The Silicon Valley of India
Bangalore is the most cosmopolitan city in India. It is a place where everyone from the four corners of the country can assimilate and proudly call their home. The city is also home to a large number of expats who are an integral part in the fabric of the city.
While Bangalore has old roots, it is more often associated with its recent emergence as the IT hub of Asia and the Silicon Valley of India. The city is teeming with intelligent techies who seem to enjoy the various micro breweries and multitude of bohemian cafes and restaurants.
It is cheaper than any other metro in India, has better weather all year round, and has one of the most educated citizenry of any city in India. You can still find an old Ambassador or Fiat, albeit parked next to a Jaguar or Ferrari. In the chasm between the decadent malls and hotels and the abject privation, there is still something for everyone.
“The child in each of us knows paradise.
Paradise is home. Home as it was or home as it should have been.
Paradise is one’s own place, one’s own people, one’s own world, knowing and known, perhaps even loving and loved.
Yet every child Is cast from paradise - into growth and new community, into vast, ongoing change.”
— Octavia E. Butler
“Now it occurred to me that perhaps this was what happened when cities died. They didn’t die with a bang; they didn’t die only when they were abandoned. Perhaps they died like this: when everybody was suffering, when transport was so hard that working people gave up jobs they needed because they feared the suffering of the travel; when no one had clean water or air; and no one could go walking.”
— V.S. Naipaul
“When the astonished gods behold it as they fly by in their aerial chariots, they always speculate upon it at length, saying ‘This must be a natural abode of Siva; for such beauty is never seen in an artificial construction’; even the artisan who created it was (himself) suddenly amazed, and said: ‘I cannot bring myself to endeavor to create such a thing again; how is it that I made this?’”
— Baroda Copper Plate Inscription of Karkaraja II
“If we look at the path, we do not see the sky. We are earth people on a spiritual journey to the stars Our quest, our earth walk is to look within, to know who we are, to see that we are connected to all things, that there is no separation, only in the mind.”
— Native American Saying
“Kochi, formerly called Cochin, is a former European settlement with a large Christian population and a seafaring heritage. It is a town of enormous charm that reminds some visitors of the Caribbean more than India.”
— Gary Weiss