Six months back, I got an opportunity to visit Bangalore.
This was my third time visiting the city and I was excited to go back there. I
spent a whole month there and had a great time. Since I was there for work, I
didn’t get much time to myself but whatever time I did get I tried to make the
most of it.
I realized that so many people from north and south of the
country stay in Bangalore. This is precisely why accommodation is so cheap as
compared to other cities. Most of the people who move to Bangalore had either
migrated from within Karnataka or from other parts of the country. It’s a
melting pot of different cultures, people and religions.
Having been there couple of times before, I could clearly
see the appeal for people to move here. So I thought I would list down few
reasons why moving to Bangalore is a good idea. Full disclosure; I am a born
and bought up Mumbaikar and yes I can’t help comparing Bangalore to my home
#1 It has the best weather
This is first and the most popular reason residents who have
recently migrated give when asked “why did you move here”. It does have chill
weather far from those hot and humid days that we all dread. Moving to
Bangalore from Mumbai, I was pleasantly surprised. It’s one thing to stay in
Bangalore for couple of days and another to stay here for a month. Climate soon
became my favourite reason too.
#2 Heath conscious city
Every morning I would get up way early than I was use to. I would see so many people running in the parks and on the street. It really made me feel guilty for not running. In addition, to this exercising has become part of many Bangaloreans.
In addition to this, I noticed another funny thing. Coming from Mumbai, I was so use to seeing “pan wala” shops at every corner (I call them GPRS before there were no Google Maps). Sure, they were present but there were laws in place to restrict smokers. According to the article in TOI, you cannot smoke in restaurants, bars and cafes. Not only that but you can’t smoke in public areas. These laws are present everywhere but astonishingly they were following the rules set by the government and it was difficult for smokers to find smokes. Also, local police would go on frequent rounds around the area for people smoking.
#3 Food is Cheap
For everyone who moves to Bangalore, one of the first
expenses that they have to bear is food. Comparatively, food costs less here
especially if you like south Indian cuisine. For example, a masala dosa would
cost you as low as INR 40/- i.e, 58 cents USD. A whole meal can cost you any
where from INR 75/- to INR 120/- i.e, 1 USD to 2 USD approx. As you can see
cost of food is very low. However, cost of beer and finger food in Pubs and
Bars stay the same when compared it to Mumbai or Delhi.
#4 Houses are huge here
Flats are a lot cheaper than Mumbai for obvious reasons but
they have huge independent houses available. Houses that have a front yard and
a backyard. It was one of those things that you don’t see very often in Mumbai
until unless you are a millionaire. It is very fascinating to walk in
neighborhoods such as Jayanagar, koramangala, bannerghatta and find so many row
#5 Everything is online
Lot of innovative start ups are based out of Bangalore, so a lot of new and upcoming apps are being beta tested in Bangalore. Local restaurants, cafes and even street vendors accept Google pay and Paytm on a daily basis. People at least have an option of using Uber auto in Bangalore where as in Mumbai we don’t ever have that option till recently.
#6 They still have greenery over there
With parks like Lal Bagh botanical garden, cubbon park,
bannerghatta butterfly park,
bannerghatta national park its easy to why the environment is so fresh
and filled with greenery. Many do refer to Bangalore as the “garden city”.
Other than these popular parks there are gardens and jogging parks built for
public use in most of the places. If you are planning to move to Bangalore,
this is one of the important things to consider as you are moving your family
along with you.
#7 Nobody on the streets after 9 PM in the night.
Lot of Bangalore residents would disagree with me on this
topic but this is what I have experienced. The work culture is a bit different
there. The majority of the people wake up early and go to sleep early. By 9pm
or 10pm you would see shops closing, streets getting quieter and not many
people on the streets. However, in Mumbai people are lively and kicking till
11pm or 12pm. Places like Koramangala are exempted from this because there are
lot of hip clubs and pubs are present there.
#8 Home of the beer
One thing that you should know about Bangalore is that they love their beer over there. Not only the big beer brands have their breweries located there but there are lot of microbreweries opening up everyday. So which is best place to grab some beer? well head towards Arbor Brewing Company, Brigade Road. Another great reason for moving to bangalore.
#9 Doesn’t have a language barrier
It is one of the tech friendly places in the country so you
know that there is an app out there for translating while you are in Bangalore.
However, you may not need any app at all. Even though their primary language is
kannada, nearly all residents prefer and are very comfortable with speaking in
English. Due to the in flow of talent
coming in from all corners of the country almost all of the people speak Hindi
as well. So it doesn’t matter if you are a foreigner or from within the country
thinking of moving to Bangalore. Language is not going to be a barrier.
#10 You need your own vehicle
Yea that’s right! You need a vehicle if you plan on moving
to Bangalore. Not something extravagant but something like a scooty or an
activa. They will help you move faster, save time and money in the long run. I
found that sometimes, I would send more time taking the long route around just
because I was using public transport. Buses are a convenient way of travelling
across the city rather than metro. For one thing, metro does not cover many
parts of Bangalore. Secondly, buses offer one day passes allowing you to ride
any bus unlimited times in a day (If you were making multiple stops around the
city). Metros are good but not accessible to all parts of the city.
In all, a good city to move to especially if you like the above mentioned points. It’s easy to fall in love with the city, as it has a unique charm about itself.