A week before I got an opportunity to work in a very prestigious core s/w development company. Location is obviously silicon valley of India i.e. Bangalore. I had a lot of expectations from the city. I picture lavish homes, nice and kind people, good public commute [I hate driving in India] and economic and good vegetarian food. My dreams got shattered when I stepped in.
Out of Airport on Sunday, it was a very nice and cozy morning. Cannot compare with any other place, specially where I stay [Chennai]. I was delighted. My hindi speaking cabbie was very kind and gentle. So far so good. I reached to my destination.
I started interacting with local crowd but I hardly found anybody local there. No Kannadiga in this IT area. Not all shops were open at 11 AM; people were not out in a dull and lazy morning. Went out to shop some necessities and I was surprised to see the masses of people on any shop. Shopkeeper went berserk and pompous looking at them. It felt like they don't need the customers but it is the customer who needs them. They were RUDE.
Food - Don't ask about Quality. I had a lot better until a day before. I think it is a better choice to donate half to solicitors and buy raw veggies and eat them rather than going to a food place and eat there. A bunch of mediocre people opened eating places just to make some good bucks rather than making customers delight. Needless to say that you will find nothing but waiting and lots of people.
Ok, now is the part which all people complain about - Traffic Jams and commute time. Well, it is good in a way that I can read 50 pages of my novel or catch 2 hrs nice sleep in an AC volvo bus by just paying 80 bucks. Good deal!!!
People - Locals are nice, I had nice experience with them but immigrants have no clue what is going on. They don't want to gel in, and just living their forced life. You will not find any help from people there because accessibility of things is very poor and nobody got time to share for your issues. They are all busy in earning quick bucks. Religious places are not in vicinity and what you would find are just apartments and People and lots of People.
Cost of living is at higher side of all metros. I was paying 30,000 for a shabby 3bhk on outer ring road 100% appreciation from Chennai. You have to pay apartment charges for anything you want [no bargaining even if you want a screw hole to drilled]. I felt like Gandhi's face has lost its all value here.
Well folks this is my experience of Bangalore but I hope you must have a better story to share. Thanks.