Thursday, June 01, 2006

Bitching About Bangalore /10 Things I hate about Bangalore / NRIs returning to Bangalore - Renamed

Note: Read my blog disclaimer. S.Ve. Sekhar would have named it 'Tenant Commandments'

In case you are carried away by the hype - here are some myth breakers.

  • Time to travel from your house to your neighbor's house. (a) 2 Wheeler - 4 years (b)4 Wheelers 700 Years (c) Big 4 wheelers - 3752 Years (d) If you plan to park - Impossible
  • There are no roads in Bangalore. Vehicles travel in the gaps between houses. They fondly remember it as roads even though there is no trace of tar on them.
  • While they claim to speak Hindi and speak something they think is Hindi - its not Hindi. Unless the scale of reference is Madras - Bangalore has no hindi speaking population. Yes! there are many north Indians who have settled down in Bangalore but they dont own shops, drive autos or work in Govt buildings.
  • Tamil isnt spoken in Bangalore either.
  • Did I say they dont have any roads in Bangalore?
  • Commercial establishments are open 4 hours a day. They also break for lunch for 4 hours.
  • Houses in Bangalore have commodes exactly in the center of the bathroom. You have to cross the commode to get the the bath area and when you come back out of the bathroom you have to cross the commode again.
  • Autos cheat in Bangalore.
  • Dont yell at other vehicles on the road if they violate road rules (which is extremely rampant in Bangalore). Its not Madras where they listen to you yelling 'idiot' and continue diving like a domesticated cows. Auto drivers in Bangalore are just looking for an excuse to pick up a fight.
  • It is the only place in the world where people drive 2-wheelers on pavements. I swear I have never seen anything as uncivilized as this. These people are the so-called software engineers, who are stupid and uncivilized.

In short living in Bangalore is like living in a foreign country, with strange language and stange habits, but with horrible living standards. If you cant live in your home town there is no point returning.

78 comments:

Anonymous said...

never understood the aura of Bangalore..i thought barring the climate and patches of greenery the city sucked!

Anonymous said...

hey, why is speaking Hindi a yardstick for a hometown feeling ?

if you want Hindi, stay in areas where they speak it..

ever explored the option of learning Kannada atleast enough of it to survive in Bangalore..or would that be too condescending..

Whats with the point about Tamil got to do with your blog entry..? How does it matter ?

yes, the roads are bad and we are hoping and praying that govt. does something about it.., But how many states in "Hindi" speaking areas can boast of good roads everywhere..?!

The USP of the city is it's weather, it's cosmopolitan outlook and wealth of educated people..

you're entitled not to like it, but atleast be reasonable.

thanks to people like you.., the hypothetical North South gulf gets to look real and widens.

Clam up dude and grow up..

Anonymous said...

autodrivers cheat ? it doesnt happen elsewhere ? ever been to Chennai, the auto meter would be an ornament piece.
auto meters run faster than they are supposed to in Hyderabad..
I was in jaipur a few years back and remember being asked 150 Rs for a distance that should not have been more than 3 kms.

It happens everywhere..

It's ironical that you name yourself after a character I highly admire and respect and yet behave like Frank Burns in the same drama..

Hawkeye said...

its allright for these people when I bitch about madras, kerala etc.. but these so-called defenders surface out of nowhere when it comes to bangalore.

Sridhar said...

I agree! Contrary to claims that Bangalore speaks hindi, tamizh apart from Kannada, they dont speak hindi or tamil.

the 2nd anonymous has contradicted himself.

terrywhatlee said...

Really good post, Hawkeye! (Rubbing it in :)

"Auto drivers in Bangalore are just looking for an excuse to pick up a fight."

I bet the same applies to Anonymous Blog Readers from Bangalore as well.

Anonymous said...

funny u bail urself out with counter accusation man...

rest assured, if you posted anything unreasonable about Madras and Kerala, many of us ( if we happen to read it..) will write back. I defintely would..

FYI, I am a tamilian..

I guess you've totally ignored the point about being reasonable in ur posts.., convinient huh?!

You've lived long enough ( I beleive..) to understand that every place has it's pros and cons.

Don't let your prejudice effect you to such a level that you dwell only on the cons.

It's imperative for India that it's cities develop and Bangalore is vital, so is Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata and any other place..

If you wanna help, do it by bringing to light the problems with a view to help resolve them as opposed to using them as substantiations to spread prejudices...

Free urself man..

Anonymous said...

"its allright for these people when I bitch about madras, kerala etc.. but these so-called defenders surface out of nowhere when it comes to bangalore."...

who knows whatz happening out there in those cities hawkeye.... but when you bitch about bangalore.... we know you aren't saying the whole truth...(autorikshaw's as domesticated cows in chennai ??? wait till you hear the gruesome experiences from the coimbatore crowd in bangalore)

it is just a trivial experience of one day that you are quoting....mebbe two... not more than three days

but unfortunately...NRIs will still flock here... so will all the morons from throughout the country... and then bitch about it....

the migration to bangalore...and the bitching will continue unabated... you have added nothing new... but a few pages ripped off from 'Times of India' second page

ma'an... you have let down a lot of ppl

Anonymous said...

I am a regular reader here and this is one of your worst posts ever.

I am also a Tam guy and have lived and worked in Bangalore for 3 years sometime in the recent past.

The fact about Bangalore autos seem hugely over exaggerated. Even Kannada autowallahs make an attempt to speak Tamil.

Anonymous said...

I was the last anonymous and I'm different from the earlier anonymous. But I have to agree with the earlier anonymous.

Thanks.

- A Regular Reader.

Hawkeye said...

fyi; i have lived worked in bglr for 3 years. travelled 4 times a wek in auto. drove to electronic city.

this is my opinion. bangalore autowalas cheat. yes they do cheat in chennai. but that does not change the fact that they cheat in bangalore. dont do a karunanidhi and answer a question with a 'dont people in xyz' land so the same thing? kind of question

i shout abuses at most autos when i travel on the road. cheating chennai autowalas have never tried to chase me. they listen to an abuse and go. i have consistently had fun with yelling abuses at bangalore auto. yes! they react badly to abuse than others. this can be taken as a compliment/insult depending on ur convenience.

/* The USP of the city is it's weather, it's cosmopolitan outlook and wealth of educated people..*/

ability to talk hindi tamil, telugu by bglr folks leads to this cosmopolitan tag. i disagree with that.

i wud generally assume that u are hurt when i suddenly abuse something that is dear to u. 'reasonability' is also perspective based. a lot of aishwarya rai/amitabh fans might think i am unreasobnable. so be it.

Sridhar said...

The fact that autos cheat in chennai is irrelevant to the fact that they cheat in bangalore. I have been cheated many times by autos in Bangalore.

Why compare with any other city? The anonymous commenter seems to be biased.

Anonymous said...

well u seem to be very good at missing or ignoring points..

dont do a karunanidhi and answer a question with a 'dont people in xyz' land so the same thing? kind of question

the point of saying that it happens in xyz land is not for counter arguement, it is to say that the problems are not unique to Bangalore.., they happen everywhere..

"ability to talk hindi tamil, telugu by bglr folks leads to this cosmopolitan tag. i disagree with that."

nope, I didn't know Bangloreans have that ability, what makes it cosmopolitan is the different kinds/strata of people living here..

you mention electronic city and auto abuses.., How would you react if I quote the same experience in Chennai ? Should I bullet a couple of such experiences and say Chennai is a lousy place to live..I think not, that wouldn't speak too much of me as this blog doessn't of you..

dont spread prejudices be it Bangalore, Chennai or Kolkata.., there are potentially impressionable minds reading ur blog..

be responsible in ur entries-->is that too much to ask for ?

Anonymous said...

Also, I am not hurt because you've said something about somethings that dear to me..

my comments are not prompted by hurt.., it really doesn't matter what u think... if you blogged Chennai sucks tomorrow with lousy substantiations, some of us would still comment back..

i find your arguements loose for commenting on any place, so this is not a Bangalore "thing".., it's more of a comment on unreasonability..

u sai reasoning's a perspective.., I don't see perspective in ur blog entry, I see prejudice.., the same kind of prejudices that start street fights, civil wars and global wars.

might sound exaggerated, but the holocaust happened because of one man's extreme views of a community and the world is suffering....

don't just comment on Bangalore's bad state, look at things positively , bangalore's emergence has raised the per capita and living standards for a good percentage of Indians. The same can be attributed to the excellent education system in Chennai & Hyderabad.., each place has it's positives...

Anonymous said...

Hey Son's of anonymous'es ...


Shut the f**k up!

Seriously.... shut up.

-Prabhu

Hawkeye said...

anonymous,

i respect the fact that you have not resorted to abuse and are engaging in critisism. Let us agree to disagree.

I write about things I dislike. I cannot write to please other people. if you understand that then everything is clear.

I do not care if something is unique to Banglore or not. your reasoning is specious if you can condone something just because it is common to a lot of places.

My point is about traffic, driving in pavements, uncomfortable lving standards in bangalore. it is a result of my experiences as a returning NRI. I have a right to that view and am well qualified to express it. you can excercise your right by disagreeing with me.

Casement said...

Hawkeye,
You seem to be caught in controversial debates more often than not, for no fault of yours...why is that?!:)

This was a funny post in deed and I've been cheated by an auto-guy in Blore too. But, when I stopped shouting and confronted him in plain voice - 'you tell me if you cheated'...he agreed and accepted the money that was originally due. That made me think that these guys are much better than our Madras drivers, who are primarily responsible for my knowledge in profanity!:)

Anonymous said...

hawk,

ok we agree to disagree. i do respect ur right to air ur views.., but the whole point in having a comment to a blog is to retort back..

I was just voicing my opinion too.

i'll just correct this piece :
"your reasoning is specious if you can condone something just because it is common to a lot of places."

my point is not to condone, on the contrary to correct.., my point is you're using a generic problem to finger point at a specific place.., if your blog had read, I hate Bangalore, Chennai, Hyd etc. for these reasons, then maybe it would have made more sense.

hey Prabhu,

whats with the fuck*in lingo ?

bent down too much and had ur f*kin head stuck in ur f**kin a**,

why dont u go fuc* urself man?

you f*kin piece of monkey fodder..

see : I can use those words too..;-)

sowmya said...

hehehe...reading that was fun!! oh the comments too!

I said...

LOL. These "hurt" bangalore jingoists are incredibly funny.

and why type ** and spoil the fun?

Sudipta Chatterjee said...

I have been to Bangalore about 2-3 times for just a day or two, and I must say that I liked the city. I am talking of 2003-04. Ok, maybe I have just been to UVCE and IISc and places like that... but the bus service, etc were good. And people, motorists, etc. are everywhere... every major city attracts them.

Having said that... this post was really funny! Grand as usual!

Anonymous said...

Good one, Hope other cities like Hydrabad infuture won't be like today's Bangalore.
For that matter life in all big cities sucks big time.

Arvind said...

Funny, you should post about B'lore right about the time I was having a similar discussion with my friend. My point was that B'lore used to be a lovely place. Too much haphazard 'development' has made it less desireable. Used to really be a 'garden city' with lesser pollution, friendly people and cooler climes. Unfortunately, those days are long gone.

Anu said...

I cannot talk to the situation in B'lore, as I last visited that place as a child, and I have very fond memories of B'lore. But in my opinion, the traffic conditions are the same everywhere. I was in Hyderabad about 5 months ago, and I noticed a drastic change. The number of motorists on the road has tripled, and it's just a big hassle to get to any place. This is just one example.
But people riding on the pavements? Now that is something I've never witnessed. Truly surprising if not shocking.
~Anu

Hawkeye said...

/* you mention electronic city and auto abuses.., How would you react if I quote the same experience in Chennai ? */

/* my point is you're using a generic problem to finger point at a specific place.., if your blog had read, I hate Bangalore, Chennai, Hyd etc. for these reasons, then maybe it would have made more sense. */

It would be extremely stupid of me to say all these things given the title I have given for that post. I find your expectation that i should act in a stupid manner as unreasonable.

These are the faults of bangalore. That is it. That they might exist somewhere else also is irrelevant to this post.

If you want to know my real opinion about how bangalore compares with other cities then I would write a separate blog post on that. Madras autos are reputed to be cheaters and they grandly live up to that reputation. Bangalore autos have a reputation of being honest and they dissapoint.

On the other hand bangalore roads are horrible, deplorable and far far worse than the roads in madras, hyderabad. Bangalore's traffic condition is the worst in india. Much much worse than any other place in india. Much worse than madras. much worse than hyderabad, pune.

there you go.

Anonymous said...

ok Hawkeye, point noted.

you're just mentioning you experiences in Bangalore and it doesn't matter if the same problems exist in other cities.

You must understand that your levels of exaggeration evoked those responses.

The roads are bad and the traffic is worse..: the way I look at it, it can only get better. I'd hope for that..

you havent stated anything that isn't aware.

While I cannot impress reasonability on you, my points are :

Your blog entry lacks rationale in blaming Bangalore..

It's more of a "OH! I have faced these problems in Bangalore, so it's the worst city in the world.."

in short narrow minded substantiations.

Hawkeye said...

no these arent exaggerations according to me. "auto drivers cheat in bangalore" where is space for exaggeration here.

why should I be unnecesarily kind and say "bangalore is bad ..but not a problem other places are bad too".

In my opinion bangalore traffic is the worst in the country. whats worse is the poor way in which it is regulated and the indecent way in which people drive on pavements. i have lived and worked in pune, madras. i have traveled to many places in india and have spent considerable time there. it is my opinion that bangalore is the worst.

i specifically dont want to lessen the impact by saying other places are bad. I have actively discouraged people from returning to bangalore and consider smaller and less hyped places instead.

Anonymous said...

Again it's your experiences, if everybody were to generalize on basis of individual experiences, there wouldn't be too many places to visit or things to do..

Anonymous said...

/*Time to travel from your house to your neighbor's house. (a) 2 Wheeler - 4 years (b)4 Wheelers 700 Years (c) Big 4 wheelers - 3752 Years (d) If you plan to park - Impossible */

no scope for exaggeration here too ?

Hawkeye said...

now ur maturity is under question :-)

Anonymous said...

if you're the one questioning it, I don't have anything to worry about ;-)

guess u use rebuttals when you don't have answers..

have never got personal in my comments thusfar.., but if there's any flipside of blogging.., it's that people like you can get away with saying nonsensical stuff..

BTW, just read your blog about MBA's being more useful than engineers..

that proves it doesn't it ?

keep living in a fool's paradise man..!

cerisecarnations said...

hmm....the thing i totally detest about chennai is heat and more heat.also dont like the water there.yes the roads are much better in chennai in comparison to bangalore.however bangalore is where the heart lies anyday.you are right about blore being too laid back.the concept of meter in chennai in an auto is non existent.btw is this an post entry abt chennai vs blore?since i did not see any comparisons drawn by you .as far as i can see this is your view abt blore as a place.or maybe i missed the point.

Rish Gupta said...

"Houses in Bangalore have commodes exactly in the center of the bathroom. You have to cross the commode to get the the bath area and when you come back out of the bathroom you have to cross the commode again"
What????? So is this a reason to not live in Bangalore? It is equivalent to saying that hawkeye made an illogical conclusion so hawkeye makes illogical conclusions all the time and we know that it is not true.
If one house or an apartment complex has such a bathroom setting, it does not mean that all the houses have the same bath/commode order.
But come to think of it, it makes sense to have the commode before the bath area. You get up in the morning, go poop or whatever, then go take a bath. You're done! After that your visits to the bathroom are mainly to the commode and not the bath area. After all people visit the porcelain bowl more often than the bath.
Dont most of the houses in US have the same sink/commode/bath order? hmmmmm...
Anyway, love reading your blog. Thanks for writing whatever you write.

ramki said...

Has any one asked for directions in Bangalore? The person you ask for direction will point his hand in one direction and say exactly the opposite direction. For example, his hand will be pointing to a left turn while he will say right turn. It's happened several times to me.

Anonymous said...

Guys,

Get a life!!! The NRIs that are coming to India are two faced suckers anyway... They left India to go to US to make $$$ and once they do that, and are done breeding a couple of US citizen kids, they come back to India pretending to inculcate Desi values on these poor kids. All I think they come to India for is to show off that they have lived outside India, and their main purpose is to make use of their poor old parents as baby sitters and cooks ... When they go back to India they get holed in "NRI ghettos". Once in India, they talk about US or the country they looted and left as their parent country and speak really highly of it and compare every single aspect of living in India to that country.

So suckers, don't leave India, if you leave, don't go back.

As for me I am a proud citizen of US, this is my country and I simply love it!!!

PS: Bangalore is the lesser of all evils.

Madras and other states are full of pedophiles (uncles, grandpas, male cousins etc.) Bangaloreans are lazy, love to eat, peaceful and put up with North Indian suckers and Madrasis ruining it.

Anonymous said...

Huh, Thats a long list of comments.
Did not realize that your blog would such fury. Anyway, let me add my bit.

I am not sure if they could even improve the roads in bangalore like one of pro-banglore commentators had said. How can you expand a pavement sized road.

Even the internet connection at bangalore sucks compared to chennai and mumbai.

Facilities-wise, Mumbai is best.
Chennai is certainly much better than bangalore.


A long-time chennai-vasi now in U.S,
Anukris

PS: Ofcourse, chennai heat might be a factor for others

Anonymous said...

Huh, Thats a long list of comments.
Did not realize that your blog would such fury. Anyway, let me add my bit.

I am not sure if they could even improve the roads in bangalore like one of pro-banglore commentators had said. How can you expand a pavement sized road.

Even the internet connection at bangalore sucks compared to chennai and mumbai.

Facilities-wise, Mumbai is best.
Chennai is certainly much better than bangalore.


A long-time chennai-vasi now in U.S,
Anukris

PS: Ofcourse, chennai heat might be a factor for others

Anonymous said...

whats the point about commodes Hawkeye ?

you really want to use it as an excuse for not going to bangalore..

gee whiz man : this blog entry and the comments sound like Karan Thapar's interview with Arjun Singh on reservations.

No logic, no substantiations, just one man's careless whim.

I sure hope you don't go ahead to hold job positions that matter to the general public.

fairplay would be a thing of the past..

Again : you are no way close to Hawk's character in M*A*S*H.

I actually doubt if you have the ability to understand what he says..
maybe you just wanna use his name because it sounds cool..

like one of the other anonymous says..stay back in the US man..

Nilu said...

hmmm...this is what happens when they run out of Nilu....I tell ya..

Hawkeye said...

:-). I should have not waited for the christmas rush and should have called that anonymnous an idiot to begin with. it would have saved me a lot of time.

but at least I had the satisfaction of pissing him off.

cerise,

this is a post specifically dedicated to bitching about bangalore.

the anonumous did not get it and hasnt got it so far.

Anonymous said...

oh boy!

/*:-). I should have not waited for the christmas rush and should have called that anonymnous an idiot to begin with. it would have saved me a lot of time. */

it could only take a jackass like you to still not see the point.

/* this is a post specifically dedicated to bitching about bangalore.

the anonumous did not get it and hasnt got it so far. */

Really!? you think we've missed that you "sanctimonious sob"...

all we are trying to do is counter your bitchin with reasoning.., get it numbskull ? ;-)...

Hawkeye said...

anonymous,

all that is fine...but why dont you get it :-)?

Anonymous said...

Anonymous,

Thats why I said SHUT UP.

Get the point. You are an Idiot, the more you write the more we are convinced.

-Prabhu

Anonymous said...

Prabhu is Hawkeye's asswipe or is it Hawkeye using an alter id to get his frustrations out..

eitherways, thanks for the entertainment over the weekend!

g'bye assholes ;-)!

Hawkeye said...

no.. please stay... i dont want to stop you from clicking refresh 30 times a day to find out if I had kicked your ass or not.. please stay...

stelllaaaaaaa

Anonymous said...

i understand you are a masochist who proabably are enjoying the feel of my feet up ur ass..

but my legs deserve better

Anonymous said...

let us say ur legs deserve a better 'head' on top of it.

<< a mike myers laugh >>

PIPA said...

hee, hee ...........

Mani Mama said...

boy! hawkeye! you should not have responded to that anonynmous at all. he is such an idiot.

what was the deal about substantiation? do you want video proof of auto drivers cheating. the 1.5 times rate after 10 - what a crappy idea?

banglore is the most overhyped place in India. I recommend no NRI comes and lives in this hell hole.

- former NRI living in banglore.

Hawkeye said...

this was the main reason why I put autos in.

I started for the railway station at 9:00 for the 10:45 madras mail. They still asked for 1.5 times rate. Everytime - even if there was 1 more hour to 10 clk they would ask for 1.5times meter. I would go to the station and show them 9:45 time. They wont agree. Manytimes autos have asked me 1.5times the meter at 8:30 itself.

You can never get a honest auto in the railway station. they ar all cheats. even the pre-paid ones. Morning 5:00 at bangalore station (if you come by banglore mail) they would ask for 1.5 times the pre-paid charge. Mid-way from station to the house many auto drivers have stopped and blackmailed me for more money. Even if the house is exactly on the main road they would say that the address on prepaid card was wrong and they would ask more money.

no auto would come for meter charge from any part of bangalore to ECity/ITPL . It would alsways be 1.5 times meter. reason cited: no return savari.

Deepa said...

I agree wholeheartedly with the bathroom and the pavements drivers. It makes life so irritating.

Whoever downplayed the importance of bathrooms earlier in the comment section does not know what they are talking about.

i was hoping some blogger would bust the myth of banglore as a super city. Trust hawkeye to do it first :-)

Anonymous said...

Band Name : Cockeye and his crazy cronies.

Fav. song :
Don't know whether I's comin or goin, but I have an opinion

Anonymous said...

I was thinking I am the only one who is getting so angry about the pavement drivers. Thats the most annoying thing ever! In my 2 wheeler, I was waiting for the signal to turn green. This 2 wheeler guy behind me honks and asks me to move. I turn back and give him a look like "WHAT?". HE gestures me to move to my right a little. I do and he "nozhanjufies" in the gap and starts going in the pavement honking at the people standing under a bus shelter! Like you said, software engineers mostly! Really sad!

-Boo.

Andy said...

Hey anonymous(the one whose posterior is getting kicked big time here and he still doesn't have a clue),
It's high time you get your nose out of this blogspace and stick it elsewhere. Your sorry 'behind' has been whupped enough already. If you have diarrhoea, please go sit on the pot and try there, instead of trying to crap all over this comments space. Seriously dude, it's not working. Don't you still get it you moron?
I've got 3 words for you - Get a life.

Anonymous said...

ok andy,

u sorry sod! this blogspace deserves assholes like you anyways..
have a nice time suckin on Hawkeye's non existent d**k
u faggot!

Anonymous said...

very apparent that hawkeye loves bitching about kerala & bangalore, NRIs wearing large-sized clothes and more such shit like his views on hypocrisy. its positioned as a 'funny' read. honestly, its quite funny to read, unless you take it seriously i.e. seriously think its funny.

but there are other people who find it funny funny. am not one of them. and the fact that there are others who thinks its funny, makes it actually funny.

if nothing of the above makes sense, then thats the idea. the blog, its comments are all non-sense. but its funny nevertheless. seriously funny. not funny funny

Hawkeye said...

terrywhatlee,

now i agree :-)

Chandru said...

Everything in bangalore sucks except the weather...
auto drivers stop their vehicles centimetres behind the other vehicles!! There's absolutely no respect for human life....ever seen an ambulance finding it difficult to move through traffic?? i saw this while returning from Bangalore..

Anonymous said...

About the commode- that's the norm in all upmarket architect designed apartments across the country, including Chennai. Reasons- technically the bath area is considered a wet area and the commode/WC a dry area and they have to be segregated, minimising the effects of a wet floor. Same reason why you have shower curtain, etc., Middle class Indians seem to be resigned to accept this, leaving aside cultural notions of purity and hygiene. Similar to accepting waterless toilets in places such as five-star hotels, planes, etc.,

Always ! said...

I completely agree, except to the part that auto drivers are just waiting to pick up a fight ! I know it's worse in chennai, from experience !

But kandippa, inga varum bodhu, chennai thirumba poiyidanum nu dhaan vandhean, now i wud say, i just learned to live with it !

Noah said...

Your blog does hit the nail on the head... i am in bangalore for some work for a couple of months and the city has just confounded me...

I have never been to chennai but since i am from mumbai, that place is my benchmark...and the autowalas here are sheer bastards..they will charge you exorbitantly for no rhyme or reason .... and yes they are definitely looking for an invitation to argue / fight..

the traffic sucks bigtime... and yes the software engineers and the brains that we are so proud of proclaiming are responsible... driving on the pavements! what next!! traffic lanes!! do they exist.. the worst part is people simply try and find a shortcut by going over to the wrong side and block the traffic..thus creating a worse jam.. yes it is the educated junta that i am talking about...

so unless u plan to stay in a room as long as u stay in bangalore and enjoy the weather.....stay away!! or get ur own helicopter!!

Anonymous said...

Hai,
Good Comment about Bangalore. I got a chance to go through the whole of the comments but donot understand we people why instead of accepting the fact we gone to defendive mode.

When compare to chennai yes bangalore people speak hindi i donot disagree. I am in bangalore for the past 5 yrs and i have seen how much it has changed. Careless driving , ofcourse most of them are software engineers, i agree only in bangalore i see people honking in the platform and donot allow the people to walk. Lot of dust and pollution above all HIGH COST OF LIVING. without any reason. the house rent for a small 1 bhk is about 7K in koramangala. we as the community should change these nonsense instead of shitting on each other.

I equally agree lot of places in india which includes chennai,hydrabad are simmilar but why only bangalore brags that it is the software hub and so on. Just because of this the local wala acquire government land , able to get loan and build a 4 floors house with 10 compartments and each renting 10K. guess it is fact and i have seen this myself .

Bangalore is not as 10 yrs before . it may be applicable to other cities too.

Anonymous said...

I THINK BANGALORE IS REALLY BAD... BUT THE PROBLEM IS NOT THE REGULAR JUNTA, WHO WOULD HAVE BEEN THE SAME IN EVERY CITY... IT IS THE BANGALOREAN MINISTER, CORPORATION OFFICIAL, LOCAL CITIZEN WHO HAS REFUSED TO STIR OUT OF HIS/HER APATHY.... THE QUINTESSENTIAL BANGALOREAN OFFICIAL /POLITICIAN IS SLOW, LETHARGIC, CORRUPT, SHALLOW, DEBASED... AND YES, MORE SO THAN HIS/HER COUNTERPARTS IN OTHER CITIES CERTAINLY

Anonymous said...

I just happened to read this post today! I am a regular reader but I don’t know how I missed this!

I have lived my entire life in Bangalore. And, what you have listed about my city is completely true.

I fervently hope most of the people out there think like this. Because that way maybe you wont settle down here.
I would also wish most of them who are settled here and are bitching about it will also leave the city.

Because these people are the major contributors of the destruction of this wonderful-city-that-was. You see, it’s simple. They don’t “feel” for the city because its not “theirs”. They are just here to earn some fast bucks. Responsibility comes with a sense of ownership which they don’t have.

I see more hope after reading your post and comments. Atleast I know for sure that, here is one person who will not live here and contribute to the mad rush that is!
Thanks. May your tribe increase!
Rest of them who live here and bitch...pack your bags and leave, people, leave!!

Hawkeye said...

anon,

there is quandry to that. the people who leave, will leave along with their companies. then people in the west will give jobs to places whereever those people go. as a result people who 'feel' might also have to move out.

logically, infrastructure is provided by local govt. one hopes they 'feel' and hard sell for people to stay. that is if they want the development & money.

H R Venkatesh said...

Your post on Bangalore reeks of ignorance, though I must admit you had a point about the roads. It was a lot of bullsh#$, but I can identify with the sentiment of making too much of a hoopla about Bangalore - for different reasons. I am a little ambivalent to the boom there, because it's spoilt my little city.

Murali Ravi said...

by any standards, of course roads in new delhi are way better than b'lore/chennai or mumbai. The city roads and the highways around delhi and NCR are very good. I agree with hawkeye becos chennai has better infrastructure than b'lore for sure. at least madras has a local train network.

Anonymous said...

omg this is the biggest piece of bullshit ive read in ages .
i started off reading your mba posts which made some sense.
Bitching about bangalore from this so-called NRIs who all but spends 4-5 years in the US acting like hes grown up in beverly hills is soo typical .all you buggers grow up thinking an "american degree" is an achievement .I have lived all over india and bangalore is hands down the nicest city .the city has a 'culture' which is unique unlike the religious maniacs in chennai.if you think that you can judge a city by the quality of roads/autoguys , you are a shithead.fyi-60% of the autodrivers are people from tamil nadu who come here to earn a living.its all you tamil wankers and those shitty northindians who run away and come here and then talk shit . destroying the city that bangalore was .chennai will take another 200 years to get to where blore is .my borther dint tell me ross admits wankers like you .watta pity mr "NRI"

Manigandan said...

Thanks Hawk for starting a Good Debate.... People who are here should understand that unless we are ready to open our minds, and analyze things and take things in a positive way - THERE WILL BE NO BETTERMENT.

Experience varies with each one and the views are built on their personal experiences. Experience translates into views.

It is natural for any native to defend his habitat, but please open your eyes to the problems that do exist. People might get used to it. But it is LIVING DANGEROUSLY, and we should explore ways to bring out feasible and working solutions.

In last two years there has numerous TV NEWS reports on Bangalore particularly about the Infrastructure, Culture, Politics and every is aware of those.

We can hear the murmur of the natives - "BANGALORE WAS A PEACEFUL AND GOOD CITY TO LIVE IN.....". Common man is put to lot of difficulties. We generally have a "Chalta hai" attitude, but its time for introspection and self-appriasal, without which we can be never clear of Betterment and Progress.

The current scenario reflects Socrates' Question on Pledge of the State " ...to leave the state a better place to live in..." - Whats a better place - taller buildings, higher education, ........

Higher Salary, increased spending/purchasing power, booming economy - do all these translate into better society. If not, how can we?

Anonymous said...

i hate bangalore for one reason more than any other... the people... try getting something done here... it will turn out to be the most humiliating and frustating experience in your life... run away from here as soon as you can...

Anonymous said...

fuck off.. u know nothin of bangalore

Anonymous said...

Today i saw 1 motherfucker kannad guy beat up a college boy and misbehaved with his friend in a bus(G-3)near Brigade road just because they are from North India.No 1 protested at all..whn i raised my voice dat bangalorian 'black' guy start pushing me...wat is wrong wd u bangalorian ??????? seems like u want to create anothr India inside India..seriously, these people dnt hv r8 2 live...DIE Motherfuckers...

medini said...

This is the first time I am looking at your blog and guess how I landed up here - I was searching for "10 things I hate about Bangalore" That too on a Saturday evening.. :)

We all have things we hate about everything in our lives, even about ourselves. So there is nothing wrong in speaking out about them. Anyone who has a problem with that, please read the first line of this paragraph once again. :)

I am going to say something no one said here yet. I am 25 years old and among those 25 years, I have spent about 14 years in hostels or rented apartments around different big - small cities, away from home. Everywhere I go, people are proud of their own cities. They should be! And every place has its own problems - In a small town in Bihar, we had to sit in Autos that carried around 8 people at a time, no kidding. Back in Guwahati, I had never took an auto, they charge you so high, City buses will never give you a ticket - they will just take the money and will stop anywhere they want. In Delhi, it appears as if no one can speak without using the word "Behnchod"!

Here is the thing that I noticed in most other cities around India which made me feel at home in all those places - they will always speak about their own stories of how their place is important to them! They will always try to make you understand that romantic feeling that they carry about their own place. So much so, you start respecting the city immediately and start assimilating. Last year I had an option to go to Coorg, a small town in Karnataka itself, and I found this same attitude even there. Same Kannada people as Bangalore Permanent Residents. I felt at home in all these places just because of this attitude of the local people. I never bothered about the problems since I was able to catch that Sentiment and Aura...

In Bangalore, no one behaves good with you. Forget behaving, the local residents would not talk to you at all. I have no idea what screwed up their attitude about outsiders. You will find millions of local people telling you that the outsiders who had come to the city for jobs has ruined it. But Hey - no one comes to an unknown place to tear it apart. You guys could not handle the economic boom that was started here back in 1985. Look at cities like Hyderabad, Delhi, Pune, Mumbai. They have handled this far more nicely than people in Bangalore did.

I was in Manipur for a very short while once, I was able to speak a small extent of Manipuri Language by the time I returned, guess how long was that stay - 7 days! And I have been in Bangalore for about 2 years now, I try to communicate with the common man in whatever broken Kannada I have learnt so far, and all I get is a stare - "What the hell are you trying to show off by speaking my language, assshole?" That is what I get out of the masses in general. I have had the completely opposite reaction back in Coorg - "Oh boy, you have a long way to go when it comes to speaking Kannada. Let me help you!" That was what I got in Coorg, dear Bangaloreans!!

For me, local people in Bangalore seems to be more Literate than Educated.

Anyway, it was a good read to go through your blog entry and the comments following it. Cheers... :)

Navin said...

South Indians are the most cunning lot in entire India. In companies, one has to always beware about your South Indian colleagues or manager... They can back stab you any time... One cannot feel at ease when these goons are around you, even when you are in any state. The only place where people from other states feel free is the shopping malls! If you are going to stay in a PG always make sure that your partners are not Telugu.. These people will harass u by seeing their films...

Anonymous said...

absolutely no need to learn kannada........ they should Hindi which is the "National" language (because they are in India :P )

Anonymous said...

learn hindi i meant *

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Anonymous said...

I was shocked to see this while actually googled "I hate Bangalore"......its my hometown......last few years I have been trying to move there but just don't find it a practical town......its grown beyond beams....its impossible to live in a place where u get a low quality of life even when one can come to terms with spending lakhs on a month......I actually pity Bangalore and others who donot know what is Quality of life.....