Bangalore streets are better than Chennai

Fabian in Bangalore

My experiences in India

April 23-25 and April 27-28, 2004 Bangalore

For the planned trip from Chennai to Bangalore we could otherwise have taken the bus for shorter distances, but then we decided on the train because it was faster. So after long queuing at the reservation desk, as usual, we booked the train. After a six hour drive we arrived in Bangalore. I noticed a few western foreigners there, as I hadn't seen any since Thailand. Otherwise a normal Indian city at first sight. But only at first. Bangalore is India's software mecca. Countless large international and small local companies are located here in the IT sector. Some employees from my company in Chandigarh would also move to Bangalore if they got an offer from there. The industrial concentration has also led to new wealth in the city. You can see bigger houses, parks and wide streets. The heart of the city is the M.G. Road (Mahatma Gandhi Road) around which all the noble shops gather (picture above). Here you feel like you are in any other major American or European city. Fashion houses, cafes, international restaurants - and everything shines. The M.G. Anyway, Road in Bangalore was a good way to escape India. There were hardly any sights in the real sense of the word in Bangalore. Therefore it becomes problematic when you compare the city with foreign metropolises. Bangalore is only something special in India. However, the climate here was very pleasant. Not too hot and not too cold. It was extremely hot in Chennai and Delhi at this time. Even in winter, Bangalore stays pleasantly warm, while in Delhi you can freeze your butt off in cold and foggy conditions (by Indian standards).

In Bangalore, we met our former flatmate from Chandigarh and the brother of another flatmate. This is how we came into contact with the local AIESEC interns and locals. It never got boring. We drove around town a lot. Went to clubs and lounges whose European counterparts are normally closed to us. The Indian high society meets in Bangalore's nightlife: film and music stars from Bombay, software bosses and their spoiled children from Bangalore, and wealthy foreigners. So the admission prices were quite high, even by European standards. But at least there was always something going on and you could dance from one party to the other. We also enjoyed Mediterranean food on one day. And even ordered red wine (see picture), which was drinkable. Otherwise, wine is rather rare. Once we tried Indian wine in a hotel in Chandigarh and it was abominable. The 1 euro wines from the German Kaufland are definitely better than that. It was nice in Bangalore to see familiar faces again and meet new people. According to what the trainees said, the support provided by AIESEC in Bangalore is a little better, you get a higher salary, but you also have to spend a lot more on housing and living costs. And there are an incredible number of trainees in Bangalore who hardly know each other. In Chandigarh, there was greater solidarity among each other. From Bangalore we made a detour to the old capital Mysore, then came back, met up with the others and then finally continued towards Kerala to Kochi ...

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