by Aditi De
About the book: Founded By The Chieftain Kempe Gowda Around 1537, The Story Of Bangalore Has No Grand Linear Narrative. The Location Has Revealed Different Facets To Settlers And Passers-Through. The City, The Site Of Bloody Battles Between The British And Tipu Sultan, Was Once Attached To The Glittering Court Of Mysore. Later, It Became A Cantonment Town Where British Troops Were Stationed. Over Time, It Morphed Into A City Of Gardens And Lakes, And The Capital Of Indian Scientific Research. More Recently, It Has Been The Hub Of India&Rsquo;S Information Technology Boom, Giving Rise To Brand Bangalore, An Indian City Whose Name Is Recognized Globally. Hidden Beneath These Layers Lies A Cosmopolitan City Of Sub-Cultures, Engaging Artists And Writers, Young Geeks And Students. People From Every Corner Of India And Beyond Now Call It Home. In This Collection Of Writings About A Multi-Layered City, There Are Stories From Its History, Translations From Kannada Literature, Personal Responses To The City&Rsquo;S Mindscape, Portraits Of Special Citizens, Accounts Of Searches For Lost Communities And Traditions, Among Much More. U.R. Ananthamurthy Writes About Bangalore&Rsquo;S Kannada Identity; Shashi Deshpande Maps The City Through The Places She Has Lived In Since She Was A Young Girl; Anita Nair Draws A Touching Portrait Of A Florist Who Celebrates The Glories Of The Raj;&Nbsp; Ramachandra Guha Describes His Close Bond With Bangalore&Rsquo;S Most Unusual Bookseller; And Rajmohan Gandhi Recounts The Mahatma&Rsquo;S Trysts With The City. From Traditional Folk Ballads To A Nursery Rhyme About Bangalore, From Poems To Blogs, From Reproductions Of Turn Of The Twentieth Century Picture Postcards To Cartoons, Multiple City Is The Portrait Of A Metropolis Trying To Retain Its Roots As It Hurtles Into The Future.&Nbsp;&Nbsp; &Nbsp;
by Maya Jayapal
About the book: Garden-city, Silicon Valley of India, Bangalore, Bengaluru - one knows it by many names. From a simple mud fort built by Kempe Gowda, Bengaluru has grown to become a bustling cosmopolitan hub. Through painstaking research and by sourcing rare photographs, Maya Jayapal has left no stone unturned to revisit history, myths and memories. Bangalore: Roots and Beyond explores the allure that the city possesses for old-timers and new migrants alike, and discusses its transition into the 21st century.
by Annie Polland,Daniel Soyer
About the book: This volume provides a comprehensive perspective on the city of Bangalore that relates to three levels of analysis, that of the conceived city, the perceived city and spatial practice. The book also charts the styles and forms of contemporary urban democracy and the city as the site of a continuous redefinition of Indian citizenship.
by Bangalore and Bengaluru Times
About the book: Probing into the history beyond mere historical facts, this book focuses on the 'imaginations' that have determined the course of Bengaluru over the last two-and-a-half centuries. It puts together contemporary accounts of the imaginations of those who were heard at each point of time. This approach is particularly relevant in present day India, of the current time where debates on history are largely a matter of choosing one set of historical facts instead of another. The imaginations in the book relate to those of the Bengaluru of the eighteenth century that the British colonised; the nineteenth century Bangalore they ruled, directly or indirectly; the Bangalore of the twentieth century years after Independence; and the Bengaluru of the twenty-first century. It identifies the events that marked the turning points in the history of the city over those centuries, from the Battle for Bangalore in 1791 to the battles on the city's roads in the twenty-first century. It then picks the 'words' that capture the imagination that prompted each event, whether it was in the form of Thomas Munro's letter home, Seshadri Iyer's report to the Assembly on the plague or the prospectus of the Initial Public Offer of shares by Infosys. This work, which provides a new view of Bengaluru's history as well as a method of looking at the past that is quite different from most Indian historical studies, will interest historians, sociologists and all academics in the social sciences.
by Harini Nagendra
About the book: In a rapidly urbanizing India, what is the future of nature conservation? How does the march of development impact the conflict between nature and people in India's cities? Exploring these questions, Nature in the City examines the past, present, and future of nature in Bengaluru, one of Indiaas largest and fastest growing cities. Once known as the Garden City of India, Bengaluru's tree-lined avenues, historic parks, and expansive water bodies have witnessed immense degradation and destruction in recent years, but have also shown remarkable tenacity for survival. This book charts Bengaluru's journey from the early settlements in the 6th century CE to the 21st century city, and demonstrates how nature has looked and behaved, and has been perceived in Bengaluru's home gardens, slums, streets, parks, sacred spaces, and lakes. A fascinating narrative of the changing role and state of nature in the midst of urban sprawl, and integrating research with stories of people and places, this book presents an accessible and informative story of a city where nature thrives and strives. "
by Arun Bharadwaj
About the book: Seen and Unseen Bangalore is a hand-held museum of Bangalore District, which highlights the history of the region over the centuries, and some of the fascinating and unknown facts of the city, which a regular tourist might not be aware of. You would be taken through the streets and buildings of Bangalore, which speak about the past, and you would also seem lost amidst developments and modern structures next door.
by Rajita Gadagkar
About the book: Karnataka Is A State With Exciting Options For Tourists Unesco World Heritage Sites, Revered Shrines, Sparkling Beaches, Dense Forests, Salubrious Hills, Quaint Temple Towns And Vibrant Cities. Its Capital Bangalore Is Asia S Fastest-Growing City And Has Been Rated As One Of The Best Cities In Asia To Live And Work In. Stark World Bangalore & Karnataka Is A Comprehensive Book About This Interesting State And Its Exciting Capital City. Bangalore Is Explored In Depth, With Sections That Recount Its History, Art, Culture And Food. To Get To Know The Ins And Outs Of The City, Just Read Through The Exclusive Sections On Modern Trends In Entertainment And Fashion, Accommodation, Health, Shopping, Real Estate, Sports And Children. The Section On Travel Takes You Across The State To The Lush Wilderness Of Coorg, The South Karnataka Heritage Circuit, The Royal City Of Mysore, Coastal Karnataka, Trekking/Wildlife Trails And Many More. Unique Features Of The Book: Over 750 Stunning Photographs. Detailed Maps For The Inveterate Traveller. Reviews Of Books And Cds That Give You An Understanding Of The Lay Of The Land. The A To Z Resource Section That Tells You Where To Eat/ Buy/ Visit/ Pray/ Stay With Complete Addresses, Phone Numbers, Email Ids And Websites.
by John C. Stallmeyer
About the book: Examining spatial transformations in Bangalore, one of India's fastest growing cities, this book highlights the influence of information and communications technology (ICT) development on the city. Focusing on the production of urban space and the processes that inform such production, the author proposes that Silicon Valley, California has become a globalized model for the production of ICT urban development. The book presents a history of Bangalore's urban development and the emergence of the ICT industry there. Using this historical analysis and the geography of ICT development, the author identifies several case study areas where ICT development is transforming the built environment. Building on this analysis, the author goes on to suggest that the development in Bangalore over the last 20 years represents a type of informational cascade, and that the case studies illustrate that local information alters the course of ICT development and has the potential to overturn this cascade. This in turn could lead to a more sustainable urban future, one that profits from the city's regional advantages. The transformations taking place in Bangalore are occurring in many cities that are competing in the new informational economy. This book makes an important contribution to studies on South Asia as well as Architecture and Urban Studies.