Children playing in a public park in Bangalore
Bangalore is constantly evolving. According to my flight partner on the plane that took me from Chennai to Colombo in Sri Lanka, Bangalore a couple or three decades ago was a green city, a lung in southern India where the inhabitants of Chennai were going to spend their deserved Rest away from the busy city. In recent years, Bangalore has undergone major changes, new buildings have been destroyed and erected, some surprising and others damaging to the eye. The new metro line occupies much of the city's visual aerial and there is no technological multinational that does not have its space in the city.
All this evolution catapults Bangalore to take the helm of a country whose future is linked to low wages and the technological revolution of our time.
The incense of the temples permeating the streets of Bangalore
In general, on a trip to India, the great metropolises are not the most remarkable thing to visit in the country. Bangalore is possibly the fastest growing city in the world and it shows: the city is currently unable to accommodate so many people and the type of tourism is closer to business than to the backpacker who usually tends to choose the destinations to the north of the country.
During the two visits I have made to the city (during 2008 and recently in May 2014) I have always seen it upside down and if one spends more than four days circling it it can end up half deranged.
The best, or at least the most important points of this huge, chaotic and contradictory city, can be seen in a single day.
Crossing one of the long streets of the city center