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Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Problems galore in Bangalore

It’s now common to see atleast one Bangalore related article in international media every week. No prizes for guessing the theme of the latest piece in Information Week:

Within a few hours in Bangalore, you can go from wending your way down a dirt road outside a 17th-Century mosque lined with trinket-sellers, barefoot urchins, and men herding sheep in the street, to drinking beer in the walled-off gardens of the old British Bangalore Club, where Winston Churchill used sup. It's not that other cities don't abut rich and poor, extravagant and destitute. But here they're in high relief. And quite literally, nearly crashing into each other.

For entry one in a week-long blog I'll keep of a reporting trip to India: 24 hours on duty and off. I arrived at my hotel at nearly 3 a.m. Sunday after negotiating the chaos of the baggage claim at Bangalore International a misnomer, really, since the crumbling former industrial airport owned by military plane maker Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. has been pressed into service as an international port of call to accommodate the city's booming technology business. It takes 20 hours to get here from San Francisco, and I've been assured that's the short way. It also means that day's night and night day, which led to breakfast at 3 p.m. They do make a strong pot of coffee here though.

3 Comments:

  • last april, when i was there in bangalore, it took odd 1 hr to reach HAL airport from koramangala. koramangala is a area where few renowned CEOs like nilkeni and other stays. but they have almost renamed the area as poramangala as reliance and other DSL guys competed themselves to dig around 360 degrees.

    By Blogger crsathish, at 12:11 AM  

  • Good roads are basic to a society, and that Bangalore is still debating and clamouring for them is a reflection of its society. Probably all people in power have to share some blame to bring the city to this state. Mercifully, there is some improvement, though regretfully it is at a snail's pace.

    By Blogger Pradeep, at 4:26 AM  

  • >Probably all people in power have >to share some blame to bring the >city to this state

    I believe its not only people in power but general public too shud share the blame for electing people who are least bothered in providing basic facilities.

    By Blogger Abhinav, at 5:14 PM  

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