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Asia » India » Karnataka » Bangalore August 22nd 2014

I completed 7 years in Bangalore on August 1, 2014, a fairly long time in one place. That made me start thinking what all I have done in the last seven years. I felt that I could summarize all these years just by all the people I have come across and all the places I have been to in these years. The promotions and hikes in my job dont quite make it to the essence of the last 7 years. So I thought of consolidating all of these memories of the people and the trips with them at one place and there comes this blog. I had moved to Bangalore in July 2007 right after graduating from college. Many of my friends from college too had moved here at the same time. Among the many were ... read more

Asia » India » Karnataka » Bangalore July 18th 2014

Currently I am sitting at the airport waiting for a flight to Goa... I got here extremely early so I thought it was time for an update. There hasn't been much adventuring for me over the past few weeks so I thought I might make a list of things I have learned that may be of use to someone wanting to travel to Bangalore. Please understand I must only say Bangalore because people from other places tell me they are totally different to here and different things apply but I guess some general things will be consistent. So must begin by saying that one month is as long as it takes to feel adjusted. I have found myself a routine and some coping mechanisms for spending a lot of time on my own - a healthy ... read more
Mule and Carriage

Asia » India » Karnataka » Bangalore July 2nd 2014

So let me start today by mentioning that as I left the house I saw 3 beautifully dressed transexuals walking down my street, they gave me the warmest greeting I've had so far out on the road, otherwise people just stare and like in every city, very few smile. To add to my already camp morning I then see the police men riding around on their Leopard print motorbikes, I remember a girl posting something explaining that they are Government regulation for a section of the police force called 'The Cheetahs,' Vey amusing! I wanted to keep these posts quite frequent but I came down with fever (yes I'm doing real well on the health front, I've heard it's not uncommon for foreigners to take at least one month to get adjusted so almost there!) so ... read more
The man with Coconut stick
Getting Coconts
Opening the Coconut

Asia » India » Karnataka » Bangalore June 23rd 2014

This was to be one of the hardest weeks of my life - I just didn't know it yet! It is not until I leave the airport that the gravity of my decision hits me, It's 1am Sunday Morning, my escort leads me straight on to the road where we are walking amongst the taxi traffic, which is hectic by the way, there is absolutely no system on the roads here, people just do whatever they want, horns honking. After finally getting ushered to the cab rank and getting in the cab we are off in to the extremeness of the traffic. It truly has to be seen for one to even grasp how crazy it is on the road (there is 'no traffic' right now either because it's so early, oh my!), I thought I ... read more

Asia » India » Karnataka » Bangalore June 15th 2014

Hello you beautiful people. Firstly I am so sorry that it has been so long since my last blog post, I appreciate that you have not all been sat round, wringing your hands, deep in worry for me, but I still need to say sorry. Ok, so when I left off last time I was heading to Bangalore to meet with my old friend Bryn to work on his thesis for his masters degree in Primatology. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect but I knew Bryn, so I knew it wouldn’t be dull…. Now then, the truth is I can’t get in too many details about the process for reasons I will explain later but I can tell you about what this has morphed in to and the findings. What started out as looking at ... read more

Asia » India » Karnataka » Bangalore March 11th 2014

Our last day in India was supposed to be a quiet day with nothing to do. Things don’t always turn out as planned. Mr Ali advises us when we leave Mysore that our airport hotel in Bangalore is a 3 ½ hour drive away, so we ask to stop off at one more temple on the way. It’s a small but imposing 13th century temple with just a French woman and a group of three Indians as the only other visitors. As ever, we are told to leave our sandals at the entrance. We stack them neatly in a concrete compartment and look round the temple, which takes under 20 minutes. When we come to leave, Sara’s blue sandals have been replaced with a small black pair. Some mistake, surely? Gradually the awful truth dawns that ... read more
Mrs Bond in the Temple of Doom
David at Somnathpur
A typical Karnataka road scene

Asia » India » Karnataka » Bangalore » Ganga Nagar February 20th 2014

(quick disclaimer- sorry for the lack of pics in this blog and any thing that doesn't make sense, I've boshed it out very quickly! Instagram for the pics: @ryantanna) Sorry for the long absence of communication - I've been very busy! Where to start... well let's talk about this weekend. So, we went to Bangalore! What a place. It's so different to Madurai which is in very heart of the south. Bangalore is much, much more northern when you compare the difference in cultures. It's like going from a small native tribe in Wales (I'm sure some of them are still tribal.. ha) to London... and most Londoners class anything north / west / east of the circle line as foreign territory, so you can imagine the shock when we saw women DRINKING ALCOHOL in PUBLIC ... read more

Asia » India » Karnataka » Bangalore January 23rd 2014

We have a rental space! Anusha's family have agreed to rent us a room they own at only 1200 rupees per month (about AUD$24). This is a fantastic achievement given that the rent in the village is usually over 2000 rupees per month. For two months we will occupy a smaller room on the top floor of their house, until the current tenant of the larger room moves out. The larger room is a separate dwelling on their property, with an attached bathroom. We are all thrilled about this. On the facilitator front, we have one great candidate named Apoorva. She is about to start her Masters in Science, and has a fantastic grasp on English. Her father is also very supportive, we just hope she will be able to fit Pod into her busy schedule! ... read more

Asia » India » Karnataka » Bangalore January 23rd 2014

We are still swanning around in luxury; lovely Thai dinner last night, pedicures, swimming in the pool, sitting enjoying a drink at the al fresco bar and delicious complimentary breakfast. The staff are just lovely and did I mention the beds? Goose down pillows and duvets, crisp clean sheets and thick luxury towels- oh so mmmmmmmm.... We did however tear ourselves away to go sightseeing this morning and then some last minute shopping. Bangalore is ( according to the guide) the largest city in India with a population of close to 2 million. It is much cleaner and much more modern than other cities we have visited. We visited the Hindu Shiv Temple and had a quite different experience from what we expected. Firstly we dropped 108 silver coins on a snakelike walk through 108 bronze ... read more
Pouring milk over the holy stone at the Shiv Temple
Idol at Shiv Temple
Bangalore Palace

Asia » India » Karnataka » Bangalore January 23rd 2014

We got up to head to our final Indian destination- Bangalore. On the way we visited a summer palace. It was gorgeous, still original, fading and pitted in parts but still lovely. It was much smaller and housed a lot of history; finely worked aquatints from the 18 the century, a number of portraits of the ruling family by Thomas Hickey. These were very simple but expressive and sympathetic to the individuals. Weaponry, fresco paintings and explanations gave the history of the battles against the British. We arrived in Bangalore at our hotel. It was grotty!! That was it, we decided we would like a decent hotel before we left India so we talked to a local who recommended the Oberoi. We packed our bags back into the van ( much to the consternation of the ... read more

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