Sunday, September 10, 2006

Swanky Bangalore

Leela Palace Hotel. Bangalore. Photos by Equalizer

Many have different ideas of India, mostly of grand palaces and poverty stricken cities. Bangalore, among many revitalised cities across India is changing, fast. Bangalore is the IT and technology hub of India, with outsourcing business reaching astronomical growth. Naturally with such economic growth comes in the money. Big money. Here you can catch a glimpse of how things are changing.

Food Court at the Forum Mall.

Notice Anything?

Forum Mall

Retail Shop @ Leela Galleria

Cha Bar. Tea anyone?

The Garden of Leela Palace

P.S. The Leela Palace Hotel is only 4 years old. Its a brand new building. Contrast that with new buildings in q8 :)


Blogger Mark said...

heh no beef.
still though there menu seems pretty cool, coke float is nice, the wraps seem pretty cool, a big variety of chicken burgers and potato wedges?? how come we dont have that here..

9/10/2006 03:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow! very impressive

9/10/2006 04:23:00 PM  
Blogger Howahkan said...

LOL...Chicken Maharaja Mac!!
it sounds funny :)

I wonder how the commercial of the Mac would be..

9/10/2006 04:25:00 PM  
Anonymous 3baid said...

The wraps look tasty :]

9/10/2006 06:01:00 PM  
Anonymous chikapappi said...

Pretty nice, i'll make it on one of "places to go" list

9/10/2006 06:15:00 PM  
Blogger D said...

very nice.
cha bar. creative

9/10/2006 06:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chicken Mahraja Mac!!!
Coke Float!!!
Potatoe Wedges?!!!
Chicken Mc Grilllll?!!

I dont get it !!
Why dont we have all this!

9/10/2006 10:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But Wow!
i didnt know Indea was That nice.
*Mashallah =D

9/10/2006 10:08:00 PM  
Blogger Fuzzy said...

looks lavish, ill never turn down a business trip to India again heheh

9/11/2006 12:30:00 AM  
Blogger 1001 Nights said...

I've been hearing so much from those coming back from India recently that Ive actually come around to convincing myself that I'd like to visit at some point. As for IT, when I was in the US recently tI readthat American companies were starting to really feel the heat because whereas in the past the competition was from low-skilled labour now you have intense competition from highly skilled labor, specifically within the IT sector. You get a software programmer doing whatever you need and you pay him probably less than half what you pay the guys back in the States so India is making crazy money off of that.

9/11/2006 12:58:00 AM  
Blogger Equalizer said...

Mark: yeah no beef! It felt strange. Whats the point of McDonald's presence?

Anonymous: yup it is :)

howahkan: I tried it, its not something a maharaja would eat at all! hehe

3baid: yeah looks :p

Chikapappi: well you need to travel around in India to experience it. 2 days max at each stop.

1001 Night: You should for many reasons. To put things in perspective, it is expected that India will spend $70 billion on new aircrafts over the next ten years. Thats alot of flying!!

d: yeah I'm actually replying to this post from there, wireless ofcourse and having a Sikkim tea.

Fayoora: Maybe because they don't have what we have :p

Fuzzy: You did? don't tell me you thought its some disease stricken filth laden place?

9/11/2006 10:25:00 AM  
Blogger mosan mosan said...

guys you have Mc arabia count your luck stars.

It looks wonderful but why do I have my doubts visiting india. (ya I know becuase I worked with them )

9/11/2006 10:33:00 AM  
Blogger phoenix said...

Waw.... alot diffrent than the India I visited a few years ago!

9/11/2006 12:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Intlxpatr said...

Are you staying in a nice place?

9/11/2006 04:59:00 PM  
Blogger Equalizer said...

mosan mosan: The same reason the rest of the world thinks we live in tents :) and shawarma is much better than McArabia!

Phoenix: when did you go and where? You know India is very huge!

Intlxpatr: I'm staying at the Leela Palace which is the best here.

9/11/2006 07:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Shoosh said...

I have to say that you have a truly interesting blog. I love the subject matter and the way its written. Good Job.. U seem to have very cultured taste and I find that so refreshing in a country were people go with trends and traditions. Your take on food leaves me hungry everytime I read your blog!

9/12/2006 12:57:00 AM  
Blogger let them eat cake! said...

please tell me they haven't completely been globalized, are there modern twists to their own architecture and customs? the gardens and hotel look dreamy though.. its just that the shopping and commercial areas .. they look like they could be anywhere else in the world..

9/12/2006 11:51:00 AM  
Blogger La Mala Educacion said...

Life in India never seems to get dull; is always so full of color and ghee.
This land of contrasts; I find to be most fascinating, not in the least, because of all the palace hotels and tiger safaris but because of the human element; for nowhere on earth are you going to find the super rich existing cheek by jowl with the super poor as you would find them living in India. That, and the fact that it is ancient makes it a truly incredible place to experience : a bit like vintage wine; it can only mellow with age.
On Bangalore, swanky though it may seem on the suface; it is a choked up city annihilated by the trappings of its own successes.
Give me the French Quarter of Pondicherry, or Le Corbusier's Chandigarh, anyday.

9/13/2006 06:12:00 AM  
Blogger Equalizer said...

Shoosh: I am glad you enjoyed it, come back for more :)

LTEC: Unfortunately, the new structures (apart from Leela Palace) are standard glass and concrete blobs. It seems that most architectural teaching is in some ways insensitive to local architectural elements and surroundings. This is why Dubai looks like Epcot Center.

PFB: Very true! I would love to visit Pondicherry anytime soon. My visit also was to make an assesment of the quality of the hospitality industry. Apart from the palace hotels, there really isint much to be offered in many of the picturesque villages and towns. I have stayed in places ranging from palace hotels all the way to a 5 bedroom plantation homestay. India has an immense room to grow, but only hindered by the poor infrastructure like roads, airports etc.

9/13/2006 07:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Gary from Saskatchewan said...

We didn't know where Bangalore was, or if it even existed until our jobs were Bangalored, one fine day.

9/13/2006 08:53:00 PM  
Blogger Tinkerbell said...

i want to go to india :( the place looks beautiful

9/14/2006 05:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Dee said...

Wow, looks amazing!! Thanks for posting that - great info :) Guess we DO learn somthin new everyday hehe

9/14/2006 07:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Equalizer,your gifted buddy. you look at the world through a "rose pink glasses" and the view u get is absolutely beautiful.And the best part is u always manage to capture it in its "bloom".

9/15/2006 10:59:00 PM  
Blogger 3abeer said...

new buildings in Kuwait??! you gotta be kidding me!

do we even have the concept of architecture? zoning? anything??

I'm not facinated by what I see with the new construction.. it's ok.. but no wow :/

9/16/2006 12:30:00 PM  
Blogger Equalizer said...

Gary: I don't think it was them that invented the concept of free economy and capitalism. Remember the invisible hand?

Tinkerbell: can't you fly there? :p

Dee: Anytime, there is alot in this world to learn!

Anonymous: If we see the beautiful things in our world we wouldn't have to constantly look at the stressfull uglier parts of the world.

3abeer: Its a shame we are constantly damaging our country with ugly monstrous designs. The problem is that the owners are extremely happy with such designs! Zoning is a different problem all together, the municipality is infested with sub standard employees that have no concept of urban planning. Next disaster waiting to happen? Silk City

9/16/2006 03:22:00 PM  
Blogger Menon said...

India is changing like crazy...

9/27/2006 09:32:00 AM  

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