Once Bangalore was known as Pensioners Paradise, today it has become the Silicon Valley of India. Bangalore is the first choice for the techies around the country.
Though the cities such as Pune, Mumbai, Jaipur, and Ahmadabad tried much to attract the techies of the country, but they couldn’t beat Bangalore in this regard.
Bangalore is the IT city of India, and it may remain so for a longer period. Even today, may experience and inexperienced or Freshers from the IT schools flock to Bangalore for a reason. But, the life in Bangalore for them is not as easy as assumed.
Since the inception of the IT industry in India, which is about 10 years ago, names like Narayan Murthi, Azim Premji and the Bansals have been inspiring the young minds of ‘Digital’ India.
Bangalore has also created a cult status for itself due to its large population of Software Engineers. We hear people jokingly saying things like- if you throw stones in Bangalore, they will hit a dog or a techie.
So, how is the life of the techies living in Bangalore.
We can easily say that about the fifty percent of Software Engineers in Bangalore combine of the both Indians (the south and the north). While my stay in Bangalore, for the very first time I came across surnames such as Panda, Patra, Mohapatra, etc. By this I could also make out that the population of Software Engineers in Bangalore has a huge share of techies from Orissa. You will find Odia guys at almost every department, whether it is Security or Software. And this is enough testimony to state that they are the real hard-working guys who demand your respect.
Apart from the Odiya techies, you will also see many techies from Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi NCR. Since, they share similar surnames such as Singh, Shrivastava, Gupta, Prasad etc, it becomes difficult to identify their home states.
We don’t see much residents from Panjab, Haryana, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh as compared.
HOW IS LIFE IN BANGALORE:
Bangalore has accepted a huge population and culture of the other states. It could become possible because of the assimilating nature of Bangalore and its people. Well, we cannot deny the fact that human beings come in different shapes and the temperaments around the globe.
What Are the Challenges Faced by North Indian Techies
LANGUAGE ISSUE IN BANGALORE:
A great thing about India is that it has thousands of languages and dialects.
Language is something that we connect with our mother, soil and friends. For most north Indians, Hindi is like their mother tongue. Though they speak various languages such as Bhojpuri, Odiya, Awadhi, Panjabi, Haryanvi etc., they are equally fluent and frank in Hindi.
In India, English is nothing but a connecting language; a tool to communicate with others. Most Bangalorians understand and can speak Hindi, but they are not very comfortable in it. Some even dislike communicating in Hindi. Some would love to speak in Hindi. Some would like you to speak in English. And, some would like you to speak in their native language Kannada.
However, the locals are not as sensitive as their Tamilian counterparts when it comes to the language.
This issue of language will be with you for a longer period. When you approach a stranger for any query, you give your mind a moment to decide about the language you are going to choose. You may start with Hindi and end up with some sort of sign language.
FOOD & DISHES IN BANGALORE:
A north Indian will find the south Indian dishes acidity causing. Idli, Sambhar, Wada, Rice Bath, Dosha are a few dishes which are quite popular in the South. One can find these dishes at almost every hotel. You will find non-veg dishes at separate hotels. Some Bangalorians are very sensitive about veg & non-veg things, it may have to do something with their caste status. I found their non-veg dishes far better than those available in the north.
A guy will always struggle with south Indian dishes, even after 10 years of stay. Most north Indians prefer to cook Daal, Chawal, Shabhi, Roti, etc. But, many bachelors also manage with Maggie and boiled eggs.
Eating at hotels is not cheap in Bangalore. However, it depends how much you earn. But, for an idea, a simple dish will nearly cost you at least Rs. 60, or even more.
TRANSPORTATION & TRAFFIC IN BANGALORE:
Bangalore has got the best public transportation in India. You can catch buses in every 5 minutes. They stop only at the stoppages. So, they don’t delay the schedules due to the passenger’s’ availability. The buses would be terribly crowded at the peak hours. The ticket collectors or bus conductors are generally not very friendly; sometimes they may not return your changes, if not reminded. A north Indian should always try to avoid messing with the.
Here is the point: You must keep a motorcycle if you’re serious about your job and your stay in Bangalore. The dependence upon the schedules of buses will make you crazy.
Also, we all should know that the traffic issue is taking poorer shape with every passing year. In the morning and evening hours, it takes about 1 to 2 hours to cover the distance of 10 KM by buses.
ACCOMMODATION IN BANGALORE:
Housing in Bangalore is a costly affair. It is just costlier than other mega cities of India. But it also depends a lot on the localities. PG rates are about 6-7k, one BHKs are about 10-15k, and a flat for at least 40 lac. But due to the arrival of e-commerce web portals like housing.com the competition has increased. Thus, one can find the accommodation as per his/her pocket.
JOBS & EMPLOYMENT IN BANGALORE:
It is always advised to give Bangalore a try for job hunting. As we already know that Bangalore is the IT City or the Silicon Valley of India, but condition would be tougher for non-IT guys.
If you are not an ITian, you must have good communicative skills in English.
Try avoiding BPO jobs, though may appear lucrative. But eventually, they don’t offer great career. Also, this industry is not very stable. Now a days they have reduced the pay packages too.
Go for sales and marketing jobs. It would be hell though in the beginning, but they will give your career a better prospect.
PEOPLE & LIFESTYLE IN BANGALORE:
The south Indian people are very fond of their culture and society. They generally avoid mixing or interacting with the north Indians; however, they are always humble responsive if approached. I’ve noticed, the south Indian girls don’t prefer western dresses and lifestyle, in general. They are also very fond of their language and cinema.
One can easily win their hearts by respecting their language and cinema. Most Bangalorians can understand and speak Hindi, but only in necessity. There is no
lac of fun & entertainment in Bangalore for the rich guys, but most poor ones spend their weekends eating Maggie and watching TV.
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