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Old 27th October 2013, 17:56   #1
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Its been over 15 years since I took out some time to walk down the once charming MG Road of Bangalore. The ever increasing traffic, parking nightmare, there are many excuses I dish out when I am confronted with an idea to be at MG Road. All the ideas or invite to be at MG Road was at the peak time invariably and I kept putting MG Road off my list. I continue to live in Bangalore, but tend to avoid MG Road!

Metro - no, I never traveled in it till now at Bangalore.

Today (27th October 2013) was the day, since I had to meet my friends after a very long time and the only convenient place was MG Road. And the best part was we were to meet for breakfast early morning and to disperse by the time traffic picks up. That seemed interesting to me and I set out to meet my friends. I reached MG Road by 07:30AM. Parked Swifty comfortably and took a deep sigh and looked at MG Road. Empty stretch calmed me down. The Metro have completely changed the charming looks it once had.

Changing time, Changing face...

This ad for an art show I found at MG Road concurred with me

Bangalore, The city in transit

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I had a lot of time in hand till my friends arrive, and I decided to have a small stroll on MG Road.

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Old 27th October 2013, 18:25   #2
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MG Road sporting a very different look with the Metro Station
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The Traffic Cop was friendly and shared a few similar thoughts on MG Road
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Metro, the new landmark

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Old and new co existing!
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Higginbothams - I remember this building!
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Yes, I remember Deccan Herald too
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True!
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I remembered reading a lot about the famed Boulevard of MG Road being destroyed for Metro, and it being reconstructed and reopened with a face lift. I found the entry to the boulevard next to Metro and took a walk on it. There was a walkway at the road level and another one at a height. The one at the road level was barricaded and I was told it will be opened after 10:00AM only. So I took a stroll on the top.

The area is now called Rangoli - Metro Art Center
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I took a stroll on the top lane

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It was quite interesting with pergolas made for creepers
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The Metro lane was blocking views
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Can you see the Metro?
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Before I started I reached the end!
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So I walked back again!
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Old 27th October 2013, 18:39   #3
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It was interesting to see many paintings done by Kids on the display on the boulevard
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Gandhi's message - seems to be the theme this month

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I think some one drove me here for a dinner many years ago. Is there any restaurant up there?
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Old and New, Higginbothams and metro!

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I remember TOI, but this building looked different

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This guy was playing cricket on MG Road!
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Old 27th October 2013, 19:05   #4
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Since the walkway below was closed (opens only by 10, and I was not sure I'd be there till then), I walked along the road to check it out.

Snake and Ladder Game

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A lot of pictures by kids were on display
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Interesting sculptures
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Friendship Point

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Some function was planned at 10
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The orientation of the walkway
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Love the empty roads
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Swifty happily parked at MG Road!

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Some traffic seems to build up
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Ministry of Tourism has an office here, curious to know what they do?
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Old 27th October 2013, 19:29   #5
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By now I got a call that my friends would be reaching in another 30 minutes time. So I decided to walk on St Marks road a bit before proceeding to the dead end of MG road towards Cubbon Park side.

Book Society Building

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Seems Hard Rock Cafe is here now!

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Koshy's

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It was just getting opened!

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Old world Charm

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KC Das is also nearby

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The other end of MG Road

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Old Board is still there

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St. Mark's Cathedral
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Book House

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Bible Society of India
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I wondered at what this structure was!
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It turned out that it was "Applied DNA"

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Cycling is Timeless

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Bicycle sharing systems?
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I walked on the boulevard on the other side too.
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I decided to sit down for a while waiting for my friends to arrive

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Old 27th October 2013, 20:07   #7
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I can already see two happy faces
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KSM_Vtec and Shanks

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A morning sprint on MG road, much to my amusement!

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We went to Koshy's

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Jeep Captain joins us
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Deciding the menu

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That's a meet in a very long time!

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The place had an old world charm!

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Appam and Mutton Stew
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Coffee
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Sugar bowl was refreshingly different

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KSM_Vtec happy with his order

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Jeep Captain was tired from the BODA (Bangalore Off roading activity) the previous day
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KSM_Vtec gets training on by two coffee

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That's a happy bunch!

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By 10:30 we finished our meet and breakfast and parted ways. KSM goes to Mumbai an Jeep Captain goes to Kerala. God knows when we meet again!


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Old 27th October 2013, 20:18   #8
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Since it was past 10, I decided to check out the lower walkway of the boulevard, before heading back home.

There were diyas for sale

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The program was on

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It was a majic show
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Friendship Point
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More of the lower boulevard
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Informative Ad's
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Some more Paintings by kids

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Ants!
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Bangalore Over the Years!
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More Sculptures

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More pictures on display
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Chilipili

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Walkway

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A chariot
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End of boulevard
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Information for you

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Deccan herald Again
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Namma Metro

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Unity building
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Very True!
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Majic show continues...

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It was time to claim Swifty back from the parking
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These fellows were
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Any ways my stint with MG road ends now for a very long time to come! Almost 4 hours, I think that's enough for now

The End

This was an impulsive log. Thanks for reading

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Note from mod: Thread moved to travelogue section. Thanks for sharing
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Thanks Lalu for sharing this. Brought back some good memories of the City I lived for 2 years. Even with the metro, the stretch of road has some old world charm; maybe it’s the magic of your photos
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Sir, that was brilliant. Thank you for bringing a totally new side of Bangalore.

Bangalore indeed is a beautiful city and i just loved the 3 months I spent there back in 2006.


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As always, really excellent pictures of downtown Bangalore ! I take my daughter for a 'daughters day out' to the boulevard once in a while and that includes a trip on the Metro, lunch at Coffee House and ends with a visit to Cubbon Park ! Thanks for sharing !
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