chapter  3
Introducing Bengaluru
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Those who seek an oriental refuge in which to ‘find themselves’ would probably

be well advised to avoid the ‘brash’ city of Bengaluru [formerly Bangalore].

As one guidebook rather forlornly points out, many foreign tourists ‘turn up

in [Bengaluru] without really knowing why they’ve come … the city’s very real

advantages for Indians are two-a-penny in the West’ (Abram et al., 2001, p. 221).

But Bengaluru is no inept parody of a ‘western’ city. Bengaluru is Bengaluru – the

traditional, modern, green, polluted, high-tech, low-tech capital of the southern