Bangalore, known as the ‘Garden City of India’, is now unofficially called the Concrete Jungle. The once beautiful city attributed to its lovely greenery has lost its former glory to the ever rising growth of real estates, IT industries and a constant construction of flyovers.
However, one thing I noticed walking through the neighborhoods of Bangalore is that the love for gardening is still alive in the hearts of Bangaloreans. Every house, big and small, has plants growing in containers grouped together or growing in a small patch of soil. But for some garden lovers, that’s definitely not satisfying.
Gardening beyond your boundaries is not good enough, how about some personal touch? What’s a garden without a shady, peaceful, sitting area? That’s what this resident decided to do – added an inexpensive bench under a shady tree. This reminded me of ancient times I read in history books, when King Ashoka had fruit and shade trees planted and wells dug along the roads for weary travelers. I wonder if this owner will mind if a tired passerby stopped to take advantage of this respite by the street. Would he be shooed away or offered a glass of cold water on a hot day and will a little ‘what’s the news around town‘ take place?
The already narrow streets though looks a little green, is chaotic with bikes, cars and gardens, fighting to share space with pedestrians. No one seems to mind having to maneuver around this intrusion. This creative encroachment is taken for granted and no eyebrow is raised by this unauthorized ownership.
All said and done, I couldn’t but help being amused every time I had to make my way around extended gardens in the neighborhoods of Bangalore.