Sunday, 10 May 2015

Goodbye Bangalore!

I recently discovered that procrastination is a by-product of writer's block. Ever since I left Bangalore, I have been procrastinating a lot when it comes to writing, which, I realize, is not at all fair. Now, after a gap close to two months, I'm here to write about my 'stay' at Bangalore. 

Earlier, I would have written an article Bang Bang Bangalore in my blog stating every negative aspect of the city. If you ask me whether I have changed my perception about Bangalore, my answer would be 'No'.  I still hate Bangalore as much I used to hate it before - reason(s): air pollution, cost of living & traffic. This article from DNA India states that Bangalore is ranked as the second most polluted city in India, next to Delhi. It's obvious for Bangalore to be listed in top 5 most polluted cities, because the population of the city has grown from 80 lakh to 1 crore just in a span of 4 years, which means lot of people have migrated to this 'almost congested' city making it 'extremely congested' (and, I was one among them). Migration of people leads to increase in utilization of resources, which in turn leads to exhaustion of the same. For instance, the area where I stayed was dumped with several multi-storeyed apartments (most of them were paying guest accommodation) and I witnessed the electrical transformer going rogue everyday (poor thing couldn't handle the load).  

Now that I am out of Bangalore, I don't wish to dig deeper into its cons. In this post, I'll be listing out the things that relished my stay. 

Interstellar in IMAX
Watching Christopher Nolan's movie in the first few days of its release that too on an IMAX screen isn't an easy task. I would say that I was lucky enough to be a part of those audience who had the chance to experience the visual extravaganza on IMAX screen on the second day of its release. Watching Interstellar on IMAX screen was the most relishing experience I had during my stay at Bangalore. 

Watched on: Saturday, November 8, 2014
Ticket price: Rs. 400 per ticket + Booking charge (I guess it was Rs. 30)

Now, this might sound interesting. I watched the same movie in the World's second largest IMAX screen (at Hyderabad) by paying just Rs. 250 (per ticket). How ironic! That's why I hate Bangalore. 

Dexter (Season 1 to Season 8)
The only thing that kept me occupied during the last two months of my stay was 'Dexter'. I began to watch this series from February second week and completed all the seasons in just 28 days (total 96 episodes, each episode lasted close to 55 minutes). Dexter was not only America's but also my all time favorite serial killer. I thoroughly enjoyed watching Season 4 (it was John Lithgow vs Michael C Hall, and both of them won Golden Globe for the Best Performance category). It was one hell of a series and I would recommend this to everyone who haven't watched this yet. Also, this is best for starters who aren't used to watching TV series (like me).

Total seasons: 8 | Total episodes per season: 12 | Total episodes (all seasons combined): 96

P.S: Game of Thrones, House of Cards, Prison Break are part of my bucket list.

Road trip to Nandi Hills
This marked my first long distance bike ride. It was the most outstanding trip that I could cherish. I went for this trip on January 22, 2015 along with my colleague. 

Bike hired: TVS Apache RTR 160
Hired at: DVK Biking, Bangalore
Price: Rs. 700 per day 
Hired on: January 21, 2015 17:00 hours
Returned on: January 22, 2015 12:00 hours

Trip duration: 7.5 hours
Departure from Bangalore: 4.30 AM (Jan 22)
Arrival at Nandi Hills top: 6.50 AM
Departure from Nandi Hills top: 9.35 AM
Total distance traveled: 180 KM (approximate)

Apart from the above mentioned, I couldn't find anything that could have made my stay interesting. Here I am sharing a couple of pictures I captured during my stay.

Phoenix Market City, Whitefield
Kempegowda International Airport, Bangalore
View from Nandi Hills top
Rainy clouds at Bangalore

9 comments:

  1. Good that you have some nice memories to share about Bangalore.. The three things you relish connects with me too. Interstellar was awesome.. Watched it twice. I started watching Dexter during my stay in bangalore but I completed only 3 seasons.. suddenly I felt I needed a break from killing sessions. :P And my road trip to Nandi Hills.. It was a lovely early morning drive and we enjoyed a lot. :)

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    1. Btw Ashwin, find some time to continue that paranormal story. waiting for the next installment :)

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    2. Even I watched Interstellar twice at Bangalore (second time was at PVR Market City). I wonder how you managed to take a break from DEXTER! I watched season 3, 4 and 5 at one go. Do resume it and complete the series.

      BTW, Paranormal Season 2 will be out soon. Wait for it!

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  2. good...but other thing would be the clubbing and pubs at bangalore which might have changed now...also the food at few restaurants should have made memorable...

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    1. Clubs and pubs.. Those were far cry to me. and, food.. I couldn't find any better restaurant that would have satisfied the foodie in me. I prefer Hyderabad when it comes to food and entertainment

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  3. You captured some great shots of the city you hate.

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    1. Hahaha.. Anyways, thanks for the compliment :)

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  4. Glad you're back. It was great to read about your stay in Bangalore. Great pictures too.

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    1. Thanks Vashti. Yeah, it's been a while since I got back to blogging

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