May 3rd, 2021

Discovering Bengaluru

Discovering Bengaluru by Meera Iyer is a beautifully designed book that is presented as a walking guide for some of the areas of Bangalore - Chickpet, KR Market, Basavanagudi, Malleshwaram, Ulsoor, Bangalore Cantonment and surrounding areas, MG Road, Cubbon Park, Lalbagh, Sampangirama Nagar and Whitefield. However, it is much more than a guide book - It goes into the history of many of the old buildings and people associated with Bangalore, roads, parks, lakes and private homes to lovingly narrate the colorful story of the city in an engaging way. The book is accompanied with several photographs (though I wished there were more), old maps, copies of old letters and so on, and also many amusing tidbits of information, like the relationship between Tipu Sultan and the national anthem of USA, for example.

Being a fan of Bangalore's numerous old restaurants, what I felt as lacking in this book was a history of those restaurants. Though there are a few passing references to Vidyarthi Bhavan, MTR, CTR and a few bakeries, I felt that there could have been more detailed stories of these places (with some food photographs, of course!).