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Saturday 25 April 2015

Best of Bangalore


Jawaharlal Nehru 

"Bangalore is India's future city."   -Jawaharlal Nehru, (1899-1964), India's first Prime Minister


From a bowl of boiled beans to the giant city that has come from it, Bangalore has streched far beyond the four towers that Kempegowda II built to denote the boundaries. Pioneering in every field from Defense to Healthcare, it has created its own identity as one of the fastest growing cities of India. Attracting talent from across the world and with over 200,000 IT professionals working round the clock, Bangalore has become the destination for the who's who of the software industry.

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Best of Bangalore Vol 1 (eBook click to view)

WTC Bangalore | World Trade Center Bangalore


World Trade Center Bangalore


Bangalore, with an annual growth rate of 10.3%, is India's fastest growing metropolis.

Accounting for a large portion of India's software exports, it also has the largest public sector heavy industries of India's aerospace, aviation, manufacturing, telecommunications and defence. Being the destination of choice for many of the country's most respected businesses and a large number of MNCs, its salubrious climate, cosmopolitan culture, supreme connectivity and amiable citizens make it the city of choice for corporates from around the globe.

Bangalore, as one of the most dynamic cities of the world that operates across different time zones, has long deserved its very own World Trade Center. And it was only a matter of time before Brigade Group made it a reality. World Trade Center Bangalore is located in one of the world's most integrated lifestyle enclaves Brigade Gateway, designed by the world's leading architects HOK.



More than a building or an organization, the World Trade Centre (WTC) brings together business and government agencies involved in international trade, provides essential trade services and stimulates the economy of the region it serves. WTC puts all the services associated with global commerce under one roof and its address gives a business prime and continuous access to resources essential for success in world trade. A World Trade Center in any city is a business shopping center, complementing and supporting the existing services of private and government agencies. A WTC offers its members and tenants a wide range of facilities and services. Since WTC services are reciprocal, members can access them at all operating WTCs around the world.

In India, the World Trade Center at Brigade Gateway is the first fully Private Owned installation in the country. The only other WTC in the country includes the M. Visvesvaraya Industrial Research & Development Centre (MVIRDC),a non- profit company registered under the Indian Companies Act and located in Mumbai. Apart from this two other WTC's would also be coming up in Goa & New Delhi.



“Bangalore is about human capital. This book focuses attention on this very special city.”


Ms. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw

Chairperson & MD, Biocon.




"Best of Bangalore is an excellent book and captures very accurately what makes Bangalore unique - young, aspirational meritocratic and truly the Intellectual Capital of India.  This is an outstanding book."  


Mr. Nandan Nilekani

Chairperson, Unique Identification Authority India, Government of India.  




“Best of Bangalore captures very interesting aspects of the city and the people who have put Bangalore on the global map of achievements.”  


Mr. I.M.Vittalamurthy

Secretary, Youth Services,  Government of Karnataka (former Tourism Secretary).




“Best of Bangalore captures the spirit of Bangalore, the intangible something that makes Bangalore tick.”


Capt. G.R. Gopinath

Indian Aviation Entrepreneur.




“This book epitomises the best in Bangalore because it’s very well produced, and all the companies and products are displayed in this book are world class.”


Mr. Vijay Rekhi

President & MD, USL (UB Group).




“I think it’ll make very interesting coffee table reading; it’s something which is not seen so far, so it’s a new idea and a brilliant one.”


Ms. Mahpara Ali

Chief General Manager, State Bank of India.




“Best of Bangalore defines Bangalore.”


Mr. Harish Bijoor

Brand Consultant.



History of Bangalore


Based on stone implements found at Jalahalli, Siddapura and Jadigenahalli, Bangalore's origins go back to 4000 BC or the Old Stone Age. Kempe Gowda I designed the city in 1537. It was captured by the Maratha chief Shahaji Bhonsle in 1638. It passed to the Mughals in 1686 who in turn sold it to Chikkadevaraja Wodeyar for Rs 300000 in 1689. In 1759, Hyder Ali, the commander-in-chief of Krishna Raja Wodeyar II made himself the de facto ruler of the Mysore kingdom which included Bangalore. After Haider Ali’s death, his son Tipu Sultan declared himself the ruler. When Tipu died in 1799 in the Fourth Mysore War, the British gave the kingdom back to Krishna Raja Wodeyar III. The British took over its administration in 1831 until India achieved Independence on August 15, 1947.



Fast Facts

Geographic coordinates
Latitudinal parallels: 12 degree 8' N Longitudinal meridians: 77 degree 37' E

Around 7.2 million which is about 10710 people per sq km, making it the third most populous city in India and the 27th in the world.

Linguistic groups
42 per cent of Bangalore's population comprises of Kannadigas; 20 per cent are Tamilians, 13 per cent Telugus, 10 per cent Malayalees, 8 per cent are of European origin and 7 per cent are from other parts of India.

Hindu 80 per cent, Muslim 15 per cent, Christian 5 per cent (approximate figures)

The regional language is Kannada; English, Hindi, Telugu and Tamil are also widely spoken.

Governing body
The City is administered by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), a democratically elected municipal corporation. It is in charge of the civic and infrastructural assets of the city.

Major political parties
Indian National Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party and Janata Dal (secular).

Eminent industrialists
N. R. Narayan Murthy (Infosys), Azim Premji (Wipro), Kiran Mazumdar Shaw (Biocon), Vijay Mallya (UB Group), and Captain Gopinath (Deccan Aviation)

Environmental issues
Bangalore is the fastest growing city in Asia in the past decade. Trees and some lakes have yielded to buildings and roads. The water table has dried up in many parts of the city. Pollution levels are on the rise especially from the couple of million automobiles and two wheelers that choke the roads.

Bangalore has a temperate climate, which makes it one of the best cities to live in.
March to May (warmest months); December to January (coldest months)
June to September (Monsoon); November to December (intermittent rains)
Temperatures: 20°C-35°C(Summers), 14°C - 28°C (Winters)

Bangalore is a cosmopolitan city and fashion ranges from ethnic to Western to fusion - jeans, formal trousers and shirts, skirts, saris and salwar kameez.

Business days
All private and public sectors are closed on Sunday. State Government and some private companies work half day on Saturdays while Central Government and most corporates are closed. Nationalised banks have different weekly off and half days. Shops and supermarkets are open seven days a week. ATMs are open 24x7.

Local time
IST. Bangalore is five and a half hours ahead of GMT.

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