Tales from the South Side

Hello, all. I apologize for my long absence (I vanish way too regularly, don’t I?). I’ve been a bit busy with things like my board exams. However, I am now back, although my skills (as they are) are a little rusty, and I may have a little trouble stringing together grammatically accurate sentences (“I type new blog” is a grammatically sound sentence, is it not?). Anyway, to the blog.

A week or two ago, I got an internship with a startup called cookifi (http:///cookifi.com if you want to check them out). Which is great and all, but it comes with a bit of an issue: The cookifi office is located in South Bangalore, while I’ve spent the greater part of my existence in North Bangalore. My infamiliarity with the area isn’t really an issue – Google Maps exists for a reason, after all. The real problem lies in the fact that every morning, I have a commute of nearly an hour to get to the office. What this mainly means is that I have to get up a full hour earlier than if I’d just gotten an internship somewhere more conveniently located. However, it also means that I get to see a part of Bangalore that I haven’t seen much of before.

For those of you who haven’t traveled from North Bangalore to South Bangalore or vice-versa, this may not seem like such a big deal. After all, they’re the same city, right? Wrong! North Bangalore and South Bangalore don’t even seem like they’re part of the same planet, let alone the same city! North Bangalore is composed mostly of relatively peaceful streets where you’re surprised if you have to spend more than three minutes at a traffic signal. South Bangalore, on the other hand, is one of those places where you’re surprised if you spend anything less than thirty minutes at a signal. My boss, for instance, has to spend forty-five minutes travelling the five kilometers from where he lives to where he works.

But you know, traffic isn’t the only difference. Even the kinds of people you meet are completely different. In North Bangalore, everyone seems (relatively) at peace with the world. In South Bangalore, everyone seems to be in a tearing hurry to be absolutely anywhere else. It’s quite amazing to see people who are constantly so busy.

The bottom line, though, is that I love North Bangalore and I love South Bangalore. They’re both part of my city, and they’re both beautiful. I’m happy in both. And I guess, at the end of the day, that’s what counts.

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Ritvik Mandyam is a class X student who, for unfathomable reasons, seems to enjoy complaining about things. He also whines a bit over at Funny Side (Hopefully) Up