Bengaluru or Bangalore, Still a Mess

Bangalore — now officially renamed to Bengaluru — the most sought after destination of the expatriate Indian community looking to relocate to India is a city that is gone completely out of whack. It is one huge parking lot! Infrastructure and growth have no relation whatsoever and there is no respite on the horizon. The city roads are clogged with traffic throughout the day and most part of the night. Efforts are underway to build a new airport a good 20-30 kms away from the city. Getting to and from that airport is going to be a challenge in itself.

As for cost of living in Bangalore, it seems to be out of control. NRIs who have re-located to India find it more cost-effective to carry cereal boxes from the US rather than buy them in Bangalore. A Margarita is more expensive at TGIF in Bangalore than in Silicon Valley.

Perhaps the only redeeming feature of life in Bangalore is the climate. It is a lot warmer than it used be a decade or two ago (one more for Al Gore fans!), but it is still the closest to Silicon Valley weather one can hope for. With the name change behind them, hopefully the Karnataka state officials will remain focused on improving the city’s worsening infrastructure.

Chennai, which went though its name change a few years back seems to have a head start! But for its weather, Chennai appears to be a much better planned and growing city in comparison.

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