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Old 19th August 2010, 16:46   #16
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Ah the old Bangalore - lovely weather all through the year, everybody was polite, traffic jams were unheard of, auto drivers used to return change even if it was 25 paise.

Roads were narrow but traffic moved reasonably quickly.

A good treat involved a trip to M G Road for dessert - LakeView Special for Rs. 24.

It was a lazy big town - and I loved it
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Old 19th August 2010, 17:08   #17
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I used to spend my summer holidays (40-45 days) in bangalore from 1982-92. My uncle used to stay bang opp to east railway station, behind Everest theater @Frazer town.We use to walk till richards park every evening.No sign of traffic in Mosque road or near Clarence school.I miss that Bangalore a lot, it was so close to my heart.
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Just saw this thread. Man how much I miss Bangalore.
Brought back all the fond memories.
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I started my Army career from Bangalore in 1974 when I had come for my SSB interview in April the same year. We were advised to bring sweaters and by jove we had to use it. We used to walk down cubbon road to MG onto Brigade -i recollect that just two Landmaster or an odd Fiat crossed us. There were hardly any buses in those days. The roads were lined with trees and Command Hospital was considered far!! Bangalore was a beautiful City. There used to be a drive-in-restaurant on MG road-on the Dickenson road junction-anyone recollects the name??
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Even-though, I am from Chennai I too really miss old Bangalore. During my childhood a trip to Bangalore means packing your sweater and shawl, even during summer. The old - rickety front engined Autos struggling to climb the inclined roads of Bangalore are my greenest memory, I used to call them 'Row Row' Auto for the distinct sound they made as they struggled uphill. Again as I child i always wondered if there could be a train to a hill station like Bangalore then why cant there be a train to Ooty or Kodai, so Bangalore was a hill station as far as I was concerned.
I started this thread as an ode to the wonderful city I grew up in, and how much I cherish the good old days.

Please stop this banter about electricity and law & order et al.

For old timers, I'd like for you to share the 'good' memories and for those who want to talk about immigrants and the other things, please do me a favor and not post on this thread.

MODS: I apologize for this response of mine, but with true feelings I wanted to talk about something that's close to me.
If deemed necessary, please lock the thread and/ or delete it.

We've all got enough crap going on in our lives, if only we could give some thought and reminisce what's left in our memories.
Apologies if I've offended anyone, but I'd love to see more posts such as those pasted in my thread.

Thanks!
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Kindly keep this purely a nostalgia thread as intended by the OP. All posts about immigration, infrastructure have been removed. - The Support Team
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Thank you so much for the prompt actions, Samurai.

Another thing that just came to my mind, was how visits to Cubbon Park & Lalbagh were so special, the cotton candy, the 'totha-puri' mango slices, the occassional 'Joy' ice cream (the best being the little ball of ice-cream, that became a handy toy to play with).
The best part about being in B'lore in the 80s and 90s, was how the city preserved its charm.The mix of the British involvement,the Army establishments around town,there sure was something really charming about the city.
Also, being the city with a healthy popluation of Anglo-Indians, I would love to visit certain parts like Cox Town, Frazer Town & Austin Town and see the English influence at its best.
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Thanks for starting this thread Nitin.

I grew up in J.P Nagar, where buses, & autos did not dare to go (1978 - 79). Buses only came till 5th block jayanagar, and we had to walk the rest of the distance. We always bought enough snacks in jayanagar usually thothapuri, and benda kadalekai (cooked groundnuts) for the walk. In fact I hardly ever crossed the gandhi bazar line ever. The max was Majestic only to catch a bus/train to Mysore/other towns. This was till I was in my BE.

Jaraganahalli, and puttenahalli were detached from Bengaluru. As a kid (80s), I used to go with other kids from school to Manovana and other mango farms with a small bag of salt and chilli powder. Plucked/stole raw mangos, and sat on the hillocks outside Jaraganahalli. If we ever were caught, we probably would have had some body parts missing, or atleast some scars.

Other memorable events - distribution of tree saplings by Ramakrishna Hegde. I had planted 4 or 5 trees on our road (mostly Sampige & Gulmohur). They looked great in spring. The shooting of final fight scenes on the 100ft road (now ring road). I remember looking at the bike, Juhi Chawla, and Ravichandran during the movie Premaloka in awe. There was a house called "shooting mane", that we always used to wander around. In fact we used to play a game called shooting, where one of the kids was a director with a cricket hat, and the dirty kid was the clap boy.

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Good ones, Prasad.
I still remember, living in Austin Town,the commute to RT Nagar/ Jalahalli was something just shy of a long distance trip. Most of time, we'd leave early in the morning to visit some friends, and after a full day of being out we'd feel like we'd been out to Mysore or some other place.
A vague memory of 100ft Road in Indiranagar- one huge and absolutely open street with palatial houses lining both sides of the street. Driving at night in our Fiat,sitting in the front seat between my parents, all I could see were the street lights. Same thing with Airport road, I'd count the number of 'Sentry posts' along the Army property.
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The 100ft road in Indiranagar was a shock for me after I returned after many years in the U.S. The road had wide footpaths (such a thing still exists in Mysore) and big houses. After NGEF it was like driving through rural Karnataka until ITI. What I miss the most around these areas was the fog. Where has fog gone?
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I believe in the old Bangalore days in Kannada movies when the Villan kidnaps the heroine he used to call up and say.
Bring the money and come to Banargatta Road.

Gone is that lonely tree filled Banargatta Road.

Also checkout these pics (1946) of MG Rd, Brigade Rd, Hosur Rd, Town Hall etc... Awesome
http://srikanta.co.cc/blog/?p=270

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Good Old Bangalore ..

So many memories .. the city bus stand that was on the road along Shantala silks. And the current bus stand being a fair ground. I remember seeing a circus running there.

Even later .. travelling to school from Rajajinagar to Indiranagar. One particular day took Route 62 .. and guess the time it took ? about 25 minutes. I still cant figure out how !

getting the first seat in top deck of the double-deckers. ..

the fog in the mornings ..

Early 80's I remember seeing a lake in JP nagar. Less than 20 years later, am living in a house built on the same spot. Yes - JP Nagar 4th phase.

Bangalore used to have a drive-in theatre. But I never went there then because we didnt have a car then and it was way too far from where we lived. But guess I'm making up for that now by driving down to that location almost every work day. :(

No, I dont feel Good ...
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I miss the old bangalore for the simple fact that thoes days we did breath real fresh air and banglaore had actual sparrows and other birds chriping. Miss thoes days of 1 ruppe lolly and NP chewing gum that we used to get for 50P. Gone are thoes days when cycles ruled the roads and we had loads of space to play and now its all virtual gaming.

Miss bangalore for thoes double decker buses that used to ply between Jayanagar 4th block to Shivaji nagar bus stand.

Miss the old bangalore for the peace, quite and bangalore called as Garden city unitll IT stepped in.
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CV Raman Nagar this area was almost cut off with hardly any BTS buses plying in this route, BEml road used to be traffic free for almost all the time leaving the morning and evening 3ish when the HAL buses were out in full swing.

Used to like the HAL buses which looked, blue and off white was the combo...

Bhimanagar and Thippasandra was almost the end of Bangalore, as a kid i remember my brother talking about lots of plantation area around GTRE...
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I used to take a short cut from koramangala to Christ college on my cycle.

This short cut is now presently the FORUM
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I believe in the old Bangalore days in Kannada movies when the Villan kidnaps the heroine he used to call up and say.
Bring the money and come to Banargatta Road.

Gone is that lonely tree filled Banargatta Road.

Also checkout these pics (1946) of MG Rd, Brigade Rd, Hosur Rd, Town Hall etc... Awesome
Photos of Old Bangalore | Parallel Thoughts by Srikanta
I still have these pics saved in an email, received over 6 years ago. Some things are too precious to lose, and if its got to be pictures, I'd save them any which way!

Condor, talk about not feeling good. I've probably felt that way for over 10 years now, ever since I saw the city change. But, trust me, there's this one off situation where you feel that the city is still the same.
I have some pics I took from the terrace of my house, towards the Hennur side. A cloudy day, I could so relate to the days I'd sit and watch the clouds roll into the city.I'll try to get those pics on the thread.

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