26 November, 2020

Paint Your Landscape

Rather like the city itself, this is a book that is the result of a cultivated eye. And so its readers will have to be drawn from that echelon.

Paint Your Landscape
When I first moved to Bangalore, what lured me was the unending profusion of green. The trees, the gardens, the quiet roads, all of it made Bangalore truly seem the Garden City. And there couldn’t have been a better introduction to Bangalore than when you arrived by train and disembarked at the Cantonment Station on a cold morning. An old world charm that was the composite effect of old bungalows with monkey tops, the profusion of silver oaks, the nip in the breeze. It has been only 17 years, but I have already appropriated the Old Bangalorean’s chant: really, Bangalore is not what it used to be.

And so Deccan Traverses does come as a rude shock. For, the Bangalore that I, or a million others, fell in love with, or the Bangalore the old establishment know as Bangalore, or indeed even the Bangalore that the British created is not what it used to be.

In their preface, the authors write that "there is little that is natural in Bangalore. Almost everything is by design. The lakes are agricultural tanks...trees are introductions from across the world, plants are...



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