The Garden City: Driving Through Bangalore

Hello, everybody! Thank you for stopping by.

In 2019 I had the opportunity to travel to Hyderabad and Bangalore in India. I don’t know if you’ve ever come across my personal blog Think Say Be, but on it I have written about my Heartfulness meditation practice. This practice has affected many things in my life, including the way I conduct one of our programs here at Barefoot Baobab: Raja Yoga, Tea & Art.

On this post, however, I am going to take you on a little car-photography journey that begins when I arrived in Bengaluru, and ends somewhere around food. You know me; I love food.

Driving from the airport into town

One of the first things I noticed in Bangalore is the fruit trees growing on the side of the road. For years I have wondered why we don’t do that more often. I understand there is such a thing as capitalism, but…you know… it would be nice. As you’ll see in the next photograph, there are still people gathering fruit and selling it on those same streets! Not everyone has time to stop and knock a mango off a tree, but I am certain some of us would love to have a mango or other fruit when we don’t have the money to buy anything at all.

Bangalore is known as The Garden City because of its history from the 1700s . It is said that in the past, Bangalore was full of beautiful gardens all around the city, with rose and cypress gardens having been started by Hyder Ali and his son Tipu Sultan. The capital city of Karnakata state, Bengaluru is also known as India’s Silicon Valley, and has many international IT companies with large buildings there.

Going around the city you can see many shrines of varying sizes and for different deities. When I went to Ahmedabad I saw more cattle around town, too, but didn’t see much of that in Bangalore. Some have asked if there were monkeys everywhere, because of documentaries they have seen. Although in some Indian cities monkey troops are very much present and active, I didn’t see any in Bangalore.

In Ahmedabad, though, when we would sit in meditation, some of the neighboring monkeys would sit on the wall and looked like they were also meditating!

At the beginning of this post I did mention something about food. Instead of writing about it on here, I will create another post. Sometimes it’s easier for readers in remote areas to load shorter posts 🙂

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