Surviving Bangalore: 6 Tips for First Timers
Bangalore, often known as the Silicon Valley of India, is the most progressive city in the country. Being India’s third largest city, Bangalore houses a metropolitan population of 8.52 million. The city boasts all sorts of creature comforts that a man can wish for. Young enthusiasts from all over the country come to this dreams with big dreams and aspirations in their heads. A large number of IT companies justifies the number of job opportunities available for talented individuals. The capital of the Indian state of Karnataka is considered ‘the most live-able city’ in the country. Also, the booming start-up culture in Bangalore is a big attraction for young and innovative minds. However, this metropolitan city is not merely a concrete jungle. Beautiful parks and trees planted all over the city make Bangalore a city that is still connected to the roots of Mother Nature. Places of historical significance are also kept intact and cared for. In a nutshell, you are guaranteed to fall in love with at least a single aspect of life in this cosmopolitan city.
At first, it could be a little difficult to blend in with the hustle and tussle. But, eventually, you’ll grow fond of it. However, you will be better equipped for your new life in Bangalore if you know a few things beforehand. So, here are a few tips that will help newcomers.
1. Don’t Expect to Easily Find Familiar Food
If you hail from the northern parts of the country, the food in Bangalore might be a turn off for you. You won’t easily find the spicy delicacies served in the north in this city. However, the people in Bangalore have diverse tastes and there isn’t any supreme cuisine that everybody prefers. You need to get out there and find out what works for you. However, given due time, you’ll find the food you love. Even if you have a sudden craving for the Punjabi paranthas, needn’t worry as there are plenty of restaurants that you can find.
2. The Weather Is Great, But You’ll Need to Get Used to It
The weather in Bangalore is one of the best things about the city. You’ll neither face a summer that burns your body to the core, nor a winter that freezes your bones. The climate is quite pleasant all throughout the year. If you’re not too concerned about changing seasons, Bangalore’s weather will be quite comfortable for you. A little getting used to is all you’ll need.
3. Money Is Your Best Friend Here, Take Care of It
Rent is a big problem here. You need to pay for at least 6 months upfront. Even if you’re hoping to buy your own place, it won’t come cheap. If you’re a new guy in the city and your income is nowhere near a lakh per month, spend money wisely. Save it as much as you can. Cut out the unnecessary expenses. Don’t dine at expensive restaurants just because your colleagues do the same. Saving an extra thousand bucks is much better than buying drinks for your whole group every Saturday night. Enjoy your life in Bangalore, but make sure you keep looking at the bigger picture from time to time.
4. It Is a Wise Move to Learn Kannada
Even though most locals understand English and Hindi, you’re likely to find them frequently conversing in Kannada. Learning this language will bring you a sense of belonging in Bangalore. However, it is not a deal breaker. You will do just fine if you stick with English, Hindi or a little bit of both. Learning Kannada will just give a chance at making better conversation with locals who don’t use any other language if they don’t need to. It is just about learning new customs and traditions. If you can fluently speak in Kannada, you feel more like someone from Bangalore.
5. Figure Out an Effective Way to Move Within the City
Transportation won’t prove to a hassle in Bangalore as there will be plenty of cabs and auto rickshaws available at your disposal. You can also buy your own vehicle if you can afford the petrol and maintenance costs. Once again, it is up to you how you want to spend your money. Also, traffic is a problem you’ll face on a frequent basis. Just figure out what works for you. If public transport does the job, no need to invest in a new vehicle. But, if you get to work late every morning just because the can you ordered doesn’t reach your doorstep in time, investing in your own mode of conveyance won’t be such a bad idea.
6. Don’t Act Like an Outsider
This is a tip for not only newcomers in Bangalore, but pretty much for newcomers in any part of the world. Make local friends, talk to your neighbors, make conservations with your colleagues and try to indulge in the local customs and practices. Don’t live like an outsider, try to be a part of the city.
Bangalore is an amazing place to stay if you are willing to make the most out of the experiences it has to offer.
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