6 May 2011
It’s been a week since my arrival in Bangalore and finally the weekend is here. It was time to venture out of our idyllic little community within the walls of one of India’s biggest IT companies based in the Electronic city, just outside of Bangalore. Some of the interns and I booked our taxi to take us to the famous MG Road (Mahatma Gandhi Road) where most of the shopping happens. I must admit, it is a dusty, traffic ridden city and at this time of year, I was not particularly fond of the heat nor the humidity. Two hours of sitting in a small Tata taxi with buses and trucks coming insanely close and hooting right by our windows was enough to get me cranky. We eventually reached our destination and I could already feel beads of sweat gathering on my forehead. I was keen to get out our mini oven on wheels. The shopping however more than made up for the hot and stuffy car ride. It was amazing. I’ve been meaning to get myself some cotton kurta tops and lo and behold, they were everywhere. It was a good idea to have come with an empty bag. Although Bangalore may have been lacking in palaces, forts and touristic places, it was definitely not lacking in the shopping. We ended the day at Infinitea, a fine tea emporium recommended by our local friend and guide. There I tried the famous Kashmiri tea, flavoured with pistacios and cardamom that my friend suggested back in South Africa. It was perfection.