Friday, August 05, 2005

Indian Silicon Valley

I will be living in Bangalore during my Exchange program at IIMB. The city seems to be exciting and cosmopolite (i.e. mix of people from all parts of India). The only downside: Bangalore's nightlife has recently been curtailed by police and all bars and nightclubs must now close no later than 11.30pm.

Bangalore is the capital and largest city of the South Indian state of Karnataka. Unlike other parts of India which are extremely hot in the summer months, Bangalore enjoys a relatively mild climate year round.

With about 5.7 million inhabitants (2001 Census), Bangalore is India's fifth largest city. Besides Kannada, Karnataka's official language, other major languages spoken in Bangalore are English, Tamil, Telugu and Hindi.

After India gained independence in 1947, Bangalore evolved into a manufacturing hub for heavy industries. Nowadays, Bangalore is known as the Silicon Valley of India because of its position as the nation's leading IT exporter.

Update: In December 2005, the Government of Karnataka announced that it had accepted a proposal to rename Bangalore to Bengaluru.

6 comments:

Antonio said...

I was in Bangalore 2weeks ago!!! Back to Spain... You ll love India but keep your mind wide open! I was with my girl and she cudnt handle it... So we had to come back earlier :-(

Ritesh Khadgaray said...

More of a outsourcing hub to me.

but, slowly moving to development, R&D side.

kunnal said...

The Rules are Made to be broken.. so chill out and u will definately enjjoy -:)

Choup said...

Coucou miss! prête au départ? si j'ai bien compris Bangalore est une des villes indiennes les plus occidentalisées... Il n'empeche que ca grouille qd meme de monde! Enjoy le choc des cultures...

Anonymous said...

Elise,
j'ai été vraiment impressionné par ton blog et tout ton expérience et
vécu. Je suis originaire de Pondichery (sud de l'inde) et connaissant peu Bangalore, ton blog m'a beaucoup aidé.

Anonymous said...

Bangalore is cool. People are good with helping nature.

Also called as PUB city of India.