Quintessential Bangalore

5 Dec

Sometimes our memories of a place are a collection of fragmented associations. Pieces that collectively form what we remember and keep with us for life. There are a few things about this city that will be forever etched in my mind. Tiny, random memories that form the larger canvas of what was once life in Bangalore.

Crisp winter mornings.
The crunchy nip in the air.
A slight breeze.
That wonderful chilly but sunny its-great-to-be-ourdoors feeling.
And the rhythmic splashes of bright purple Jacaranda that dot the wintry streets.

Nothing infuses life into the Bangalore winter like the chilly outdoors interrupted by bursts of pink Jacaranda blooms. And in a city thats growing visibly different and increasingly maddening, each time I visit, its these little things that bring home familiarity. As I travel through the city, my eyes scan the environment, in search of those fragments that are etched in my mind. Signs of sameness. Signs of being home. Signs of solace and sanity in an otherwise insane place.

It was  lovely to have come home in December. And if there’s one thing the Goan life deprives me of, it has got to be a good dose of winter air. Being in Goa is awesome. But this trip home made me feel winter-deprived. I’d kill to take some of this back with me. Weather that’s just right. Not too cold, perfectly breeze and complemented with toasty sunshine. So fit to be outdoors.

The next place I live in, is going to be cooler.


8 Responses to “Quintessential Bangalore”

  1. The Girl Next Door December 5, 2011 at 2:27 pm #

    Bangalore is beautiful these days! Sigh! :)
    Welcome to my space, and thanks for leaving a comment!

    • hAAthi December 5, 2011 at 2:30 pm #

      It really is.. I havent been home in 10 months, and I think I couldnt have picked a better month to visit!

  2. PK December 5, 2011 at 4:51 pm #

    Move to Dilli da! The bum-freezing cold is a crazy experience (as you might remember from past encounters)!!

    • hAAthi December 5, 2011 at 4:53 pm #

      Eh no thats a bit much only! I like slightly chill, where you can still go out and enjoy yourself :P Delhi is too cold for me.. VC will vouch for me tonight :)

  3. Tan December 9, 2011 at 10:49 am #

    i shifted back to bangalore from butt-numbing cold glasgow around this time last year and the jacarandas in full bloom were such a welcoming sight! been a silent stalker for few weeks now, wasn’t sure how you would react to a secret admirer claiming to be your soul sister so refrained from commenting earlier :P. your state of mind pretty much mirrors mine most of the days so its comforting to see my thoughts so eloquently put in words. uggghh that probably sounds creepy, before i creep you out completely with my crazy gibberish i think i should stop!

    • hAAthi December 9, 2011 at 11:02 am #

      No worries, Tan :) I myself often come across other blogs where I feel my state of mind, thoughts and feelings are echoed with so much clarity. I guess thats what makes blogging special for me. Finding comfort in the fact that we really are not alone in what we feel and choose to share with all of blogdom. Thanks for dropping this note :)


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