Bengaluru is one of the most popular historical and happening cities in India. The city has a host of interesting and mind-blowing facts associated to it and most city-dwellers are unaware of these. Go through some interesting facts about Namma Bengaluru!
Before being changed to ‘Bengaluru’ as per the local dialect, Bangalore was known as Bengalval–Uru, meaning ‘City of Guards’. There is another story that states the name originated from Hoysala king Veera Ballala, who when being fed boiled beans called the place ‘Benda-Kaal-Uru (land of boiled beans).
No, that is not the past tense of Bangalore, but a new word frequently used by the Americans, which refers to workers being laid off because their jobs have moved to Bangalore through IT Outsourcing.
A ledger entry found in the book that was released on the 125th anniversary of the club states the former UK prime minister owes Rs.13 as part of the unpaid bills at the club.The Bangalore Club is considered to be one of the most elite clubs in the country and was started in 1868 by a group of British officers.
The logo was designed as per the fact that the crows mistake the golf balls as their eggs. The Karnataka Golf Association course designed by Peter Thompson is a 18-hole championship course, with a club house of 30,000 sq. ft.
The foundation stone of Victoria Hospital, the century old premier Medical Institution of India, was laid on 22nd June 1897 by her highness Kempananjammani avaru, the then maharani regent of Mysore to commemorate the completion of 60 years of reign of Queen Victoria. The hospital was then formally inaugurated on the 8th of December 1900 by Lord Curzon the then Viceroy of India.
During the Second World War, rice was in short supply and this made it difficult for MTR to make and distribute idlis. MTR experimented with idlis to fulfill the public demand by using semolina instead of rice and thus the famous breakfast item was born – Rava Idli!
R.K. Narayan’s fictional Malgudi town was named after the old Malleswaram and Basavanagudi. It is among the most popular readings that have Bangalore featured in it.
Bangalore has a rich history of housing many of India’s brave soldiers in some of the country’s oldest regiments. The Madras Engineering Group in Ulsoor has been in existence since the 1770s and the ASC College and Corps in Agara dates back to the 1860s. Other regiments that have faded away in modern times include the once-famous cavalry units – the Imperial Service Lancers and the Mysore Lancers, who were formed in 1892 as part of the Imperial Service Troops, and played an active role in the First World War. There is a War Memorial dedicated to the martyrs in Jayamahal, near R T Nagar, that dates back to 1918.
In 1906, Bangalore became one of the first cities in India to have hydro-electric power, generated by the hydroelectric plant situated in Shivanasamudra. A building in City Market was the honored recipient of electricity for the very first time.
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The once ‘Garden City’ is now become the ‘Pub Capital’ of India as well, due to disappearing gardens and the rise in many pubs and breweries. Bangalore also records highest number of cigarette smokers in India.
Bangalore is the base for nearly 47% of the 265 biotechnology companies in India, including , India’s largest biotechnology company. So, the city is not only just about IT companies.
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