romantic past is still discernible in the modern city it has
become since India's independence. Its equable climate and
work culture made it a natural choice for several public sector
industries, including telephones, aeronautics, electrical
equipment and heavy electricals.
In later decades,
when its clean environment attracted electronic industries,
it became the country's electronic city. Today Bangalore is
the Silicon Valley of India, and a premier dot.com city. It
is the home of Infosys and Wipro, and almost every multinational
company has its presence here.
The economic boom is evident
in the new cityscape - massive, glitzy high-rise buildings
have replaced sleepy streets lined with single-storied bungalows
with monkey tops and tiled roofs.
Because of its
colourful and lively antecedents, and its developmental history,
Bangalore is a city of great diversity, offering residents
and visitors a range of diversions - clubs and cinema houses,
pubs and restaurants, bowling alleys and of course shopping
is a great place to buy silk sarees and fine jewellery. Theatre
is a flourishing art, with plays in the vernacular as well
as English. There is a lively season of classical music, specifically
classical Carnatic music as well as regular performances by
local and visiting artistes.
Legend has it that Kempe Gowda I saw the
strange sight of a hare chasing his dog in the Bangalore area.
Convinced it was "Heroic Land", he raised a mud fort there
in 1537 AD and called it Bangaluru. Another popular theory
is that a Hoysala king (300 years before Kempe Gowda) was
offered boiled beans here and he named the spot `Bengal-uru',
or the village of boiled beans.
years after the founding
of Bangalore, the Marathas of Bijapur captured it. In 1687 Bangalore
fell to Aurangazeb and for three years it was under the Mughals.
It was then sold to the Wodeyars of Mysore for three lakhs of