Bangalore creates a remembering, a longing that few other cities do.
The author T.J.S George originally from Kerala but settled in Bengaluru for more than 4 decades attempts to capture the city in about a hundred pages.
The book is divided into 5 sections dealing with the IT exodus that made the city a verb, the politics, the culinary delight the city has to offer tracing to its history and evolution, the business tycoons of the city to music, theater and the intellectual panorama of the emotion called Bengaluru.The writer tracks the various geographic points of the city . He touches upon the evolution of Whitefield and Sarjapura and extensively deals with Basavangudi and Malleswaram the more native Bengaluru. He traces out the reasons that make the city the IT capital - investing into science (Sir M Visvesvaraya coaxing Jamshedji Tata for the Tata Institute also called IISc) or the emergence of HAL to being the HQ of the Indian Space Program. The author speaks about the changing cultural DNA of the city and dabbles at length into the cultural confrontation in a city exposed to different identities .
The book oscillates a lot in different timelines in its attempt to capture the city maximum in its short narrative and does a good job at it. The book has a delightful indulgence into the culinary cuisines available in the city be it the fabled Vidyarthi Bhavan to CTR, Mahalakshmi Tiffin Room, Mavali Tiffin Room, Veena stores, Brahmin's coffee bar or a new wave into the hotel industry by the NRI Prabhakar introducing the Cafe Darshini on the McD model. The book gives a few interesting facts for you to snack on. My favorite one being that of
MTR being credited with the introduction of Rava Idli as rice was sparse after the second world war time. The book also alludes to the Koshy's for the non vegetarians with the Blore cuisine back then being larglely specific to vegetarian platter.
It is an informative and an engaging read!
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