Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Bengalooru to you

"Even old New York was once New Amsterdam
Why they changed it I can't say
People just liked it better that way
."
from Istanbul (not Constantinople), They Might be Giants

Lots afoot in India today.

In my neck of the woods, not good stuff. Strikes have closed down all but Delhi's autorickshaws and those annoying fellows who follow you trying to give directions. (Here called touts.) I can do NOTHING WHATSOEVER until the traders are appeased and return to work. They're in day 3 now - striking against government's orders to close down illegal shops - which would seem to me a good thing but I don't want to toe-into Indian political waters here and so shall wait.
(A better informed traveler, one who watched TV say, might have known not to travel 16 hours to a city basically in lock-down. She might have stayed in the hills...)

But the bouncier news is from the south where Bangalore, to honor its state of Karnataka's 50 years of independence and stake some claim to their fast-westernized city, have gone with the vernacular original: Bengalooru .
Which, I learned, is derived from Bendakalooru, meaning a town of boiled beans. (The Boston of India.)

C - frustrated and not feeling one with the workers today

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