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Saturday, July 23, 2005

This is BIAS speaking

The time has come to ask, "Whose city is it, anyway?"

Leaving out some of the usual clichés, we could still yearn for a city that used to be, where there was time for libraries and literary debates, science fairs, Sunday beers, bicycles, Karaga, Christmas carols, Kadalekai parise, jazz evenings, dolls' exhibitions and the grace of it all. In a city of seven million, there should still be that "Island of One Million" that knows what Bangalore was, but more crucially to the point, what it ought to be. We believe this community of one million cares for a lifestyle of grace and charm beyond the transactional logic that threatens to become the sole basis of our civic society.

This is the community that is conscious of a heritage that makes Bangalore the liberal urban space that it deserves to be, because of its unique history of the Yelanka prabhus, Vijayanagar feudatories, Shahji Bhonsle and his son, the boy Shivaji, the Wodeyars, Haider and Tipu and the British. It is conscious of founders of the great legacy of Science and Technology. It understands there is only one way into the future Bangalore can enjoy its legacy of the city cosmopolitan - by being cosmopolitan.

The Bangalore community could well feel that it is now under seige. The city's sensibilities have been invaded by unfamiliar, sometimes unwelcome strains of attitude and affections. There are new people that now claim to represent Bangalore, but the Bangalore community is justified in feeling unrepresented. The direction and magnitude of the city's growth are not representative of the community's will or aspirations. Yesterday's boomtown could be in danger of exploding beyond retrieval or repair. Urbanisation and its attendant problems have caught the town planners wholly unprepared. There is chaos in the streets, panic at homes and distress in the community.

One question uniformly asked is: Is it time we gave up on Bangalore? On this count, opinions may differ. But there will be the Bangalore community that will continue to believe that Bangalore is a city whose future could be magnificent, a natural outcome of its history and an exemplar of the future cities of the world.

Bangalore Bias looks to speak for and with this community.

No, I didn’t write all this...I have already told you that I cant write for nuts. This is a straight lift from the subscription form of Bangalore BIAS, a weekly news magazine, scheduled to launch this August. The paper has an impressive list of representatives (half of the them, I have no clue about): Vedam Jaishankar, Prakash Belawadi, Arundhati Nag, Belliappa, Brijesh Patel, Nandini Alva, Rajeev Gowda, Ramachandra Guha, Tushita Patel, Ajit Saldana, Aporup Acharya, Asha Thandani, Ashish Sen, Bhaktavatsala, Harish Bijoor, Jagadeesh M R, Janardhan Roye, Narasimhan V, Paul Fernandes, Peter Coalco, Rohini Nilekani, Suresh Menon etc.

So, I have taken all the above at face value and have paid an annual subscription fees of (just) Rs.500. If you think there is any stuff in whatever the entry form says (nicely copied by yours truly) you can send cheque(dont know about outstation cheques)/cash to:

Bias Communications Private Limited
5th Floor, Sona Towers, 71 Millers Road, Bangalore - 560 052
Tel: 080 5123 1207 / 080 2235 6262

Tied up with work..so no updates...had to dig up a picture from the archieves, this is one of my favs.


Blogger Srikanth said...

Nice picture Sudarshan.
And yes, I may not be Bangalore for very long but I can surely tell that they right in feeling that they are not represented. What we see on the surface is not the real Bangalore, or for that matter real India in itself. There are things deep in Bangalore which still touch you heart, and they should be preserved. This is true for any big expanding city. people have such a short memory to forget things so easily.
I have seen that happening in Hyderabad and Bangalore. Each place has a culture of its own and has to be preserved. Modernisation is ok, but westernisation in the name of modernisation is not acceptable :)

10:38 PM  
Blogger :: S-a-t-z :: said...

Nice pic.. Where was tat?

Regarding B'lore.. you cant help it!!

11:32 PM  
Blogger . : A : . said...

Really liked the pic. There is such a calmness about it.

4:42 AM  
Blogger . : A : . said...

The piece about Bangalore is interesting. It is very interesting to see cities evolving. We generally (no always) tens to look at it frm two perspectives - how it has changed over time or we look at two different points in time and compare the changes. I guess living through the change and experiencing it may come to one perspective while coming back to a city after years may have another.

Just some thoughts that this piece sparked off.

4:44 AM  
Blogger thinkpad said...

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7:08 AM  
Blogger thinkpad said...

i liked the pictures on ur blog...spl the animal shots!! they evoke sublime feelings in me...more awe n reverence for the untamed..thanks for the info on "ghost" pics :-)

7:09 AM  
Blogger Kamakshi said...

i love the tones and the feel of this pic.

2:10 PM  
Anonymous kushi said...

nice place

1:34 AM  
Blogger Suyog said...

So true what you have written about Bangalore. One thing really good about the city is that there is an active group of people who are aware that the city is dying and we need to do something about it. If we don't, the city is sure to die a slow and painful death. Will definitely subscribe to this mag. Thanks so much for the info.

Regarding the pic, the tones are fabulous. Where was this?

10:24 PM  
Blogger mermaid said...

Now that is one beautiful picture, one that captures her with so much spirit!

10:47 PM  
Blogger Nish said...

Nice shot sudarshan!

10:01 AM  
Blogger Vivek Kondur said...

Hey Sudu!

You have so many shots hiding form us all the time, whenever u don't have time for clichés u pull up one from your archives and make us feel good, that's a smart move by u:)).

Neat shot, where is this place? BTW i am linking this post of yours on mine i hope u don't mind:P.

10:45 PM  
Blogger Pallavi said...

Loved the picture.. came here through squirrel's blog.. :) and yep Bangalore is no longer the one city that I knew.. its getting unknown day by day.. SIGH... the old world charm seems to be disappearing :(

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8:12 AM  
Anonymous Sudarshan said...

Sri:True thanks
Satz: Shettyhalli reservoir near Belur, Hassan. Thanks, but we shouldnt stop trying :)
.:A:.:Absolutely true.Thanks
Thinkpad: Thanks for stopping by. Did you go through the day shot?
Kams: Thanks
Kushi: Thanks
Suyog: Thanks. Pass on the message to as many as possible...we can still save bangalore. This was shot at Shettyhalli reservoir near Belur.
Mermaid: Thanks
Nish: thanks
Vevck: Thanks you can do so..this was Shettyhalli near Belur
Pallavi: Thanks for stopping by...I visit your blog regularly...havent left a comment in ages.

12:53 AM  
Blogger Ubermensch said...

Man, Sudhi
Bangalore has started to suck big time, as brando wud have said ''Look what they have done to my son''.

6:51 PM  
Anonymous Sudarshan said...

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10:35 PM  
Anonymous Sudarshan said...

Sadly, the city has lost its charm..we lost the time to set the city straight and this insane expansion is only adding fuel to fire.

2:02 AM  
Anonymous soudamini upai said...

where does one find the subscription form and what is the email id for those who want to send reports of bangalore issues?r

10:06 AM  
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