22 September, 2020

Many Jigs You Saw Add To The Puzzle

Unruliness defined the onset of 2017 in Bangalore. Policing issue? Yes, but that’s not all.

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A woman is escorted out of a New Year eve revelry in Bangalore
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Many Jigs You Saw Add To The Puzzle
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2017-01-14T12:20:45+05:30

For decades, the vicinity around Bangalore’s arterial MG Road was its entertainment lifeline as well. Then, in the 1980s, on these same thoroughfares was born the city’s modern reputation as a pub town. It’s these very streets where the season’s revelry the other week hit a crescendo and then dived into a low note, leaving some stark realities, plenty of debate and much common sense which have all now distilled down to the question: “Why is a woman to blame always?”

We probably need to rewind this narrative a bit, back into the early 1970s, perhaps, to a time when there were fewer restaura­nts and bars on this high street. Old-timers recall that Kwality restaurant on Brigade Road would have a New Year’s Eve ball and so would 3 Aces, a short walk round the corner on MG Road (both the establishm­ents are now just memories). Round about midnight, people would stop by to have a look-see, taking in the season’s cheer. “I don’t remember it as a very big crowd,” rec­ounts Mohammed Hassan from behind...

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