody. The hub of IT industry in India has reasons to boast about it. New technology is quickly adopted for the convenience of its citizens. Never have I seen any where else, battery operated carts in the railway station selling their wares or transporting the senior citizens. Cant think of another place where you can order for a chauffeur for your car on line!
5. Cost of living – The cost of living is definitely less than Mumbai and Delhi if not from others. There might be particular instances of high prices, but in general it is 25 percent less expensive to eat, rent and clothe yourself. (Mumbai probably is the cheapest when it comes to public transportation).
It is possible that one or two of the above may be better in some of the other cities but when you consider all of the above in one place then Bangalore wins hands down.
Not for nothing Bangalore hosts the most expats! They travel to Bangalore and make it their home. It is obvious why the city is also called a retirement place.
If you think you can add few more points to my list, you are most welcome. 🙂
Do you want me to write the negatives as well? 😉
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