On January 17, that Nineties Bangalore chestnut Gangamma’s Pleasure came together for one last gig.
Museum hopping may not be your first choice for a Saturday afternoon’s outing. But if old biscuit tins get you to tear up with nostalgia, a visit to this unusual museum in suburban Bangalore is well worth your time. And, yes, your grandma will love it
The Ritz-Carlton Bangalore debuted in India on October 31, 2013 at the cusp of the downtown business and entertainment precinct and the colonial-era neighbourhood of Richmond Town. It didn’t wait long to make itself at home. Read the review in Outlook Traveller Luxe
It’s that kind of day in Bangalore. A spell of twilight rain, glistening streets and a breeze that chases away mosquitoes.
The history of Indian rock music is a largely untold one. This is a subculture that has been mostly ignored by the mainstream media though, it emerges, its antiquity in India dates back to the early 1960s when it attempted to sing in tune with the beat that swept the West. Sidharth Bhatia has authored a new book, India Psychedelic, on this theme, which comes close on the heels of Naresh Fernandes’ Taj Mahal Foxtrot, a history of India’s jazz scene. Though I found Bhatia’s book interesting, I felt it confined itself to a narrow era – the decades of the 1960s and 1970s – and just about pays lip services to the years thereafter. My interest, on the other hand, has been focused on the 1980s and particularly the 1990s, when Internet technology paved the way for musicians and artists to assert their right to be heard sans borders. It dwells, also, on my area of interest: the evolution of the Bangalore rock music scene beginning with the Bangalore Music Strip.
This article, written for Yahoo Originals, attempts to colour in the grey areas left by Bhatia’s book, as well as etch a fresh canvas of perspective.
Does Bangalore take pride in its heritage buildings? I think not. I heard someone refer to the Infosys corporate office in Electronics City as a “heritage building”. Really? Something that dates back to the 1980s? By that logic, I’m a walking monument. A veritable mausoleum unto myself.
The village in Bangalore still survives, I discovered the day my car became a chick magnet
Care for some Lanka-burning, mountain-uprooting Hanuman Mix Ice Cream?
Having been a Bangalorean for longer than I can remember, I didn’t expect a walk in the park to rearrange the cards in my head. When I joined Vijay Thiruvady on the Green Heritage Walk he leads at Lal Bagh, I was enthusiastic though troubled by a nascent cynicism.
What do you do when buffaloes mysteriously eat away your green cover? Hunt down the real thick-skinned culprits that wallow in public funds!