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February 26th, 2006 – by: harshagatt
The story how Bangalore came to be called by its present name has an interesting history. Once on a hunting expedition King Ballala of the Hoysala dynasty lost his way in the jungle. Deep inside the jungle, lived an old woman who took pity on the hungry and tired hunter. The old woman was poor and had nothing else to offer but boiled beans. But the king was so pleased with her hospitality that he named the entire city as bele-benda-kalu-ooru, which in the local language Kannada means, the place of boiled beans. The historical evidence of the name "Bengalooru" can be found in a 9th century inscription found in a temple in the village of Begur. Today the name has been shortened and anglicised after the British influence and has come to be called Bangalore.
Around 500 years ago :
Kempe Gowda marks the four corners of the city
Another historical figure instrumental in shaping the city of Bangalore is a feudal lord who called himself Kempe Gowda, and who served under the Vijayanagara Kings.
Power shifts from Sultans to Marathas to British:
Pleased with the services of his trusted lieutenent Shahaji Bhonsale, (father of the great Maratha king Shivaji), Adil Shah gifted Bangalore to him. After 49 years of Maratha rule, the moghuls captured and passed it to the Wodeyars of Mysore for 3 lakh pagodas. In 1759, Bangalore came into the possession of Hyder Ali, father of Tippu Sultan. It was during these two heroes, Bangalore flourished with parks, gardens and palaces.
Situated at a height of 949 metres (3113 ft.) Above the sea level, the city is blessed with salubrious climate throughout the year. Most of the homes and schools in Bangalore didn't have fans till the beginning of the nineties. In summer while the rest of India wilted in the heat, Bangaloreans would snuggle under warm blankets at night.
Bangalore should have got the name "City of Nicknames" because of the numerous name tags the city has earned. However it is not a easy task for anyone, leave alone a city to earn names unless there is some achievement on its part.
However the nemerous restaurants which offer food and drinks from almost every part of the World makes Bangalore the best place to visit. Whatever maybe your taste and whichever country you maybe from, Bangalore has restuarants to cater to anyone who visit this dream city. That's the greatness of Bangalore. Experience the celebrated hospitality of world famous hotels. Everything you could ask for in comfort and service, plus a lot more. The best luxury class business hotels in the country can be found in Bangalore offering a choice of Indian, Continental and Chinese cuisine and 24 hour coffee shops.
Almost all the star hotels are centrally located within 10 kms of the Bangalore Airport, Railway Station and Bus Station. All the big hotels are of International quality with luxurious, spacious rooms and suites, swimming pools, Health clubs and Tennis courts. Some of the hotels also have facilities for pickup from the Airport and Railway Stations and accommodation in all these hotels can be booked from anywhere in the world.
Once in Bangalore one should utilise the opportunity to taste some of the best foods available in the city. The last 5 to 6 years have seen the mushrooming of small self service restaurants called Darshinis. These darshini's offer the best quality South Indian and North Indian dishes at very reasonable rates. One of the restaurants which is still maintaining the taste since decades and still makes customers to patiently wait for hours to get a table is the Mavalli Tiffin Rooms, more popularly called the MTR.
In conclusion Bangalore’s rapid urbanization has led to congestion in the city and pressure on its infrastructure. Bangalore was essentially a small town,which has grown rapidly. Thus streets and public spaces, which were designed for a much smaller population, are now being subjected to enormous
pressure by urban development. The unquenchable thirst for land for development has led to many public spaces being eliminated.
Bangalore continues to grow at a rapid pace and today the city has expanded into a large metropolis, an international technology hub specializing in aerospace, information technology and biotechnology. Today Bangalore’s population stands at roughly 5 million.Even today Bangalore comes across as an unstructured city without any hierarchy. Attempts have been made to introduce ring roads and radial roads to give structure. Bangalore that in spite of all the development that has taken place over the last three decades Bangaloreans still like to call their city a ‘Garden City’.
Finally, I can say that Bangalore is still perhaps the most liveable of Indian cities. Bangalore is perceived as a cosmopolitan city because of its diverse demography and comparatively fewer slums. It may be a misnomer to call it a ‘garden city’ but Bangalore still has one of the highest percentages of land devoted to green spaces in India, and in no other city has the government undertaken tree planting on such a massive scale.
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