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What is living in Bengaluru like ?

Well if you think people sell their kidneys only to buy iPhones then you’ve probably never taken an autorickshaw ride in Bengaluru.

Hello folks, welcome to CCB, this is your host preetham_raghu. Well, this post might feel a little offensive to some of you. So here are my apologies upfront.

Going back to the title of this post, I was born in Bengaluru but had to stay elsewhere for few years due to my parents’ occupation. I moved back to Bengaluru when I was in grade six of school. I’ve spent decent time in Bengaluru since then and I’ll be turning 26 this April and I guess I’m qualified enough to write this post.

Well at the start of this post I mention about rickshaw ride, right ? Hell yeah, rickshaw rides costs a bomb in Bengaluru and the reason is most rickshaw drivers don’t use the metre and if you are someone who doesn’t know to bargain then you may have to shell out a fortune. Rickshaw is considered Premium Economy in Bengaluru. The public buses fall under economy and taxi service is considered business class. Full sized premium SUVs can be considered first class. So if you are someone who is planning to move into Bengaluru make sure you know to drive a vehicle provided you are 18+. Also mileage of your vehicle matters if you are middle class. I have an acquaintance who owns a bike that costs six figures and still uses public transport because of the wallet and mileage issues.

Now comes standard of living. Well, if you are someone who is fond of Louis Vuitton latte or Canali closet then Bengaluru doesn’t disappoint you. You do get fancy stuff in Bengaluru but yeah finding a job that pays you to get the aforementioned is hard, to be honest. Earlier I mentioned that rickshaw rides cost a bomb but surprisingly that bomb isn’t sufficient to buy large McSpicy meal. The last time I had a large McSpicy meal it cost me ₹360 and the rickshaw driver after toiling for an hour in Bengaluru traffic makes around ₹250. Yeah, you are right if you said ‘UNDER EMPLOYMENT’. And peasants like me who feels rickshaw rides are expensive, guess what we make.

On the contrary you do spot Lambos and G Wagons in Bengaluru quite often. And in majority of the cases they happen to be landlords. The only job most landlords have is to collect mighty money in the name of rent. People who own at least 1200 square feet of land in prime locations make over 6 figures a month provided they’ve developed the land into multi-storey residential or commercial space. When Burj Khalifa came up, a single square feet in Burj Khalifa used to cost around ₹37000 back then according to a popular newspaper and at the same time you had spaces prised at ₹68000 / sq. ft. in one of the parts of Bengaluru.

The high demand of land in Bengaluru also means too many scams. My dad happened to be a victim of that. Even the filthy rich usually go for a bank loan before purchasing a property in Bengaluru , just because banks do the verification of land details in a better way.

Racism. Well I’ve faced racism in Bengaluru. Bengaluru is inhabited by n number of people from variety of places, backgrounds etc. So if someone tells you something there’s a high probability that she or he isn’t a native. So don’t blame Bengaluru for that. I’ve been to few other states in India and I personally find Bengaluru to be more people friendly. People usually don’t praise others’ mom and sis before starting a sentence. Well, if you are a traffic violator then there might be an exception because someone might lose their mind and say something. Disclaimer : I don’t intend to hurt anybody’s feelings. Sarcasm should be taken with a pinch of salt.

Education, some top names like IIMB, IISC etc. are located in Bengaluru. Moving forward good education is expensive in Bengaluru. It isn’t a surprise if you are charged six figures for grade one of primary school.

Development, if you stay in one of those posh localities then everything’s good. I wouldn’t like to mention the others because I guess you’ve got it by now.

Safety, Bengaluru holds a spot among one of the safest cities. Something you need to keep in mind is, not all data makes it to the news. The locality I live in is also called ‘Chic Lane’ and I find people of all genders chit chatting or smoking a cigarette even post midnight. Sometime back there was a gang called ‘Dandupalya’ in Bengaluru and they were into bad stuff, currently there isn’t anything like that as per the best of my knowledge. One of the local news channels runs a show called ‘Warrant’ and it usually contains the crime happenings in Bengaluru. Currently I don’t watch that show.

Conclusion – Well Bengaluru is amazing. If I cleared CAT and got an option to choose between IIMB and IIMA, I would go with IIMB in spite of IIMA having a better score. When compared to all metropolitans of India, I think Bengaluru has a better climate at the time of writing this post. Global warming and all the rest of the bad stuff may change this answer in the future. Saying that I’d be drawing the curtains down to this post. See you next time with a different one, this is your host preetham_raghu signing off. Byeee 🙂

The day we travelled 80 kilometres in an auto rickshaw…

Few days back I was at my maternal grandmother’s place in Shimoga and my maternal uncle had his new home built in Honnalli. The distance between Shimoga and Honnalli is 40 kilometres. We were supposed to visit Honnalli in my cousin’s 7 seater car but at the last moment my cousin canceled his attendance. Inspite his absence we still decided to visit Honnalli. Now came the question ‘Which mode of transport ?’ Shimoga being a small town doesn’t have Ola and Uber services. And bargaining with the traditional taxi dudes could be a hurdle and also the taxi prices would be high. Few of our neighbours who attended the function at Honnalli said that the taxi ride cost a lot. To our surprise we found an auto rickshaw driver who said that he would take us to our destination and also take care of the return ride. And he also quoted a price of ₹1000 for the to and fro journey. The deal was pretty amazing considering the fact that he would also wait till the function at Honnalli was over.

Now comes the rickshaw ride. Excluding the driver there were three of us in the rickshaw, which included my 75 year old maternal grandmother. We were a little hesitant at start considering the age of my grandmother, we worried whether she’d be fine with the 80 kilometre ride. So we asked her whether she’d be fine with travelling 80 kilometres and she said YES. There we go, we stepped into the auto at 9 in the morning and it took us around 1 hour to reach the destination. During the journey we witnessed some amazing mountains, water laden paddy fields, lakes, fish sellers near the lakes etc. Even though we traveled at a very low speed compared to the other vehicles on the road, the speed was enough to move my long hairs in various directions. I had to adjust my hair quite a few times due to the wind. The auto we traveled in was BS 6 version and was latest in style and other features. One interesting feature of the rickshaw was the gate at the left hand side. Just few minutes into our journey we encountered rain. The rich green fields, splendid rain, chilled weather and the distant mountains added a different vibe to the ride and it is one of the rides that is unforgettable. Coming to the road, there weren’t too many potholes or speed breakers, also the road was narrow. The narrowness of the road was the reason for us to not stop for photographs, as we feared collision. Well, those were some of the highlights of the ride. We reached our destination, attended the house warming and got ready for the return journey. The return journey was during the late noon. So we had some bright sunlight added to the aforementioned views. On reaching Shimoga we encountered more humps than the humps on the earlier part of this story. We finally reached our home 🙂