Friday, March 2, 2012

The Garden City and its delicate gardens

Over breakfast with a colleague, the chain of thoughts brought us to a conversation on the awesome weather Bengaluru has been known for since the time immortal. My colleague studied in the New Horizon college, which forms a nice view (of course for various reasons) from our cafeteria. In the early 2000s when she graduated from here, she said, it was in the middle of a dense forest. Well even today it is, however  it’s a concrete forest that surrounds the college now. Like everything mortal, the weather is certainly losing its charm.

On this Tuesday, the 28th of February, Bengaluru recorded the highest temperature on a February Day in seven years!  Is that an indication of how the summer days are going to be this year? The 5 minutes walk from bus stop to my office is intolerable these days. 

Bengaluru is called the Garden city. I say lets stop putting the usual gardens in our city (oh, is nobody doing that as well?). No offense meant to the beautiful gardens, even I have enjoyed running and walking in many a gardens here.  But, have you been to the Mini forest area in J P Nagar? It is no less than a garden but I simply love the healthy trees there that stand tall with pride. I wish we start planting trees, the tall and dense ones, at least in our delicate gardens. 

I wait for those occasional rains and thunderstorms that hit Bengaluru during summers. Everyone does the same, WAITS! We need to step out and do something, at least stop more buildings and fly overs replace our unarmed trees.

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