Today is Sunday. It’s a great day to take time off work and reflect on your past or plan for your future. For me though, Sunday is the day I get to see the city of Bangalore. I am still new to the city. However, I think if I am to follow the “signs”, Bangalore is a city that is willing to welcome me with open arms.
As I walk from my residence to the office everyday, I get a chance to see the lives of the people, very closely. The 20-minute walk can be divided broadly into three parts. The first part is a small lane with small shops across both sides of the lane. As I walk through this lane, I see the happiness on the face of the child who just bought a balloon from a street vendor. I see the pain on the face of this old vendor who is having a hard time selling fruits on the street. I hear the honking of cars who look desperate to beat each other to perhaps compete in the next F1 race. Who knows? And then, I see shops that sell traditional Indian clothes, right next to the shops which are selling contemporary and western fashion. It is a contrast that is hard to ignore.
Whether you like India or not, the smell of the food as you walk through the streets will grip you. The same happens with me, everyday. And just like how you can see the various layers of India at the same time, it is no different when it comes to the smell trying to seduce your olfactory senses. As you walk, you can smell the fresh fruit and vegetables which are being sold on the street and then the smell of a dosa which is being crafted in a nearby open restaurant somehow finds your nostrils. The fusion of various smells screams out to you to beg and take notice of what’s happening around you.
The second part is a street that takes you through a residential neighborhood. The homes here are particularly colorful. To imagine finding a home which is painted pink on the outside in US, is unimaginable. But I think, this is the beauty of India. It is so colorful. The Indian culture is colorful and imaginative, in every sense of the way. When I see these colorful homes wrapped in the arms of greenery, I feel calm and happy. I think it is one of the biggest advantages of being in Bangalore that it is still very green.
The third part is the main road that leads to the office. On this road, you will find restaurants, café shops, gyms, snack hangouts and offices. You can see once again the fusion of western and Indian food concepts. As I am having my lemon tea and typing this segment out from this café called Talk Over Table, I look straight ahead and see the small entrance which is right off the main road. I see the cars, bicycles, scooters and people going left to right and right to left; the life flowing in fronting of my eyes, and I think that in the days to come, it will be Bangalore that will be India’s identity. It is a city that has shown remarkable flexibility in adapting to various cultures and subcultures which have come to define this city. This city has something for everyone.
So, as I am about to finish off my drink and head to the office, I am excited to see what the day has to offer for me. With so much happening at Linguavista, we are ready to take on the world with our base in Bangalore.