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Notes on the Geography of Peninsular India: Bangalore

Bangalore has been famous for a century or more as the only major Indian city with a comfortable climate. Lately, it's become famous also as India's wormhole into the New Millennium, India's first step into digital paradise. There's some basis for this reputation, but a visitor would have to be wrapped in limos and bodyguards to miss the fact that Bangalore remains an Indian city, with a full complement of squalor and crowding.

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There's plenty of colonial Bangalore still standing. Here, it's been recycled into a night club.

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The royal seal, upstaged by an American multinational.

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Downtown office space, leased to Hewlett-Packard.

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A couple of miles farther out: a new apartment building. The "Residency" of the title is a curious reference to the "residencies" established by the British during their rule of India, when princes would have a none-too-loved British "Resident" watching their every move. Hated as the British were, their once-upon-a-time status still sells real estate. 

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A developer with overseas experience.

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Out past the old airport, something really unusual. Tata rents office space here; so do a lot of Tata wannabes.

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The development is partly funded and owned by Singapore investors.

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Come closer.

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Architecturally, it's nothing special. Culturally, it's spectacular.

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You have to get into lavatories and basement hallways to discover that maintenance isn't up to Singapore standards.

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Adjoining apartments.

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A mile away, a research organization that pays more attention to Indian esthetic traditions.

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The institute.

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A water-tower that strives to retain the elements of traditional Hindu architecture.

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Indians are not always prudes.

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A granite-slab fence becomes a billboard.

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Let's shop! Here's a new appliance store.

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All the usual suspects.

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Around the corner, a grocery store with wrapped-produce and frozen-food sections that nobody who knew India 20 years ago ever thought they'd live to see.

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Twenty years ago, fruit juice in India was something you made for yourself--or watched somebody make with an old street-side crusher, from which the juice was poured into a glass rinsed in a bucket of water.

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Good or bad? Whatever you think, you'd better get out of the way.

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Like China, India's pushing hard.

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The Fifth Avenue Shopping Mall.

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Anything unchanged from the past? How about these apartments alongside a truly foul stream.

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And who's building this fine new city? Why, the same semi-nomadic groups that have been building India for decades. They themselves live in pup tents, of course.


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