It is so nice to be back in India, in Bangalore. I came so I could attend COMSNETS, a computer networking conference, at which I had organized the NetHealth workshop. Those were great, as was an afternoon spent visiting Microsoft Research. What was best, though, was a chance to visit some of my favorite places, including MG Road, Cauvery, Infinitea, Sampige Road, the IISc campus, and friends in our old IISc neighborhood. Read on…
I spent a lot of time just strolling the streets, and doing some shopping. I watched a Henna artist decorating the arms of this young girl on Sampige road.
The city seems about like it was, but with a lot of new construction. In particular, the overhead metro-rail line, running down the middle of MG Road, has come a long way. There is a huge metro station being built overhead. There are many new shops. Sadly, McDonald’s seems to be popping up everywhere, even opening a shop across from the market on Sampige Rd.
I was disappointed to learn that the India SIM card for my cellphone had been discontinued, because of inactivity, even though I paid extra for a ‘lifetime’ card. I spent a frustrating afternoon in the Airtel shop, shoving my paperwork in front of one clerk after another – using the same pushy style that other customers were using, otherwise I would never get service – but to no avail.
I loved seeing my friends on the IISc campus, including the children, the Apte family, and even the familiar shopkeepers. I stopped in at my old barber to get a haircut. I paused to watch as the troop of monkeys came by. I strolled through the forest in the middle of campus. I ate a masala dosa at the new cafe near the main entrance. I checked out the bookshop, the new dorms under construction, and marvelled at middle of campus where they had cut a lot of the undergrowth. It’s still a beautiful campus.
I took some colleagues from the conference to a neat restaurant in Malleswaram, Halli Mane, for some classic south India dishes. In general, I ate lots of excellent food. Miss it already!
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