Saturday, September 10, 2005

Bangalore... 27 degrees centigrade. This is the optimum temperature at which human life is meant to be lived and despite the vast amount of concrete that has been poured into this city over the last couple of decades and the hundreds of trees that have been cut down, on this count at least there are few places in the world that surpass Bangalore.

Other favourite Bangalore things: coffee, Premier bookshop (which was so crowded today I couldn't even enter it), Koshy's, Cubbon Park, India Coffee House (notice how much of this centres around coffee - I am bringing back a year's supply), Mahesh Dattani (I am bringing back the collected works and toying with the idea of doing 'On a Muggy Night...'), Pecos, Casa's (in another era), Alliance, Cottons (where I know almost no one anymore), ART, Lumbini...sigh...which has gone and which the new buyers have stripped of every vestige of greenery. Where do theatre groups practise these days? And home, too, is moving, from Museum Road, where I have lived for 23 years, to Koramangala. Some of the change is good and much of it is wrenching, and I wish it didn't have to happen all together.

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