31. Street Scene, Gandhibazaar, Bangalore, India

Bangalore, now known as Bengaluru, the city of my birth, has changed to an unrecognisable extent in the last 30 years. First recorded as Begur in a stone inscription dating back to 890 CE, Bangalore has changed radically from being a gentle, laid back capital of the state of Karnataka in Southern India, to a roaring giant of India’s IT industry with maddening traffic, a frenetic pace of life and affluence driving up everything from property prices to the price of its most famous delicacy, the Dosa.

Amongst all this change there are still a few less- frantic pockets maintaining a more traditional pace and way of life. Gandhibazaar is one such locality with its narrow streets, colourful open- air flower markets with family- run spice stalls that have continued without changing hands for the last 150 years. Despite an enormous influx of non – Kannada speaking newcomers settling in Bangalore, here in Gandhibazaar the traditional shops, student-friendly coffee-houses and fruit vendors with their mobile carts are still in place where Kannada is spoken and English understood by all and spoken by most, young and old.



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