More From Bangalore
I’ve had a few days now in Bangalore, and I promised some more first impressions.
My friend Michael commented in the previous post enough about all the work stuff, what about the important stuff like beer and food?
Well, I can assure you, Michael, that India represents well on both fronts. I’ve had cuisine from both north and south India – both are delicious, though quite different.
The south Indian cuisine focuses more on rice as a staple (which makes sense…it’s in the south!), and emerges largely from the four states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka (where Bangalore is situated), Kerala, and Tamil Nadu. I’ve especially enjoyed the dosa.
From the north, you get the more spicy, meat-oriented dishes (your curries, kebabs, etc.).
I pretty much like it all, and prefer to wash it all down with a nice, big Kingfisher beer, particularly at the end of a long day of training and workshops, which is predominantly what I’m here for.
As to the traffic, I’m getting better at playing Bangalore Frogger.
The last few days we’ve gone out to lunch just across the street from the IBM Commerce@Mantri location and we’ve had to run a gauntlet of tuk-tuks, taxis, trucks, vans, motorcycles, scooters, and people to get across the street.
Once upon a time, I was a New York City bike messenger, and I think crossing the street in Bangalore may, in fact, be even more dangerous than that. It comes down to timing the crossing just perfectly. So far, so good.
As for work, this is my first time meeting our team in Bangalore face-to-face. Our team here is whip smart and highly motivated. I’m looking forward to learning more from them over the next 10 days and to also learning more about their country and diverse culture.
In the meantime, enjoy this first person video of traffic in Bangalore (this was light traffic, as it was taken on a Sunday!)