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