Whether it is the amazing weather or the outstanding microbreweries, there is no city quite like Bangalore. Miss Wanderlust spent close to three years working in this city, before deciding to move back home to Bombay.
Here’s a glimpse of the quirks and works that make Bangalore such a delightful place to be!
You know you are in Bangalore when:
1. You become so used to being rejected by a minimum of 38 auto drivers in a day. When an auto driver actually agrees to go someplace, your first reaction is surprise – followed by frantic rush to get into the auto before he changes his mind.
2. You proudly bring your friends from out of town to visit the grand UB City mall and pose for pictures alongside the fountains on the rooftop.
3. You are always getting lost because the streets have only numbers – and no names. These crosses and mains can be really confusing!
4. You quickly learn that just because a road is named 100 Feet Road doesn’t mean it’s actually 100 feet long. Same holds true for 80 Feet Road.
5. The traffic cops wear cowboy hats, even at night. And you don’t find it strange any more.
6. Despite all the fancy new malls, you still land up visiting Brigade Road once in a while. Old habits die hard.
7. You swear by Corner House and its delicious ‘Death By Chocolate’ dessert. It is a matter of pride that you can polish off an entire serving yourself.
8. If you’re hungry late at night, all roads lead to Empire Hotel.
9. Every road is a one way, unless specified otherwise.
10. You are never more than three steps away from a Cafe Coffee Day outlet, but authentic filter coffee still remains your hands-down favourite.
11. Night fare for auto rickshaws begins at sunset – and even earlier if you are carrying luggage.
12. Dancing in public places is illegal, unless the place holds a dancing license (or you happen to be at a RCB game at Chinnaswamy Stadium!)
13. When you meet an acquaintance, your favourite topic of discussion is RCB’s performance (if its IPL season) or the weather (all other times).
14. You are on nodding terms with the staff at the old time beer cafes – Pecos, Purple Haze, Jimmys and the rest. You love trying brews at the new microbreweries but ultimately go back to good old Kingfisher draft beer.
15. Distance is measured in kilometers, not time (despite the traffic.)
16. When you need to buy something unusual and ask people where it is available, they will direct you to Shivajinagar. That basically means they don’t know themselves.
17. Traffic isn’t an excuse, it is a reason.
18. You relish the delicious food at Brahmins, Koshy’s, Airlines Hotel, MTR and Vidyarthi Bhavan. Even the finest fine dine restaurants can’t quite match up.
19. You consider Chris Gayle to be a local Bangalorean. (He probably has a part-time IT job somewhere in Electronic City too!)
20. You’ve been meaning to make it to Cubbon Park for an early morning run for months, but just can’t seem to wake up. Who says people in Bangalore sleep early?!
21. When your friends can’t decide where to party at night it is usually a safe bet to just land-up at 100 Feet Road in Indiranagar and then figure out the rest.
This piece was originally published on the Royal Challengers Bangalore website.
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