Little known facts about Bangalore
Bangalore is one of the nicest cities to reside in. Today it is known as the city that used to known as ‘The Garden City’. With the changing landscape of the city, Bangalore has changed from ‘Garden City’ to ‘Garbage City’ to ‘IT City’. While it is most loved for its weather, the city has quite a few secrets that not many are privy to.
Here we bring to you some little known facts about Bangalore that are sure to astound you.
How Bangalore got its name:
Legend has it that once an old woman served boiled beans to a lost and hungry Hoysala king. That area of the forest was named - Benda Kaal Ooru meaning Town of Boiled beans. This place went on to develop over time and its name was shortened to “Bengaluru” and anglicised into “Bangalore”.
The origin of Malgudi Days:
R.K. Narayan’s fictional Malgudi town was named after the old areas of Bangalore- Malleswaram and Basavanagudi. (image source: video screenshot
Freedom Park was a Jail:
Freedom Park is a beautiful park in Bangalore, inspired from the Hyde Park and the Kensington park of London. What most people don’t know is that Freedom Park once functioned as the ‘Central Jail’.
The Watering Hole:
Bangalore is now known as the Pub capital of India owing to the vast variety of options it has to go drinking. Unfortunately or fortunately the pubs in the city close at 11pm on weekdays.
Sister Cities of Bangalore:
One of Bangalore’s sister cities is Minsk, the capital of Belarus. And to commemorate friendly ties between Bangalore and Minsk, there is a Minsk Square in our Bangalore and a Bangalore Square in Minsk.
Inventors of Rava Idli are from Bangalore:
According to Mavalli Tiffin Rooms (MTR), during the WWII when rice, India’s staple diet, was in short supply, MTR experimented in making idlis using Rava (or semolina). Now we know whom to thank for the yummy dish
You’ve just been ‘Bangalored’ :
The term ‘Bangalored’ is used across the world, when people are laid off their jobs because their work has been outsourced to Bangalore offices.