Name: Aliyeh Rizvi
Where are you from? Bangalore.
How long have you lived in this place? Over 30 years.
What do you do? I run Native Place, which works to find alternative ways in which to connect/involve people with their local history and culture through experiences (walks and events) and documentation (travel, heritage, culture).
Where can we see your work? www.aturquoisecloud.wordpress.com
What is Bangalore famous for — food/music/dance/architecture?
- Local food from local communities —Tamil, Andhra, Kerala, Marathi, Muslim, Cutchi Memon, Iyengar — that reinforce its unique cosmopolitanism.
- The original Kingfisher beer, rock pubs, not lounge bars.
- Five unique, inclusive street processions/ festivals that are a part of the city calendar: The Pete Karaga, Ulsoor Poo Pallakki, Kadlekai Parishe, Moharrum Juloos, St.Mary’s Feast.
What are the 3 best-kept secrets of Bangalore, which only the locals are aware of?
- Bangalore is a spirited city: The first Sepoy Mutiny was initiated here at the Bangalore Fort, Kalasipalayam in 1832, much before Meerut in 1857.
- Bangaloreans are brainy: Nimhans (National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences) in Wilson Garden has a Brain Museum.
- Bangalore is quirky: It rains here during April-May in the height of summer and primarily in the evenings during the monsoon.
Three city-specific chow that one should taste in Bangalore and where can we find it?
- Siddappa’s Mess: For the softest idlis and dosas. # 38, 7th Main, 5th Cross, Sampangiram Nagar, Bangalore.Open from 8:00 am – 11:00 am. Cash only. To be paid under the Peepul Tree.
- Maratha Darshan: Spicy non-vegetarian military cuisine at Thimmiah Road, off Queen’s Road. Open for lunch only. 12 noon-3pm. Mondays closed.
- Tava phaal (mutton stir-fry) and Bangalore Biriyani at the Bangalore Muslim food stalls on MM Road during Ramzaan.6 pm onwards. Cash only.
Three best places to shop
- Rukmini Hall, Chicketpet Main Road for traditional silk sarees.
- Subbamma’s Angadi, HB Samaja Road, Gandhi Bazaar, Basavangudi for condiments (chutney podi, holige, obbattu, kodbaLe, sakkare acchu)
- Balaji’s Antiques, Avenue Road for vintage memorabilia and his stories.
Three sights one should see
- The wholesale flower market in KR Market off Avenue Road
- The 9th-century hero stone or Vira-Gallu at the Government Museum, Kasturba Road that bears the first recorded name of Bengaluru
- Bhoganandishwara Temple in Nandigram village, Chikkaballapur, near Nandi Hills if you cannot make it to Hampi.
Three things a traveller should know about Bangalore?
- The only way to REALLY see the city is to WALK.
- The best way to get around town is by smiling genuinely and being polite.
- We speak Kannada here, not Kannad.
3 things a traveller should do in your city
- Take a morning walk through the flowering trees of Cubbon Park and admire the Frangipani and Cassia blossoms next to King Edward’s statue
- Order scrambled eggs on toast for brunch at India Coffee House, Church Street
- Wander through the local markets in the Bengaluru Pete off Avenue Road.
And the three things a traveller should not do in Bangalore?
- Don’t call auto drivers bhaiyya. Guru, Sir, Anna will do fine.
- Don’t flash big notes and irritate bus conductors. Carry exact change.
- Don’t ask for instant coffee.