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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.

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